Winnie was born in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. In 1987 she joined Kuching Hilton as a Senior Sales Manager where she was appointed by the State Secretary in charge of dignitaries visits and Protocol. With her excellent public relationship services, she was awarded the Look East Program to Japan by the Malaysia/Japan Government to do implant training on Japanese Tourism and businesses. After her one year training, she brought 300 Japanese to Sarawak for bilateral trade. She was a member of the organizing committee for the European Commission/ ASEAN Ministerial Meeting hosted by Malaysia in Kuching in 1992 and Asian Film Festival in 1991.
She moved to Los Angeles in 2003, after marrying her husband Dr. Steve Kaplan, a California native. Actively assisting the Consulate General of Malaysia, Los Angeles in organizing King’s visit, Festival celebration, Businesses and tourism. As a founding member of the Malaysian Business Council she worked closely with the Asian Chambers Association in collaboration with Consulates in promoting businesses with Asian countries and California.
She moved to Arizona in 2010 following her husband’s career as Naturopathic Doctor. Besides her profession as an International Realtor, she is committed to community engagement. Establish a strong local network, engaging and building relationships with leaders and governments. She is on the Asian District Mesa Steering Committee. Organized the Asian Festival in 2022 partnering with the City of Mesa to unveil the Asian District signage. More than 20,000 attendees.