Whether it’s promoting sustainable living, working in the community, providing state-of-the-art dental services or making women feel empowered, these impressive young ladies are making a difference and having a positive impact on society, writes Liviani Putri.
Jean Claudia – Feet on the ground
“My parents always told me to keep my eyes on the stars and my feet on the ground,” says Jean Claudia. “They stressed the importance of kindness and humility, because it will take you a long way further than you would expect. I also learned from them to think 12 steps ahead, not just two, so you are always ahead of everyone.”
A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, Jean works as a content strategist at Bobobobo.com, the lifestyle and fashion ecommerce company. She is also busy as a co-founder and Marketing Director of Eskape Group.
“Our business is resorts and F&B businesses located in the more exotic and secluded islands in Indonesia,” Jean says. “We focus on sustainable living, eco-friendly resources and renewable energy to offer the adventurous young generation a state-of-the art tropical lifestyle. Our upcoming resort will open at Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida by the end of the year. I wish Eskape can be the right place for those who want to enjoy their travels while giving back to mother earth.”
Bianca Belnadia – Sharing is caring
Bianca Belnadia, the young entrepreneur behind Love, Bonito, says sharing is the way that she and the people in her company learn to grow and improve. “We love to involve ourselves in a lot of community events,” she says. “Because we are an unconventional fashion e-commerce business, our partners come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from college students to bankers.”
This graduate of Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles goes on: “I’ve always been super inspired by hearing the stories and experiences of very successful people. When I was five years younger and just stepping into the working environment, I would like to meet and listen to people who had been in the industry for a long time.”
While Bianca is busy in her role as Managing Director, she still sets aside time to keep up an active lifestyle. “I do boot camp workouts and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) to relieve stress,” she reveals. “It’s good for me – I rarely get sick.”
Karen Prasetio – Always moving forward
Karen Prasetio is the inspirational founder of Siorai, a jewellery brand based on her interest in the worlds of art and fashion. “Every Siorai diamond is selected through highly monitored quality control,” she declares. “Siorai cherishes all women and wishes to empower them, so that they can embrace their womanhood and strive to be the best versions of themselves.”
Karen tells us she has been working on new designs that “will be fresh, chic and modern, revolving around the theme of in-between. Always moving forward with Siorai and its vision, I’m trying to find more business opportunities out there, because I want to bring a more positive impact to society.”
In her free time, Karen loves “travelling to exciting places, reading good books, watching musicals (I just saw Phantom of The Opera), going hiking, gaining a diving certificate, running through GBK and hitting the gym. I like to make most of everything and to appreciate even the tiny bits in life. Time is not to be wasted, so I enjoy being spontaneous while exploring and learning new things every single day.”
Noi Aswari – One thing at a time
“I’m not a multi-tasking type of person, but doing things one at a time has taught me how to appreciate every single moment in life,” declares young dentist Noi Aswari. Together with three colleagues, she has opened Tawa Dental Clinic in Pondok Indah.
“It’s a big project and it takes a lot of energy and attention,” Noi says of the venture. “I’m not in a rush to get married and start a family. First, I want to focus on dentistry and on making a success of the clinic.”
She recently returned from an enlightening holiday in Vietnam. “It was an eye-opening experience,” Noi says. “The more I travel, the more I see the world from different perspectives. Trying something new and staying in a lot of unexpected places – experiences like these challenge me to come out of my comfort zone.”
Photographed by Zaky Akbar / Styled by Paul Dela Merced / Make-up by Arimbi and Dave Rio / Hair by Asep and Ujang Tumin / Styling Assistants by Lintang Hutami and Jerdi Anarchi