For this edition of Sister Spotlight, The Jade Times profiles each Board of Directors candidate for a series of articles covering the 2016 election. Delta Phi Lambda’s election presentation will be held at the national convention this Saturday at Queens College in New York. Prior to each chapter casting its vote, the newsletter staff encourages you to seek knowledge about each candidate and her platform during the meet-and-greet session.
By Tamera “EON” Pillay, Staff Writer
Jenny “elaira” Qiao, an Emory University alumna, is inspired by the importance of building a good network and using resources to your advantage, and that inspiration is part of the reason why she is running for vice president alumnae this year.
The sorority has given her a lot of experience in terms of connections and helping her obtain jobs. She hopes dedicated female leaders can build the organization’s influence through networking.
“There’s so much we can do to build our network and raise Asian American awareness,” Qiao said. “As Asian Americans, we come into the workforce with less social capital than other minorities and the majority.”
“I want to see our girls be successful post-graduation,” she said. “I have a passion for helping others, and I want to build a network our sisters can take advantage of and create a larger impact in the Asian American community.”
Aside from her drive and passion, Qiao’s qualifications include her two-year standing as the director of alumnae relations, working under the leadership of Stella “Naru” Kim, the current vice president alumnae.
”I had a really great experience with Stella as my mentor, and I’d like to do something similar,” Qiao said.
Her goals and ideas include developing alumnae networks in more cities, like San Francisco, Atlanta and New York City. She also wants to set up a database that lists where alumnae are currently located and continue establishing alumnae chapters.
”The goal is to have one sister act as the point of contact in these target cities,” she said. “This means that whenever we have a sister relocating to one of the cities above, the point of contact can easily connect sisters to other sisters in the area as well as any upcoming alumnae events.”
As the director, she learned that there is always room to learn.
“Every semester and year bring new challenges to the role, especially during convention planning and alumnae involvement,” she said. “The most important thing I learned is that we have to take constructive feedback and try many times before you can succeed.”
Since our sorority itself is relatively new, our work with alumnae is new as well. Much of how Qiao describes her work can be applied to our undergraduate chapters. She takes her work as an undergraduate into this position as well. Within her chapter, she learned the importance of teamwork and leadership, hugely important in bringing together a large group of people for a common goal.
“A team can accomplish so much more than an individual,” she said. “And winning is also a lot more rewarding when everyone had a piece in making it happen.”
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