Yon Na, Ph.D. Advancing Asian women at the workplace through Research + Storytelling

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Morning Pages

The start of any work week can be difficult; no matter if you love or dislike what you do. Sometimes it’s because we’re anticipating something – a big project, meeting or event. Other times, we’re just eager to get the week started. Ideas and thoughts dance around in our minds, and sometimes it’s difficult to gain clarity. A decade ago, when I went through a series...

My Relationship with Age

I have always had a complicated relationship with age. My family left Korea when I was eight years old. And when I entered the U.S. school system, I was placed in the 1st grade instead of 2nd because I didn’t know the English language. That meant I was a year to year and a half older than my classmates… all the way through high school. When my birthday would come around, I’d tell my friends I was...

Changes

I’ve made a major life decision… and it’s to step away from my full-time job at Warner Bros. It’s not that I don’t enjoy what I do. It’s not that I don’t LOVE the people I work with. It’s because of the tick-tock of a big birthday looming; forcing me to take a step back to examine the road ahead. I need time to figure out how I can live the life of a scholar-practitioner… as a...

The Chrysalis

I’m in the midst of collaborating on a project, and I needed to refer back to my dissertation. I wrote these words over a year ago, and yet, I feel as though they describe the current state I am in. …without a doubt, I have been profoundly affected by examining the experiences of the women in this study. When I began the recruitment procedures through a recruitment email, I had asked...

One Woman’s Story: From India to Success in a Fortune 100 Company

Welcome to the first post in a series showcasing inspiring Asian women. The goal here is to bring to light voices of strong, empathetic, and successful women who have overcome barriers in life. In this first story, you’ll meet Sandy, an Asian immigrant woman who is currently serving as a senior executive in a Fortune 100 company. What I love about Sandy’s story is her strong sense of...

Yon Na, Ph.D. Advancing Asian women at the workplace through Research + Storytelling

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