career transitioner/ restarter
SARA LEE D. SAN JOSE
Head, Culture and Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging (DIB),
Prudential Assurance Company Singapore
(In her 40's)
Her story (as shared by her nominator)
Sara started as a lawyer and was the Head- Legal for Prudential Singapore for many years. Despite a successful career in law, she was passionate about organisation psychology and made the brave decision to take a sabbatical in her 40s and reskill completely in organisation psychology. She returned from her sabbatical with a Masters in Organisational Psychology at the University of London and re-joined us as Organisational Behavioural Strategist. She then took on the role of Head-Culture and Diversity Inclusion & Belonging this year, further evolving her capabilities. In her role, Sara applies organisation science principles to help leaders and teams create and sustain well-being and high performance within the organisation amidst an increasingly complex working environment. She leads the design and implementation of Culture and DIB initiatives across the organisation.
Despite a successful career in law, she was passionate about organisation psychology and made the brave decision to take a sabbatical in her 40s and reskill completely. That takes courage, perseverance and resilience. Hats off to her!
In her own words:
Successfully pivoting from very diverse contributions: from being Head of Legal to Head of Culture, Diversity, inclusion and Belonging at the same organization.
Biggest challenge thus far
I struggle with being vulnerable in the workplace as I grew up in a professional environment where being alpha and assertive was rewarded. I have evolved professionally to (still) be a challenger but now have a strong nurturing streak. I've learned that role modelling vulnerability and demonstrating authenticity, helps to build psychologically safe teams, opening up to higher performance.
what judges say
Quite a few career transitions that would have involved adjustments, relearning and overcoming fears. Empowering!