More women are investigating the tech profession and finding success online, thanks to the increasing expansion of e-commerce. Shopee, the top e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, continues to equip its users with the resources they need to succeed in the digital world. In honor of Mother’s Day, three mothers tell how they broke out of their comfort zones and into the world of e-commerce. Karen, Primarose, and Glenda are examples of what working mothers in tech can do, whether as riders, livestream partners, or Shopee workers.
Karen: Homegrown Shopee Leader
Karen Perez, a wife and mother of two girls, worked in the operations side of the FMCG industry before joining Shopee and becoming its first employee in the Philippines seven years ago to oversee its Operations Team. She had reservations, but she understood that working in the technology field would help her grow as a professional. “I already had one daughter and was pregnant with my youngest by the time I joined Shopee, and I had apprehensions about joining a young company. Eventually, I accepted the opportunity because I was excited to be part of the growing e-commerce sector.”
She recently started a new job at Shopee Philippines as the Head of People. This comes as no surprise to those who know her because she has always handled leadership by cultivating personal relationships in the workplace. She shifted her focus from dealing with the backend of the business to caring for people and their well-being. Karen shares, “I am grateful that my unique skill sets are recognized and I am given all these opportunities to grow within and lead the organization.” Despite the differences between the two fields, Karen believes that her experience both as a mother and wife helped mold her into the leader that she wanted to be. She credits the culture of Shopee for allowing her to be that. “Being both a mother and a department head has shown me what it means to be a good leader. Much like motherhood, leadership, at its very core, is caring for one’s people.”
Karen finds the most satisfying aspect of her job is earning the respect of those who matter the most to her, which is her children. “Recently, I asked my eldest daughter what she wants to be when she grows up and she simply said, ‘I want to be like you.’ I am grateful to be doing meaningful work, and I hope my children strive to do the same someday.”
Primarose: Rising to the challenge at Shopee Xpress
Primarose is a mother of three children as well as a Shopee Xpress rider. After the epidemic forced her to close her souvenir shop in June of 2021, she began her unique journey with Shopee Xpress.
Primarose understands the importance of being one of the few female riders in her field, and she has no regrets. She shared “Iba na ang panahon natin ngayon, hindi lang lalaki ang pwede magtrabaho. Nais ko ipakita sa mga ibang ina na kayang kaya rin nila makamit ang kanilang mga hangad.” (We live in a different age where women also have the opportunity to work. I want to show other mothers that they are capable of reaching their aspirations.)
She is now able to help provide for her family and even take them out to eat in restaurants and go on outings as a result of her efforts.“Sa lahat ng nangyari mula sa pandemya, nagpapasalamat ako ng lubos na nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataon na magiging Shopee Xpress rider. Naging makahulugan ang pagiging ina at asawa ko dahil nabigay ko sa kanila ang pangangailangan nila mula sa trabaho ko bilang rider.” (Of all the things to have come out of this pandemic, I am most grateful that it gave me the opportunity to become a Shopee Xpress rider. I feel fulfilled as both a mother and wife knowing that I am able to provide for my family through my job.)
Mommy Gee: Finding balance as a working mother
Glenda, also known as Mommy Gee, began her journey in creating online content by posting about what matters most to her: her children, before becoming a Shopee livestreamer. She is a single mother who works multiple jobs to support her three children and has struggled with time management, as most mothers do. Mommy Gee is a certified real estate agent and entrepreneur who operates a Korean cuisine franchise in addition to creating web content. Her real estate job took a hit when the epidemic arrived, which is why she decided to become a Shopee livestreamer. She shared, “As a single mother to three children, I felt the need to take on as much as I could to make up for the many lost opportunities I faced during the onslaught of the pandemic. ”
Mommy Gee decided to keep performing livestreams. She was initially hesitant to do it, but as time passed, she gained confidence and eventually began to enjoy it. She enjoys assisting individuals in locating their Shopee budols, as well as connecting with and establishing friends on the platform. “As a single mother, I feel very blessed to have a job that allows me to spend more time with my children at home while also also giving me the opportunity to connect with a supportive online community.” shared Mommy Gee.
She inspires other working mothers to go over their fears and persist. Mommy Gee said “Starting out as a Shopee Livestreamer did not come easy for me, but I stuck with my decision and persevered. Seeing how much I have grown and learned since then is what pushes me to continue challenging myself.”
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