Rose Cao spent 14 years living in the bustling megacity of Singapore, but she couldn't shake the feeling that something was missing from her life. Despite working for a prominent Fortune 50 company for nearly five years, she found no happiness amidst the hours of stress, the monotony of routine, and the superficiality of social connections. Even though everything appeared beautiful on the surface, she gradually lost confidence in herself.
Amid her soul-searching journey, Rose realized that a meaningful life surpassed the confines of a stable job or financial abundance. It necessitated forging genuine connections, experiencing love, sharing, dedicating oneself to society, and pursuing a true passion. Driven to discover her purpose, she explored various workshops and embraced unfamiliar activities in search of her true passion.
In 2015, she stumbled upon a flower design course, igniting a flame within her. Since then, her journey has grown with excitement and purpose. In 2016, she made history as the first Vietnamese floral artist to reach the final round of the prestigious Singapore Garden Festival, securing the Silver Medal for her outstanding table display. Fueled by this achievement, Rose made a courageous decision: she renounced her Singapore permanent residency and returned to her homeland - Vietnam, determined to share her profound love for floral art with her community.
With a private studio established in Ho Chi Minh City over the ensuing two years, she orchestrated nearly 300 events & workshops, encompassing seven comprehensive courses in European Floral Art catering to beginners and advanced learners alike. Collaboration became an integral part of her journey, as Rose joined forces with local and international designers, uniting her students in three notable exhibitions and open-house events that aimed to champion Floral Art and its merits.
By the conclusion of 2017, Rose's commitment to teaching went far beyond physical boundaries as she signed a partnership deal with a large online teaching platform. Her reputation as an exceptional instructor spread far and wide, attracting hundreds of students hailing from 37 countries to enrol in her courses by December 2020. Taking a stride towards expansion in March 2021, Rose started building her floristry education platform, fostering deeper connections with her students via 2 ways of learning experience.
At present, Rose offers a wide range of courses, from basic to advanced, providing theoretical knowledge and practical modules in floristry. Recently, she organized an online demonstration in the Vietnamese language, catering to her beloved community. Her future goal is to invite more talented designers to join her platform, enabling a collaborative environment for online events where students and colleagues worldwide can exchange ideas and share their unique floral design styles with the world.
Rose is currently the host of the Rose Cao Podcast where she shares knowledge about Floral Art and provides a safe platform for other artists to tell their own stories. She is also the mentor for Give It Back by Lead the Change Asia where she helps fresh graduates to find their own paths in life.