LISTENING TO WHY MY FATHER TELLS STORIES

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Every year for Father’s Day, I drive to my parents’ house in Cerritos, California.  My parents are always happy to have their baby son home.  My father, in particular, likes having me there because he is a storyteller, and any good storyteller needs an audience.  My dad is especially fond…

Diversity Action Matters in the Business Law World

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In the diversity movement for the legal profession, just as in life, actions speak louder than words. So even though diversity and inclusion remains a hot topic in the business world, including for lawyers, it’s continually important to spark more – and more innovative – action. That’s the goal of…

A Vietnamese Refugee’s Thanksgiving Hope for Syria

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This Thanksgiving, I followed my annual rituals as I visited my family in Cerritos, California. I picked up something for dessert, helped my mom in the kitchen, and listened to my dad’s stories. But this year, I was especially thankful that my family gets to celebrate an American holiday such…

Risk v. Reward: Finding the Right Balance for Digital Innovation

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As a lawyer in the digital business world, I see every day that technology innovates far faster than the law can keep pace. Companies of all shapes and sizes – from startups to corporate giants, from new disruptors to old guard institutions, from local shops to global conglomerates – want to…

Why Fit In? Stand Out and WIN in Business

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Twenty years ago, I graduated law school and entered the corporate legal world as an associate at a major law firm. Like many young professionals, I thought that career success required me to fit some mold of what my employer and industry wants. In my young mind, the legal world…

A New Era for Asian Americans in Starring Roles

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February 2015 will go down in history as a great month for Asian Americans in entertainment. For the first time in 20 years, U.S. network television has a sitcom led by an Asian American cast as ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat premiered to strong ratings and good reviews.   Days later,…

Serena Williams: How to Stand Out and WIN

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Tennis history was made today as Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova to win her 6th Australian Open. More importantly, Serena’s 19th Grand Slam singles title surpasses my childhood tennis icons Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.  This latest victory reminds me why Serena knows how to stand out and WIN – in…

Miss Universe: A Perennial WIN for Diversity

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After the uproar over the lack of diversity in this year’s Academy Awards nominations, it’s good to know there is one upcoming television special that will showcase diverse faces: the Miss Universe pageant. I’m honored to serve (for the third time!) as a preliminary judge for Miss Universe – with…

Diversity at the Academy Awards: Why It Matters

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No matter who wins on Oscar night, the 2015 Academy Awards will be remembered for the stunning lack of diversity in its nominees that spawned the hash tag #OscarsSoWhite. For the first time in almost 20 years, there is not a single person of color among the 20 nominations for…

2015 Golden Globes: Big WINs for Diversity and Standing Out

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Go 2015 Golden Globe Awards! The show gave us the comedy magic of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. But more importantly, it was a night of big WINs for characters and stories that personify the power of standing out exactly as who you are. The journey for women’s independence got…