Letters from our Amazing Driven Passionate Community
Living in the pandemic is a humbling and grueling experience for many of us. The fear (Covid and Asian hate crimes), silo and loneliness took a toll on many people mentally, including me.
I am so grateful that Alliance for Impact (AFI, formerly Chinese Coffee Club) quickly switched from in-person round tables to virtual webinars and meetings, organizing 300+ webinars covering a wide variety of topics. As a participant, I learned the latest development in FinTech, venture capital, investing, as well as invaluable communication, influencing and leadership skills.
As a volunteer, I had the opportunity to organize and host 10+ webinars, gradually honing my communication, presentation and moderating skills.
As a student, I enrolled in the inaugural career development bootcamp, and benefited tremendously from the intense 2 day training, the monthly special speaker discussion, the 1-1 coaching sessions and the on-going cohort meet-ups. I was able to meet and learn from all the positive, energetic and thoughtful instructors and network with students from various industries. The power of holding each other accountable goes a long way.
I feel a sense of belonging and home away from home. I’ve known Angelene and Ping for a long time. They both had very successful corporate careers yet they’ve decided to pour their passion, resources and experiences into AFI, with the objective of establishing a platform for Asian American community to thrive and shine. They’ve chosen the road less traveled and I sincerely hope that AFI could win more recognition and support to continue to be the torch and guiding star for many generations to come.