R.O.G. Return on Generosity
31. Dena Herrin - Girls Inc.

31. Dena Herrin - Girls Inc.

May 11, 2021

31. Dena Herrin - Girls Inc.

A girl may love to code. But if she gets pregnant, or if she doesn't have the confidence to walk into an AP math class full of boys, or she gets suspended for fighting, well, it's going to be a lot harder for her to be successful in that coding career that she loves.

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Guest Info:

Dena Has served as the Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey since January 2015. While leading the Philadelphia based affiliate, revenues have grown from $200,000 to over $1.3 million, staff has increased from 3 to 17 and the number of girls served has grown from 1,200 to 3,000. 

She is honored to be part of the Girls Inc. family, inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold! Dena began her career as a political risk analysis working for CIGNA in Philadelphia, New York and London and ultimately served as Vice President of International Marketing. She has volunteered at several nonprofits including as President of the Board of Trustees of Congregation Rodeph Shalom, the largest Jewish Congregation in Philadelphia. She has three degrees from Penn including undergraduate and master’s degrees in political science and an MBA from Wharton. Dena is a proud long-time resident of Philadelphia where she lives with her husband and raised two children. 

Favorite Quote:

"Strong, smart, and bold." — The Girls Inc. Mission

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Credits:

Dena Herrin, Girls Inc. Production team: Nani Shin, Sheep Jam Productions, qodpod

30. David Mansilla - ISU Corp

30. David Mansilla - ISU Corp

May 4, 2021

30. David Mansilla - ISU Corp

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Guest Info:

David Mansilla is the CEO and Founder of ISU Corp and HubLinked and is also the author of the #1 International Bestselling book, Breaking Out of Corporate Jail. David works as a business advisor for technology and marketing companies and is a real estate and angel investor. 

David moved to Canada at the age of 19 with his wife and one-year-old daughter.  Over the next 20 years, he and his family would turn $20 into a thriving software development company of over 40 employees, dealing multi-million-dollar software projects for clients ranging from start-ups to corporate giants. 

Favorite Quote:

"Happiness, Growth, and Contribution."

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Credits:

David Mansilla, ISU Corp, HubLinked. Production team: Nani Shin, Sheep Jam Productions, qodpod

29. AAPI Voices - Susan Jin Davis - Global Impact Leader

29. AAPI Voices - Susan Jin Davis - Global Impact Leader

April 27, 2021

29. AAPI Voices - Susan Jin Davis - Global Impact Leader

"The answer was like, shut up and be like these model minorities who are not asking for such outrageous things as equality and justice. They're not complaining!"

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Guest Info:

Susan Jin Davis, former Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) of Comcast NBCUniversal, is an industry expert and senior CSR executive with over 25 years of experience in communications, media, entertainment and technology. As Comcast NBCUniversal’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, Ms. Jin Davis was responsible for identifying sustainable strategies and priorities and for implementing the company’s Sustainability Program across all of Comcast NBCUniversal business units and functions. 

Prior to her promotion as CSO, Ms. Jin Davis served as Senior Vice President of Operations Compliance at Comcast, where she implemented product policies, operationalized regulatory and legal requirements, reduced costs to the cable business, and managed business compliance in the areas of privacy, data security, piracy, and environmental health and safety. 

In 2011, Ms. Jin Davis negotiated a historic Memorandum of Understanding between Comcast and the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) national community as part of the company’s acquisition of NBCUniversal. This created ground-breaking diversity commitments in the areas of programming, supplier and employment, and community investment. She served on Comcast’s Internal Diversity Council and she was the company liaison to the external Comcast NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Council and to the AAPI community. Ms. Jin Davis was the executive sponsor of Asian Pacific Americans at Comcast, a company-sponsored employee resource group, which focuses on the recruiting, promotion and development of Asian American and Pacific Islander talent. Over the past decade, she has helped to create leadership development programming for Comcast’s Asian American employees.

She led the launch of Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program, which offers affordable high-speed internet for low-income households. Now in its tenth year, Internet Essentials is Comcast’s largest, most successful community investment initiative, which has connected more than 10 million low-income Americans to all the opportunities of a digital world through low-cost, high-speed internet at home. 

Recognized by Forbes as one of “Five Women of Color Who Should Be On Your Radar Screen,” she completed the Women in Cable Telecommunications Senior Executive Summit at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the Women’s Executive Leadership Program at the Wharton School of Business and the Cable & Telecommunications Association Executive Management Program at the Harvard Business School. She has been named one of the “Most Powerful Women in Cable” by CableFAX Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Minorities in Cable” by CableWorld for many years. 

An advocate for AAPIs in business and corporate America, she is active in the community nationally. She serves as the Chair of the Board of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies and is a director on the Board of the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship. Additionally, Ms. Jin Davis is a past board member of Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics and the Asian and Pacific American Scholarship Fund. Her other volunteer leadership service includes the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Law Center and the Board of Trustees of her undergraduate alma mater, Bryn Mawr College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. 

She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Dickinson School of Law of Penn State University. The active runner resides in the Philadelphia area with her daughter, Sophia.

Favorite Quote:

"The time is always right to do what is right." — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Credits:

Susan Jin Davis, Laarni Rosca Dacanay, Sylvie Viola. Production team: Nani Shin, Sheep Jam Productions, qodpod

28. AAPI Voices - Nydia Han - 6ABC Action News

28. AAPI Voices - Nydia Han - 6ABC Action News

April 20, 2021

28. AAPI Voices - Nydia Han - 6ABC Action News

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Guest Info:

Nydia Han is an Emmy award winning television journalist, TEDx speaker, and creator of #ThisIsAmerica, a provocative three-part documentary series about racism and the diverse American experience. 

Nydia co-anchors 6abc Action News Sundays and is the station’s consumer investigative reporter. She gets real results for Action News viewers by troubleshooting issues and exposing scams as well as dangerous products.

Nydia is also committed to using her platform to uplift, empower, and give voice to traditionally underrepresented, marginalized groups. She is the recipient of the Pearl S. Buck International Woman of Influence award, NAAAP Inspire Award, and Global Voice Award from the World Woman Summit.  She was also named "Outstanding Ally" of Diversity and Inclusion by the Philadelphia Inquirer.  

She graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and her career has taken her to television stations in Idaho, Oklahoma City, and Texas.

Nydia is on the community advisory board for the Asian American Women’s Coalition. She is also passionate about raising awareness and desperately needed funds for lung cancer research in memory of her mother. 

She enjoys good food, wine, and most of all a good laugh. And she is trying really, really hard to teach her two young children to speak Korean. 

Favorite Quotes:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
“America’s strength is drawn from all peoples and her future depends on us all. We must teach our children, native-born and foreign-born alike, that there is no final America yet—that they are making America, too, by what they themselves are—regardless of what others are.” — Pearl S. Buck

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Credits:

Nydia Han, 6ABC Action News. Production team: Nani Shin, Sheep Jam Productions, qodpod

27. AAPI Voices - Kenneth Wong - CIG Asia, Ltd.

27. AAPI Voices - Kenneth Wong - CIG Asia, Ltd.

April 13, 2021

27. AAPI Voices - Kenneth Wong - CIG Asia, Ltd.

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Guest Info:

Mr. Wong is a principal in NavPac Advisors, LLC that brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to both the US and China markets. NavPac Advisors, LLC, under the leadership of Mr. Wong, assists US entities navigate through the complexities of developing strategies and building working relationships in China. In a very short period of time, entities in China realized that NavPac Advisors, LLC could do the same for them in the US market. Today, NavPac Advisors, LLC successfully “navigates entities across the Pacific” utilizing their many skills and established relationships to achieve their clients’ goals and objectives.

For over 30 years, Mr. Wong can be credited with combining his business acumen, cross-cultural facility and focused management tactics to establish CIG Asia, Ltd., a successful Philadelphia, PA-based national property and casualty insurance brokerage firm.  Under his direction as president, the company provides its diverse client base with the coverage and advice required to weather the vagaries of a complex business environment.

In 2009, Mr. Wong with the assistance of some Wall Street colleagues, founded Covenant Group of China, a US based publicly traded holding company that is partnering with China based SME’s that are successfully operating in the booming China domestic economy. Mr. Wong served as the president of Covenant Group of China. In addition to knowledge of the China domestic market trends, Mr. Wong has a very strong working relationship with the People’s Republic of China government both in the United States and in China.

Mr. Wong’s commitment to full inclusion of Asian Americans and new Americans living, working and doing business in the United States in general, and the Delaware Valley, in particular, has landed him in numerous leadership positions.  As example, Mr. Wong, from 2004-2007, was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a commissioner on the President’s Advisory Commission for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders where he focused on economic strategies and community development. Through Mr. Wong’s efforts, both in Washington, DC and across the Nation many doors of opportunity have been opened for Asian American economic development for large and small businesses.

In May of 2012, Governor Tom Corbett of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania appointed Mr. Wong to the Chairmanship of his Advisory Commission for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. Mr. Wong’s agenda includes both Economic and Leadership Development for the Asian American & Pacific Islander communities.

On April 19, 2017, Mr. Wong was appointed by Acting Secretary of the Army, Mr. Robert Speer, as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. In this role, Mr. Wong is a liaison between the Office of the Secretary of the Army and the citizens of the United States.

Mr. Wong is a member of the Union League of Philadelphia and participates on the Armed Services Council.  He lives in Philadelphia and is the father of two daughters.

 

Favorite Quote:

"You never know where you are going if you don't know where you have come from."

 

Resources:

 

Credits:

Kenneth Wong, NavPacAdvisors, CIG Asia, LTD. Production team: Nani Shin, Sheep Jam Productions, qodpod

26. AAPI Voices - Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke - APAICS

26. AAPI Voices - Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke - APAICS

April 6, 2021

26. AAPI Voices - Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke - APAICS

"Learning about people is so important." — Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke

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Guest Info:

Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke is a nationally recognized civil rights leader and a member of U.S.A Today’s Inaugural Leaders of Change. As President & CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and Founder and Principal of Arum Group, LLC, she brings nearly 25 years of experience working in political campaigns and specializes in political/non-profit fundraising and political training. Ms. Mielke began her professional career working at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in the Training Division of the Political Department and later for the Clinton/Gore Coordinated ’96 campaign as a Regional Field Director in Pennsylvania.

 

After returning from the ’96 campaign, Ms. Mielke worked for the Co-Executive Director at the Presidential Inaugural Committee and later on Vice President Gore’s team. Ms. Mielke started fundraising while working at the New Democrat Network PAC and she returned to her roots as the Training Director for the Ron Brown-Paul Tully Institute (BTI), the training arm of the DNC. In 2002, Ms. Mielke started her political consulting firm, specializing in fundraising and political training. Madalene has collaborated with national organizations and federal campaigns of all levels to raise millions of dollars to empower communities of color.

 

Madalene is a proud graduate of Tulane University, Newcomb College. She serves as a mentor through a variety of collegiate mentoring programs including the Newcomb College Institute Women to Women Mentoring Program and Georgetown University’s Politics Mentorship Program.

 

Favorite Quote:

"Go where your energy is reciprocated, celebrated, & appreciated."

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Credits:

Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies. Production team: Nani Shin, Sheep Jam Productions, qodpod.

25. AAPI Voices - Lisa Chang - The Coca-Cola Company

25. AAPI Voices - Lisa Chang - The Coca-Cola Company

March 30, 2021

25. AAPI Voices - Lisa Chang - The Coca-Cola Company

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Guest Info:

Lisa Chang is the Global Chief People Officer for The Coca Cola Company, overseeing the company’s talent and people strategies, culture, and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.  In her role, which she has held since 2019, she is responsible for leading the company’s global people, strategy, aligned to the company’s purpose of refreshing the world and making a difference.  Chang and her team are focused on creating an environment where employees can thrive, and equips the organization to win.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Chang served as a senior vice president and chief human resources officer for AMB Group, LLC in Atlanta, a privately held sports and entertainment conglomerate.  Chang has held HR roles at various companies, including Equifax, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and The Weather Channel Companies.

Chang serves on the board of Catalyst, a non-profit organization with a mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion.

She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Virginia.

Favorite Quote:

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." — Maya Angelou

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Credits:

Lisa Chang, Tyre Sperling, Sheila Van Maanen, The Coca Cola Company. Production team: Nani Shin, Sheep Jam Productions, qodpod

24. Make Life Better: “B” the Force for Good. Part 2

24. Make Life Better: “B” the Force for Good. Part 2

March 23, 2021

24. Make Life Better: "B" the Force for Good. Part 2

”Those who really want to have a successful career at Saxbys thrive because they get so much feedback, because we communicate so openly with such are. We care about ourselves and our own reputations and about you as a fellow member of the Saxbys’ tribe.” 

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Guest Info:

Nick Bayer has always been in the business of bringing people together, whether it’s as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s "Most Admired CEOs" or as a consummate team captain since Little League. So when he created Saxbys in 2005, Nick never really considered it to be a coffee company — instead, it’s a social impact company fueled by amazing food, beverage and hospitality.

Saxbys has since grown from one corner café to a nearly 30-unit, Philadelphia-based business with a singular mission: Make Life Better. For Nick Bayer, “making life better" began by fostering an O.D.D (outgoing, detail-oriented, and disciplined) team, committed to the betterment of the communities it serves and aligned by their shared entrepreneurial spirit and Saxbys' core values. Today, that team spans over 500 members across the Northeast that represent the change-makers of tomorrow.

To that point, Bayer introduced Saxbys’ pioneering Experiential Learning Program (ELP) in 2015 in partnership with Drexel University — the nation’s first entirely student-run cafe where students earn full academic credit and wages through a university cooperative education program. Bayer’s vision for the program is to embolden the next generation of entrepreneurs, providing undergrad students with tangible experience as a supplement to traditional classroom learning. In five short years, one ELP cafe has blossomed to a dozen, with several more planned to open in the near future.

Nick is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, an adjunct professor at Drexel University and the Executive in Residence at Temple University's Fox School of Business. He serves on the Board of The Franklin Institute, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, the Community College of Philadelphia, Drexel University’s Close School of Entrepreneurship and Drexel’s Steinbright Career Development Center, as well as being a Corporate Council Member for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2017, he was named the "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce as well as EY’s "Social Entrepreneur of the Year." He resides in Center City Philadelphia with his wife and son.

Favorite Quote:

"The world happens for you, not to you."

Resources:

Credits:

Nick Bayer, Saxbys. Production team: Nani Shin, Sheep Jam Productions, qodpod

23. Make Life Better: “B” the Force for Good. Part 1

23. Make Life Better: “B” the Force for Good. Part 1

March 16, 2021

23. Make Life Better: "B" the Force for Good. Part 1

"If we got a bunch of people who look differently and think differently but have the same heart and soul, the same motivation to make life better for others every single day, we’re going to be in a really good position to serve our communities quite well.”

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Guest Info:

Nick Bayer has always been in the business of bringing people together, whether it’s as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s "Most Admired CEOs" or as a consummate team captain since Little League. So when he created Saxbys in 2005, Nick never really considered it to be a coffee company — instead, it’s a social impact company fueled by amazing food, beverage and hospitality.

Saxbys has since grown from one corner café to a nearly 30-unit, Philadelphia-based business with a singular mission: Make Life Better. For Nick Bayer, “making life better" began by fostering an O.D.D (outgoing, detail-oriented, and disciplined) team, committed to the betterment of the communities it serves and aligned by their shared entrepreneurial spirit and Saxbys' core values. Today, that team spans over 500 members across the Northeast that represent the change-makers of tomorrow.

To that point, Bayer introduced Saxbys’ pioneering Experiential Learning Program (ELP) in 2015 in partnership with Drexel University — the nation’s first entirely student-run cafe where students earn full academic credit and wages through a university cooperative education program. Bayer’s vision for the program is to embolden the next generation of entrepreneurs, providing undergrad students with tangible experience as a supplement to traditional classroom learning. In five short years, one ELP cafe has blossomed to a dozen, with several more planned to open in the near future.

Nick is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, an adjunct professor at Drexel University and the Executive in Residence at Temple University's Fox School of Business. He serves on the Board of The Franklin Institute, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, the Community College of Philadelphia, Drexel University’s Close School of Entrepreneurship and Drexel’s Steinbright Career Development Center, as well as being a Corporate Council Member for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2017, he was named the "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce as well as EY’s "Social Entrepreneur of the Year." He resides in Center City Philadelphia with his wife and son.

Favorite Quote:

"The world happens for you, not to you."

Resources:

Credits:

Nick Bayer, Saxbys. Production team: Nani Shin, Sheep Jam Productions, qodpod

22. Givers Need Askers

22. Givers Need Askers

March 9, 2021

22. Givers Need Askers: Turn the Wheel of Reciprocity and Ask

“The fact is, you can be more productive, more efficient, more creative, less stressed out if you make requests for what you need and you help other people.” 

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Guest Info:

Dr. Wayne E. Baker is Robert P. Thome (“Toe-May”), Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Management & Organizations at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He is also Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan and Faculty Associate at the Institute for Social Research.  He currently serves as Faculty Director of the Center for Positive Organizations.

His teaching and research focus on social capital, social networks, generosity, positive organizational scholarship, and values.  He has published numerous scholarly articles and four books.  His management and leadership articles appear in venues such as Harvard Business Review, Chief Executive Magazine, and Sloan Management Review.  He puts his knowledge into practice as a frequent guest speaker, management consultant, and as an advisor and board member of Give and Take Inc., developers of the Givitas collaborative technology platform.
He has won various awards, including the Senior Faculty Research Award from the Ross School of Business and the Best Article Published in 2014 – 2016 from the American Sociological Association Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity.

Prior to joining the Michigan faculty, he was on the faculty at the University of Chicago business school.  He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University. He resides with his wife, son, and Birman cat in Ann Arbor.

Favorite Quote: 

"It may be better to give than receive, but it's best to give AND receive. Asking turns the wheel of reciprocity."

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Credits:

Dr. Wayne Baker. Production team: Nani Shin, Sheep Jam Productions, qodpod

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