Soft Skill Training IV: Unleash Your Career and Personal Success with Non Verbal Advantage 8/19

George Bernard Shaw said:

 “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

 In these times of change and business challenges, we cannot afford to live under this illusion. We also know that communication is key to being a trusted advisor and on coming across as Credible, Capable, and Compatible to your customers, managers, stakeholders, and team members. Effective verbal communication is also dependent upon aspects such as culture and nationality.

 However, the interesting data point is that focus is usually on verbal communication, even though words only comprise 7% of the communication. Remaining 93% of communication comprises of non-verbal communication of which body language comprises - 55% and tone - 38%. Hence, there is a mode of communication, the potential of which is largely untapped.

 This training would focus on science behind non-verbal communication and enable you with very powerful and proven frameworks, tools, and techniques of non-verbal communication, which would greatly improve the effectiveness of your communication and the impact you would make as a trusted advisor to your customers and stakeholders.

 After completing this training, you would be able to:

  1. Understand the neuroscience, which drives the use of non-verbal communication modes and its interpretation.
  2. Use the 5 cardinal rules to accurately decode the body language of their stakeholders and what’s on their mind.
  3. Understand the neuroscience, which drives the use of non-verbal communication modes and its interpretation.
  4. Use the 5 cardinal rules to accurately decode the body language of their stakeholders and what’s on their mind.
  5. Observe postures, gestures, micro-gestures of others and self to accurately interpret the messages in non-verbal communication and flex the communication style.
  6. Apply advanced techniques and tips of meeting seating, eye contact, congruence, mirroring, imprinting, handshakes, building rapport etc.

This session would be followed by a 90 group coaching session over a web conferencing solution where we would review the concepts learned and also address questions from the participants.

Time:  8/19/2017  1:00PM - 5:30PM (Sat.)

Venue: ZGC Innovation Center @ Silicon Valley 4500 Great America Parkway. Santa Clara CA


Speaker: Neschay Kummar

Learning and Development Manager at Cisco

Neschay Kummar is a Learning and Development Manager with Cisco Systems. In his role and his career journey of 17 years, he has create learning solutions and trained more than 10,000 of individuals which range from early in career to executives. He possesses a deep expertise in Instructional Design, Presentation Design, Body Language, and Personal Branding. He hold various certification in the space of learning and development, resume writing, and personal branding. He is also a certified to run various psychometric assessments which help to create rapid career success paths for individuals and team.
Neschay is deeply passionate about enabling the success of individuals. His diverse experience in working across industries, business functions, and regions, experience in working in HR for more than a decade, and a strong connect to Asian culture, he understands the ground realties very well and is able to provide solutions which are outcome-based and which translate into measurable impact.
Neschay is based at San Jose and live there with his 6 year old son and his wife. In his spare time, Neschay loves to read books, play games, and work-out in the gym. 


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6/20 Enterprise Software Portfolio for End-to-End Business Solutions


Enterprise Software offers end-to-end solution to run business everywhere. The enterprise solution includes IT infrastructure setup, performance, and security monitoring and risk remediation. It also requires applications to improve efficiency, visibility, and compliance. The comprehensive portfolio can be broken down into following pillars:

Enterprise Security: Software and solutions that protect what matters most – your users, applications, data and the interactions between them, regardless of location or device.

Big Data Analytics Software: Enterprise-class analytics platform that enables organizations to store, analyze and predict 100% of data, regardless of type, source or location.

Hybrid Cloud Management: A cloud management platform that delivers and manages traditional, hybrid cloud, open source and cloud-native applications across a broad range of infrastructure environments.

Operations Management: IT Operations Management (ITOM) software and solutions that deliver exceptional user experience with increased speed and efficiency.

Application Delivery Management: Solutions that deliver user experiences with quality, speed, and confidence to help accelerate the planning, testing, delivery, and support of optimized applications.

Backup and Governance: Backup and governance solutions that provide protect the digital enterprise from risk, and empower data-driven businesses to harness value from 100% of their information.

Time:  6/20/2017  6:30PM - 9:30PM (Tue.)

Venue: ZGC Innovation Center @ Silicon Valley 4500 Great America Parkway. Santa Clara CA


Speaker: Sophia Gu

Director of Engineering in HP Enterprise Software



Sophia Gu is Director of Engineering in HPE Software. She is leading global R&D teams in Americas, EMEA and APJ with over 15 years' experience driving success in Enterprise Software Development.  Ms. Gu has expertise in Enterprise Security, Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, and Automation which is over quarter billion dollar business in HP software.  

Ms. Gu has extensive experience in building global teams. She built Software R&D team in China, Romania as well as India and grew the team from three to eighty engineers in the last five years.

Prior to HP, Sophia Gu served as Development Manager in Mercury Interactive Inc. She was also part of pioneer team in a startup company competing in IT Governance space. The startup company was successfully acquired by Mercury Interactive Inc.

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7/18 Why are people worried about radio frequency exposures?

The dramatic increase in man-made radio frequency (RF) fields in the environment during the last few decades has led to public health concerns in many parts of the world. Specifically, questions have been raised about the safety of exposure to RF energy emitted from radar, television, and radio communication systems, microwave ovens, video display terminals, and most recently, mobile telephones and base stations, Wi-Fi, and LTE. Wearable RF gadgets are prevailing. Wireless power transmission is a newer subject, which can involve high-intensity exposures. The IEEE EMF database now has more than 6700 original, peer-reviewed papers useful for public health risk assessment of RF exposure. Even there has been 70 years of research, and WHO indicated that scientific knowledge in this area is now more extensive than for most chemicals and current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure to low-level electromagnetic fields, controversy on RF safety continues. In this presentation, research, standards, regulation and risk communication concerning RF safety will be addressed.

Time:  7/18/2017  6:30PM - 9:30PM (Tue.)

Venue: IngDan Experience Center, 4500 Great America Parkway Suite# 250, Santa Clara CA


Speaker: Dr. C-K Chou

IEEE International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety TC95 Chairman

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Dr. Chung-Kwang (C-K.) Chou received the B.S. degree from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, in 1968, the M.S. degree from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA, in 1971, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, in 1975, all in electrical engineering. After spending a year as a National Institutes of Health Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Regional Primate Research Center, University of Washington, he became a faculty member with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Center for Bioengineering, University of Washington, 1977 to 1985. From 1985 to 1998, he was a Research Scientist and the Director of the Department of Radiation Research with the City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA. In 1998, he joined Motorola and became the Director of the Corporate EME Research Laboratory. He was the Chief EME Scientist with Motorola and Motorola Solutions from 2001 to 2013, where he was responsible for radio frequency (RF) product safety. He retired from Motorola Solutions at the end of 2013, and is currently an Independent Consultant on EMF safety issues.

He is the Chairman of Technical Committee 95 of the IEEE International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety, responsible for exposure standards from 0 to 300 GHz (2006- ), Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (2016- ) and on the Advisory Panel of Non-Ionizing Radiation of the NCRP (2016- ). Dr. Chou has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and received the highest honor d'Arsonval Medal from the Bioelectromagnetics Society in 2006. He was elected as IEEE Fellow in 1989, and also a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 1996 and the Electromagnetic Academy in 2007.


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Soft Skill Training III: Jumping off a cliff with confidence - how to make career transitions 6/27

According to a January 2016 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median tenure of US workers with their current employer was 4.2 years. It is very well known the median tenure is even shorter here in Silicon Valley. We may not only change employers a number of times, but we may even deviate away from our core occupation to endeavor in new ventures. How does one make such a daunting transition with confidence? Our guest speaker will share his career makeover experiences of how he transitioned from an engineer occupation at a hardware company to business development at a software company. This interesting and inspirational topic is part of the Soft Skill Training series hosted by CIE-SF this year.

Time:  6/27/2017  6:30PM (Tue.)

Venue: ITRI International, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA


Speaker: Francis Chow

Francis is the Sr. Director of Business Operations and Chief of Staff of the Storage and Availability Business Unit at VMware. He has been at VMware for about a year. 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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Facing a Digital Disruption, Leading the Digital Transformation 5/16

Date: May 16, 2017 (Tuesday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)

Venue: ITRI International, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA

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Talk Abstract:

Consider recent news like many Sears, Kmart, JC Penney, Macy closing their shopping mall stores, and the impact Uber and Airbnb are having on the taxi and hotel business.

Digital Disruptions are daily presenting significant threats and opportunities to many businesses. Industries currently facing digital disruptions include Automobile Manufacturing, Banking & Financial Services, Insurance, Healthcare, Security, Telecommunications, traditional Professional Services, Accounting & Finance, Risk Management, Human Resource Management, Education, Energy, Governments, Manufacturing, Transportation, etc…

The impact and breadth of digital disruptions require companies to embrace a world of rapid changes, the ability to innovate faster, the agility to execute multiple strategies concurrently, the development of the right leadership capabilities, and adoption of new workforce skills and corporate cultures to support a Digital Transformation.

In this talk the speaker will first present issues and impacts of digital disruption, defining  a digital strategy, followed by steps on  how to successfully carry out and implement a digital transformation.


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 US 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. In the past five years  he has given over 50 talks and seminars on  various emerging technology topics such as Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Business Sustainability, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, AR/VR, Robotics, AI and 3D Printing.

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