Home: West Los Angeles. Age: N/A, always young at heart! Birthplace: Bay Area, California. Profession: E-Commerce, retail and merchandising. Organization(s): WomenExecs on Boards, Leadership CA, Verte Mode and JDMA MarComms Think Tank. Title: Advisor, Committee Chair, Board Member. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Significant other: Ryan – best partner in mission and purposeful living. Alma mater: Live your life fully – Harvard Business School Exec Ed, International University of Monaco, UCLA. Languages spoken: English, Broken Cantonese.
Current project: Living thoughtfully, intentionally and sustainably. Recent recognition: Helping grow WomenExecs on Boards to over 200 members. Latest accomplishment: Staying connected; Leadership CA’s CIT (Issues and Trends). Latest contribution to others: Placing women execs into board seats and supporting them in their journey. Hobbies: Family, friends, fitness, food and fun! Order and combinations can vary. Recent travel or adventure: Teneral Cellars virtual wine room; rediscovering Los Angeles locally through friends, colleagues and pets. Last book read: Audible, most likely. Recently viewed and recommended: Small, local businesses with great customer service. Recent unique acquisition: A gift of fine tea from a friend visiting from Singapore.
Personality profile: Curious, calm, peaceful. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Zen. Moral compass: Family roots, ethics & instincts. Remembering heritage and ancestors’ sacrifices. How do you define a perfect friendship? Thought-provoking, challenging, low key, easy. Laughing at yourselves and together. How do you define an ideal business relationship? Creating something amazing together built on trust and respect. What is your greatest joy? Celebrating and experiencing family traditions and milestones. What is your greatest fear? No more coffee, tea or chocolate. What natural talent have you neglected? Making art, developing products, decorating. What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? First responders, soldiers, doctors, healers and caretakers.
What is at the top of your bucket list? More quality time with parents. How do you relieve stress? Deep breaths and perspective. What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Dinner at sunset. What is your go-to workout? Home gym, cardio – elliptical, Peloton and yoga.
What book have you repeatedly read? True North, by Bill George. What’s featured prominently on your office wall? "I believe you’re here to become more of yourself and to live your best life" (Oprah). What movie have you repeatedly watched? Eat Pray Love. Who has had the greatest influence on your life? My parents and Oprah episodes. What is the best advice you received growing up? "Love what you do, do what you love" (Ray Bradbury). What is the best advice you received in your career? Reputation is your currency. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Electric cars. What is your favorite app? iTunes. What is your go-to source of news and information? Documentaries that tell history in hindsight with facts and research. What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Travel, new experiences. What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? Sandy Hook, the need to create a better future. What company or organization do you most admire? The 9/11 Memorial and Museum, remembering and honoring all the heroes/heroines.
What is your big idea? Envisioning a greener world, full of abundance for all populations. What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Global advocacy for sustainability and equity within different sectors, creating opportunities that might not exist for others and bridging understanding for all generations. What change would you like to see in the world? Revitalization of the unity and respect for each other and within the U.S. What message do you want to send out into the world? Seek to understand one another, come together to make the positive change together, to protect the economy, middle class, consumer privacy for a more equitable world. What widely held belief do you reject? All (wo)men are created equal. That once a women has a child/children, she is no longer capable of working and providing value. What mega-trend most excites you? Greater appreciation for diversity as a whole and representation, including the AAPI community, i.e., Asian Americans. What mega-trend most concerns you? A highly digitalized world leading to loss of independent, analytical thinking.
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Growing Up Californian. What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Gemma Chan. Who would you like to spend an evening with, in Heaven? Grandparents and ancestors, those I knew and those I never met. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A fashion designer. What object would you save first from your burning home? Photos. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? At a family reunion in Hawaii, enjoying the balmy weather and local cuisine. What advice would you give your younger self? Your decisions lead your life’s directions. It always works itself out. What day in your life would you like to re-live? Carrying my son for the first time.
Personal mission: Bring back neighborly kindness, respect and manners along with raising the awareness of the growing homeless population, rise of climate issues and how men are getting lost in our systems. Personal motto: Life is an adventure, live it to the fullest! Favorite quote: "The most effective way to do it, is to do it" (Amelia Earhart).