As part of our Leading Women series, we want to highlight the professional challenges and career aspirations of the women we work with here in Asia.  

In this story, Paula Wang, Director of APAC App Developer Sales at Google, talks about the pain of rejection, the role of luck in her career and what it’s like to be a female leader in a billion-dollar company.  


Q: What do you think are the main challenges and opportunities for the next generation of women leaders?  

I really do think that the opportunities outweigh the challenges. Take the US Presidential Election, for example. It’s exciting to see a woman of colour being the new elected Vice President for one of the most powerful countries in the world. Certainly, the awareness level is unprecedented with regard to diversity and inclusion. We’re also seeing a lot of good progress in the business world and politics. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw great leadership demonstrated in countries like Germany and New Zealand, both nations led by a female leader. So for the next generation of women leaders, they should feel like they’re standing on the shoulders of other women. The future is very bright for women leaders.  

This is an abridged version of the full interview with Paula Wang. For the full version of the interview, click here.  

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