Claiming Your Identity I recently spoke at an international convention in San Diego, hosted by PCMA, the Professional Conference Management Association. Renowned for orchestrating top-tier educational and networking conferences, this event attracts seasoned event planners and hosts large, mostly medical and technical global associations. The attendance is predominantly White. This was my second time attending. […]

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Do you remember having roommates at conferences? Ah, the good old days of conference roommates – those were the times, weren’t they? Back when we were conference butterflies, flitting from one event to another, racking up memories, pictures, and laughter. From international balloon conventions, swing dancing at YouTube Vidcon, SXSW, CES showcases, to the National […]

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 VIDEO DESCRIPTION In this 5-minute video, three moderators take center stage for a lively role-playing session: In group discussions, steering the ship of moderation can be a powerful skill that not only keeps conversations on track but also ensures everyone gets to join in.  Skillful moderation, executed with finesse and respect, can redirect conversations that […]

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In my line of work, the majority of my presentations are geared towards predominantly White audiences, where I share personal stories to provide insight into the challenges faced by Americans of Asian descent. The struggle to understand experiences of marginalized communities without proximity to them underscores the importance of storytelling. However, when addressing an audience […]

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Listen to #podcast episode with me talking about Inclusive #TrainingDesign in the latest episode of Train Like You Listen. We’re shedding light on the power of intentional inclusivity for #Trainers and #InstructionalDesigners. https://open.spotify.com/embed/episode/19k8bXbauv5Qa6XwyKtuX5?utm_source=generator&theme=0https://jolenejang.com/Blog/learn-like-you-train-podcast-conversation-about-inclusive-training-design/ 🌐 Why does it matter? Because as workplace educators, we’re shaping the future workforce. Let’s be conscious of the often-overlooked groups, like […]

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Doug Bennett: The MVP of Hospitality As a Humanitarian Award Winner, I received an invitation from Louisville Tourism for a 3-day weekend to attend the Muhammad Ali Awards. In a pre-COVID era, I would have enthusiastically said “yes” without hesitation. However, my excitement was tempered by concerns as I learned about Kentucky’s political landscape, uncovering […]

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Why Pronouncing Names Matters Ever been in a situation where you’re unsure how to say a co-worker’s name? It happens. So, you might’ve asked, “Can I just call you something easier, like X?” Seems harmless, right? But here’s the thing: by suggesting a different name, you unintentionally put your comfort before theirs. It’s not about […]

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10 Examples of Whitewashing You Never Thought About Once you are aware of the term “whitewashing” I believe you will be able to recognize that there are more perspectives than white. Whitewashing isn’t just used in Hollywood where they take the story that was written an Asian character, but replace it with a white character. […]

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26 Governors issue a Joint Statement on the Rise in Anti-Asian Hate Now, I don’t know what the joint statement will trigger in reality, but I am pleased that is 26 more people in leadership positions who even thought about it. It would be great to follow up and see if there is action behind […]

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