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Moms in Tech: How these mothers at Shopee unlocked success in a fast-paced industry


Moms in Tech: How these mothers at Shopee unlocked success in a fast-paced industry

With the rapid growth of e-commerce, more women have explored the tech industry and found success online. Shopee continues to provide members of its platform with the support needed to thrive in tech. In time for Mother’s Day, three mothers share their experiences. They share how they ventured out of their comfort zones and into e-commerce. Karen, Primarose, and Glenda remain a testament to what working mothers in tech feel capable of achieving. Whether they are riders, Livestream partners, or employees of Shopee.

MOMS IN TECH: Shopee moms unlock success in a fast-paced industry

Karen: Homegrown Shopee Leader 

Karen Perez previously worked on the operations side of the FMCG Industry. A wife and mother to two daughters, she made the switch to join Shopee. She also became its first employee in the Philippines seven years ago, leading its Operations Team. She had hesitations. However, she knew that being part of the tech industry would help her develop even more 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.”

Karen takes on a new role as the Head of People at Shopee Philippines.

For those around her, this comes as no surprise as she has always approached leadership by building personal relationships in the workplace. She went from dealing with the backend aspects of the business. Then, she began focusing her time on caring for people and their well-being.

“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 gets the admiration of the people whose opinion matters to her the most: 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 Shopee Xpress rider. A wife and a mother to three children, her unique journey with Shopee Xpress began in June 2021. This happened after the pandemic forced her to close her souvenir store.

As one of the few female riders in her line of profession, she knows she has to be determined. However, she has no regrets.

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.)

Primarose reaps the rewards of her efforts.

She can now provide for her family, and even take them out to eat in restaurants and go on outings.

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. I now know that I am able to provide for my family through my job.)

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Mommy Gee: Finding balance as a working mother

Glenda, also known as Mommy Gee, started her journey in creating online content. Prior to becoming a Shopee live streamer, she posts about what means most to her – her children. As a single mom working multiple jobs, she supports her three children and struggled with something most moms would know about: time management. Besides doing online content, Mommy Gee also remains a licensed real estate agent and entrepreneur, owning a Korean food franchise.

When the pandemic struck, her real estate job experienced a hit which became one of the reasons why she chose to become a Shopee live streamer.

“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 chose to persevere doing live streams.

At first, she didn’t feel confident doing it. However, as time went by, she became more confident and eventually began to enjoy it. She loves helping people find their Shopee budols, and more importantly, connecting and making friends online.

“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 giving me the opportunity to connect with a supportive online community.”

She encourages other working mothers to venture out of their comfort zones and persevere.

“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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