The New Savvy is a great advocate for learning and women’s education, so imagine our delight and immense support of The Power of an Educated Girl event in New York.

#62MillionGirls Initiative

Moderated by Glamour’s editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive, Michelle Obama gave inspiring advice to thousands of girls. The First Lady of the United States co-panelist includes former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Plan International student activist Nurfahada, and actress/U.N. Messenger of Peace Charlize Theron.

As part of the recently launched Let Girls Learn campaign by the White House, the initiative aims to help 62 million girls worldwide without access to an education.

Michelle Obama’s Advice at The Power of an Educated Girl event

Here are some of The New Savvy’s favourite life lessons by the FLOTUS. There are reminders even to the strongest, smartest of us!

1) You are worthy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
“I learned that when I was young. I’m worthy. And if I’m worthy, so are you.”

2) Don’t be afraid of claiming your seat on the table.
“Compete with the boys, beat the boys, because you all are capable.”

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Michelle Obama’s Advice to Girls: "We can never give up. We can't afford to."
Michelle Obama: “Compete with the boys, beat the boys, because you all are capable.”

3) Invest in yourself.
“You’ll have the opportunity, and you’ll have control of your life to make choices. And you won’t have to listen to your parents, because you’ll have a job and you’ll pay your own bills. You want that freedom. Freedom comes later,” she said. “Now you invest. Now you put up with. Now you be patient. Because if you don’t do it now, then you’ll be living this cramped-up life for the rest of your life.”

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4) Failure is inevitable but learn from your mistakes. Have tenacity and persevere on.
“Failure is an important part of your growth and developing resilience. Don’t be afraid to fail.”

Our favourite quote from Michelle Obama? Watch the video below. Trust us, it’s worth it.

“If I had worried about who liked me and who thought I was cute when I was your age, I wouldn’t be married to the president of the United States.”


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Anna Haotanto is the Advisor (former CEO) of The New Savvy. She is currently the COO of ABZD Capital and the CMO of Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment firm focusing on opportunities in the global F&B industry. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. Anna invests and sits on the board of a few startups. Anna is also part of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Career Women’s Group executive committee. Anna’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She hosts TV shows and events, namely for Channel NewsAsia’s “The Millennial Investor” and “Challenge Tomorrow”, a FinTech documentary. Anna was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was also awarded Founder of the Year for ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. She was also awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Asian Business & Social Forum. Anna has been awarded LinkedIn Power Profiles for founders (2018, 2017), Tatler Gen T, The Peak’s Trailblazers under 40 and a nominee for the Women of The Future award by Aviva



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