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It has been said that there are 4 kinds of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who follow what happens, those who watch things happen, and those who don’t know what happened.

Leaders make things happen. This year’s virtual Leadership Masterclass is about how you can get others to join you in making worthwhile things happen. Guest speakers from The Birthday Collective will share their personal leadership stories and how their activism and leadership have brought them this far.

Designed specifically for young leaders like you, this virtual Leadership Masterclass consists of four episodes of bite-sized leadership lessons. Join us and be inspired to lead change even in times of adversity.

Collaborating with The Birthday Collective
This year’s Leadership Masterclass features three thought leaders from 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. Fun fact – the number of writers featured each year matches Singapore’s age!

Leadership Masterclass brings you real-world learning coupled with leadership principles and reflection.

Our invited speakers will share their leadership journeys through personal stories and attendees can also join the dialogue through our engagement platforms. We wrap up our three speaker episodes with a bonus Leadership Keynote for you to sense make and embark on your active citizenry journey!


Wednesday, 13 May 2020
2:00PM – 3:00PM

Anything worth doing will surely be met with its fair share of challenges and obstacles. The success stories we hear are impactful not because of an absence of adversity, but because people have overcome adversity. Hear from Sharon Pakir on how she overcame her challenges and gain insightful tips on how you can too.

Sharon Pakir

Sharon is a writer for the 2019 edition of The Birthday Book: Narratives, Undiscovered and Underway.


Wednesday, 20 May 2020
2:00PM – 3:00PM

Creating and catalysing change oftentimes require bringing people together for a common cause. We have seen how the greats, like Martin Luther King Jr, were able to inspire thousands and unite them through a common purpose. Learn from Nicolette Tan on what the basics are to inspire a shared vision and what it takes to get started.

Nicolette Tan

Nicolette is a writer for the 2020 edition of The Birthday Book: Seeing Clearly.


Wednesday, 27 May 2020
2:00PM – 3:00PM

In our lifetime, we will probably encounter more than one crisis. Family issues, natural disasters and, the now-familiar, pandemics. Hear from Choy Yong Cong on his response strategy in crisis and the steps he had to take to lead his teams out of critical times. Learn how to be a leader of stead in difficult circumstances!


Choy is a writer for the 2016 edition of The Birthday Book: What’s Singapore’s Next Big Thing?


The episode will made available for two runs:

3 June 2020, 4:30PM
13 June, 2020, 11:30AM

We learn from experience, but we learn even more by being reflective about our experiences. Sean Kong wraps up the three speaker episodes with a frame for you to reflect upon the leadership stories and ideas you have heard. Don’t miss this rounding up bonus episode that helps you take your learning to a deeper level!


Chief Training Officer
Halogen Foundation Singapore


+  Broaden your leadership perspectives
+  Interact with esteemed thought leaders across sectors
+  Connect the dots with real-world learning
+ Deepen your leadership practice