May 2021 Newsletter
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. Click here to read more and see ways to celebrate below.
- Read up on the history of Asian/Pacific American communities.
- Make and eat food from various countries.
- Participate in virtual events and art activities with the Asian Art Museum. More info here.
Professional Development Webinar Series Two
Thursday, May 20 – “Handle Difficult Conversations with Confidence” with Joy Conley Kacik. Register now.
Don’t let that difficult conversation keep you awake at night. Learn a scripting technique to clearly communicate the issue, why it is of concern, propose a solution and inspire positive outcomes for a joint resolution. You will learn ways to diffuse anger in others and create safety in these conversations.
When: Thursday, May 20, 2021 – 9:00 AM PDT
Thank You for Painting and Sipping with Us!
Thank you to our event sponsor, REELZ, and to our attendees for making this event a success!
Our fabulous attendees unleashed their inner creativity with event sponsor REELZ and WICT NorCal during our virtual paint and sip event! Thank you to our attendees and REELZ for sponsoring this fun virtual event. A special thank you also goes out to our board for organizing this event. If you missed it, please look out for additional upcoming events throughout the year.
May is Mental Health Month
Since 1949, May has been observed as Mental Health Month. COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages. Now, more than ever, it is critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles, because that stigma often prevents individuals from seeking help. Visit the Mental Health America website for actions you can take to support this important month.
Touchstones in Focus: Be a Catalyst
We will focus on one of the WICT Touchstones of Leadership each month, which serve as our compass along the path of strategic and effective leadership development.
Our May focus is BE A CATALYST and set the wheels of change in motion. The COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed the way we all live and work. We’ve all had to overcome challenges and BE A CATALYST in this new virtual environment. Many of us are working remotely, have kids going to school virtually, are attending virtual conferences/events and virtual family/friend gatherings, all of which have made us virtual conference technology gurus. When change presents itself, BE A CATALYST and take it head on! Click here to see the WICT Touchstone of Leadership.
Do you have a favorite inspirational quote or phrase? Click here and let us know to be featured in an upcoming newsletter!
“There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction. ~Oprah Winfrey
Submitted by Naiya DeLisle. Click here to submit your favorite inspirational quote.
Calendar of Events
May: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May 20: WICT 2021 Series 2 – Handle Difficult Conversations with Confidence. Register.
May 31: Memorial Day
June: Pride Month
June 3: Mother’s Equal Pay Day. Did you know that mothers are paid 70 cents for every dollar paid to fathers?
June 19: Juneteenth