Home: Greater Seattle, WA area. Age: Forty-something looking like twenty-something. Profession: IT Leader. Organization: Afiniti. Title: VP, Global Deployment and Head of Diversity in Technology. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Languages spoken: English, Chinese, Filipino.
Recent recognition: The SHERO award by Ignite Worldwide for supporting gender equity in STEM. Recent professional development: Leading Unconscious Bias training workshops at work. Latest contribution to others: Nominated a number of female leaders to CHIEF, all of whom were accepted. What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Learning how to ski in my forties. Hobbies: Trying out new restaurants. I’m a foodie. Recent travel or adventure: Tahiti, Bora-Bora, Moorea. Last book read: When Women Lead, by Julia Boorstin.
What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Efficient. How do you define a perfect friendship? One that lasts forever and will accept you for who you were, are and will be. What is your greatest joy? My two kids and husband. What natural talent have you neglected? My musical gifts, singing and playing piano. What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Self-care. What is at the top of your bucket list? Antarctica. What is your go-to workout? HIIT workouts. What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? No laptops.
What was your first paying job? Cutting potatoes into French fries at a fast-food restaurant. What was your favorite college course? Foreign language. What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Moss wall art. What’s the best advice you received in your career? At your weakest, remember your strengths. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Cellphones. What is your favorite app? Spotify. What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? The pandemic, which gave me a perspective on what’s most important in life.
Increasing diversity in STEM field, starting with women & differently-abled
What message do you want to send out into the world? Second chances are rare, so make that most out of the opportunity that’s in front of you now. What mega-trend most excites you? ChatGPT. What mega-trend most concerns you? Crypto cash.
Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My granddad. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A businesswoman. After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? My wedding ring. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my family. What advice would you give your younger self? You’re perfect as you are. What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? My early twenties.
Personal mission: Empowering women. Personal motto: You are stronger than your excuse. Favorite quote: “Live simply so others can simply live” (Mahatma Gandhi).