Interviewed by Matt Zeigler, Print Marketing Professional, Innovative Print & Media Group
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired you to go into your field of work?
I’m a Philly native born and raised in Chinatown. After graduating from Temple University with a B.A. in Communications, I spent six years in NYC working in advertising agencies and education nonprofits. I’m currently the Community Manager at Industrious – a national co-working space focused on private glass offices, beautiful common spaces, and extraordinary hospitality. I believe that the professional and personal development of one community causes a domino effect to others, leading to limitless opportunities to work together to “leave things better than when you found it.”
I’m sure your job looks different from day-to-day, so what are some of the most exciting aspects of your position?
I absolutely love creating meaningful connections and sharing growth opportunities. That includes helping prospects envision how our workplace can boost their success, learning more about members’ work and personal lives, and connecting people through events and serendipitous conversations.
What’s one piece of advice you would give a young professional looking to transition into your line of work?
Learn and suggest. Ask a lot of questions and always think about how you can improve things – whether it’s for your organization, team, clients, or yourself. And when you do, always be authentic and self-aware of the impact you can bring.
Do you have a professional mentor, and if so, how did you establish that relationship?
I’ve been fortunate to have a variety of mentors in different capacities, but I think what’s undervalued are peer and near-peer mentors. I think they have a better understanding of your life stage and are relatable examples that there is no one right way to get to where you are and want to be. So go out, be willing to share and not know it all, and ask thought-provoking questions. And it’s best to build relationships on new experiences and cool memories like volunteering and sports versus sticking to traditional networking events.
What interested you most in joining the YPN and how long have you been a member?
I’m a recent member, having heard good things about YPN, and have gone to a few events so far. I met so many great people already and really appreciate the diverse people, industries, and events. The energy is very positive and supportive. This network is a fantastic source for peer and near-peer mentors who’ll grow with you in your career, celebrate your successes, and help with lessons learned.
What is your favorite spot in the Philadelphia right now and why?
Chinatown is always home to me, but my favorite place in the city is my new home sweet home in Francisville. It’s amazing to see how fast and beautifully the neighborhood is growing.
What kind of things do you like to do in your free time?
I have major wanderlust, whether it’s around the city or around the world. When I’m not traveling, I love hanging out outside with family and friends, deep conversations, and convincing them to travel with me.
YPN has a professional development bookshelf. Is there a book that you’re currently reading or have read in the past that you would recommend?
I’m currently reading Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff for work, and definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to perfect their pitch for a variety of purposes. This book explains how to use a proven method based on neuroeconomics (a combination of neuroscience, economics, and psychology research) to understand how people make decisions. Public speaking, much less pitching, is nerve-racking for everyone, and the book really prepares you for what to expect and guide your way to results.