Softskill Seminar-2019

Would you like to improve your Negotiations Skill, know how to Reducing your Strees in the workplace? Please come to join our the first SoftSkill seminar of year 2019.


Date and Time

Wed, January 23, 2019

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM PST

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ITRI International Inc.

2870 Zanker Road

# 140  San Jose, CA 95134

Topic I: "The Arts of Negotiation"
Speaker: Dr. Elaine Ping Wang, Vice President at CAISS and TDG Technology North America Inc

Elaine Wang, Ph.D. Prior to start-up of Allied Advanced Materials served as CEO, worked for Samsung, IBM, Hitachi, and Heraeus; now she is VP of TDG Technology North America Inc. and VP of CAISS a nonprofit organization. She has solid experience in R&D, project management, operation, global manufacturing, business development, marketing, and sales. Elaine is going to share some resources and tools they can put to use immediately to handle conflict and overcome disagreements with the title of “The art of negotiation”.

Topic II: Reducing Stress in the Workplace

Overwork and fatigue are the most common causes of stress in the workplace. Though there are many factors that contribute to stress, we can successfully learn to decrease its overall affects.
Managing workplace stress starts with identifying the sources of stress and finding strategies for managing them. The better we are at understanding our own stress, the less other people’s stress will negatively affect us and the more we can be a positive influence in the lives of others.

This session teaches how to:
- Use effective communication skills to ease stress
- Release tension and negativity
- Be aware of the energy of working relationships
- Shift perspectives and become more flexible

Reducing stress and tension is about learning how to recognize our thoughts, emotions, and the way we interact with others. By understanding the energy and patterns of stress, we can take healthy steps to reduce its negative effects and create a sense of balance, good health, and peace of mind in our lives.

Speaker: Mr. Michael Chojnacki, President of Aikiway Professional Development

As a professional speaker, workshop leader, and a Sensei in the art of Aikido. As a martial artist and business professional of thirty-three years, he teaches the principles of Aiki philosophy to create a greater understanding of human dynamics and life balance. Michael’s programs and application coaching are educational and inspirational where people discover how to communicate effectively, reduce workplace stress, and enjoy a balanced life.

Creating dynamic teams
Turning conflict into collaboration
Developing authentic communication
Being calm and positive in stressful situations
Mastering mindful leadership

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2019 Technology Trends and Predictions

Date: Jan 16, 2019 (Wednesday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)

Venue: ITRI Int’l, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA 
Come and learn about the latest developments in technology!

Talk Title: “2019 Technology Trends and Predictions”  by Dr. William Kao

Talk Abstract:  It is the beginning of another year, 2019!

What are the technology trends that will dominate, and what are some of the technology predictions for 2019?

In this two hour seminar talk, Dr. William Kao will report on what the tech industry is predicting for 2019. This seminar will cover what major institutions such as Gartner, Forbes, Forrester Research, International Data Group are saying about this year: trends and some predictions for the year.

Some of the topics to be discussed will  include  AI and Machine Learning, IoT, AR/VR, Augmented Data Analytics,  Quantum Computing, Robotics, 5G, Blockchain, Digital Assistants, Self Driving Vehicles, Cyber Security, etc.

 Speaker Bio: Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, Cadence Design Systems.

 Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design.

Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter, where he was Chapter Chair in 2005 and 2006.

Dr. Kao currently teaches Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Business Sustainability courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension. 

Dr. Kao current interests include the subjects of Energy, Environment and Education.

He teaches and is a frequent lecturer on various Emerging Technologies including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Business Sustainability, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Robotics, AI and 3D Printing.

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E4E Program (Engineers for Engineers)


This program provides Engineers an opportunity to practice public speaking and formal presentation.

(1) This program align with our soft skill training program.
(2) The applicant will make a 5 minutes presentation. We prefer it is a power point presentation or a computer operated presentation.
(3) It should include the greeting, the reason of the present and the main body of the present.
(4) Please select the contents which interest most of the engineers. It could be a skill, a tool, features of a tool, a website, etc.
(5) The present will be taken place at the beginning of some of our events.
(6) Applicant needs to apply for the program and CIE-SF will review the application.
(7) CIE-SF may provide coaching.
(8) CIE-SF will video record the present and put on youtube to let more engineers can be benefited from it.
(9) After you sing up the form, CIE-SF will contact you for next step.


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Soft Skill XI: Pursuing your Dreams – How to have a satisfying dream job and be successful in doing it

Date: Dec. 5th, 2018 (Wed.) registration & networking begin from 6:30 pm
Venue: ZGC Innovation Center, 4500 Great America Parkway,Santa Clara

It is often not easy to find a job in a large company that is exciting, challenging, satisfying, and allows one to grow and be successful. In this talk, drawing from his extensive readings and more than a decade of leadership experience, Francis will discuss mental models that would support finding your dream job and be happy, what characters traits that we should develop, and finally how to motivate ourselves and others to pursue our dreams.

Speaker: Francis Chow

Francis is the Sr. Director of Strategy, Planning and Operations of the Storage and Availability Business Unit at VMware. He has been at VMware for more than 2 years. Previously he spent almost 20 years in the Semiconductor industry at Altera (acquired by Intel) and Texas Instruments. He started his career as an engineer, got promoted to a design manager, transitioned his career to a business role, and took on various marketing and sales leadership roles before becoming a Vice President and General Manager of a $1B business. He has delivered speeches and presented a number of papers in key conferences, most recently at IEEE 5G Summit and previously at IEEE ISSCC and IEEE GLOBECOM. He has a number of ITU standard contributions for DSL and has 7 issued US patents. Francis holds an MBA and an MSEE from University of California at Berkeley, and a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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