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Career Speed Networking

When: 8:30PM-10:30PM


“Ever go to a Tappy Hour and wish you met more people? Thinking about making a career switch?

 Come check out our Career Speed Networking Night! Professionals from various Bay Area companies will be there to help build your networking skills!

Represented companies include Genetech, Cameron Hughes, and Revinate just to name a few!”


Keynote:  Stephanie Chuang – Write Your Own Story

When: 10:15AM-11:15AM

Location: Morris Dailey Auditorium

Carving your own path as a Taiwanese American


Stephanie Chuang is a General Assignment Reporter with NBC Bay Area news. The East Bay native grew up in Fremont and Pleasanton, and graduated from Mission San Jose High School before heading off to Chicago to graduate from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A member and former board member of the Asian American Journalists Association in San Francisco, Stephanie loves to help the up and coming journalists as much as she can. She also loves to hear story ideas of all kinds, so feel free to message her and follow her on Twitter (@StephChuang) & on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ChuangTV).

Workshop Descriptions: July 13th

July 13th 1:15-5:15PM

Career Management: Turning Passion into a Career Focus

When: July 13th 1:15PM-2:15PM

Location: Boccardo Business Complex Room #222

A career is a long journey through a person’s life progressing in a profession. Managing this journey is imperative especially in the 21st century where access to knowledge is more democratized, economic downturns more tumultuous, and competition for jobs is fierce.  Unfortunately, schools or most companies you work for do not teach or train you on how to manage your career.  Most professionals neglect to take responsibility for their own career and be proactive about building a path to success.  Many end up dissatisfied with what they do for a living and lose interest in the job(s)…falling into a career despair looking for a major change.


In this session, you will learn simple but effective approach to:

  • Modeling your interests into a career framework.

  • Developing a career worksheet to manage your work experience in a more meaningful way

  • Designing an impactful resume

  • Career Matrix, a tool for searching for a career job

This session is prescriptive for all levels – senior professionals to entry-level new grads.


Michael Chong is the Founder & CEO of Silicon Valley Talent, a boutique executive search firm that specializes in the core functional needs critical to the success of startups and emerging technology companies, Software Engineering, Product Management, Sales & Marketing.  He is the Vice Chairman & Board Member of MIT/Stanford Venture Lab.

Michael is a former Big 5 consultant and enterprise software professional with extensive technology experience at global enterprise software and high tech companies who transitioned into an executive recruiter.

Prior to founding his recruiting firm, Michael was the Vice President of Product at Gravitocity, a SaaS-based Advanced Recruiting & Sourcing Solution.  He’s held senior sales account leadership roles at Avaya managing Global Strategic Accounts and Global Alliances & Partnerships.  He’s led business development and sales support for strategic accounts at Oracle in Asia-Pacific.

Before joining Oracle, Michael was with KPMG Consulting (BearingPoint) delivering PeopleSoft solutions to fortune 1000 companies.

Michael received his Master of Science in Management Information System from The University of Texas at Dallas and BSBA in Marketing from The Ohio State University.

Career Conversations: Breaking Through the Communication Barrier

When: July 13th 2:15PM-3:15PM

Location: Boccardo Business Complex Room #222

Strong communication skills are essential at every level of business. That’s why career conversations between managers, coworkers, and teams are so important. By understanding the dynamics of career conversations, we can improve collaboration, increase performance, and create positive relations through the power of connection.

In this special workshop, Michael teaches how to overcome hesitancy in speaking up and the most important thing we can do to improve our relationships.


This workshop will help you to:

  • Improve conversations with management, coworkers, and teams

  • Communicate effectively both verbally & nonverbally

  • Create a comfort zone for positive communication

  • Discover the value we bring to every conversation


Participants will discover effective ways to collaborate with diverse personalities, communicate on a higher level, and increase success with performance management interviews and conversations for career advancement.


Michael Chojnacki teaches the principles of Aiki (way of harmony) and human dynamics to create the highest level of interpersonal communication, leadership, and life balance. Aikiway Professional Development programs and application coaching are motivational, educational, and inspirational where people discover how to communicate effectively, overcome cultural differences, resolve conflicts, reduce workplace stress, and enjoy a healthy, balanced life.


As a professional speaker, workshop leader, executive coach, and a Sensei in the martial art of Aikido, Michael teaches people how to relate and communicate on a higher level where people develop greater self-confidence, effectiveness, productivity, and harmony through the power of connection.

The Entrepreneurship Experience

When: July 13th 3:15-4:15PM

Location: Boccardo Business Complex Room #222

The Silicon Valley is world famous for innovation. Come meet some of the Bay Area’s brightest Taiwanese entrepreneurs and learn how you can build your own business from the ground up.


This session will feature a panel of successful founders from companies like Pic Collage and Cubie, the popular Taiwanese social messaging platform. Plus, meet notable pioneers in real estate technology and 3-D printing.

Meet FAPA: Taiwan Advocacy Workshop

When: 4:15PM-5:15PM

Location: Boccardo Business Complex Room #222

Senkaku Islands/Diaoyutais, South China Sea, Media monopolization. What do these terms have to do with Taiwan?


Join the Formosan Association of Public Affairs to learn how we practice advocacy for Taiwan. You’ll find out what FAPA stands for, its goals and how you can help. Plus, learn about the historical relationship between Taiwan, China and the US, and the current events that impact Taiwan today.


Chieh-Ting Yeh was born in Taiwan but grew up in New York and Boston. He was National Programming Director of the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA) and was part of the Harvard Asia Law Society. His advocacy experiences include the Formosa Foundation Ambassador’s Program in 2005 and subsequent congressional advocacy with FAPA Northern California. When he is not thinking about the the future of Taiwan he cooks and watches epic Japanese dramas. He is currently based in Silicon Valley.