On March 29th, Dr. Yuhsien Wu was invited to speak at Fannie Mae (The Federal National Mortgage Association), a leader in the financial industry and a Fortune 500 company currently ranked #24 by Fortune Magazine.
She spoke before Fannie Mae’s multicultural staff, including CEO Hugh Frater, who took time out of his busy schedule to attend this event, on the topic of rising anti-Asian violence in the United States. Dr. Wu was very glad to connect with almost 300 Fannie Mae staff from a variety of backgrounds, both Asian-Americans and those looking to support the AAPI community in their demand for equality.
She began by covering the history of racism against Asians in America, going back to early Chinese contributions to building up the West Coast as well as how these contributions were met with discriminatory policies like the Chinese Exclusion Act and similar racial constraints on immigration throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
She then talked about the Asian experience in America today, and shared ways on how to build a more inclusive community. She was enthused by how receptive the audience was to working to root out unconscious bias and be allies for AAPI people in the workplace and in society more broadly.
Dr. Wu was happy to learn that close to 300 Fannie Mae’s employees attended the event. She accepted an offer to return to Fannie Mae to speak again in June about career development for Asians in America and speak on the “bamboo ceiling” that many experience in the workplace.
Dr. Wu first immigrated to the states as a child and obtained a master's degree in education with a concentration in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Business Administration (with a minor in psychology). As one of the co-founders of Veritas Education, she designs classes focusing on self-growth to help students enhance their deep thinking, leadership, cultural, and communication skills. Her research interests are interpersonal in nature and include mentoring, cultural differences, communication, social skills, and emotional intelligence. She is the author of two books on education and development, Discover Your Parenting Style and Unlocking the Truth of Social Skill. She has also been a guest speaker on “Virginia Report,” hosted by member of the Virginia House of Delegates Kenneth Plum.