Recording Now Available!Join Maddie's Fund for an open, informal 30-minute conversation and Q+A with @Ariel Zhang, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Animal Foundation. Hosting the talk is @Mary Ippoliti-Smith, one of Maddie's Fund's executive leadership team members.
About Ariel: As a young immigrant who moved across multiple continents and countries, Ariel watched her parents work hard to start something better for their family. They had no roots or connections in the US but that made Ariel recognize, in her words, a "world of opportunities." But those came at a steep price - one that forged Ariel's determined drive for compassion among humans and animals.
Come away inspired to promote lifesaving by engaging your local community through global language. Afterwards, continue the conversation with Ariel right here on Maddie's Pet Forum. Ariel will be monitoring this post for the next couple of weeks so please leave your questions or comments here!
Join Maddie's Fund for an open, informal 30-minute conversation and Q+A with @Ariel Zhang, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Animal Foundation. Hosting the talk is @Mary Ippoliti-Smith, one of Maddie's Fund's executive leadership team members.
Register here https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtcOihrzkrHNSjsaIaYZ3jbFSWGqg48lmq
Come away inspired to promote lifesaving by engaging your local community through global language. Afterwards, continue the conversation with Ariel right here on Maddie's Pet Forum.
Ariel,Thank you for braving the outcome and pushing that Send button to Mary. I can imagine how scary that was and am so thankful you did it. I have learned so much from you taking that chance. When Mary mentioned your email and followup discussion on the Monday call, I had the same realization she did. I had been reading the articles and watched the news about the anti-Asian sentiment and actions and was horrified but I did not make the connection that it should have been called out on the previous Friday call. After Mary brought it to our attention on the call, the light bulb went off. How could we have not discussed it? I am learning and will continue to learn. I commit to do better.I also appreciate this thread between you and @Charlotte Otero (she/her) so much. It brings home to me again that I don't know what I don't know. You both talked about feeling invisible which is heartbreaking. I work with Charlotte on a daily basis and she is an intelligent, extremely capable woman who deserves to be seen and heard. My impression of you is the same. Because of this conversation, I am now aware that this exists and can help change it. Hearing from both of you that your parents and grandparents asked you to be their voices because they were embarrassed of their accents and how people would treat them is something I hadn't ever considered. It makes me sad that you, your families and so many others had (and have) to experience that even to this day. I'm hopeful that the discussions and changes we are starting to make today will make this a thing of the past.I'd like to share a quote I read a few weeks back. It was shared on social media so I don't know who wrote it but I really love it:
"If someone is speaking to you in a foreign accent, they are smart enough to know two languages and were brave enough to do their job in their second."
Thank you again for sharing your voice and experience with us!
Yes! Ariel's story is not to be missed. She is a most compelling speaker with a fresh perspective. There will be time for Q+A as well as the follow-up discussion right here on Maddie's Pet Forum.
See you there!
What an amazing Candid Conversation series. Thank you so much Ariel for your powerful perspective and for sharing your story today.