Monday, January 24, 2022 - 11:30am to 12:45pm
Asian Pacific American Alumni Network
The Great Resignation is in full force and mid-career employees are fueling this movement. Are you thinking about a change? What drives you? What do you fear? Has it been worthwhile? Join APAAN in a discussion about the impact of the movement and hear stories of caution and inspiration from those who already made the switch. The discussion will feature panelists Wendy Wang '97, James Wong '10, and Jennifer Jyh-Feng Tepper '09.
*HBR (Harvard Business Review) writes that these factors help explain why the increase in resignations has been largely driven by mid-level employees.
  1. Employers feel that hiring people with little experience would be riskier than usual, since new employees won't have the benefit of in-person training and guidance. This creates greater demand for mid-career employees, thus giving them greater leverage in securing new positions.
  2. Many mid-level employees delayed transitioning out of their roles due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, meaning that the boost we've seen over the last several months could be the result of more than a year's worth of pent-up resignations.
  3. Many of these workers may have simply reached a breaking point after months and months of high workloads, hiring freezes, and other pressures, causing them to rethink their work and life goals.

*Additionally, we invite you to join us on Friday, January 28 at 11:30 a.m. EST for Part 2 of this conversation. 



Wendy Wang '97
Wendy Wang '97
Wendy Wang (Class of 1997) is currently the Manager of Direct Distributions at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. Her professional background includes the non-profit sector, hospitality, and the arts, which includes the Ritz-Carlton, Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City, Le Pain Quotidien, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the Howard Theatre, and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. Wendy is proud to be one of the key student activists that paved the way for the creation and establishment of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland in College Park.


James Wong '10
James Wong '10
James is currently a reliability engineer at Tesla for all of Tesla’s charging products, including supercharger stations, and has a breadth of experience with multiple industries. He has been at Tesla for more than 6 years and has had several roles, from dynamometer test engineer supporting the development of the model 3 motors to data analyst developing business intelligence tools for manufacturing and program management. Prior to Tesla, James was a technical architecture analyst at Accenture Federal Services where he helped deliver new technology solutions to government clients.

Jennifer Jyh-Feng Tepper, MBA '09
Jennifer Jyh-Feng Tepper, MBA '09
Jennifer Jyh-Feng Tepper is the Co-Founder of Lam Lha, LLC, the umbrella company that hosts LiveMudita - a consulting agency; Sapillo Creek Escape - a retreat destination and vacation getaway; and Transient on Purpose, a lifestyle brand on how to live, intentionally unsettled.  She is also the Board Chair of People and Planet - a nonprofit dedicated to supporting grassroots projects around the world. and Transient on Purpose, a lifestyle brand on how to live, intentionally unsettled. She is also Certified Reseller and Referral Partner at boodleAI and The Giving Block.

Previously, Jennifer held the positions of Interim VP of Development and Communications/Senior Advisor at SOS Children's Villages USA; Director of Development and Communications, at Trees For The Future; Assistant Director of Business Development, Board Advisory Services, while working at NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors); Senior Director of Strategic Development and Partnerships, at BoardSource.
Jennifer completed an MBA in Business from the University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business, in 2009. Additionally, Jennifer received an MA in Peace and Development Studies, in 2001, from the University of Limerick. Jennifer also earned a BA in International Studies, Spanish from Austin College in 1999.



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