Cecily Liu 劉純芳
#Empowered #SheratonHsinchu #MoxyTaichung #Learning #Investinwomen
I am the CEO of Grace Construction Company, a holding company that owns and operates hospitality properties. Our properties and brands include Sheraton Hsinchu Hotel, La Vida Taichung Hotel, Moxy Taichung Hotel (opening soon), and Fresh Corner Bakery & Deli. I enjoy the process of building things from the ground up, working with my team and witnessing our shared dreams become reality. I wake up everyday and feel excited about new spaces to built, new teams to cultivate, new ideas to thrive on and new experiences to craft. Our team aspires to change the way the world sees hospitality with innovation.
After receiving my MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, I became a strong believer that education can help us reach our potential and live a better life, just how I experienced myself during my time at Stanford. Four years ago, I set up Sheraton’s annual program to give back to the community. This year, I will be starting a cultural foundation.
I see myself as an advocate of female leadership, empowerment, and an enthusiastic wellness practitioner
What cities we can find you in:
You can find me in different cities in Taiwan, because I split my week among Hsinchu, Taichung, and Taipei. I travel to San Francisco and Luxembourg occasionally to visit friends and family.
What's your Edge?
I’ve had a non traditional background in all the industries I’ve been doing, both hotel and real estate development. As a young female executive surrounded by peers who often have 20+ years experience in the industry.
Being open minded, willing to listen and to communicate, and giving the team rooms to learn and grow are my way to make my team, business partners and my board to share my vision. I have a lot of new ideas and want to start a lot of new projects, but the only way to make those ideas become reality is to make people who are involved believe the ideas as much as I do.
During the execution of new ideas and projects, I like to get involved along the way in order to know when to adjust and pivot. When you execute, things always do not follow the plan 100%. When other factors play into parts, I like to be there to support my team and overcome challenges together, making sure at the end of the day, we still get what we want the most to be included in the final products.
How do you prioritize time:
By making continuous efforts to reflect and by analyzing patterns on how I spend my time. I usually use my Christmas break to have my big annual reflection, to step back and set or adjust goals in different aspects of life, and to decide an overarching goal for that year.
To execute the plan, before the week starts, I write down the three most important things for each day to accomplish. At the end of each month, I review my calendars and see whether I allocate my time according to my annual goals, and do a write up.
Stress management tips?
On those days I manage to get out of the bed and hit the gym at 6 am, I always feel more accomplished and more resilient to stress. Since I am constantly moving from city to city and have one meeting after another,having this one thing unchanged on my schedule gives me some kind of stability and a sense of control of my time.
Cooking, learning another language, and traveling during my off time also keep my hands busy and my mind occupied with thoughts not relating to work, thats my “me time”.
What are you reading these days?
I read novels before sleep and read other non fiction books when I am on the train. Other than business books, I enjoy reading books involving some psychology studies, such as Mindset, Grit, and Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.
Connect with Cecily
Cecily is an advocate for female leadership and passionate in mentoring talented young women in the Asia Pacific. Contact us if you have programs or initiatives that share the same mission, or if you want to join her team.