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Reflecting on EPIC Summit 2021

What a refreshing weekend at EPIC! I just took part in EPIC Summit 2021 and am feeling so rejuvenated and energized. As a creativity expert, I usually feel mixed feelings when I see an event about creativity and innovation.

Beyond the Box | Creative Asian Innovators

Growing up as an Asian-American, I’ve struggled with what it means to be me – Am I too Asian? Am I too American? Why can’t I just be me? And what does it mean to innovate in your voice? Like all the past Beyond the Box series at InnovatorsBox, I’m excited to untangle how identity influences how we innovate and how you continue to pave new paths even if you don’t see someone who looks like you.

Beyond The Box | Strong Female Innovators

March is designated Women’s History Month, and honors women’s contributions in society throughout history.

The U.S., along with many countries worldwide, celebrate the women who have been at the forefront of positive change. This month’s theme was – “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced,” and recognizes the women who raised their voices in the battle for women’s suffrage. While it’s important to celebrate historical achievements, it’s also essential that we reflect upon our current challenges with suppressing women’s voices — in business and society as a whole.

BEYOND THE BOX | COURAGEOUS BLACK INNOVATORS

February is a Black History Month and this year it marks the 45th anniversary of celebrating the many accomplishments and achievements of the Black Americans.

Every year in February, America reflects on the continued struggle for racial justice. We add a social media post, follow along on trending hashtags like #blm or #blackhhistorymonth, and maybe even change our profile pictures to solid black for a day. But while those social gestures do help amplify the collective efforts of diversity initiatives, the systemic racism still persists in our communities and workplaces.

THE POWER OF CO-CREATING: NEW WAYS FACILITATING TRAININGS AND PROGRAMS

//Originally published in Forbes.// It’s only been a few hours since the event started, yet hundreds of business leaders are buzzing with conversations. The energy in the room is different — warm, human, genuine. You wouldn’t have known that most were strangers not so long ago.

FOUR LIFE LESSONS THAT #GES2017 REMINDED ME

As someone who travels regularly (I made over 18 trips in 2017), I have noticed how some trips leave a more lasting impact on you than the others. The 8th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (#GES2017) at Hyderabad, India this past week was certainly one of the top transformative trips I’ve made in 2017. I’m now back in Washington, DC, surprised by how much I’ve learned, been challenged, energized, and changed in five mere days of traveling. And in reflection, I wanted to take the time to share some of the lessons I have learned as we continue to celebrate and understand the global entrepreneurship movement.

#BEYONDTHEBOX TECHNOLOGY | HOW INNOVATION IS A FOUNDATIONAL ELEMENT IN TECHNOLOGY

Technology has been making leaps and bounds for quite some time now, especially over the past decade. We now live in a world that has donned an electronic skin, where devices, gadgets, and sensors have outnumbered people. We used to go about our lives without smartphones just over 15 years ago – but today, technological advancements have moved, paced, and shifted our lives in a melodramatic fashion. And it can be difficult to catch up with the way the technology is making herculean jumps.