Imagine Talks Podcast covers topics on achieving success, overcoming life obstacles, and social impact, with an emphasis on Asian American leadership, women’s empowerment, and productivity. Imagine Talks is a network collaboration of the Asian America Foundation and Edge Interns focused on the mission of women’s empowerment, social impact, and entrepreneurship. We inspire the community to make a difference in the world by promoting mentorships and fostering growth through sharing ideas of innovation, art, and stories of humanity. Imagine Talks Podcast is produced by Edge Interns & Mental Power Hacks.
The Journey to Connecting with Michelle Duong
October 26, 2021 • 24 MIN
Do you feel like you have gone through a lot in your life? Do you fear the unknown when faced with challenges and adversities? Can you adapt to change and remain resilient? For this episode of the Imagine Talks Podcast, we’ll hear from a three-time cancer survivor who spoke at the Imagine Talks annual symposium.
Michelle Duong is a three-time cancer survivor. She has a philanthropic background that consists of serving on the Board of Directors for non-profits Working Wardrobes and Operation Be Kind. Through their monthly missions, they have provided much-needed essential items such as food, clothing, sleeping bags, school supplies. The operation works with youth volunteers from various high schools.
We Are One and All: Getting Back Control & Purpose in Life, with a Google X Visionary
October 20, 2021 • 39 MIN
You might feel powerless. You might be overwhelmed by work, the news, and ongoing disasters in the world. How do you take back control in your life? How do you get back purpose? Then you’ll want to hear from Tom Chi, in this encore presentation from Imagine Talks.
Tom Chi has worked in a wide range of roles from astrophysical researcher to Fortune 500 consultant to corporate executive developing new hardware/software products and services. He has pioneered and practiced a unique approach to rapid prototyping, visioning, and leadership that can jumpstart innovative new ideas as well as move large organizations at unprecedented speeds. He most recently served as head of product experience at Google X developing technology such as Google Glass and Google’s self-driving cars.
What We Can Do Starting Now with Tim Hwang
October 5, 2021 • 24 MIN
Here’s a glimpse into the mind of a global technologist and visionary. Someone who’s given governments the power to give info in a meaningful way. Someone who has thought of the business case for Asian-American empowerment. And, someone who breaks down the steps to achieve that power. Interested? You’ll want to stick around for this encore talk by Tim Hwang, who spoke at Imagine Talks.
Tim Hwang is the founder and CEO of FiscalNote, a global technology, and media company focused on delivering timely and relevant policy information in a complex and evolving world. FiscalNote’s core technology sustains products and services that power more than 4,000 clients — from small nonprofits to government agencies to large corporations (including half of the Fortune 100) — with software tools, AI-driven insights, comprehensive domestic and international data sets, as well human-authored news and analysis.
Do You Know Who You Are? Hacking Imposter Syndrome with Diamond Rypka
September 28, 2021 • 20 MIN
Imposter syndrome—is it something you’ve yet to overcome? Or, having a difficult time stopping thoughts of self-doubt? Then you’ll want to learn from Diamond Rypka, who spoke at the Imagine Talks symposium on how to overcome the feeling of unworthiness and self-doubt.
Australia-based Diamond Rypka created the podcast Asian Tales to create a conversation to share the Asian American experience and insights that have made that community unique along the way. The podcast represents a beacon for individuals to look towards for inspiration and connection to identify and share knowledge and culture. Its mission is to break through barriers that others and, more importantly, the individuals have created in their mind.
Entrepreneurship Focus and Alignment with Lan Ho, Co-founder of Fat Miilk Coffee Brand
September 22, 2021 • 21 MIN
Have you ever felt the need to pursue new interests? Considering entrepreneurship as a career path? And is it your dream to own your own business? Then you’ll want to hear this encore of Lan Ho, who spoke at Imagine Talks 2021 symposium. We previously interviewed Lan Ho for our podcast, where she talked about her company. But we didn’t really dive into the details of how she pivoted in life, away from a traditional career, a stable career, in pharmacy.
Lan Ho is a Vietnamese-American entrepreneur, board-certified pharmacist, and Miss Asian Global 1st Princess 2020. As an accomplished formulator, she is the creator behind a sustainable personal care brand launching later this year and the founder of Fat Miilk; a direct-trade Vietnamese coffee company sourced ethically from Vietnam. You can find Lan in Daily Coffee News, Gazelle Magazine, Trillest, Fodor’s, and most recently Bon Appétit. She is a proud daughter of immigrants and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Beating Racism & Redefining Asian America: 2020 Redefined Who We Are with Daisy Chung
September 15, 2021 • 12 MIN
Daisy Chung is a First-Generation Chinese American Sales Executive, World Traveler and Miss Asian California 2020. Born and raised in San Francisco, her tech sales career led her first to New York City to lead a high performing team and now to Los Angeles where she partners with C-Level Executives. She became “rep of the year” in her first year in tech sales, a manager at age 26 and broke company records 5 years in a row.
Your Own Personal Brand with Samantha Mui
September 7, 2021 • 26 MIN
Have you ever wondered what the best way is to develop your own personal brand? Or about making your own versions of recipes in life – with a twist of your own? Listen to what Samantha Mui has to say in this edition of Imagine Talks, with this interview from Imagine Talks symposium 2021.
Coming of age as a second-generation Chinese American, Samantha Mui had a distinct upbringing that has shaped her. She has recently published a memoir-meets-cookbook, a unique collection of traditional comfort foods, and variety of popular Eastern and Western dishes. As a young woman balancing two cultures, Mui found her identity in the kitchen. Influenced by the women in her life and her own travels, her dishes are simple and nostalgic, imbued with both her cultural and personal flair.
One Moment Changed Everything: How To Cope & Conquer Chronic Pain, with Afia Ofori-Mensa
August 29, 2021 • 28 MIN
What if one moment changed everything in your life? And, what if that moment were due to the “color-blind myth”? Afia Ofori-Mensa at Princeton University overcame chronic pain & physical suffering, through gratitude, acceptance, & a technique, “the Cycle of Non-Regret."
Here’s an encore presentation from Imagine Talks by Afia Ofori-Mensa about overcoming pain and suffering. Afia joined the Office of the Dean of the College in 2019 as the inaugural Director of the Presidential Scholars Program (PSP). The PSP is a three-year PhD resource and readiness program for undergraduates from underrepresented and underserved populations in all fields and disciplines of academia. The program is a regional partnership that hosts cohorts at Princeton University, The College of New Jersey, and Rutgers University campuses at Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark
The Power of Empathy with Olivia Wong, crowned Miss Asian Global
August 8, 2021 • 26 MIN
The ability to empathize exists in every human, but how would you describe your ability to empathize? Is it possible to let go of our biases about ourselves? And did you know that there is something called “survivor bias?”
Olivia Wong is a Chinese-American entrepreneur, award-winning humanitarian, and Miss Asian Global 2020-2022. She is the Senior Partner at Prototype Thinking Labs, a business design and innovation lab focused on solving new business models 10x faster. Using a unique approach born at GoogleX, Olivia trains companies to confidently run experiments and build new solutions with a fraction of the effort, cost, and time. Previously, she served as a humanitarian aid worker at Zaatari, the world's largest Syrian refugee camp, and in Fukushima, Japan, after the nuclear disaster.
Olivia's family came to the United States from Hong Kong and China. As a child of immigrants, she grew up in San Francisco. She graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations, and a minor in Global Peace and Security.
In 2020, she launched the Empathy World Tour, an advocacy campaign to open minds and bridge understanding on 10 social issues, ranging from mental health, disability, and women's rights to Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ rights, refugees, and climate change.
As Miss Asian Global, she continues her life's work of upholding the human dignity and rights of underrepresented minorities and marginalized groups, in addition to advancing racial and social justice.
The Attitude of Gratitude with Jim Kwik
July 31, 2021 • 42 MIN
What do superheroes, butterflies and teams have in common? They are all elements that make people Limitless! Here’s the encore interview from Jim Kwik, a renowned brain coach, who spoke at the Imagine Talks 2021 symposium.
Jim Kwik is the founder of Kwik Learning and a widely recognized world expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, brain performance, and accelerated learning. For two decades, he has served as the mental coach to students, seniors, entrepreneurs, and educators, and as advisor to many of the world’s leading CEOs and celebrities. Jim is the Host of the podcast Kwik Brain which has over 2 million downloads and is consistently a Top 10 Podcast in the world in the Education category.
Is Quiet a Superpower? with Jill Chang
July 21, 2021 • 39 MIN
Let’s say you’re the quiet type. The kind of person who likes to keep to yourself. The introvert. What do you do when you’ve got to go to meetings? To parties? To work events? That can seem scary! Can quiet be a superpower?
Our guest, Jill Chang, has written just that in her new book!
In this episode, Jill talks about the definition of introversion, combatting negative stereotypes of introversion and turning them into strengths, working in "introverted" and "extroverted" cultures, and advice for introverts during the pandemic and beyond.
Jill Chang, author of Quiet is a Superpower, has fifteen years of international experience in diverse industries including sports, state government, and nonprofits. She currently oversees a team spread across twenty-three countries and has delivered over two hundred public speeches in the past two years alone.
Jill entered the sports industry as a professional sports agent at the age of twenty-six and successfully signed five major league contracts for her clients within eighteen months. When she worked for a US state government, she was in charge of procuring and trading projects between the US and Asia. She is now devoted to international philanthropy. Jill is also a Fellow of Harvard SEED for Social Innovation and was featured in Girls in Tech Taiwan 40 Under 40 in 2018. The traditional Chinese version of her book Quiet Is a Superpower was a #1 bestseller and stayed among the Top 10 bestsellers in Taiwan for 20 weeks.
Jill is a complete introvert (although most people find that hard to believe) who likes to get lost in a book with some music playing in the background and a cup of tea by her side. She is based in Taipei, Taiwan, with her family, and she regularly travels across the world to make a global impact in both philanthropy and in helping introverts in their career and leadership development.
Racial Imposter Syndrome
June 13, 2021 • 27 MIN
Diamond created the podcast Asian Tales to create a conversation to share the Asian American experience and insights that have made that community unique along the way. The podcast represents a beacon for individuals to look towards for inspiration and connection to identify and share knowledge and culture. Its mission is to break through barriers that others and, more importantly, the individuals have created in their mind. She has recently spoken at Imagine Talks 2021.
Why the AAPI Hate? A History of Chinese in America
June 6, 2021 • 46 MIN
John Jung is an author, psychology professor, and historian. His works include: Southern Fried Rice: Life in A Chinese Laundry in the Deep South, which describes living in the South during the Jim Crow era; Chinese Laundries: Tickets to Survival on Gold Mountain, a social history of the important role that these businesses that once dotted the landscape held for the economic survival of Chinese immigrants; Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton: Lives of Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers, which examines the similar role of this family occupation for Chinese in the delta; Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants; and A Chinese American Odyssey, a writing memoir about the process and experience of how he, as a psychology professor, reinvented himself in retirement to become a public historian of Chinese in America.
In this episode, John talks about growing up Chinese American in the Deep South and covers the history of Chinese Americans from 1940s until today. He touches upon the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, paper identities, the model minority myth, hate crimes committed against Asian Americans, and the growth of Asian American activism.
From PharmD to Bon Appétit Entrepreneur
May 30, 2021 • 31 MIN
Lan Ho was recently crowned Miss Asian Global’s 1st Princess. Lan's mission is to advocate for more minority representation in mass media, executive positions, and leadership. She is currently working on her newest startup, Fat Miilk; Lan hopes to use her startup companies as a way to inspire women in entrepreneurship and encourage others to disrupt the status quo. In this conversation, we discuss Lan’s journey from pharmacy to entrepreneurship, her advice for asian women entrepreneurs, and her experience with the Stop Asian Hate movement.
How to Fight Racism in the AAPI Community: The Color-Blind Myth
May 23, 2021 • 46 MIN
Dr. Stephanie Wong is a licensed Counseling Psychologist at Peninsula Behavioral Health and the VA in Palo Alto, in addition to a researcher and adjunct professor at both the University of San Francisco and New York University. Her work centers on trauma-informed care, identity development, and social justice in therapy, research, teaching, and advocacy with diverse communities. Amongst Stephanie's many passions, she also works to fight anti-blackness in the AAPI community through education and awareness. In this conversation, we discuss combatting racism and anti-Blackness in the AAPI community, what it means to be a good ally, the Stop AAPI Hate movement, and advice for young Asians looking to enter the mental health space.
My Anxious Brain
April 18, 2021 • 15 MIN
Darae Jun received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from UC Berkeley and B.S. in Environmental Science from UC San Diego. Her hope is to utilize microbiology as a tool to promote sustainability by discovering and optimizing bioenergy solutions. Her mission is to be a role model and inspire students with real-world science careers and issues, engage students in hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences, and create teaching links between scientists and public elementary school.
Your Choice: Despair or Discovery?
April 11, 2021 • 13 MIN
Melanie is a career advisor for students at Built By Girls and a Technical Recruiter in the Silicon Valley. But while she thought she had figured out all the keys to success, her life took a turn when she experienced depression after unexpected heartbreak and career burnout. Melanie was able to overcome this dark period of her life through a challenging mental shift in her priorities, sources of validation, and perspective on life. Today, it is her mission to advocate for the power of positive thinking in order to lead a healthy and fulfilling life.
Embracing Unconventional Paths
April 4, 2021 • 17 MIN
Tammy Cho is CEO and founder of BetterBrave, a nonprofit that empowers employees with knowledge and tools for navigating harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Previously, Tammy co-founded Encore Alert, an AI platform that helps brands identify and act on emerging trends, crises, and influencers in their industry. She started the company as a college freshman at Georgetown University and sold it in 2016 at age 21. Tammy has also been recognized as an NBC Asian America's A to Z Rising Star in 2018, Georgetown Entrepreneur of the Year, Hubspot Inbound's 22 Under 22, and a Power Woman in DC Tech.
How to Run a Startup Like a SEAL Platoon
March 28, 2021 • 11 MIN
Eric Basu is the CEO of Sentek Global. He’s a former U.S. Navy SEAL Commander who graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and holds an MBA from Anderson Graduate School of Management (UCLA). He launched Sentek Global out of his home in 2001 with the goal of founding a firm committed to making a significant and long-standing positive difference for its clients. He was a finalist for Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year and San Diego Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO.
Know Your Destination Before Asking for Direction
March 21, 2021 • 16 MIN
Born in San Francisco, California, Josie grew up in an environment that straddled both cultures and more so in the underground world of Chinatown. Being a child of an immigrant family, she had to learn how to make sense of the "Chinese playground" and create opportunities on her own. It wasn't until the death of her father that Josie turned over a new leaf and began to focus more on her professional journey of entrepreneurship and founded her own brand of lash and spa treatments. Her legacy now is to help other young women find their own financial stability through entrepreneurship.
Developing Disruptive Strategies
March 14, 2021 • 23 MIN
Patrick Lee is a serial entrepreneur best known for being a co-founder and former CEO of Rotten Tomatoes (rottentomatoes.com), a leading entertainment website focused on movie reviews and news. He is an advisor to a number of startups including Casetify, Instaread, Kiwi Campus, Oishii, WePloy, and Zeuss Technologies; and a mentor at a number of organizations including SOSV, Berkeley SkyDeck, Blue Startups, and Founder Institute. Patrick holds a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
In Life, Nothing is Lost, We Only Gain
March 7, 2021 • 14 MIN
Wendy Shew is the Founder of Building Education that serves to build schools and provide education in developing countries in efforts to eliminate poverty. Her Mission is to Build 1,000 schools and touch 1,000,000 lives. After working for an Aerospace Company as a Jet Engine Specialist she found her true calling in philanthropy by making a difference in the world. She is an accredited life coach that believes everyone has a true purpose in life and it is their mission to live it out.
Strive for Happiness to Achieve Clarity
March 1, 2021 • 11 MIN
Believing there is good in everyone is what Jaclyn has known to do at a young age. From being exposed to people with different disabilities because of having a brother with autism, to helping military families through their grief, after her own father was killed in action in Iraq - finding hope is her drive. Through her own suffering, she was determined to pursue her educational career by double majoring in English Literature and Psychology for her undergrad, and earned a MA in Clinical Psychology.
The Road to Rediscovery & Reinvention
February 21, 2021 • 12 MIN
As a dancer, Miko has received worldwide recognition with her debut in the movie, First Position, as well as winning the Gold Medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition. Miko received a contract with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in England at the age of 17 years old as she danced and taught in over 20 countries. She is now a graduating student majoring in Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley and researching brain cancer therapies at UCSF. She is also the Conservatory Director of San Jose Dance International, a non-profit arts organization with a mission to give dancers the chance to give back to the community.
Courage and Strength — No Boundaries
February 14, 2021 • 24 MIN
Jen Louie graduated from UC Berkeley in 1995 with degrees in Mass Communications and Development Studies. Jen helped launch the first LGBTQ news magazine TV show in the country, had a successful career in Hip Hop radio, and founded Sixth Sense Consulting Group. Jen has produced hundreds of campaigns and events, including the X-Games, NBA All-Star/ Superbowl parties, NY Fashion Week, the Bay Area Olympic Bid 2012, The Clinton Foundation Millennium Network events, community initiatives, capital campaigns, responsibility programs, and worked alongside many A-List celebrities and top CEOs.
February 7, 2021 • 14 MIN
Joseph Ilustrisimo is a fitness entrepreneur, personal and group trainer, photographer, videographer, and storyteller. Joseph has an independent personal training business called Redefined MVMT where he teaches individual clients and groups how to gain strength, get out of pain, and live more healthy lives. He is passionate about creativity, health, wellness, and equality.
Communicate with Purpose and Sincerity
February 1, 2021 • 12 MIN
Dion Lim is a TV news anchor and reporter at ABC7/KGO-TV in San Francisco, CA and the author of Make Your Moment: The Savvy Woman's Communication Playbook To Getting The Success You Want. A sought-after speaker and emcee, she has hosted events with everyone from news legend Dan Rather to Hollywood celebrities like Patrick Dempsey, to community groups and leadership conferences. She was named one of Broadcasting and Cable Magazine's top 24 leaders in media and is the recipient of multiple Emmy awards.
Budding Food Network Star & Author Shares Her Cooking Inspirations
January 17, 2021 • 36 MIN
Samantha Mui is a native of the California Bay Area. A former culinary student and current food blogger, she has worked in and out of the food industry for more than a decade. Her cooking style is inspired by her travels abroad where she has experienced culture through cuisine. She has been featured nationally on Food Network and PBS's Check, Please! Her latest book is Melting Pot: Stories and Recipes from a Chinese American Daydreamer. Find her on social media @sammyeats.
From Startup CoFounder to Software Developer/Cyberpunk Model
January 16, 2021 • 64 MIN
Steffie's mission is to create empathetic, engineering leaders, and empower women to pursue more technical careers. Find her on social media @steffieharner or check out her website: https://steffieharner.com/.
How College Students Can Overcome Obstacles in Academic Performance
January 16, 2021 • 35 MIN
Tammy Tran is currently a Bay Area resident but a SoCal native at heart. With a decade of experience in Higher Education, particularly with educational administration and counseling, she shares how she helps college students overcome obstacles in an academic setting. Tune in to hear what tips and advice she has for college students to achieve academic and personal success.