By: Brian Cheng
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Time really flies; in a blink of an eye we’re heading into the holiday season and the end of the year is in sight once again. I want to take this opportunity to reflect on Asian Without Borders (AWB)’s achievements in 2015.
We started the year with Professor Chris Bell presenting “The Art of Negotiations”, Part 1, where he walked us through the intricacy and strategies of negotiations. Next, we had an event presented by our sponsor, Investors Group, on “Sales Tactics for Non-Sales People”. Our speaker, Cora Chen, showed AWB members how to use professional sales tactics to better present and market ourselves. During the summer, we had a great turn-out for our Annual General Meeting at Big Daddies where we welcomed our new Board of Director, Kelly Yang. I was also re-elected to the Board of Directors and will continue on in my capacity as the President of AWB. In the fall, we learned how to navigate the moral challenges of the modern corporate environment with Peter Yuen, who helped us choose between “Right” and “Right” decisions through the understanding of values and principles. Finally, we ended the year on a high note with Part 2 of “The Art of Negotiations” with Professor Chris Bell.
We shared a number of wonderful blogs and articles this year with our members. We had the opportunity to interview Angela Sum, Fashion Engineer, who left her investment banking career to purse her dreams of being a fashion designer. We learned the ins and outs of marketing from Peter Woo, Marketing Manager at Maple Leaf Foods. Angie Lau, a multi-award winning journalist and Bloomberg Television program host, shared with us her struggles and joys of being in a male-dominate industry. AWB members got a productivity increase from the tips and advice shared by Edmund Chien, Sun Life Financial Advisor. Many great articles were shared with AWB members by Dr. Nedd, President of International Stress Control Centre and Stressdoctors.com and Diana YK Chan, Founder of MyMarketability. Our volunteers wrote a number of event summaries for the benefit of our members who were unable to attend.
This year has been filled with excitement and growth for AWB. However, these accomplishments were not without their challenges and difficulties. Like many other organizations, AWB faced resource constraints and volunteer turnover and this required everyone to rush from one project to another to ensure our newsletters and events were held on time. During the hectic schedule of the year, it is very easy to lose sight of long term goals when dealing with immediate deadlines. This is why it is important to take the time and reflect on and perhaps rediscover one’s own goals at the end of the year, so the New Year can be welcomed with renewed passion and a better sense of direction.
Putting this advice into practice, the AWB Board of Directors held a meeting where the 2015 events and articles were reviewed to determine if they were reflective of AWB’s three pillars:
1) Soft skills development
2) Growing leaders of tomorrow
3) Career exploration
At this meeting, all the directors shared their reasons for volunteering for AWB and what they hope AWB will accomplish. It was a passionate meeting where all directors reaffirmed their commitment and support for the vision of AWB. I am confident that all our members can look forward to another exciting year in 2016 with AWB.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to wish everyone a healthy and happy holiday season! See you in 2016!
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Brian Cheng is the president of Asian Without Borders (AWB). Brian works for Bank of America Merrill Lynch as the Vice President of Corporate Audit. He holds both the Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation and the American Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation in addition to the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification. Outside of work, Brian also serves on the University of Toronto Alumni Association Committee and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Sony Centre of Performing Arts.