Cultivating a Happy Workplace: Meet Wan Siangjun - Senior Program Manager at InsightPact

Wan is a Thai-English bilingual trainer and facilitator with expertise in designing and delivering effective and insightful training programs. She has worked with local and global organizations of all kinds in Thai, English, Portuguese, and Spanish, to cultivate team alignment, and foster people-centered leadership and workplace wellbeing.

Wan’s expertise in people management, entrepreneurship, design thinking, and embodied methodologies has enabled her to facilitate impactful learning experiences for individuals and teams. She creates safe, collaborative, and co-creative spaces that encourage movement, fun, and understanding. By incorporating diverse and inclusive perspectives and experiences, Wan’s training programs provide an experience that enables teams to gather effectively and lovingly, navigate complex conversations, and build skills for resilience while emphasizing the elements of wellbeing and happiness in professional life.

Some of the partners that Wan has worked with in the past include USAID, ILO, Winrock International, NCD Alliance, The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and Innovation of Change, on various topics. She emphasizes the combination of creating a space for open and safe conversations, as well as providing suitable tools in her programs, providing actionable insights that can be implemented in work and organization right away.

Outside of InsightPact, with her close connection to Brazil and her passion for food, Wan has a Brazilian restaurant in Bangkok that many are happy to call a home away from home.

The best part of InsightPact for me.

The culture of consideration and people-centeredness that we practice together, we walk the talk. The way we try our best, and regularly have conversations to make sure that while delivering high-quality work to our partners, we care for the wellbeing of our team. 

InsightPact truly allows me to have the kind of life that I have always dreamed of having. I’m grateful to be a part of the team.

A bit about me.

My name’s Wan. As Senior Program Manager at InsightPact, I get to forge connections and amplify positive impact.

In high school, I lived in Brazil as an exchange student for a year. After graduation, I co-found a Brazilian restaurant called ‘Sabor Brasil’ located in Bangkok. Outside of work, I’m fond of surfing and trekking.

Where am I from?

I’m from a coastal town called Rayong, which is a 2-hour drive from Bangkok. Growing up in this lovely beach town made me an outdoorsy person.

Where do I currently live?

I’m based in Rayong where my family and my pets (and the beaches) are. I come to Bangkok often because of my restaurant and InsightPact. I am enjoying the best of both worlds!

Why InsightPact?

I was working as a Portuguese/English/Thai interpreter for the International Development Design Summit (IDDS) Sisaket in 2017 when I first met Hermes and Irene, who later became Co-Founders of InsightPact. We developed a good relationship since then, as colleagues and as friends. 

Later in 2021, when I was looking for a new job with more location flexibility and a better work-life balance, together with the trust that I have in Hermes and Irene, I decided to join InsightPact.

The movie that changed the way I think.

About Time. It’s about a man with the ability to time travel who tries to change his past in hopes of improving his present and future. What I took from the movie was to embrace imperfections and cherish every moment life brings. Overall, to enjoy life's journey rather than just obsessing over the “destination”.

How I practice wellbeing & wellness in my day-to-day life.

First of all, to be self-aware of what brings me joy, and what causes stress or negative feelings, identify their root causes, and try to deal with them.

Equally important is to make time each day for activities that promote self-care, which for me includes taking a walk, exercising, cooking, listening to music, and connecting with people that I love.

My morning routine.

I wake up around 6:30 and would snuggle with my dog, who loves sleeping on my feet. I then take her for a walk while listening to some podcasts. After a good long walk, I have breakfast and coffee. Being able to enjoy my slow morning routine is crucial to me. I start working around 9.

My playlist right now.

These days I’m listening to Harry Styles, Jaymes Young, The Paper Kites, Rogue Valley, and Iron & Wine. I also liked to be surprised by Spotify’s Daily Mix playlists, they are pretty good. Data and algorithms!

Senior Program Manager
Sriwan (Wan) Siangjun
Sriwan (Wan) Siangjun
Project Management, Facilitation, Entrepreneurship

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