Kate Liu and Cindy Le
Sales & Advertising Intern and Content Marketing Intern
All photos courtesy of Aisle Ai Weddings
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a successful wedding planner behind the scenes? Finding the perfect wedding planner means finding someone who can understand the desired vision and interact with not just the happy couple, but the families as well.
Nancy Shen, CEO, and co-founder of Aisle Ai Weddings sat down with us to talk about her journey in the wedding planning industry and how her Asian American background has helped her connect with her clients.
Cindy Le, Content Marketing Intern
Uptown, Chicago is home to a population of Asian American immigrants, and many of their children go to Goudy Elementary. In fact, Uptown was Ruiz’s first home as well -- the place where she lived and learned what it means to be an Asian-American student when she first came to the United States in 1991 at 7-years-old. Ruiz was gracious enough to give some insight on how being a first generation Asian-American nurtured her future career as a community educator.
If you are interested in becoming a teacher or advancing as an Asian American in the workplace and finding your calling, here is what Ruiz had to say about her path as a teacher.
Being an educator is a really important job. Why did you decide to become a teacher?
[Being a teacher] was something I wanted to be since I was 5-years-old. I like being in a classroom, I like learning new things, I like helping other people learn new things. [This] made sense to me. I want to be there so that I can have that connection with the kids that I do teach....
Kate Liu, Sales & Advertising Intern
Gina Groesbeck, Sales & Marketing Intern
Lights, cameras and scripts make up some of the elements of acting. While some people want to stay behind the scenes, others want to shine center staged. Parry Shen found his passion for acting late in his academic career but is living out his dreams today.
Asian and Asian American actors are often overlooked and not given the same opportunities in the acting field. However, in recent years, producers are starting to recognize talents amongst Asian minorities, like Parry Shen, and bringing their talents to the spotlight.
What do you think is the most important soft skill or leadership skill that you’ve developed and want to instill in the next generation?
Leading by example without cynicism and with enthusiasm has been what works for me over my 20 year career. I’ve found that it covers the widest range of the varying personalities in the workforce. Those who are on the same page as I am, they’re excited that they found someone that works just as hard as they do and are excited that they found that partner in crime in trying to find solutions and work together. I’ve been in workplaces where people bond and think it’s funny by being cynical and rolling their eyes, but it’s just unhealthy. What makes cynicism so damaging to a team environment is that it’s so subversive. It’s not outright being said-it’s sneaky and doesn’t create a good situation. Just leading by example, being excited, and being here because you want to be here, is contagious....
Gina is the former Sales & Marketing intern and a junior studying Agricultural and Consumer Economics with a financial planning concentration.