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Tribute to Women Business Forum and Hi Tea - NEED TO PROMOTE AND CELEBRATE ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP AMONGST WOMEN

More than 500 women including Royalty, Government Leaders, Diplomats, CEOs, Corporate Leaders and Entrepreneurs gathered at this year’s Tribute to Women Business Forum and Hi Tea held at the Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur on 29 April 2014. The forum, jointly organised by SME Corp. Malaysia and MSP Communications Sdn. Bhd., was not only to recognise and honour successful women from diverse backgrounds and sectors, but to encourage and inspire entrepreneurial leadership amongst women, helping them tap their potential as economic resources of the country. Themed ‘' To Honour Women of Substance: The Past, The Present, The Future', the forum was officiated by DYMM Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah in the presence of YB Datuk Ir. Hj. Hamim Samuri, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry and other dignitaries and guests.

The Forum featured three (3) profound and accomplished women representing the past, present and future; they were Datuk Mohaiyani binti Shamsudin, who sits on various Boards within the Maybank Group; Datuk Ir. Rosaline Ganendra, Director of Minconsult Sdn. Bhd.; and Puan Nadira Mohd Yusoff, Chief Executive Officer of Nadi Ayu Technologies Sdn, Bhd. The three women of influence shared their knowledge and experiences with the participants, making it an interactive and intellectually stimulating session.

Earlier in April, in conjunction with Tribute to Women Business Forum and Hi Tea, the Tribute to Women Royal Silent Charity Auction took place. This auction was to bid for two (2) paintings by DYMM Raja Zarith Sofiah. This sub-event was organised at the Balai Seni Visual Negara (National Visual Arts Gallery). The Royal Silent Charity Auction was in aid of three (3) charity bodies - Malaysia National Council of Children (MKKM), International Women Heritage Vision (WARISTA) and Persatuan Kebajikan Ibu Tunggal Syuhada. The funds raised would be channelled to support varous philanthropic initiatives for the needy made by the three (3) bodies. At the Business Forum and Hi Tea event, DYMM Raja Zarith Sofiah ad personally presented the paintings to the top two bidders.

The participants were entertained by Malaysia’s very own R&B and Jazz Queen, Dato’ Sheila Majid; a fashion show by the Bumiputra Designers Association (BDA); and the Tunku Kurshiah Wind Orchestra’s melodious repertoires.

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