This is the photo-story of Ann So, an Operations Manager based in Manila. She loves working for Shell as it is the perfect environment for her to pursue her passion for people development and diversity.
Ann So is an Operations Manager in Manila. She’s full of energy and is a passionate public speaker. Ann gives up her time to speak at internal and external events, and writes a blog about resilience, one of the subjects she specialises in. Ann is also a keen supporter and chair of the Shell Women’s Network in Manila.
I’m Ann, an Operations Manager based in Manila. I’m a mentor and facilitator as part of my job, and I love sharing my knowledge: that’s why I write a blog and speak about resilience at events. I’m thankful that I’m so full of energy because there are so many things I love doing! My motto in life is ‘do something every day that your future self will thank you for’.
I love to help people develop, and I’m a strong supporter of gender diversity. The WE stands for Women Empowered – it’s the name of our Women’s Network in Manila. It was founded two years ago, and I’ve been the group lead since then. Although its roots are in Shell Business Operations in Manila, we now have members in various Shell businesses across the country.
Here is my Reporting and Analysis team in our green T-shirts for a leadership team day. I’m known for giving this hand gesture, which represents ‘winning’. We want to consistently improve what we do, so we spent a day outside the office for our planning activity, which aims to take a fresh perspective at our people, processes and systems.
This is my mum Yolanda, my sister Marie and I on holiday. We try and get together whenever we can. Family is important to me and I am pleased that my role in Shell allows me to have a good balance between work and my personal priorities.
This picture showcases the bond I’ve established with my team. I was moving on to a new role in Shell, and the team threw a farewell party for me. It’s a treat to work with people I’ve established great friendships with since I started working in Shell. I have always had a passion for people development, and will always dedicate time to people to help whenever I can, even if they are not in my team. I’ll make time to connect with them - it’s very important to me.
Part of what I do at Shell is helping leaders and leaders-to-be learn skills that will help them cope with change. During times of change, leaders need to become resilient and be able to assist and direct people going through the transformation. This topic is something that I’m often invited to speak on at external events.
Music is another passion of mine! I play guitar, keyboard and drums, and used to be in a band. It’s important to make the time to do what you love. My friends at Shell and I sometimes go out to karaoke or videoke events – that’s a big part of what we love in Manila!
Here, my colleagues and I from the Shell Women’s Network are preparing lunchboxes and soup for students and street children. It’s called Kusina ng Kalinga (Kitchen of Care), which is a Philippine poverty alleviation and nation-building movement. I’m incredibly grateful that I get to take part in such initiatives, and make a difference in other people’s lives.
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