Wai Foong Ng is a tax consultant at a Big Four Firm and the founder and editor of Suit & Pie, a website that features news, interviews and original content for and about professional women and men.
1- In no more than three sentences, please explain what you do
By day, I am a tax consultant specialising in the real estate sector at one of the Big Four financial services firms. By night (and actually mostly by weekend), I am the editor of Suit & Pie, a website for and about inspiring and sharing experiences with professional women and men.
Sorry I went for the superhero pun – I’m not sure how tax consultant and website editor really compares to playboy billionaire and masked vigilante of Gotham City (previously scared of bats)!
2- Who inspires you?
Suit & Pie has allowed me to meet and interview some really incredible women and men. The ones who inspire me the most are those who have gone out on a limb and started their own business, created their own product or created communities for others who believe in the same things they do. They are often very humble and unassuming – but have achieved some incredibly inspiring things. They aren’t doing it for the money, they do it because they believe that they can improve the world (even if just a little bit) with their ideas and products. There are so many of those women and men out there – it is always such an honour to meet them and to hear their story.
3- What is the biggest change you want to see in the world?
World Peace… would be the obvious choice (and also that of Miss Universe). That and equality, particularly gender equality, which I think is really important (it isn’t a reality in many countries and in many fields) but has been written and talked about extensively over the past couple of years.
On a more micro level, I think I would love to see people take more chances – often you can get stuck in a routine, a pattern, a personality type which doesn’t reflect who you really are and what you are capable of. I would like to see people putting themselves out there more and really going for what they believe in.
4- What would you like to be remembered for?
Mainly for being a good person, treating others well and living my life right.
I think that when I was younger recognition was higher on my list (who wouldn’t want to be remembered for changing the world after all), but I think now it’s more about helping individuals rather than anything en masse – if you can have a small impact on one person it is worth it – that’s what I’m hoping to achieve with Suit & Pie.
Obviously I’d also be remembered for being an avid cake eater and for always ordering tea at the pub…
5- What is the most interesting new idea you’ve come across in the past year?
Wow there have been quite a few – luckily for you they are all featured on the amazing Suit & Pie Christmas Wishlist! (sorry couldn’t resist a little plug!)
A couple of my favourites are:
- The Quarter Club: Sas and Jo, the two ladies behind TQC, are absolute stars. They created TQC to provide support for female freelancers of all ages through a variety of Salons, Pitching Parlours, Supper Clubs and Quarter Labs. Their events always have an incredible (and incredibly well known) line up of speakers.
- Oh My Sock: Ha is the founder of Oh My Sock which is a brand that produces men’s black socks out of bamboo – which makes them odourless and extremely soft. They come in packs of 7 pairs which are all identical so you don’t even need to match them! This has been the product that I have had the most interest in after featuring it.
6- Finally, how can people engage with your work if they’d like to learn more/help?
Oooh… I do love hearing from new people! Anyone with an idea they would like featured or who would like to help or get in touch do email me at email@example.com and visit the website at http://suitandpie.co.uk to subscribe for the Suit & Pie newsletter. I am on twitter also @suitandpieUK and @foongi
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