On Mother’s Day weekend, I had the pleasure of taking my mom to the 2016 APAPA Gala (Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association) in Sacramento, California. Along with 15 other scholars, I was honored an award and a scholarship for my commitment to civic and public service. As a proud Asian American, I strive to continuously increase diversity in the fields of sales and marketing by hosting resume, interview, LinkedIn, and personal branding workshops for many multicultural organizations. With this dedication, I’m excited to continue promoting diversity in the workforce as I will be hosting more professional development workshops during my time abroad in Germany this Fall 2016 and Hong Kong next Spring 2017.
At the Gala, I had the wonderful opportunity to hear from keynote speaker, Senator Richard Pan, speak about his journey as an Asian American trying to impact the world of politics. Though many Asian and Pacific Islander Americans are often under represented in certain industries, it was empowering to hear how many individuals have risen above the status quo to pursue their dreams. After speaking to many of the donors, I saw that most of the contributors initially came from very sparse, immigrant backgrounds and have worked hard to aim for their positions today.
Attending this event was not only rewarding in a literal way but also in a very personal way – I was touched by many of the immigrant success stories and my motivation to create an impact in the marketing industry was fueled further. Though I currently contribute to the community through my actions, I hope that in the future, I would have the means to donate monetarily to organizations that empower leaders of the next generation.