Rise Above the Ordinary.

Push Margins as Frontier.

Discover, Collaborate & Network

with keynote speaker Dr. Loretta Chen at the 2020 Hawai'i Association for Career and Technical Education Conference

January 30 & 31, 2020

Hawai'i Convention Center

Thank you Hawaii ACTE for this incredible opportunity to share on the 21st-century educator and its interpellations with AI, MOOC in this VUCA world in the Opening Keynote to 700+ attendees from Dept of Education and Univ of Hawaii. 

In my two other breakouts, I also spoke on Gross National Happiness as an alternative matrix for assessing progress, citing Bhutan as a case study as well as premiering my short film on Secrets to Happiness directed by Bhutan’s leading media personality Namgay Zam. I also shared my TED talk, The Power of Failure and the importance of leaning into vulnerability as an Authentic Leader.

My deepest gratitude to President Barack Obama for mailing me a letter addressed to the conference-goers that came in time (4 hours to be exact !) before the keynote. This means a lot to the organization and the attendees as your words inspire and uplift especially in these divisive times.



Firebrand Dr. Loretta Chen is an award-winning director, professor and best selling author of:

  •  Woman on Top: The Art of Smashing Stereotypes and Breaking All the Rules

  • The Elim Chew Story: Driven by Purpose, Destined for Change and

  • Madonnas and Mavericks: Power Women in Singapore where she interviewed 17 of Singapore’s most illustrious women, including the incumbent President.

Hailing from city-state Singapore, Loretta was the Creative Director of The Activation Group, a creative agency with offices around Asia. During her 20-year career, she helmed campaigns for clients such as Samsung, BNP Paribas’ inaugural all-star Women’s Tennis tournament featuring Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova; Louis Vuitton, Adidas and World Wide Fund amongst others. She directed numerous theatrical productions including Victor Victoria that was staged during President Obama’s APEC visit to Singapore and premiered The F Word (2011) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, garnering her an Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award for bringing the plight of sex-trafficked women to light.




Dr. Loretta Chen

Celebrating the diverse and powerful women who have made Hawai‘i the place it is today. In their own voice, learn more about their lives and contributions and what they see for the future of Hawai‘i.

This book is a celebration of inspiring women who have contributed to the growth and development of the Aloha State determined by their spheres of influence, dedication, and commitment to their craft, industries, and the Hawaiian community. All of them have demonstrated their ability to rise above the ordinary and push the margins as frontier.

Inspiring Women of Hawai‘i gives us a glimpse into the past, a portrait of the contemporary and a vision of the future ...

Available Now

In retail stores across Hawai'i, on Amazon and from mutualpublishing.com

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email Jane Gillespie, or

call Jane at 808-380-1026



Dubbed the “Anna Wintour of Arts”, Loretta is a sought after keynote speaker, seminar panellist and a master of ceremony. She has even hosted her own eponymous national radio show, The Art of Lush with Loretta Chen on Lush 99.5FM.  

Articulate, dignified and personable, Loretta’s list of clients include multinational corporations, state events as well as international conferences and global summits. A full CV and voice reel is available upon request. 

Tips to Saving a Crappy Day

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How Successful People Stay Calm

How Successful People Stay Calm.mp3Dr. Loretta Chen
00:00 / 02:05

Top Tips to Being on Top

Top Tips To Being On Top .mp3Dr. Loretta Chen
00:00 / 02:10

S'pore International Film Festival

S'pore International Film FestivalDr. Loretta Chen
00:00 / 02:49


Blessed with high EQ, people skills and years of experience working in cross-cultural settings in diverse industries, Loretta is an expert in the fields of leadership development, strategic thinking, cross-cultural communication, creative media and marketing and offers consulting and customized corporate solutions and programs.


Loretta has also worked one-on-one with top CEOs and Heads of State on their public presentations, media appearances and personal outreach projects. Her strongest suits are her 3Cs- creating, connecting, communicating and she looks forward to being able to work with you to create your breakthrough in your career, communication and creative endeavours.



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