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For Love of Money by Marilyn Tam

Posted by AC Team - on Monday, 06 February 2012

For Love of Money by Marilyn Tam
Have you heard this before? “Love or Business, you have to choose.” The message is direct - you have to decide what you value more, something/one you love or your work/business. Actually, there is a more factual statement – Love is Good Business. February is the month of love. A great deal of thought and energy will be spent on expressions of love, usually for a romantic partner. The truth in the old axiom, Love makes the World Go Round, applies to all aspects of life, not only to...


To Lie or Not to Lie by Marilyn Tam

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Marilyn having tea



By Marilyn Tam


Scott Thompson, the four months old CEO of Yahoo, was forced to resign because he lied on his resume. Worse, he lied about his lying and was found out. He denied that he inserted an extra degree into his resume, and then he blamed the recruiting firm he worked with for doing so. The recruiting firm, wanting to maintain their reputation, showed that it was Mr. Thompson who lied. Net result is that Mr. Thompson now has much more time to contemplate the efficacy of lying. 

            The question is, what are we willing to tolerate in our leaders’ behavior and reflectively in our own? Lying is bad. We’ve been told that ever since we were little. Or have we? Haven’t we also been told, “don’t say that, it will make them feel bad”, and there are such things as “white lies”, as compared to I guess black lies, which are bad.

            So we have grown up with some sense of expediency in what we call lying. Why do people lie? Is it because there is a perception that one can get ahead faster by lying than by telling the truth? Why would someone who is already well credentialed and respected feel the need to embellish his or her story? Is it a basic human nature to try to appear more than we are?

            Insecurities and fear that we are not as good or confident...

Inspiring Across Generations Leadership Conference

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 09 November 2007

Inspiring Across Generations Leadership Conference

The Metro New York Chapter of ASCEND (formerly the National Asian American Society of Accountants) is holding their first annual leadership conference on Saturday, November 17, 2007, from 1:00 PM - 6:30 PM at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers in New York. "Inspiring Across Generations" is this year's theme, and the conference will provide the Asian American community of accounting, finance and business professionals with tools to shape their leadership skills, build and expand their network and mentoring relationships, and effectively demonstrate their value in the market.

Programming highlights include:
Keynote best selling author Dr. Lois Frankel will provide guidance in developing winning strategies for success and address why some individuals move forward through their careers while others seem to stagnate, stall, or derail entirely. A panel of C-Suite executives will share how they created their own "Road to Success" and discuss their strategies on what it takes to succeed, in the CXO Panel Discussion. If you are a student of junior professional, take advantage of the workshops and mentoring sessions which will provide you with the opportunity to interact closely with senior executives from Merrill Lynch, NBC, Goldman Sachs, American Express, Morgan Stanley, and each of the Big Four accounting firms.

Click here to register for the conference.

Dalai Lama & Cultivating the Heart of Leadership

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 18 May 2004

It was a different group than the usual college audience in the University of California at Irvine Barclay Theater on Friday April 16th. His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama and 115 global business and academic leaders gathered there to discuss and explore the development of an economy that works for everyone. I was honored to be among the business leaders invited to participate in this historic gathering.

It was a different group than the usual college audience in the University of California at Irvine Barclay Theater on Friday April 16th. His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama and 115 global business and academic leaders gathered there to discuss and explore the development of an economy that works for everyone. I was honored to be among the business leaders invited to participate in this historic gathering.

This remarkable meeting was created through a partnership between the University of California Irvine and Spirit in Business Vice Chancellor Manuel N. Gomez of UC Irvine welcomed the participants and panelists including: W. Brian Arthur, External Professor, Santa Fe Institute and former Dean and Professor of Economics and Population Studies at Stanford University; Bill George, former Chairman and CEO, Medtronic Corporation and Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School; John Graham, UC Irvine Professor in the Graduate School of Management; and Barbara J. Krumsiek, President and CEO of Calvert Group, Ltd.

Participants came from the medical, media, technology, environment,...

California Governor Signs Bill Requiring Accurate Collection of Information on AAPIs

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 13 October 2011


APALC News Release:

October 10, 2011

Bill co-sponsored by APALC requires the disaggregation of data on Asian ethnic groups in key state departments.

Legislation requiring key state agencies to collect and post information about job programs participation and employment and housing discrimination faced by Asian and Pacific Islander ethnicities was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday.

Assembly Bill (AB) 1088, introduced by Assemblymember Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park) and co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice; Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE); and Asian and Pacific Islanders California Action Network (APIsCAN), requires two key state agencies to include the full spectrum of Asian American (AA), as well as Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (NHOPI) ethnicities in their data collection, consistent with those groups reported by the U.S. Census.

“We are extremely pleased that Governor Brown signed AB 1088 into law,” said Assemblymember Eng. “Asian Americans, as well as Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, represent over 30 ethnicities, and each community experiences its own unique challenges. Because information about these communities is frequently reported under one or two large categories, the experiences of specific ethnicities can be masked, preventing policy-makers, advocates, and elected officials from understanding the real...

Filipino WWII Veterans Celebrate California Governor Signing of CA Assembly Bill 199 recognizing their contributions.

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 13 October 2011

News Release
October 13, 2011 

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma
California Speaker Pro Tempore 
12th Assembly District 

California Assembly Bill 199 will help ensure that the contributions of Filipino veterans who fought side by side American troops are properly recognized and remembered by future generations.

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco and San Mateo Counties), announces the signing of Assembly Bill 199 this Friday October 14, 2011 at Bessie Carmichael Middle School in San Francisco. Bessie Carmichael, whose school population is 50% Filipino, sits in the SOMA district of San Francisco, home to many Filipino WWII Veterans. When this bill was originally introduced in 2004, 98 Filipino WWII veterans were still alive to tell their stories. Today, there are only 17 veterans still alive. Two previous versions of this bill were vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger.

AB 199, the Filipinos in WWII Social Studies Curriculum Act, is the first step toward ensuring that social science instruction in grades 7-12 includes the significant role of Filipinos in World War II. This bill helps ensure that our children and future generations learn of the contributions and sacrifice of these brave Filipino soldiers before we lose them in history. During World War II, the Philippines was a commonwealth of the United States. Filipino soldiers in the US Armed Forces were in effect US nationals, who fought side by side with American Troops.