Thrive Meetup

Important Update

Due to current work commitments and a year-long course of study, I am pausing the Thrive Meetups for 6 months in 2023. Meetups are expected to resume in July 2023. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or feedback. Thank you.


  • Meetups are complimentary to join for career women only but require registration
  • Meetups are limited to 14 guests to ensure optimal engagement and participation for all
  • If you have signed up and need to cancel thereafter, please provide early notice (at the very least, 24 hours) so as to enable other registrations to come through
  • While informative and educational, this is not intended as a webinar but as a meetup. Guests are expected to put their video on and to mingle, chat and ask questions.
  • Meetups begin and conclude on time and guests are expected to be punctual. Late entrants (more than 10 minutes) will not be allowed in to avoid disruption.

Selection of Past Meetup Themes

  • Overcoming the inner critic with Lisa Gaines
  • Developing a personal brand, network and content that resonates with Rosie Chong
  • Entrepreneurship, resilience and innovation with Julie Nichols
  • How to Achieve More Autonomy and Financial Independence with Serina Bird
  • Supporting diversity, equality and inclusion with Fabiola Campbell
  • Crossroads, second chances and that viral campaign with Tania Singh
  • Decide like a cheetah with Ioana Jago
  • Finding your voice with Joan Collar
  • Protecting yourself, protecting your business with Shalini Nandan-Singh
  • The career pivot with Hester Spiegel van den Steenhoven
  • Things I am good at, things I am passionate about with Stephanie Looi
  • Don’t be afraid to shine your own light with Alice Rixon
  • Finding and pursuing your passion with Dana Rubin
  • Prioritising wellness at work with Elizabeth Kirk PhD
  • Developing a hacker mindset with Angela Bee Chan
  • Courage as a skill with Sandra Ford Walston
  • Strong brand visibility with Nina Shahril Khan
  • Media | mastery | mindfulness with Noelle Lim
  • Developing a kickass LinkedIn profile – Q&A with Rowena Morais
  • Easy networking tips you can use today with Shamila Gopalan
  • Developing the mindset that helps you succeed with Ulrika Brunner
  • Becoming a more visible leader with Nirmala Doraisamy
  • Branding, the heart of every business with Jia-Ping Lee
  • Using setbacks to build resilience and to lead with Malisse Tan
  • Reinvention: repurposing your career with Claudia Cadena
  • Better mental health and resilience with Urmila Dass
  • The tech entrepreneur with Shi-Ying Lau
  • Rising to the top with Jocelyn Ng
  • How to pivot into a new career with Nellie Wartoft

Selection of Recent Meetups

While the meetups began as face to face gatherings in 2017, they transformed into online gatherings from 2020 onwards. These are a selection of the most recent meetup themes.

  • Thrive 22 - Presents Finding + Pursuing Your Passion

Thrive Meetups 2020

Thrive Meetups 2019

Thrive Meetups 2018 Q3&4

Thrive Meetups 2018 Q1&2

Thrive Meetups 2017

Selection of Recent Meetup Speakers

  • Rosie Chong, personal branding expert, social strategist and B&T Women in Media finalise (Australia)
  • Julie Nichols, Founder of Handmade Market Canberra (Australia)
  • Serina Bird, author of The Joyful Frugalista, host of The Joyful Frugalista podcast, and author of The Joyful Startup Guide (Australia)
  • Fabiola Campbell, Founder of Professional Migrant Women (Australia)
  • Tania Singh, CEO of Make Love Not Scar (India)
  • Ioana Jago, growth marketing specialist, project management professional and Founder of Iventum (United Kingdom)
  • Joan Collar, Managing Director – EH&B Asia Regional Leader for Marsh Asia (Singapore)
  • Shalini Nandan-Singh, lawyer, legal coach, mentor and the founder / owner of Legally Shalini (Australia)
  • Hester Spiegel-van den Steenhoven, EdTech | Investor-in-Residence | Angel investor | Founder of “42”-schools for Germany (Singapore)
  • Stephanie Looi, Founder of Sound of Flowers, co-Founder of Purely B
  • Alice Rixon, Managing Associate at Rob Dobson and Associates (Australia)
  • Dana Rubin, founder of Speaking While Female and an advocate for women’s speech and voice (USA)
  • Elizabeth Kirk PhD, Wellness Wise practitioner and Founder Beyond Ergo (Australia)
  • Angela Bee Chan – 2x TEDx speaker, eco-Innovation Leader at Schneider Electric and CEO of Hackathons International (Australia)
  • Nina Shahril Khan – CEO and Founder of PopCon and host of #JustLanggar (Malaysia)
  • Sandra Ford Walston – The Courage Expert; global speaker and author; human potential consultant and trainer (USA)
  • Noelle Lim – Presenter, BFM 89.9; Coach at Asia School of Business and Mindfulness Teacher, Kindermind Center (Malaysia)
  • Shamila Gopalan – CEO and Founder of HerWit; Coach and Mentor (Accelerator Program – LaunchHUB) at RMIT University (Australia)
  • Ulrika Brunner, CEO Inspire Group Asia (Malaysia)
  • Nirmala Doraisamy, Independent Director Petronas Dagangan Berhad (Malaysia)
  • Nellie Wartoft, CEO Tigerhall (Singapore)
  • Billie Kaur, Senior Auditor BP Business Services Centre Asia (Malaysia)
  • Jia-Ping Lee, Founder and Principal, Tempatico (Malaysia)
  • Malisse Tan, Founder and CEO Bobble (Malaysia)
  • Claudia Cadena, Founder and Principal Consultant at Thread Advisory (Malaysia)
  • Urmilah Dass, Director Valley Psychological Services, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Malaysia)
  • Shi-Ying Lau, Partner/Investor/Mentor at NEXEA Venture Capital, Angel Investors and Accelerator (Malaysia)
  • Jocelyn Ng, former COO Uniqlo Malaysia and Consultant, Jocelyn Ng Consultancy (Malaysia)
  • Jude Tan, member of the Board of Advisors, Wholesome Leaders Asia (Malaysia)

About Thrive

Thrive is a women-only private group founded by Rowena Morais. We empower career women by connecting those who are starting out professionally (and needing support) with the more established women (who can mentor and share ideas). Thrive focuses on helping women develop their profile, network and body of work.

  • Thrive runs complimentary monthly meetups for career women. Guests need to register and the meetup is capped at 14 guests per meetup to facilitate discussion and sharing. This is a meetup, not a webinar
  • Guests are welcome to join the Thrive Meetup Facebook Group

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