When "Me" Meets "We"
Tiger Moms, Growing Up Hapa, & the State of AI Equitability feat. Stanford PhD Candidate, Allison Koenecke
MIT undergrad. FAANG internships. Antitrust economic consulting. Stanford PhD candidacy. No question Allison Koenecke is an academic force. Beyond impressive institutional associations -- which she seldom spotlights -- what has made her a true force of nature (or shall we say, software?) is the research she's leading to bring visibility to blind spots in software development, and make our daily encounters with AI more equitable.
We chat with Allison about little known secrets about the path to a PhD, tiger mom parenting, and actionable tips to getting more done during the day.
Running a Storefront in NYC & Reimagining "Made in China" feat. Ruoyi Jian, Founder of Chop Suey Club
Once upon a time, Ruoyi was a middle schooler living in China, who decided to drop out to pursue a professional golf career. Today, she lives in NYC, has been photographed with Beyonce at the Met Gala (albeit, accidentally!), and has successfully launched a concept store in the LES.
Suffice to say, Ruoyi is a maestro of intentionality and adaptation. We chat with Ruoyi about the business dynamics of Chinatown, untangling appropriation and appreciation, and navigating life’s yin & yang, all while growing a retail business in the midst of a pandemic.
Art Directing, Cultivating Creativity, & Committing to a Craft feat. Forbes 30 Under 30, Decue Wu
Freelancers & creatives, this one's for you! Today, we're chatting with illustrator, art director, and Forbes 30 Under 30, Decue Wu.
Decue was born in Shenzhen, China, where she lived and studied into adulthood, and made her way to the U.S. in 2012 to get after her M.F.A at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Since then, she has built her career stateside in illustration and art direction, employed by tech giants like Airbnb and commissioned by clients like Louis Vuitton, Vogue, and The New York Times.
We chat with Decue about hustling as a freelancer, grabbing the attention of Art Directors, cultivating creativity when we’re running on empty, and navigating the nuances of creating content for international audiences.
Sextech & Silicon Valley. Forbes 30 Under 30 Anna Lee, Co-Founder of Lioness
Mental health, physical health, and sexual health are inextricably tied. Today, we're talking sextech with Anna Lee. Anna is a former mechanical engineer at Amazon, Forbes 30 Under 30, Paper Magazine's Asian Women Creators You Need to Know, and technical co-founder at Lioness, a women-led startup that’s built the world's first and only ergonomic biofeedback vibrator. Anna is a 1.5 generation Korean American who would have never guessed she’d one day be engineering smart(er) sex toys, but she is, and she’s brought the scientific method with her.
After all, never measured, never improved.
We dive in to deconstructing taboos, the art of marketing sex toys in Asia, and how we can take the driver’s seat in navigating our sexual health. Buckle up, y'all!
Harvard, Green Tech, and Chasing Purpose feat. Heidi Lim, Chief of Staff at Opus 12
What do you do when you start feeling like you’re just going through the motions? How do you optimize around your strengths to make the biggest impact? Who are you without your day job?
If any of these questions have ever crossed your mind, this episode is for you. Heidi Lim is a woman who's doggedly chased a career with purpose. She attended Harvard as a first gen college student, where she decided to pursue a career in green tech. Today she's Chief of Staff at Opus 12, a CO2 renewables company, but it was a windy path getting there. We chat about what people don't tell you about the journey to aligning personal purpose and professional work, and how to navigate the process.
Tales from Fashion's Front Lines feat. Forbes' 30 Under 30 Creative Director Lisa Qu
Twitter Changemaker & EdTech Evangelist feat. Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Product Manager Jesar Shah
Jesar Shah is Forbes' 2020 30 under 30 for consumer tech, 1st gen Indian American by way of Dubai, and a Product Manager on a mission to ensure that advances in tech benefit the many and not just the few.
In this episode, we talk with Jesar about how to be an INTRApreneur and drive transformation within large companies, how to become an effective idea broker, and how to find home, regardless of where you find yourself.