Meet Global Women's scholar: Demy Limbo
Can a 16-year-old’s decision lay the foundation for a successful career in research and consultancy? In my case, the answer is a resounding 'yes'.
Starting my university journey at the early age of 16, I decisively delved into the fascinating world of Psychology. It provided me a robust foundation in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, enabling me to discern complex patterns and trends, a skill set essential for my future career in research and consultancy.
Upon graduating at the age of 20, I began my professional journey at the Manila branch of a global financial services research consultancy. In the role of a Research Analyst, I applied the research skills I acquired during my undergraduate Psychology studies to conduct comprehensive data analysis, design and manage surveys, and create compelling data visualisations. Recognising my skills, I quickly progressed to the role of Lead Analyst.
From Manila to London
Relocating to London as a Research Operations Lead before the COVID-19 pandemic was challenging. I faced isolation, adapted to remote work, and navigated the unfamiliarity of a new country. Overcoming each obstacle made me stronger and more resilient. I learned to value effective communication and adaptability as crucial leadership traits, honing my skills to lead diverse teams in dynamic environments.
I chose Bayes Business School due to the school's location in London, a global business hub, perfectly suited my plans to balance work and study. Bayes’ dedication to fostering diverse leadership resonated with me, as reflected in their MBA leadership framework. The well-rounded Modular Executive MBA programme aligned with my career goals, and the school's vibrant community significantly appealed to me.
I currently work as a Research Consultant wherein I drive thought leadership by leveraging in-depth market analytics and research in the financial services sector, shaping strategic, data-driven decisions for our clients. My expertise spans from nurturing client partnerships and leading project life cycles to distilling complex research findings into clear, concise thought pieces, all while staying abreast of global asset management trends.
My Bayes Experience
Though only in my first term, the intense yet challenging and enjoyable studies keep me engaged. The rich diversity within my cohort significantly enriches our learning experience. Our varied perspectives, drawn from different industries, foster an environment that encourages out-of-the-box thinking. The assignments have also been thought-provoking, pushing the boundaries of my understanding. With each module, I feel a sense of growing expertise, which is both rewarding and motivating.
Our cohort's strong interest in sustainability spurred us to establish a new club at the school. This initiative reflects our collective commitment to environmental and social responsibility, turning our passions into meaningful action within our business school.
Looking to the future, my career aspirations revolve around creating a meaningful impact in my chosen field through effective leadership. I understand the dynamic nature of our world today, so adaptability in the face of technological advancements and evolving industry landscapes is paramount.
I strive to be a leader who pairs confidence with proven capabilities, who leads with humility and recognises that learning doesn't stop!
Global Women’s Leadership Programme
I discovered the Global Women’s Leadership Programme (GWLP) on the Bayes website. The selection process began with an online application, where I answered scholarship questions that challenged me to introspect and articulate my experiences. I then interviewed with the program director, discussing my unique experiences as a young Southeast-Asian woman in London. This highlighted my resilience and adaptability, underscoring the programme's commitment to diverse leadership.
What struck me about the GWLP was its events centred around women's leadership. These events offer a wealth of learning opportunities that I see as invaluable for my personal and professional growth. The program provides the tools and guidance necessary to foster confidence in my abilities as a leader. Beyond the learning, I was drawn to the prospect of becoming a board member. The possibility of having a hands-on role in shaping and guiding the programme not only appealed to my drive to make a difference, but also aligned with my commitment to promoting women's leadership in the professional world.
Attending GWLP events broadens my understanding of women-centric issues. For instance, a recent event focused on women's reproductive health was incredibly enlightening. It revealed the complexities that many women, and in some cases men, navigate while trying to conceive. This exposure to such real-world, personal experiences is fostering a holistic understanding of leadership that transcends traditional business environments.
GWLP also introduces me to a network of professional women. This community offers a platform for shared experiences, insights, and support, which is a precious resource as I continue to navigate my professional journey.
My inspiration and role models
My inspiration indeed stems from my childhood experiences. Growing up in a neighbourhood that, though economically modest, offered rich lessons in resilience and dedication. Here, I witnessed the tireless efforts of women managing their homes efficiently with limited resources. Even without the financial recognition accorded to traditional jobs, their contributions towards the stability and well-being of their families are substantial and cannot be overlooked.
These women's skills - multitasking, adaptability, resilience, and their pursuit of excellence - are praiseworthy. They exemplify leadership in every sense, managing varied responsibilities, making essential decisions, and adapting to diverse circumstances. Despite the absence of widespread recognition or economic valuation of their role, their unwavering dedication stands as an inspiring testament to authentic leadership.
What makes a good leader?
A good leader is someone who skilfully guides their team, fostering a strong sense of unity and direction. I believe effective leaders possess the ability to navigate complex business environments with strategic thinking. Moreover, a good leader embodies humility, recognising the importance of continuous learning. They uphold unwavering integrity, consistently displaying ethical conduct in all aspects of their work. Above all, they are dedicated to excellence, always striving to deliver their best in every task.
Find out more about the Global Women's Leadership Programme at Bayes.