Dear Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders,
Your voice matters, You matter, and You deserve to be heard.
As APIs, many of us feel that people are not listening to us. Silence is painful. I am familiar. Perhaps you’ve been gaslit too many times and you’ve become selective with whom you share your world with?
I encourage you to share how you feel and what you need. We must persist. I want to hear your challenges at work and what you need to feel supported and like you belong at the workplace.
My role as the Asian Inclusivity Consultant is to listen to your needs and then summarize, anonymize, and articulate your concerns in a non-threatening manner where non-Asians can listen without being defensive. Then we can be on the same page at your organization and create a companywide Asian Inclusive Strategy.
Let's Start the Conversation
Invite me to your Asian Affinity Leadership meeting to listen to your needs. We can spend 30 minutes and meet and greet and see how I can best support you. As an impartial, outside resource, I bridge the gap and explain the challenges to management where they are more open to listen. In my experience, the people in the majority group are able to listen when the information is dished out into bite-size chunks and has just enough sugar to be appealing.
Creating Asian Allies is my forte, and I know how to motivate Non-Asians to speak and up and make a difference by their own iniative. I offer intro presentations, assessments and on-going Asian Inclusive Programming to improve company culture.
We can both empower Asians, create Asian Allies, and improve Asian Inclusivity at the same time.
ERGS/BRG - Employee Resource Groups, Business Resource Groups
I can assist with energizing Asian ERGs and building value
- Analyze the current condition of the AANHPI work environment
- Initiate, and promote the ERG
- Recruit members and allies
- Facilitate meetings on an as-needed basis
- Present at meetings on an as-needed basis
- Create a feedback chain to ensure success
What does the AANHPI community say about Jolene?
“I often feel the burnout of being a vocal Asian woman and not feeling heard and seen. Another Asian sister led me to Jolene, and I was automatically drawn to her commitment to inclusivity. She actively listens and asks questions to understand the heart of important issues to the Asian community. She amplifies our AAPI voices in a thoughtful and caring way. Jolene has an amazing ability to create synergy with the AAPI community alongside allies willing to take action.”
“I feel more empowered as an Asian woman because of Jolene’s passion of amplifying Asian voices. She is relentless when it comes to breaking down barriers and advocating for inclusivity. She’s the real deal because she eats, sleeps, and breathes Asian Inclusivity through her messaging, branding, programming, activism, and education. She stays current and abreast of the current socio-economic-political climate and this relevancy as well as adaptation to change, makes Jolene a rare expert. Jolene has such a big heart and truly believes in bringing the AANHPI community to the table to share stories, concerns, and solutions.
Whether alone or surrounded by allies, Jolene fights for all Asians tirelessly. I admire her conviction and perseverance as well as her empathy, compassion, and servant leadership. Jolene has a talent for bringing allies to the table as well and together they inspire people to do better… to communicate, understand, learn, and join forces. I can’t say enough how impactful Jolene is as an Asian Inclusivity Consultant. She truly is a powerhouse!”
“Jolene is an assertive woman who advocates for the Asian community and teaches people outside of the community of the challenges we face. She has provided safe spaces both on social media and with social gatherings where Asians can speak their truth; spaces where Asians can be affirmed are precious and needed. She also has call-to-actions, so these spaces are not just about listening and learning. Jolene has consistently helped those around her better themselves through advocacy (if you are not Asian) and through reflection (if you are Asian). I am thankful for the community she has built and for her dedication to equity for the Asian community.”
— Han Tran
“I appreciated the “Did you know” snippets scattered throughout the presentation. Although we were tight on time, I appreciated the audience engagement with these interesting facts. For example, I loved the points where you clearly pinpointed where our NH friends are as well as the tidbit about recognizing privilege
– I also knew of black face, but the concept of yellow face in Hollywood took me by surprise. Unfortunately, I started to look at these characters in Hollywood very differently in a negative stance.
– I related most to the privilege portion. Jolene you gave a very good image of your background and experiences growing up. Although my childhood did not mirror your experiences, it’s important for me to recognize my position of privilege NOW. I definitely feel very humbled after the activity engagements while listening to my peers in the chat.”