SASE #Dare to Lead:Personal to Professional networking

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SASE Dallas Conference group Photo, Hyatt Downtown Dallas

                                                      Leadership is clichéd and commonly used in every organization. But SASE (Society of Asian Scientist and Engineer) is unique among such. SASE is an organization started by Asian American to promote South Asian Heritage embarks its journey from mere regional level to national level. The SASE consists of professional (working) and collegiate (student) member throughout U.S. There are various collegiate SASE chapter across university and colleges. They not only bring Asian American people together but also anyone is welcomed in the chapter. It’s all about networking, leadership, fun, professional & technical growth and coming out of comfort zone.

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                 SASE University of Dayton Chapter, its lunch time at DFW airport Texas

                                      I am proud member of SASE University of Dayton chapter. The journey to SASE started from small brochure from Kennedy Union field (SASE UD booth). The volume of meeting with SASE increased with various networking workshop, presentation skill seminar, workshops for introvert to name few. I was excited to hear about annual SASE conference at Dallas, Texas. I wanted to go learn, explore workshops. I am glad to be one among seven people to represent University of Dayton SASE chapter.

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                  Ready for some fun and networking 

                                 The conference was one of my best three days where I got chance to meet people from diverse region and learn so many things. The event was scheduled for three days –

Registration and SASE bowl

The event kicked off with registration and networking sessions. There was ice breaker type competition known as SASE bowl. The SASE bowl quiz cum activities themed regional competition. We along with few others from mid-west represented team Mid-West – Airliners. We were runner up for the competition.

Workshops

                                    There were parallel workshops running all around. I attended four workshop. I learnt about various recent technology, presentation skills, art of engineering storytelling, directed energy (use of laser in defense) are workshop which I attended. I got chance to review my resume from Toyota officials, who suggested do’s and do not’s while writing resume. The details workshops are as follows:

Presentation Skills – Shell

  • Learnt about do’s and do nots of presentation.
  • Body Language & posture
  • Use of picture and impacts on audience
  • How to avoid distraction & Q/A handling

Engineering: The Art of Story Telling – Toyota

  • Learnt about ideation cycle (IDEATE – CREATE- TEST-REFINE)
  • Quality Improvement Technique like KAIZEN, MUDA, HOSHIN
  • Story Cycle and Process

Share your WHY

Root Cause (Back Ground)

Know your Audience

Customer First

Pay attention to big Picture

  • Ideas must be as simple so try explaining non-technical person
  • How to communicate with higher Executives being technical person
  • What it feels like to work in Toyota

Leadership and Motivation – Huei Ren Pan

  • Learnt about role of leader

Coach, Mentor, Champion, Advocate

  • Top 5 motivation of mine while looking employer

Being Involved, Good working condition, Interesting works, Promotion, good wages

  • How to meet aspiration of employee when you are manager
  • Quality of Manager
  • Manager Vs Employee differences

What is Directed Energy?  – DEPS

  • Talked about Projectile
  • LASER system
  • Direct Energy Weapon (Lethal/Anti Material)
  • Various DE Advantages and Applications

Career Fairs

                                  There were numerous companies looking for perspective hiring for internship, co-op and full time. This is maiden career fair for me. I gave my pitch to every potential companies like BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON, BOEING, DEPS, US DE, US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEER, US POSTAL SERVICES, UNITED TECHNOLOGIES, and few more.

                    The conference ended with #ChicagoReady after Dallas Conference.

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Me at Conference 

Photo Credit: Collected from teammates and SASE facebook

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