My guest today is Emily Teng. Emily knows a thing or two about dreaming. She has always dreamed of possibilities when others see problems. She knows what it’s like to be the underdog or misfit, fighting to be seen, valued, and heard as a sensitive soul to now leading an award-winning non-profit based in Singapore, Blessings in a Bag. Her friends liken her to Professor X saying: “Emily is not bald, but she takes in those who have been overlooked, forgotten, or left behind, and sees their unique gifts. She brings them together and uses their superpowers to change the world.”
Her decades-long work as a Community Leader received Singapore’s President’s Award for commitment to ‘rallying community spirit’ and Emily was also named world’s most inspiring leader and change-maker by Facebook in 2018. She also represented Singapore in the United States’ Women in Leadership in ASEAN as part of the Young South-East-Asia Leadership Initiative by the State Department of the USA. In 2019, she was honoured by Generation T Asia (Tatler) as “the next generation of influencers” who are changing the face of future leadership. In 2020, Women’s Weekly named Emily one of the ‘Great Women of Our Time’ in Public Service and Education.
She has taken her experiences and wisdom and turned it into a life of service for the greater good. She is currently located in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband where she lives out her new dream: supporting other change makers, visionary founders and heart-led leaders to rest, reimagine and birth their dreams to the world. In so doing, the world is transformed — one person and one dream at a time.