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On 13 May 2020, we kicked off our first ever virtual Leadership Masterclass, featuring speakers from The Birthday Collective. Designed to equip and enable young leaders through bite-sized leadership lessons and dialogues, this year, our theme focused on Leading Change Through Adversity, diving into how youths can deepen their leadership practice through active citizenry. The Leadership Masterclass was designed to equip and enable young leaders through bite-sized leadership lessons and dialogues, exploring the art of influence in times of adversity.

EPISODE ONE: OVERCOMING ADVERSITIES
By Ms. Sharon Pakir
Sharon is a writer for the 2019 edition of The Birthday Book:
Narratives, Undiscovered, and Underway.

On 13 May 2020, we hosted Ms. Sharon Pakir who shared her experience overcoming her medical trauma and death. She expounded on how adversity can come in different shapes and sizes and that leadership is a lonely journey, but as leaders, it is our responsibility to build resilience.

EPISODE TWO: MOBILISING OTHERS
By Ms. Nicolette Tan
Nicolette is a writer for the 2020 edition of The Birthday Book:
Seeing Clearly.

On 20 May 2020, we hosted Ms. Nicolette Tan who shared that in order to lead through adversity, leaders must first know their why and what you truly care about. Through this discovery, you can then evaluate what is your greatest value-add to the issue at hand.

EPISODE THREE: LEADING IN A CRISIS
By Mr. Choy Yong Cong
Choy is a writer for the 2016 edition of The Birthday Book:
What’s Singapore’s Next Big Thing?

On 27 May 2020, we hosted Mr. Choy Yong Cong who shared that in order to lead through a crisis, leaders should lead by empathy, over and beyond leading by example. When things are difficult, followers need to know that the leader is in it with them. The only way for them to know is for the leaders to be physically, emotionally and mentally present with them.

BONUS EPISODE: LEADERSHIP KEYNOTE
By Mr. Sean Kong
Chief Training Officer, Halogen Foundation Singapore

On 3 June 2020, our Chief Training Officer, Mr. Sean Kong wrapped up the three episodes through the concepts of volition, passion, and courage. He shared the common unifying factor each speaker exemplified was how the clarity of passion gave them the power of volition, as well as strength and courage to overcome fear.

About The Birthday Collective

The Birthday Collective is made up of a special group of individuals of diverse walks, united in a vision to develop and collect innovative and diverse responses to ideas about Singapore’s future. The Birthday Collective publishes an edition of The Birthday Book each year (since 2016), with writer contributions that share personal encounters, academic and professional experiences, and cornerstone values in their lives. Their stories give us a glimpse of our nation’s spirit—mortal, vulnerable, restless, resilient, and aspirational.

About Leadership Masterclass

The Leadership Masterclass is a part of the National Young Leader Award, that sets out to uncover deserving individuals between the ages of 15 to 19, who can be recognised for their initiative and good work, and are also young every leader that Halogen Foundation can invest in.