The Inspiration Behind Inspiring Diversity (iD)

The following is the story of the “Inspiration Behind Inspiring Diversity (iD)”.  The story reflects all six P.O.L.I.N.G.® principles, a framework Betty Ng developed based on the accomplishments of her mom, Po-Ling Ng:

Priorities: Persevere as well as perform for your priorities and passions; know and be true to your vision for yourself

Others: Help others to succeed

Lead: Be proactive in driving needed action or change; don’t just wait around for someone else to take the initiative

Inspire: Always be at your best and inspire others to follow you to make things happen; lead by example; communicate as well as exude confidence and conviction for what you believe in

Network: Build and leverage an expansive network to make things happen and to help others

Grow: Embrace adversity, diversity, change, failure and constructive criticism by taking every opportunity to improve, challenge, and reinvent yourself

  • Situation/Background How Betty came to the epiphany that her mom’s name, Po-Ling, represents six important principles for success and impact; principles by which Betty, her mom, and many others have lived by in their lives

    As I prepared my acceptance speech for the Chinese American Planning Council’s first ever “Corporate Trailblazer Award” in November 2015, I thought a lot about who I am and how I got to where I am today.  All roads led back to my mother, Po-Ling Ng - my role model to whom I attribute my success.  Despite the incredible adversity she’s faced her entire life (including being widowed at the age of 32 and left with four very young children), my mother has devoted her life to helping others and is one of the most successful people I know.  Her success and impact are not just apparent from the dozens of awards she’s received, but even more so from the tearful expressions of gratitude with which she is regularly greeted.

     

    I thank my mom for demonstrating, time and again, the importance of the following principles for success and impact as represented by every letter of her name, Po-Ling:

     

    • Priorities: Persevere as well as perform for your priorities and passions; know and be true to your vision for yourself

    • Others: Help others to succeed

    • Lead: Be proactive in driving needed action or change; don’t just wait around for someone else to take the initiative

    • Inspire: Always be at your best and inspire others to follow you to make things happen; lead by example; communicate as well as exude confidence and conviction for what you believe in

    • Network: Build and leverage an expansive network to make things happen and to help others

    • Grow: Embrace adversity, diversity, change, failure and constructive criticism by taking every opportunity to improve, challenge, and reinvent yourself

     

    Living by these principles, I founded and co-chaired the Asian Leadership Initiative as well as co-chaired the Women’s Employee Resource Group (on top of my day job as a Senior Vice President in Corporate Development) at Moody’s.  These experiences crystallized for me the importance of creating an inclusive community which inspires, empowers and elevates each other to help achieve our goals.

     

  • Task How more needs to be done to make real traction in Diversity & Inclusion and painpoints which don’t seem to be adequately addressed

    Despite all the energy around Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), there has not been enough meaningful increase in the representation of diverse talent in leadership roles across most industries in the United States.  The business case for D&I has been made time and again (i.e. diverse teams lead to better decisions which lead to better performance), yet why has there been so little traction?

     

    I have often asked myself, why is there not a central portal and inclusive community which effectively inspires, empowers and elevates us all to achieve our career and life visions?  Why is there not a hub to find inspiring stories of role models “who look like us”, which reinforce to us all that we can succeed regardless of our backgrounds?  Why is it so hard to get access to the professional development resources and network needed to achieve our goals?  Why do so many recruiters have difficulty sourcing diverse talent when there so many extremely talented under- and un-employed individuals having a hard time finding the right job?   Clearly, more needs to be done on all these fronts to make meaningful traction with respect to more diverse and inclusive leadership.

     

  • Action What Betty and Inspiring Diversity (“iD”) plan to do to tackle such painpoints

    After receiving the Corporate Trailblazer Award, I decided to write a book with my mother – a dual perspective autobiography, which weaves in the above P.O.L.I.N.G.® principles throughout our lives.  I know that my and my mom’s stories are only two of many inspiring stories which need to be shared more broadly.

     

    Given my conviction to lead broader impact, in October 2016, I founded Inspiring Diversity, LLC, which has a mission: “To inspire, empower, and elevate each other to achieve career goals, while helping organizations build diverse and inclusive communities.”  Inspiring Diversity is focused on tackling the key questions I have asked myself above with practical, accessible, and innovative solutions.  The fact that inspiringdiversity.com was still available as of September 2016 clearly indicates the lack of focus on “inspiring” (both as a verb and an adjective) as part of the D&I discussion.  For there to be notable advances in D&I, we need to meaningfully “inspire” diverse talent and allies alike – as merely showing the business case has proven insufficient.  Once inspired, we can all flourish if supported by a community and resources able to empower and elevate us to achieve our goals.  Together, we can set in motion a virtuous cycle of inspiring, empowering, and elevating our community and world around us – regardless of our background.

     

  • Result The ultimate point of everything that Betty hopes to achieve with iD, including demonstrating the fulfillment that comes from helping others to succeed and living by the P.O.L.I.N.G.® principles.

    Inspiring Diversity is still in the beginning of its journey to make impact.  So, I can’t say definitively what the related metrics will be.  While Inspiring Diversity is certainly aiming to have broad impact, it will have achieved its mission if it can help EVEN ONE PERSON to:

     

    - be inspired to help others succeed;

    - be empowered with an effective professional development resource to which he/she would not otherwise have had access; and/or

    - be elevated to obtain that perfect opportunity to achieve his/her goals

     

    Regardless, as Nelson Mandela has said, “I never lose.  I either win or I learn.” I will have no regrets about founding Inspiring Diversity and pursuing my passion to help others to succeed. In the process, I am getting invaluable experience building a business from ground up and am having fun meeting lots of great people!

     

    Inspiring Diversity is also a powerful way to show (not just tell) my mother and others who have supported my success and development how much I appreciate all they have done for me.  I want to show my son the importance of being open-minded and not fearful of trying new things - as it really is not so much about the end “result” but rather about the journey, effort, and growth.  I want to show my daughter the importance of remaining positive, confident and authentic.  I want to show everyone the great fulfillment that comes with helping others to succeed and living by the P.O.L.I.N.G.® principles.

     

Copyright 2017 Inspiring Diversity, LLC | info@inspiringdiversity.com
Copyright 2017 Inspiring Diversity, LLC | info@inspiringdiversity.com
 

The Inspiration Behind Inspiring Diversity

  • Task

    Despite all the energy around Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), there has not been enough meaningful increase in the representation of diverse talent in leadership roles across most industries in the United States.  The business case for D&I has been made time and again (i.e. diverse teams lead to better decisions which lead to better performance), yet why has there been so little traction?

     

    I have often asked myself, why is there not a central portal and inclusive community which effectively inspires, empowers and elevates us all to achieve our career and life visions?  Why is there not a hub to find inspiring stories of role models “who look like us”, which reinforce to us all that we can succeed regardless of our backgrounds?  Why is it so hard to get access to the professional development resources and network needed to achieve our goals?  Why do so many recruiters have difficulty sourcing diverse talent when there so many extremely talented under- and un-employed individuals having a hard time finding the right job?   Clearly, more needs to be done on all these fronts to make meaningful traction with respect to more diverse and inclusive leadership.

     

  • Result

    Inspiring Diversity is still in the beginning of its journey to make impact.  So, I can’t say definitively what the related metrics will be.  While Inspiring Diversity is certainly aiming to have broad impact, it will have achieved its mission if it can help EVEN ONE PERSON to:

     

    - be inspired to help others succeed;

    - be empowered with an effective professional development resource to which he/she would not otherwise have had access; and/or

    - be elevated to obtain that perfect opportunity to achieve his/her goals

     

    Regardless, as Nelson Mandela has said, “I never lose.  I either win or I learn.” I will have no regrets about founding Inspiring Diversity and pursuing my passion to help others to succeed. In the process, I am getting invaluable experience building a business from ground up and am having fun meeting lots of great people!

     

    Inspiring Diversity is also a powerful way to show (not just tell) my mother and others who have supported my success and development how much I appreciate all they have done for me.  I want to show my son the importance of being open-minded and not fearful of trying new things - as it really is not so much about the end “result” but rather about the journey, effort, and growth.  I want to show my daughter the importance of remaining positive, confident and authentic.  I want to show everyone the great fulfillment that comes with helping others to succeed and living by the P.O.L.I.N.G.® principles.

     

  • Action

    After receiving the Corporate Trailblazer Award, I decided to write a book with my mother – a dual perspective autobiography, which weaves in the above P.O.L.I.N.G.® principles throughout our lives.  I know that my and my mom’s stories are only two of many inspiring stories which need to be shared more broadly.

     

    Given my conviction to lead broader impact, in October 2016, I founded Inspiring Diversity, LLC, which has a mission: “To inspire, empower, and elevate each other to achieve career goals, while helping organizations build diverse and inclusive communities.”  Inspiring Diversity is focused on tackling the key questions I have asked myself above with practical, accessible, and innovative solutions.  The fact that inspiringdiversity.com was still available as of September 2016 clearly indicates the lack of focus on “inspiring” (both as a verb and an adjective) as part of the D&I discussion.  For there to be notable advances in D&I, we need to meaningfully “inspire” diverse talent and allies alike – as merely showing the business case has proven insufficient.  Once inspired, we can all flourish if supported by a community and resources able to empower and elevate us to achieve our goals.  Together, we can set in motion a virtuous cycle of inspiring, empowering, and elevating our community and world around us – regardless of our background.

     

Our Inspiration

Priorities: Persevere as well as perform for your priorities and passions; know and be true to your vision for yourself

Others: Help others to succeed

Lead: Be proactive in driving needed action or change; don’t just wait around for someone else to take the initiative

Inspire: Always be at your best and inspire others to follow you to make things happen; lead by example; communicate as well as exude confidence and conviction for what you believe in

Network: Build and leverage an expansive network to make things happen and to help others

Grow: Embrace adversity, diversity, change, failure and constructive criticism by taking every opportunity to improve, challenge, and reinvent yourself

Copyright 2017 Inspiring Diversity, LLC info@inspiringdiversity.com
  • Task

    Despite all the energy around Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), there has not been enough meaningful increase in the representation of diverse talent in leadership roles across most industries in the United States.  The business case for D&I has been made time and again (i.e. diverse teams lead to better decisions which lead to better performance), yet why has there been so little traction?

     

    I have often asked myself, why is there not a central portal and inclusive community which effectively inspires, empowers and elevates us all to achieve our career and life visions?  Why is there not a hub to find inspiring stories of role models “who look like us”, which reinforce to us all that we can succeed regardless of our backgrounds?  Why is it so hard to get access to the professional development resources and network needed to achieve our goals?  Why do so many recruiters have difficulty sourcing diverse talent when there so many extremely talented under- and un-employed individuals having a hard time finding the right job?   Clearly, more needs to be done on all these fronts to make meaningful traction with respect to more diverse and inclusive leadership.

     

    I thank my mom for demonstrating, time and again, the importance of the following principles for success and impact as represented by every letter of her name, Po-Ling:

     

    • Priorities: Persevere as well as perform for your priorities and passions; know and be true to your vision for yourself

    • Others: Help others to succeed

    • Lead: Be proactive in driving needed action or change; don’t just wait around for someone else to take the initiative

    • Inspire: Always be at your best and inspire others to follow you to make things happen; lead by example; communicate as well as exude confidence and conviction for what you believe in

    • Network: Build and leverage an expansive network to make things happen and to help others

    • Grow: Embrace adversity, diversity, change, failure and constructive criticism by taking every opportunity to improve, challenge, and reinvent yourself

     

    Living by these principles, I founded and co-chaired the Asian Leadership Initiative as well as co-chaired the Women’s Employee Resource Group (on top of my day job as a Senior Vice President in Corporate Development) at Moody’s.  These experiences crystallized for me the importance of creating an inclusive community which inspires, empowers and elevates each other to help achieve our goals.

     

  • Action

    After receiving the Corporate Trailblazer Award, I decided to write a book with my mother – a dual perspective autobiography, which weaves in the above P.O.L.I.N.G.® principles throughout our lives.  I know that my and my mom’s stories are only two of many inspiring stories which need to be shared more broadly.

     

    Given my conviction to lead broader impact, in October 2016, I founded Inspiring Diversity, LLC, which has a mission: “To inspire, empower, and elevate each other to achieve career goals, while helping organizations build diverse and inclusive communities.”  Inspiring Diversity is focused on tackling the key questions I have asked myself above with practical, accessible, and innovative solutions.  The fact that inspiringdiversity.com was still available as of September 2016 clearly indicates the lack of focus on “inspiring” (both as a verb and an adjective) as part of the D&I discussion.  For there to be notable advances in D&I, we need to meaningfully “inspire” diverse talent and allies alike – as merely showing the business case has proven insufficient.  Once inspired, we can all flourish if supported by a community and resources able to empower and elevate us to achieve our goals.  Together, we can set in motion a virtuous cycle of inspiring, empowering, and elevating our community and world around us – regardless of our background.

     

  • Result

    Inspiring Diversity is still in the beginning of its journey to make impact.  So, I can’t say definitively what the related metrics will be.  While Inspiring Diversity is certainly aiming to have broad impact, it will have achieved its mission if it can help EVEN ONE PERSON to:

     

    - be inspired to help others succeed;

    - be empowered with an effective professional development resource to which he/she would not otherwise have had access; and/or

    - be elevated to obtain that perfect opportunity to achieve his/her goals

     

    Regardless, as Nelson Mandela has said, “I never lose.  I either win or I learn.” I will have no regrets about founding Inspiring Diversity and pursuing my passion to help others to succeed. In the process, I am getting invaluable experience building a business from ground up and am having fun meeting lots of great people!

     

    Inspiring Diversity is also a powerful way to show (not just tell) my mother and others who have supported my success and development how much I appreciate all they have done for me.  I want to show my son the importance of being open-minded and not fearful of trying new things - as it really is not so much about the end “result” but rather about the journey, effort, and growth.  I want to show my daughter the importance of remaining positive, confident and authentic.  I want to show everyone the great fulfillment that comes with helping others to succeed and living by the P.O.L.I.N.G.® principles.

     

Copyright 2017 Inspiring Diversity, LLC info@inspiringdiversity.com

Our Inspiration

  • Situation/Background

    As I prepared my acceptance speech for the Chinese American Planning Council’s first ever “Corporate Trailblazer Award” in November 2015, I thought a lot about who I am and how I got to where I am today.  All roads led back to my mother, Po-Ling Ng - my role model to whom I attribute my success.  Despite the incredible adversity she’s faced her entire life (including being widowed at the age of 32 and left with four very young children), my mother has devoted her life to helping others and is one of the most successful people I know.  Her success and impact are not just apparent from the dozens of awards she’s received, but even more so from the tearful expressions of gratitude with which she is regularly greeted.

     

    I thank my mom for demonstrating, time and again, the importance of the following principles for success and impact as represented by every letter of her name, Po-Ling:

     

    • Priorities: Persevere as well as perform for your priorities and passions; know and be true to your vision for yourself

    • Others: Help others to succeed

    • Lead: Be proactive in driving needed action or change; don’t just wait around for someone else to take the initiative

    • Inspire: Always be at your best and inspire others to follow you to make things happen; lead by example; communicate as well as exude confidence and conviction for what you believe in

    • Network: Build and leverage an expansive network to make things happen and to help others

    • Grow: Embrace adversity, diversity, change, failure and constructive criticism by taking every opportunity to improve, challenge, and reinvent yourself

     

    Living by these principles, I founded and co-chaired the Asian Leadership Initiative as well as co-chaired the Women’s Employee Resource Group (on top of my day job as a Senior Vice President in Corporate Development) at Moody’s.  These experiences crystallized for me the importance of creating an inclusive community which inspires, empowers and elevates each other to help achieve our goals.

     

  • Task

    Despite all the energy around Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), there has not been enough meaningful increase in the representation of diverse talent in leadership roles across most industries in the United States.  The business case for D&I has been made time and again (i.e. diverse teams lead to better decisions which lead to better performance), yet why has there been so little traction?

     

    I have often asked myself, why is there not a central portal and inclusive community which effectively inspires, empowers and elevates us all to achieve our career and life visions?  Why is there not a hub to find inspiring stories of role models “who look like us”, which reinforce to us all that we can succeed regardless of our backgrounds?  Why is it so hard to get access to the professional development resources and network needed to achieve our goals?  Why do so many recruiters have difficulty sourcing diverse talent when there so many extremely talented under- and un-employed individuals having a hard time finding the right job?   Clearly, more needs to be done on all these fronts to make meaningful traction with respect to more diverse and inclusive leadership.

     

  • Action

    After receiving the Corporate Trailblazer Award, I decided to write a book with my mother – a dual perspective autobiography, which weaves in the above P.O.L.I.N.G.® principles throughout our lives.  I know that my and my mom’s stories are only two of many inspiring stories which need to be shared more broadly.

     

    Given my conviction to lead broader impact, in October 2016, I founded Inspiring Diversity, LLC, which has a mission: “To inspire, empower, and elevate each other to achieve career goals, while helping organizations build diverse and inclusive communities.”  Inspiring Diversity is focused on tackling the key questions I have asked myself above with practical, accessible, and innovative solutions.  The fact that inspiringdiversity.com was still available as of September 2016 clearly indicates the lack of focus on “inspiring” (both as a verb and an adjective) as part of the D&I discussion.  For there to be notable advances in D&I, we need to meaningfully “inspire” diverse talent and allies alike – as merely showing the business case has proven insufficient.  Once inspired, we can all flourish if supported by a community and resources able to empower and elevate us to achieve our goals.  Together, we can set in motion a virtuous cycle of inspiring, empowering, and elevating our community and world around us – regardless of our background.

     

  • Result

    Inspiring Diversity is still in the beginning of its journey to make impact.  So, I can’t say definitively what the related metrics will be.  While Inspiring Diversity is certainly aiming to have broad impact, it will have achieved its mission if it can help EVEN ONE PERSON to:

     

    - be inspired to help others succeed;

    - be empowered with an effective professional development resource to which he/she would not otherwise have had access; and/or

    - be elevated to obtain that perfect opportunity to achieve his/her goals

     

    Regardless, as Nelson Mandela has said, “I never lose.  I either win or I learn.” I will have no regrets about founding Inspiring Diversity and pursuing my passion to help others to succeed. In the process, I am getting invaluable experience building a business from ground up and am having fun meeting lots of great people!

     

    Inspiring Diversity is also a powerful way to show (not just tell) my mother and others who have supported my success and development how much I appreciate all they have done for me.  I want to show my son the importance of being open-minded and not fearful of trying new things - as it really is not so much about the end “result” but rather about the journey, effort, and growth.  I want to show my daughter the importance of remaining positive, confident and authentic.  I want to show everyone the great fulfillment that comes with helping others to succeed and living by the P.O.L.I.N.G.® principles.

     

Copyright 2017 Inspiring Diversity, LLC info@inspiringdiversity.com

Our Inspiration

  • Situation/Background

    As I prepared my acceptance speech for the Chinese American Planning Council’s first ever “Corporate Trailblazer Award” in November 2015, I thought a lot about who I am and how I got to where I am today.  All roads led back to my mother, Po-Ling Ng - my role model to whom I attribute my success.  Despite the incredible adversity she’s faced her entire life (including being widowed at the age of 32 and left with four very young children), my mother has devoted her life to helping others and is one of the most successful people I know.  Her success and impact are not just apparent from the dozens of awards she’s received, but even more so from the tearful expressions of gratitude with which she is regularly greeted.

     

    I thank my mom for demonstrating, time and again, the importance of the following principles for success and impact as represented by every letter of her name, Po-Ling:

     

    • Priorities: Persevere as well as perform for your priorities and passions; know and be true to your vision for yourself

    • Others: Help others to succeed

    • Lead: Be proactive in driving needed action or change; don’t just wait around for someone else to take the initiative

    • Inspire: Always be at your best and inspire others to follow you to make things happen; lead by example; communicate as well as exude confidence and conviction for what you believe in

    • Network: Build and leverage an expansive network to make things happen and to help others

    • Grow: Embrace adversity, diversity, change, failure and constructive criticism by taking every opportunity to improve, challenge, and reinvent yourself

     

    Living by these principles, I founded and co-chaired the Asian Leadership Initiative as well as co-chaired the Women’s Employee Resource Group (on top of my day job as a Senior Vice President in Corporate Development) at Moody’s.  These experiences crystallized for me the importance of creating an inclusive community which inspires, empowers and elevates each other to help achieve our goals.

     

  • Task

    Despite all the energy around Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), there has not been enough meaningful increase in the representation of diverse talent in leadership roles across most industries in the United States.  The business case for D&I has been made time and again (i.e. diverse teams lead to better decisions which lead to better performance), yet why has there been so little traction?

     

    I have often asked myself, why is there not a central portal and inclusive community which effectively inspires, empowers and elevates us all to achieve our career and life visions?  Why is there not a hub to find inspiring stories of role models “who look like us”, which reinforce to us all that we can succeed regardless of our backgrounds?  Why is it so hard to get access to the professional development resources and network needed to achieve our goals?  Why do so many recruiters have difficulty sourcing diverse talent when there so many extremely talented under- and un-employed individuals having a hard time finding the right job?   Clearly, more needs to be done on all these fronts to make meaningful traction with respect to more diverse and inclusive leadership.

     

  • Action

    After receiving the Corporate Trailblazer Award, I decided to write a book with my mother – a dual perspective autobiography, which weaves in the above P.O.L.I.N.G.® principles throughout our lives.  I know that my and my mom’s stories are only two of many inspiring stories which need to be shared more broadly.

     

    Given my conviction to lead broader impact, in October 2016, I founded Inspiring Diversity, LLC, which has a mission: “To inspire, empower, and elevate each other to achieve career goals, while helping organizations build diverse and inclusive communities.”  Inspiring Diversity is focused on tackling the key questions I have asked myself above with practical, accessible, and innovative solutions.  The fact that inspiringdiversity.com was still available as of September 2016 clearly indicates the lack of focus on “inspiring” (both as a verb and an adjective) as part of the D&I discussion.  For there to be notable advances in D&I, we need to meaningfully “inspire” diverse talent and allies alike – as merely showing the business case has proven insufficient.  Once inspired, we can all flourish if supported by a community and resources able to empower and elevate us to achieve our goals.  Together, we can set in motion a virtuous cycle of inspiring, empowering, and elevating our community and world around us – regardless of our background.

     

  • Result

    Inspiring Diversity is still in the beginning of its journey to make impact.  So, I can’t say definitively what the related metrics will be.  While Inspiring Diversity is certainly aiming to have broad impact, it will have achieved its mission if it can help EVEN ONE PERSON to:

     

    - be inspired to help others succeed;

    - be empowered with an effective professional development resource to which he/she would not otherwise have had access; and/or

    - be elevated to obtain that perfect opportunity to achieve his/her goals

     

    Regardless, as Nelson Mandela has said, “I never lose.  I either win or I learn.” I will have no regrets about founding Inspiring Diversity and pursuing my passion to help others to succeed. In the process, I am getting invaluable experience building a business from ground up and am having fun meeting lots of great people!

     

    Inspiring Diversity is also a powerful way to show (not just tell) my mother and others who have supported my success and development how much I appreciate all they have done for me.  I want to show my son the importance of being open-minded and not fearful of trying new things - as it really is not so much about the end “result” but rather about the journey, effort, and growth.  I want to show my daughter the importance of remaining positive, confident and authentic.  I want to show everyone the great fulfillment that comes with helping others to succeed and living by the P.O.L.I.N.G.® principles.

     

Copyright 2017 Inspiring Diversity, LLC info@inspiringdiversity.com

Priorities: Persevere as well as perform for your priorities and passions; know and be true to your vision for yourself

Others: Help others to succeed

Lead: Be proactive in driving needed action or change; don’t just wait around for someone else to take the initiative

Inspire: Always be at your best and inspire others to follow you to make things happen; lead by example; communicate as well as exude confidence and conviction for what you believe in

Network: Build and leverage an expansive network to make things happen and to help others

Grow: Embrace adversity, diversity, change, failure and constructive criticism by taking every opportunity to improve, challenge, and reinvent yourself

Copyright 2017 Inspiring Diversity, LLC | info@inspiringdiversity.com