Home: Boston, MA. Birthplace: Taipei. Profession: People operations (and finance, as needed). Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Alma mater: Harvard Kennedy School (Master in Public Policy), Wellesley College (B.A.). Languages spoken: English, Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese.
Latest accomplishment: Obtained ACC certification from the International Coaching Federation. Latest contribution to others: Helped two new clients land their dream jobs (one at Microsoft!). What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Pivoting my strategy & operations career in the restaurant/hospitality industry to leading the People Operations function for tech companies. Hobbies: International travel and digital photography. And eating out (can’t seem to shed the “research” portion of my previous career!). Recent travel or adventure: Spain. Last book read: Inclusion Revolution by Daisy Auger-Dominguez. A must read for all leaders. Recently viewed and recommended: Hometown Cha Cha Cha (K-Drama).
Personality profile: Empathic, strategic, realistic, people-centric, curious. A lifelong learner. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Loyal. Moral compass: Do the right thing, put people first. How do you define an ideal business relationship? Respect, trust, integrity. Do what you say you are going to do. Be there for the team. What is your guilty pleasure? Cheetos. What word or phrase do you use far too often? Seriously?! Seriously. What natural talent have you neglected? Singing.
What was your favorite college course? Development Economics with Professor David Lindauer. What book have you repeatedly read? The Legend of the Condor Heros, by Jin Yong. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Instant messaging, text, Slack (seriously). Or, Zoom, or FaceTime. What is your favorite app? It’s a tie between Notion and Google Maps. What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? My network of amazing and talented women professionals.
What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Working with startup founders to partner with people operations expertise early on (at the very beginning), instead of waiting until they are 30+ people in. What change would you like to see in the world? True understanding of inclusion and belonging, how that ties into diversity and equity. And more people really living these values instead of being performative, especially if it may feel uncomfortable at first. What message do you want to send out into the world? Be the change you want to see in the world. What widely held belief do you reject? “You are too old to…” (fill in the blank with a verb).
What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Ming-Na Wen. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A teacher. What advice would you give your younger self? It’s ok to be kind to yourself. What superpower would you wish for? Telekinesis.
Personal mission: Creating a more inclusive world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Personal motto: Learn. Grow. Help others. Favorite quote: “Do. Or do not. There is no try” (Jedi Master Yoda).