How to Lose your First Job
So you landed a job and the worst is over. Think again, because keeping your job is as important as landing it. Hear what this panel has to say about the Dos and Don’ts in your career. Make that transition from college student to working professional
Meet the Panelist
Leslie Moe-Kaiser, PhD, CLU
Leslie Moe-Kaiser, Corporate Public Affairs, manages State Farm’s relationships with national Asian American Pacific Islander organizations. She partners with leaders to help create safer, stronger, and better-educated communities through teen driver safety, youth and adult leadership training, financial education and professional development offerings.
Leslie’s previous responsibilities include training, communications and Asian American marketing. She also planned and implemented Asian communications and cultural patterns programming. Prior to State Farm, Leslie founded a consulting firm that developed strategies for Fortune 500 companies entering the China market, and developed relationships with Japanese financial institutions to facilitate East-West trade. Her first career was in academia specializing in Asian Art History and Asian Philosophies.
Leslie serves on the Business Advisory Council of OCA, National Advisory Council of the Asian American Justice Center, President’s Council of the Japanese American Citizens League, National Advisory Council of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, and is Board Co-Chair of The Center for Asian Pacific American Women. She is a 2003 National Fellow of the Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute, and listed in Who’s Who in the Humanities, 1992-93. She is president of OSF St. Francis Medical Center Women’s Services Advisory Board, Peoria; past-president of OCA-Central Illinois, and served on the Illinois Valley Mental Health Association Board.
She holds a PhD in Educational Administration of Higher Education from Illinois State University. Her MPh and MA are in Asian Art History from University of Kansas; her BBA in Accounting from University of Hawaii. She did post-graduate studies at Sophia University in Tokyo. She holds the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation and is a USPTA certified tennis pro. She and her husband Greg have a son, Kurt, and daughter, Kristine.
Sharon Wong is the Deputy Director for Coordination & Policy in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Prior to this, she served for over 10 years as the Diversity & Inclusion Officer at NASA/GSFC, where she led the diversity and inclusion efforts to effect inclusion and full utilization of the diverse workforce, resulting in a #2 (out of 226) ranking for Diversity in the Best Places to Work in Government over the last 2 years. With over 25 years at NASA, her work experiences include 15 years as a Lead Software Integration and Test Engineer, and in Strategic Planning and Outreach at NASA/HQ.
Ms. Wong is a past Chair (and a lifetime member) of AAGEN, an organization of APA senior executives in government; the National Secretary for the OCA, a national social justice and civil rights advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of APAs; a Past President of the Greater Washington, DC chapter of OCA; and a Past President of the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC). Ms. Wong was a Commissioner on the State of Maryland Commission for Women, and is a lifetime member of Federally Employed Women (FEW) and Blacks in Government (BIG). Ms. Wong is also the Diversity Co-Chair for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Board of Governors.
Ms. Wong has received the NASA/KSC Equal Opportunity Award, the Astronaut Silver Snoopy Award, and an Outstanding Leadership Award from NASA/GSFC. She received her B.S. in Physics from Wheeling College in West Virginia and her M.S. in Engineering Systems Analysis from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She also has a Diversity Management Certificate from Cornell University.