• What is Your Brand?

    This is my 2nd time, invited to speak at Qatar Leadership Conference, an UN model organized by student leaders on leaderships skills and development.  Over 50 energized students attended my session.  I spoke about  how I applied brand lessons from my favorite houses to my own brand. My 3 favorite fashion houses are Salvatore Ferragamo, Tiffany & Co, and Alexander McQueen.  Not only theses brands have carefully crafted their brand images, but also maintain their brand consistency through out years.  These 3 brands are connected with me through great emotions, and represent who I am.  How so? Salvatore Ferragamo brand: obsessed with solving a problem, innovated designs with 350+ patents, associated with…

  • In Your 20’s and 30’s

    I love Olivia Wilde’s response of being in 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, “At the end of your twenties, you realize you are inherently flawed, and that’s great, and that’s what makes you dynamic. For me, personally, it was around 27 when that kind of return to self took place, of living for myself, not living to keep up expectations. You know, I think you go from living for your parents to your peers, maybe back to your parents, maybe to your employer—You go through all these stages of living for other people, and I think at 30 you say, it’s my life and I live it for me”. Live your…

  • Powerful Questions that My Father Asks Me

    Taiwan may be the only place on earth celebrating father’s day on August 8th.  During WWII, the Republic of China government chose a date when families could honor soldiers and fathers who died during the war.   In Chinese, number 8 is pronounced as bā (八) and the sound is similar to the informal word for father,bà (爸).  August 8th (bābā) then became official father’s day, celebrating all 爸爸(bàbà) during WWII.  Fast forward to today, the tradition of father’s day on August 8th remains in Taiwan. Living outside of Taiwan for 22 years, I still call my father every father’s day.  In every phone call, my father makes his points on life with powerful questions to…

  • Creating Awareness in Daily life

    Last night, I had a “lengthy” discussion with my husband regarding public perceptions of the words, Awareness and Self-Awareness.  In his mind, both words sound like a textbook-term and also hard for the public to relate to. Let’s take a look at definitions according to the Oxford English Dictionary.  Awareness  is the knowledge or perception of a situation or fact; Self-Awareness is conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires. For me – as a coach, a yoga instructor, and a senior leader at a Fortune-10 company – I believe having self-awareness (knowing who you are by paying attention to self) is one of the cornerstones to improving ourselves and creating positive outcomes in…