Monday, May 17, 2010

Top 10 Entrepreneurial Skills

Paul Bernal of the Human Capital International and the Boeing Company led a powerful discussion to a room full of NAAAP Seattle entrepreneurs in the Idea space of SCIpda on the top 10 Entrepreneurial skills.  Engaging and fun, people left with keys to the kingdom of entrepreneurship to expand on their businesses and even to start their own businesses.

Here are the keys Paul gave to us.

  1. Come to work each day willing to be fired 
  2. Circumvent any orders aimed at stopping your dream 
  3. Do any job needed to make your project work, regardless of your job description 
  4. Find people to help you 
  5. Follow your intuition about people you choose, and work only with the best 
  6. Work underground as long as you can, publicity triggers the corporate immune mechanism 
  7. Never bet on a race unless you are running in it 
  8. Remember it is easier to ask forgiveness than for permission 
  9. Be true to your goals, but be realistic about the ways you achieve them 
  10. Honor your sponsors

Source: Gifford Pinchot, Intrapreneuring, Harper & Row, 1985

Paul Bernal's presentation can be found here (

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

ASC-UW Networking and Panel

Last Monday evening, a group of University of Washington students took a break from their studies and eagerly filed into a small room. A panel of professionals from various backgrounds ranging from a human resource director to a chief of staff for the King County council sat before them. The panel shared their experiences and struggles with the students. They addressed issues that Asians face in the workplace today. The panel gave students valuable advice on how to sell themselves to employers, the power of networking, and overcoming a variety of issues such as stereotypes.

(l to r) Gil Gido, Principal Consultant w/ Ulysses’ Social Media Marketing Company, President of Seattle Chapter NAAAP; Kendee Yamaguchi, Executive Director of Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific Americans Affairs (CAPAA); Caroline Kho, Recruiter, Liberty Mutual; Cindy Domingo, Chief of Staff to King County Council member Larry Gossett, Social Services; David Beer, Human Resources Director at Asian Counseling and Referral Services

Afterwards, during the networking mixer students were able to come up and personally talk with the professionals. “Students have delightfully reported their positive comments about the networking night especially the interactions they could gain with all the professionals,” informed one of the Asian Student Commission event coordinators.

Thanks to the panelists and professionals who came out to support the Asian Student Commission: Victor Flores, Director, UW Ethnic Cultural Center; Vivian Hauer, CPA with Robert Half Financial; Hang Chen, Structural Engineer, Boeing.

To find out more about future professional development events, please visit the NAAAP-Seattle website: If you are interested in working and developing high school and college students, please contact me, Amy at

Amy Duong
NAAAP Seattle
Student Relations Committee Chair and Board Member

Monday, May 3, 2010

Microsoft Building 34 abuzz with Diversity Recruiting & Networking

Photos by Liz Tran: (top) NAAAP-Seattle President Gil Gido with MS General Manager for Diversity and Inclusion Gwen Houston; (middle) NAAAP-Seattle Student Relations Chair Amy Duong and NAAAP volunteer Mikii Liu; (bottom) the audience.

The usually calm Microsoft Building 34 Café buzzed with activity when NAAAP-Seattle partnered with the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA)-Seattle, Microsoft, and various other organizations to hold the Microsoft Diversity Recruiting and Networking Event last Thursday (4/29).

The packed auditorium, filled with over 500 attendees, signaled success for this collaboration among organizations serving different ethnic communities. Over 100 RSVPs came from NAAAP-Seattle’s FaceBook and Website advertisement. NAAAP-Seattle Student Relations chair Amy Duong worked hard to reach out to local college students, many of whom attended the event.

Recruiters from different Microsoft business units, including Entertainment & Devices (E&D) and MS Operations, were on-hand to discuss career opportunities at Microsoft. The keynote speaker, Gwen Houston, General Manager for Diversity and Inclusion at Microsoft, spoke on how recruiting and developing talent from diverse candidates can support Microsoft’s business goals.

NAAAP-Seattle volunteers also supported the event by manning registration tables and guiding attendees.

NSHMBA-Seattle President Richard Velasquez said of NAAAP-Seattle's participation, "We appreciate your partnership at the event."

Both organizations look forward to partnering in future 2010 activities for the benefit of both NSHMBA-Seattle and NAAAP-Seattle members.

Our upcoming NAAAP-Seattle Student Relations and Professional Development Events will take place in mid-May 2010. For Asian American students curious about thriving in the workplace, please check out the Asian Student Commission at UW Networking Event (featuring NAAAP-Seattle President Gil Gido) on May 10. For NAAAP-Seattle members and non-members interested about turning a business idea into reality (presented by Paul Bernal of Boeing and Human Capital International), please check out “Launch Your Idea!” on May 12.

For questions about NAAAP-Seattle Student Relations activities, please contact Amy Duong at For questions about NAAAP-Seattle Professional Development activities, please contact Hang Chen at

Saturday, May 1, 2010

NAAAP100 Seattle Nominees

As many of you may know, May is Asian Heritage month in the United States, so what better way to start it off by announcing Seattle's nominees for the NAAAP100, an International program designed to acknowledge the contributions of Asian Americans exemplifying NAAAP's mission and values.

Earlier this year we asked members and the community at large to submit nominees. We collected them and having sorted through them, it gives me great pleasure to update you on the NAAAP 100 Nominations for Seattle. These nominees are in great company as you may be wondering. Other chapters are also nomininating leaders in their communities.

The selected few among all nominees will be invited to NAAAP's 2010 Convention being held in San Francisco later this year to receive their award. Most importantly, it gives me a sense of hometown pride that Seattle is a progressive place to conduct business and has an environment in which to foster leaders in our community.

These are the amazing individuals nominated for this year.

  • Phyllis CampbellSr. Vice President at JP Morgan Chase | Read more ...
  • John OkamotoExecutive Director for the Washington Education Association | Read more ...
  • Assunta NgPublisher NWAsian Weekly | Read More ...
  • Tay YoshitaniChief Executive Officer (CEO) – Port of Seattle | Read more ...
  • Martha ChoeChief Information Officer (CIO) – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation | Read more ...
  • Qi LuPresident Microsoft Online Services Business and former exec at Yahoo! | Read more ...  
Thanks to those submitting nominations, too. Of course there are other wonderful unsung heroes. As an organization and in the spirit of community, we hope to acknowledge them in future years.

It’s amazing to see the diverse areas where Asians are leading now and it is quite the contrast from 20 years ago. Congratulations to all!

Gil Gido
NAAAP Seattle

For more information on the NAAAP100 program, please visit our website.