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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Soft Skill X: Pronunciation Master Class & Empowering Your Team with Lingo Live

Date: Oct. 25, 2018 (Thu.) registration & networking begin from 6:30 pm
Venue: ZGC Innovation Center, 4500 Great America Parkway,Santa Clara
 

Seminar 1: Empowering Your Team

Studies have shown that employee engagement is not an abstract feeling of making someone happy, rather it comes from aspects such as understanding the strengths of each individual on your team. Capitalizing on those strengths has been proven to yield stronger results in the workplace. We will focus on the development of leadership and management skills that support leading a team effectively and efficiently. We will learn some key leadership terms and how to understand communication both verbally and non-verbally. This will not only benefit you, but it will also leave your present or future diverse team feeling more energized than before!

Learning Objectives

  1. Understanding: Use fundamental understanding of human emotions to increase your team's productivity and output
  2. Talking/Explaining: Maximizing effective communication by identifying and articulating individual strengths in the workplace
  3. Social Conventions/Cultural Knowledge: Learning how to think differently about management topics you’ve previously discussed or experiences you’ve been exposed to
  4. Vocabulary: Create an accurate and personalized management/leadership glossary based on course topics and discussions

Coach: Rachel Zolotarsky

Rachel Zolotarsky, a Language and Communication Coach, is a passion-driven leader who is dedicated to lifelong learning and development. Rachel has held many leadership roles ranging from managing the nation’s largest student run conference to teaching beginner English in a classroom of over 100 adult and adolescent learners in rural Nicaragua. With over four years of leadership conferences under her belt, Rachel has won herself national awards for presentations on topics revolving around team management. Her particular passion and area of interest falls on emotional intelligence and how we can master that skill in order to be our best selves at work. When Rachel is not dedicating her energy to pinpointing what makes an individual unique in order to inspire their best work, you can catch her sipping on some green jasmine tea at the nearest local coffee shop.

 

Seminar 2: Pronunciation Master Class

When meeting somebody new, it’s important to give off the right impression. When we speak English (or any language), our pronunciation, along with our physical appearance, acts as a strong indicator. Where’s this person from? How long have they been in this country? Can I trust them to lead a meeting? Should I give them the promotion? Because whether we like it or not, people on the listening end are naturally going to judge those first few moments.

In this Pronunciation Master Class, we will attempt to compare the inherent sound structures of both Mandarin Chinese and American English. We will introduce English sounds that are commonly mispronounced by Chinese speakers, and we’ll actually explain why those mistakes happen. We’ll discuss ‘issues’ with the Pinyin transliteration system, and if there’s time, we’ll provide an overview of the rhythm and stress patterns of American English and see how it compares to the tonal, character system of Chinese.

You will hopefully come away with a new outlook on speaking and you should be able to implement any new discoveries right away. This guidance will not only help you make better decisions in your conversations, it will give you the supreme confidence to start any new conversation with ease!

Coach: Ruben Adery

Ruben Adery is a dialect coach and pronunciation specialist living in Los Angeles. Fluent in 5 languages, he has spent much of his adult life trying to perfect the natural quality of his accent in each language, as well as imitate many foreign accents in English, a fun technique he claims actually helps him with the languages. More importantly, he is continually developing new strategies to simplify and relate the learning process for anyone looking to build more confidence.

Ruben has been with Lingo Live for a year, and he focuses most of his efforts on perfecting pronunciation and appropriate word choice since the way you speak generates an identity that often represents your overall language ability.

He’s recently completed a Fulbright scholarship where he spent time developing the English language program at a federal university in Brazil, and he travels often to maintain connections and explore new cultures. When he’s not traveling, teaching or learning a language, he enjoys playing piano, guitar, and soccer.

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Risks and Rewards of AI

Time:  11/8/2018  6:30 PM (Wed)
Venue: ITRI International, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite 140 (free parking) San Jose, CA 95134
Registration: https://cieriskofai.eventbrite.com

The development of Artificial Intelligence is accelerating in recent years due to the vast increment in computing power and available data. One hypothesis says we may achieve superintelligence by the end of this century, while others say this may never happen. Although this debate is fascinating, it is important to look at the risks and rewards of AI more objectively just like any other engineering disciplines. In this talk we will examine various aspects of development, potential risks, the ethics, and the social impacts of AI.

 

Speaker: Dr. David Y. Fong

David Y. Fong, Ph.D. is Senior Vice President of CITS Group, Inc., a consulting firm focusing on technology advisory and expert consulting in IT and environment areas in the US and China. He is also Founder and President of Forte Connections, Inc., a solution provider of Enterprise Application Software.

Dr. Fong graduated from the Electrical Engineering Department, National Taiwan University, and obtained his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from University of Cincinnati, Ohio, both in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He taught at Clarkson University, New York, after receiving his Ph.D. degree, and conducted research and directed graduate studies in the image processing, pattern recognition and artificial intelligence areas. Afterwards he went into the high-tech industry, working in Lockheed, an advanced aerospace company in the Silicon Valley, and doing research in the automatic recognition of aerial photographs. In the early 1990’s, Dr. Fong joined Photon Dynamics, a start-up company, as a project manager, leading a technical team in completing the prototype of a capital equipment for the testing of LCD flat panel displays using image processing and pattern recognition technologies. Subsequently, he entered the semiconductor industry, undertaking the technical and management tasks of developing semiconductor test equipment for KLA-Tencor, again using imaging technologies.

In the late 1990’s he left the semiconductor industry, and assumed the position of Vice President of e-Commerce Technology, Inc., and was in charge of the business and technical developments of Internet and e-Commerce software. Early 2002, Dr. Fong started Forte Connections, providing customers with enterprise information website, e-commerce, e-government, and business automation software and customized total solutions.

Dr. Fong has more than thirty years of experience in technology development and management. His technical expertise includes digital image processing, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, display technologies, and software development methodologies. In the management side, he is familiar with business development, engineering management, software development, application engineering, and professional training.

Dr. Fong is very active in the Chinese-American engineering community. He has been with the Chinese Institute of Engineers, USA (CIE/USA) for over 20 years. He was President of CIE/USA San Francisco Chapter in 2000 and 2003, Chairman of the Board in 2001, 2004 and 2014. He was US Chair of 2006 Modern Engineering and Technology Seminars (METS) held in Taipei, and US Chair of 2012 Sino-American Technology and Engineering Conference (SATEC) held in Beijing. Dr. Fong is also interested in the performing arts. He conducts the Ching Ching Chorus and the National Taiwan University Alumni Chorus in Silicon Valley, and founded Dimension Performing Arts, promoting fine Chinese performing arts to the US audience. He received CIE’s Technology and Humanities Award in 2010 for his contribution in both arts and technology, and Chinese government’s State Friendship Award in 2012, for his contribution to international technology exchanges and collaboration.

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Energy Storage III - From Battery to AI Powered Energy Storage

Time: 9/15 (Sat) 12:00PM - 16:00PM

Venue: 250 West Tasman Dr, San Jose, CA 95134

Registration: https://energystorage3.eventbrite.com (Lunch Included)

Abstract: This is the third of a series seminar on Energy Storage. In the first two seminars, we invited, CA state energy policy makers, investors, successful entrepreneurs, industrial company directors to talk about the policy, technology, applications, and business model. In this seminar, two speakers will review the latest battery technologies of Lithium Battery and Flow Battery respectively, and the third speaker will talk about an interesting application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on energy storage, and how AI powered energy storage can help to reduce energy bill.
 
Energy storage is considered as an emerging technique which can help to solve some challenges which renewable energy brings to the power grid. It becomes a very hot topic for government policy makers, investors, researchers and scientists, utility companies, and many industrial companies. In California, in response to RPS mandates for increased renewable penetration, Assembly Bill 2514, in conjunction with CPUC rulings, has called for 1.3 GW of flexible energy storage to be incorporated into the energy mix by the three California IOUs during the next few years.

Speakers: 

Linh Tran, Director of Sales for Residential Energy Storage Markets in North America, LG Chem

Linh Tran is the Director of Sales for Residential energy storage markets in North America.  Linh's professional background includes R&D engineering for US homeland security, utility demand response programs and software analytic sales. She has earned her MBA from California State Univ., East Bay.  Linh is responsible for the successful deployment LG Chem’s first home battery in North America, called RESU.

Britt Shaw, Sr. Manager, Business Development, Primus

Britt Shaw is Senior Manager of Business Development at Primus Power, a California-based original equipment manufacturer of long-life, long-duration and low-cost flow batteries. In her role, she is responsible for business development activities related to grid-scale storage use cases, utility solicitation proposals, commercial and industrial solar plus storage projects, as well as research on EnergyPod sustainability and end of life management. Prior to her work at Primus, Britt coordinated USAID-funded geothermal energy technical assistance programs in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania as a program coordinator for the U.S. Energy Association. Ms. Shaw holds a master’s degree (MSc) in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley and a Bachelors (BS) in Science, Technology and International Affairs from Georgetown University.

Cecilia Zhou, Director, Grid Service Program, STEM

Cecilia Zhou leads the Grid Services and Utility Programs team that oversees the operational strategy and execution of utility and partnership programs. She has over 10 years of experience in the electricity industry, having started her career in wholesale electricity and transmission trading at Edison Mission Marketing and Trading. Prior to Stem, she managed Demand Response programs at utilities in the Southeast, Southwest, California, and New England at EnerNOC. Cecilia immigrated from China in high school and is the first in her family to go to college, earning a B.A. in economics from Wellesley College.

 

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Soft-Skill IX: Effective Time Management

Date: Sept 22, 2018 (Sat.) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Registration starts at 9:30 am)
Venue: ZGC Innovation Center, 4500 Great America Parkway,Santa Clara,Ca 95054
 
 
How do we wear all these hats?  We often have more responsibilities than we have time for.  We ask how we can better manage our time, how to work with both efficiency and effectiveness.  We actually need to learn how to manage ourselves and our lives.  We’ll discuss what the common time wasters are and how to avoid them, differentiate between Important versus Urgent, how to set our goals and prioritize our work aligned to our goals.  We’ll learn how to A.I.M. and realize our goals, living a satisfying and fruitful life.  
 
 
Speaker:
Elaine Kung, Board of Directors, VP of HR, Advisor to Young Professionals, CIE-DFW Chapter
AT&T Product Marketing Director (retired) 
 
Elaine Kung came from a very poor family, living on the edge, 30+ years later, living the American dream.  Her family immigrated from Hong Kong to Maryland as refugees in 1980.  Elaine met her husband Dominic at Cornell University where she earned her B.S. in Electrical & Materials Science Engineering.  AT&T sponsored Elaine for M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Princeton.  Elaine started with Bell Laboratories, then advanced through various technical and business leadership roles, retired from her 33 years of rewarding career as the Product Marketing Director for Software Defined Network.
 
Elaine was recognized by such awards as the WOC (Women of Color) STEM Career Achievement Industry Award, Successful Women in Business, Most On-Fire Manager.  Elaine and Dominic have been happily married since 1986.  AT&T relocated them from NJ to Dallas in 2013, they retired and moved to San Diego in January 2018.  They have two grown children: Grace, Christopher and his wife Charlene, they are all working in CA.
 
During the 4.5 years in Dallas, Elaine took on active leadership roles in the CIE/USA-DFW chapter as a Board member, VP of HR, speaker, workshop leader and mentor.  In addition, Elaine and Dominic have been serving for non-profit entities in roles such as speaker, advisor, mentor, teacher, deacon, board member and chair, church elder, and for children / youth / family / women / workplace / refugees / Stephen ministries, universities, organizations and STEM in the States and in Asia.  Elaine is frequently invited to speak on leadership, career development, marriage, parenting, and various life skills for all ages. 
 

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