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WorkPride - Community-in-focus panels for ethnicity: Asian

With the increasing awareness around intersectionality and its importance, this community-in-focus series of panels on ethnicity explores how our identity combines with ethnicity and the resulting challenges and lived experiences this creates. With a particular focus on Asian communities, this discussion will cover topics including:

- What it means to be LGBTQ+ and Asian

- Identity challenges faced by people of Asian descent 

- Challenges faced by the Asian diaspora

- The impact of being out in an Asian family

- The lived experiences of Asian communities during Covid-19


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Speakers:

  • Siqi Chong
    Siqi Chong
    Assurance Senior
    EY
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    Zen Ng
    Zen Ng
    Project Manager
    MMC
    Zen is based in London and works as a Project Manager within the Global Benefits Management team in MMC. He is the deputy co-chair for the PRIDE UK network and a charity champion. His proudest recent achievement was raising £1000 for mental health charity MIND UK.
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    Lavender Looi
    Lavender Looi
    Co-Founder & Music Producer
    LAVICHI Records
    Born and raised in Malacca, Malaysia, Lavender Looi has spent the last twenty years creating music. Her experience in international music production and songwriting have led her to North America, Europe, and Asia, where she has worked as a composer, producer, and recording engineer for several renowned music studios including Dead Room Recordings and Grand Theft Records. Her original compositions and vocals have been used in commercials for major corporations including KFC, Grab, Gojek, and Pizza Hut. Lavender’s talents and love for music recently brought her to Berklee College of Music in Valencia, where she completed a Masters Degree in Scoring for Film, TV, and Video Games. ​ Lavender is the co-founder of LAVICHI Records located in Valencia, Spain, and is a part of the executive team for She Knows Tech, an organization working towards closing the music tech gender gap by creating a community built around education, empowerment, networking, and continued learning.
  • Madina Sergazina
    Madina Sergazina
    MBA Recruitment Expert
    AB InBev
    I am from Kazakhstan, currently based in Czech Republic. Working in Talent Acquisition team for AB InBev Europe. Proud Ally!
  • Yi Wang
    Yi Wang
    Director
    Queer East
    Yi Wang is the director and programmer of Queer East, a festival he founded in 2019 which aims to showcase rarely seen LGBTQ+ cinema both from and about East and Southeast Asia and amplify the voices of Asian communities in the UK. Outside his role at Queer East, Yi Wang works as a creative producer at The Culture Laboratory, an independent studio for performing arts and cultural events management.
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    Amy Huang  黃月媺 (she, her)
    Amy Huang 黃月媺 (she, her)
    Director
    Marsh McLennan
    Amy Huang has over 20 years of experience in commercial and government organizations across financial, health, education, and information technology industries. As an IT professional, she has led focused agile teams and global organizations to develop and implement strategic planning frameworks, accomplish strategic initiatives, improve program and project management maturity, deliver enterprise-wide system enhancements, new applications as well as strengthen operations. Currently, Amy is a Director, Onsite Technical Support at Marsh and McLennan Companies, leading 40+ technology professionals supporting 5,800+ colleagues in 90+ locations in 4 countries. In all of her roles, Amy has served as a diversity and inclusion champion to create a culture of belonging where everyone’s potential can be unleashed. At MMC, she is the facilitator for the Technology Advisory Council on Race and Diversity, a representative on the MGTI Diversity Council, former Global Lead of the Buddy Program, Mental Health Champion and former Global Ambassador for Lean In Circles. Previous roles at other organizations included LGBT Employee Resource Group president and vice president, recruiting chair and social chair. She also founded a Lean In Circle in 2013 in Washington DC that has over 182 members. Amy has been a mentor for the Wellesley in Washington Program since 2009 and is frequently a speaker at the events from United Way Worldwide to the University of Maryland. She was elected to the Wellesley College Alumnae Association Board of Directors in 2020. Amy has an MBA in Finance from New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a BA in Chinese Studies and Economics from Wellesley College. She also holds ITILv3, Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Product Owner (CSPO) and PADI Advanced Open Water and Enriched Air certifications.
  • Scott Liu
    Scott Liu
    Product Specialist
    Macquarie Asset Management
    I am a Product Specialist in the Client Solutions Group within Macquarie Asset Management, focusing on fundraising, structuring and client servicing for the Private Credit business. I also sit on the steering committee of Macquarie’s Pride employee network group in EMEA. I joined Macquarie after gaining a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from The University of Sydney, as part of the 2017 Graduate Programme in Sydney, Australia. I began my career in Macquarie in the Specialist Investments team in Sydney, which involved structuring and managing a range of tailored investment solutions. Following this, I worked in the Fund Finance team based in New York, which specialises in lending to private equity funds, private credit funds, real estate funds and fund of funds. I joined Macquarie Pride EMEA as a result of my aim to help make the lives of future generations of LGBT+ individuals better, which was something the previous generation has helped me with. Outside of work, I am a keen tennis player, I like to learn languages and would not mind taking the spotlight in karaoke.
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