Inspirational Women Series: Adele Ang
I recently returned from a writing trip to Kuala Lumpur. It was my first time in Malaysia and is certainly a place I am keen to return to again for many reasons. I learnt a lot of things during my time in the bustling city, but something that impressed me to no avail was the amount of strong women in business and leadership I came across.
From Datin Paduka Chen Mun Kuen the granddaughter of Royal Selangor founder Yong Koon, to this week's inspirational Biz Gal, Dorsett Kuala Lumpur General Manager Adele Ang, it became surprisingly and refreshingly clear to me that women are at the forefront of a lot of the innovation and preservation of culture in Kuala Lumpur.
Adele's 22-year history within the hospitality industry is impressive and extensive.
Some of her roles include being a Statistician with the Pan Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Director of Sales with Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, Area Director of Sales for Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur and Director of Business Development for the 1,234-room Sunway Resort Hotels.
She is certainly your woman when it comes to driving results within the hotel sector!
Now, Adele's focus at the Dorsett Kuala Lumpur is to make a difference. The company as a whole is doing just that as well, not only within the hotel space, but also when it comes to gender equality in leadership roles. In fact, of the nine Dorsett properties in Malaysia, seven are headed up by female General Managers and a majority of the executive teams across the brand are also made up of women!
Forty percent of the managerial team for parent company Dorsett Hospitality International are also women, including President & Executive Director Winnie Chiu. We have a feeling (and hope!) that percentage will be inching closer to gender parity by the time we next visit.
Biz Gals: What is your greatest achievement?
Adele: Making the successful transition from Area Director of Sales and Marketing to General Manager role. A role I now truly enjoy.
Biz Gals: What is the greatest lesson you have learnt?
Adele: Not so much of a lesson , more of a philosophy I practice. Do good and you will receive good. Be fair and you will be treated fairly. Be kind and you will be treated kindly. I believe in karma and I have seen over the years karmic effect in play.
Biz Gals: What is the best bit of advice you have been given?
Adele: Choose your battles! You can’t win all battles, so choose wisely and win the ones that matters.
Biz Gals: What or who inspires you?
Adele: My parents inspires me – their selfless sacrifice to family and their kids, being strong and brave enough to move to another country just to give better education to us.
Biz Gals: What is your biggest hope for women in the future?
Adele: We are already seeing more women in leadership roles which is great. A lot of international companies are embracing gender diversity and hopefully it will continue to grow. However as we climb the ladder of success, we should not forget that family is still key and should always be your #1 priority in life. Hopefully as women we don’t lose that in the process. That women can be successful in both career and family.
Biz Gals: What advice would you give to your younger self?
Adele: Nothing! All my experiences and choices I have made has led me to where I am today. I feel blessed that my family has supported me all the way and my life journey so far has been blessed. Perhaps to pay attention when smart investors speak so I would have invested in a few projects and today I would be rolling in the money!
Words: Natalie Kessell