“For as long as I can remember, I have been curious about successful people, and on 1 March, I launched my podcast ‘Pass the Power with Paige Parker’ – in order to chat with these amazing folks. This idea has been brewing in my mind for over a year, and the pause and mood caused by the pandemic sparked me to get busy and make it happen. Gushcloud International, an influencer, entertainment and talent company, helmed by Althea Lim, is producing the podcast with me, and I am grateful for their expertise on the production side.”
Parker has a formidable line up of guests sorted out. She had Prof Tommy Koh as guest in the first episode, followed by Tracie Pang, Loh Boon Chye, and Loh Lik Peng. Tan Shu Shan, Beh Swan Gin, Anil Thadani, and many others are also slated to spear on the podcast.
“This podcast shares meaningful conversations of hope with today’s thought-leaders to inspire, educate, and entertain, so together we may Pass the Power on to listeners,” Parker says. “Guests from different walks of life share pearls of wisdom, and how to live life fully and with passion, both personally and professionally. Each episode is light-hearted, but packed with substance.”
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What do you focus on and how do you do it?
I know from people, especially younger ones, these conversations are needed. Plus, many are reading less, since we absorb news and information online and via social media. With many of us overwhelmed with work and life, we want to experience content while multitasking, which a podcast permits. People now want on-demand content, specific to their interests, when convenient for them. Search engines also are including more voice assistants, and I believe this will play a significant role in the future of content. Podcasting is the new blogging.
Additionally, being able to guide people to causes I support is a serious side perk. The episodes include discussions on the importance of education and the arts, walking the talk on gender equality, mentorship, local businesses, work life balance, and even parenting.
What other commitments keep you busy at the moment?
I volunteer and offer my energy to several organizations in Singapore, but the two at the top of my agenda are United Women Singapore and Singapore Dance Theatre, and I serve on the board of directors for both. These organizations are trying to find a way forward, operating during a pandemic, by offering online programming and content, as well as fundraising in different forms.
How do you prepare for the daily grind?
A few minutes of mindfulness, cayenne and lemon water, followed soon after with an almond milk latte, exercise – even if I can only grab 20 minutes, reading the news, writing, listening to podcasts, researching.
How do you keep your momentum?
I am in a season of life where I have never felt more energetic. Even though I am in my mid-life, I feel I am still a work in progress: I am in a state of improving, not proving myself. I think exercise, a mostly healthy diet, time with those who charge me, and doing work and serving causes I believe in, feeds my soul, and helps me to benefit others.
How do you know you’re performing well?
We know. We all know! Of course, we like praise and validation, which helps our egos, but when we are fully charged in mind, capability, and heart, our performance reflects this. And if you have a podcast, where you stand in the charts is pretty telling too!
Current Project: ‘Pass the Power with Paige Parker’ podcast
Peer: Tan Su Shan — she’s such an amazing, engaging and engaged badass, but always has time for her friends.
Mentor: Laura Hwang — her passion and commitment for Singapore Dance Theatre, and countless other causes, is inspiring. She encourages me to be the best version of myself.
Idea: Recall the movie Wall Street where Gordon Gekko says, “Greed, for a lack of a better word, is good.” Well that is over! Changing mindsets from focusing on pure profit to one inclusive of ESG is good for business – and the planet.
Inspiration: Amanda Gorman, who read the poem The Hill We Climb at the inauguration of US President Joe Biden – she’s a trailblazer, thought-maker, and I cannot wait to see her life progress. President Gorman seems inevitable.
Personal Social Media Channels: Instagram: @iampaigeparker, TikTok: @iampaigeparker, Twitter: @iampaigeparker, LinkedIn: Paige Parker, Podcast: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google podcasts
Daily Routine: Rising at 6:30AM to take my daughter Bee, 13, to school, morning coffee with my husband, as we review the news of the day.
Workshops: At the end of May, I will be a judge for Ascend Now’s entrepreneurship pitch for females in two categories (9-12) and (13-17) – it’s a sort of “Shark Tank" for Kids and the brains and business ideas of these young ones are remarkable and exciting.
Newscast: The Straits Times (print and digital), The Financial Times (print and digital), The Daily podcast from the New York Times
Podcast: WorkLife with Adam Grant, Go Ask Ali with Ali Wentworth, On Purpose with Jay Shetty, The Business of Fashion Podcast
Books: Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor
Social Media Diet: @oonshuan, Singapore actress who shines light on important and sometimes uncomfortable life here in the +65, and she does it with wit and compassion; Chrissy Teigen @chrissyteigen, I love her sass, candor, authenticity, family focus; Meena Harris @meena – founder of @phenomenal, a female-powered lifestyle brand focused on bringing awareness and attention to causes and culture. She also happens to be the niece of US VP Kamala Harris!
Music: Spotify - I love everything from Rachmaninoff to Janelle Monae to Shigga Shay
General Entertainment: Time with my family — Jim, Bee, Hilton; walking my labradoodle Bella Sage Parker Rogers; cooking for my family; reading, exercising – spin is my sweat-inducing flavor of the month; making female-empowering TikToks; watching Netflix – adored Money Heist, Queen’s Gambit, Billions, and Blacklist; listening, learning, and sharing on Clubhouse.