Claire Mak was recently promoted to Manager of Prototype Development, Product Validation Engineering at Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Asian Resource Network, one of the many Employee Resource Groups at DTNA. She also hosts the monthly PMI Roundtable discussion at DTNA.
I am attributing my success to the “can-do” attitude my parents instilled in me. It wasn't until EDI that I discovered that my “ability to speak up in meetings”, “questioning status quo” and “don’t take no for an answer” attitude wasn't normal for Asians. My biggest A-HA moments from EDI are self-awareness and personal branding. I have been working on improving “my brand” since April 2013. The fact that I am aware of my strengths and weaknesses and able to articulate to the interview panels what I have done to improve myself has definitely set me apart from my competitors.
I have always known that I want to move into management. EDI has given me the tools, tips and tricks, and showed me the path to get there. Last year, when I was given a troubled project, I was able to use all the skills that EDI has taught me. I had to perform under intense pressure, effectively communicate to all levels of management, resolve conflicts , leverage my network, and frequently present to CEO levels. I am happy to say because of my EDI training, I came away with flying colors. Upper Management took notice of my abilities, and then it was a matter of time for the right job to become available for me to move into management.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the mentors that I have met through EDI, and to Marci for giving me the opportunity to be the Program Chair for the 2015 and 2016 Portland Asian Leadership Discovery Program. I am now a better leader, manager, mentor, mother, and friend because of EDI.
Congratulations to Nyle Miyamoto for receiving the 2016 Achievement in Leadership Excellence and Nobel Impact (ALENI) Award from NAAAP-Seattle! In his acceptance speech, he shared his formula for developing one's leadership potential where,'LP = ExRxR', where one's Leadership Potential is determined by one's Experience, Relationship Experience, and Reptuation. At the end of his speech, he asks the audience, "Are you pudwater or Fiji water?" What are you?