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

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