Pictures from Entrepreneurial Leadership Forums #1, #2, and #3 respectively.
I invited rising stars in social entrepreneurship and role models for many young people, Mr. Sorawit Paiboonrattanakorn of Saturday School Foundation and Mr. Somsak Boonkam of Local Alike, to join me and King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi for our 3rd Entrepreneurial Leadership Forum 'Mission: Possible.'
This forum turned out to be the perfect 'sequel' for the previous two forums: 'Women in Science and Technology' (Forum 1) and 'Off the Beaten Path' (Forum 2).
Young engineers realized their limitless career possibilities and the relevance of their fields across all sectors in Forum 1, with Ms. Ajarin Pattanapanchai (Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Digital Economy), Ms. Patama Chantaruck (Managing Director of IBM Thailand), and Ms. Nareerat Saetiew (Co-founder of InsightEra) as our guests. These well-respected tech women have made it big not only through their intelligence and hard work, but also their strong leadership, vibrant personality, and passion for their work in a male-dominated industry.
Young engineers then learned from engineers-turned-entrepreneurs whose first steps out of their comfort zone were not easy in Forum 2, with Dr. Chanikarn Wongviriyawong (Founder of EATLAB), Dr. Jessada Wannasin (Founder of GISSCO), and Mr. Chanun Somboonvechakarn (3rd Generation and Managing Director of over-70-year-old Ouayun Osoth). The audience learned that the hardships, self-doubt, uncertainty, and frustration that naturally come with running a business and, in particular, with creating and defining one's very own path. At the same time, they learned that being an entrepreneur and being entrepreneurial allow for an unparalleled pursuit of one's passion, a deep and personal sense of WHY, and constant search for new opportunities to grow and branch out.
In Forum 3, audience members, consisting of KMUTT young engineers and Mechai Pattana School young social entrepreneurs, were inspired to think big, do something much bigger than themselves, and actively take on a big challenge and a bigger role in their society. They got to share with our guests their dreams, as well as their fears. They were urged to take action anyway, regardless of how big or small or whether other people 'get it.'