International Women’s Day: LiveOlive’s Fave Women

In honor of the International Women’s Day, LiveOlive pays tribute to inspirational women in Indonesia.


By N Mark Castro

Here are eight lovely ladies whom have shared their journey in organizing their life, especially in managing money and dealing with different challenges that they had to overcome until they finally able to enjoy the quality of life that they have today. May you get a little inspired as you get to know their stories.


Armed with an American education and training, Santi decided to quit working as an employee and flew back to Indonesia to establish her own architectural and design company. She now works for herself while pursuing her social entrepreneurship involvement with TEDx Jakarta.



The woman behind Jakarta’s favorite dining spot, Otel Lobby, who worked her way around the culinary industry in the US from waiting tables, kitchen, all the way to management and entrepreneurship.




As a travel presenter/ print model/ brand ambassador/ assistant lecturer at the London School of Public Relations, she juggled her professional activities while pursuing her master degree. She knows that a woman with fluctuating income needs to do one thing early: invest.



Meet the woman behind the success of Java Jazz Festival. She learned her financial principles from her father, Peter Gontha, as she elevated the annual jazz festival as an international brand. What the public sees is the festival that runs for a few days and not the year-long preparation that Dewi makes to ensure its success.



This socialite is a former Sinetron –Indonesian drama series– actress and part-time print/ runway model. In-between her socio-developmental activities, she also works as bridal make-up artist.



The celebrity-chef we often see on Asian Food Channel worked her way through for her own education –including waiting on tables– and came home to share her craft, while managing her own brand and, of course, her personal finance.



She has worked as a TV news anchor for various TV stations then as a PR practitioner before joining Freeport. She credits her parents for investing on her education while achieving scholarships on her own. She is a strong believer that education is one of the best forms of investments.



Abigail has spent most of her professional career in Red Cross until she decided to move into freelance as an editor and establish her own bakeshop: L’Chaim Home Made Bread. She allocates 30 percent of the bakeshop’s earnings to feed the poor.


About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the Southeast Asia Director of JUMP DIGITAL Asia, which is an internationally-awarded and fully integrated digital marketing agency with 5 out of 10 offices in the ASEAN region. He is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Business Club Indonesia, managing and assisting the traffic of investments between the Philippines and Indonesia. He shuttles between Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, and Australia. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

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