10 Things You Don’t Know About Sanyin Siang

Sanyin Siang GenWChat

Sanyin Siang does a lot of amazing things:
CEO Coach, Advisor to GV (Google Ventures), Executive Director of Duke University’s Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE) at its Fuqua School of Business, faculty member of Duke’s StoryLab, LinkedIN Influencer, Huffington Post columnist, and author of The Launch Book….

And now she will add being the host of a Gen W Chat to her impressive list of accomplishments.

As we re-launch our popular Twitter Chats this Thursday 2-3 PM EST,  Sanyin will be joining us as our host answering our questions (and yours!) about how to launch a new idea or career and giving away a copy of her new book, The Launch Book. You have to participate in the Chat to be eligible to win the book!

Before you join us on Thursday (follow #GenWChat), here are 10 things about Sanyin you might not already know and the lessons she has learned along the way:

1. I cry at Disney movies. And Hallmark Channel movies. And old movies. And commercials. What I learned: It’s ok to show emotion.

2. I feel really lucky to have a close relationship with my grandparents. I was raised by my grandparents in Taiwan until age seven, when I came to the U.S. and met my dad for the first time ever and my mom for the first time since I was 10-months-old. We met at JFK airport and my dad swung me up on his shoulders. What I learned: Relationships have to be continuously cultivated no matter how old or how new they are.

3. Because Taiwanese and Mandarin were my first languages and I learned English through a mix of Sesame Street and BBC programming, my husband tells me that I talk funny. But, he may really be referring more to the content of my conversations rather than my accent. What I learned: Who has the accent is all a matter of perspective.

4. I know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Steve Spielberg. What I learned: Always do the right thing because the world is really that small.  When people talk about you, is it going to be about good things?  I happen to have heard very good things about Steven Spielberg.

5. My college essay started with “Once upon a time…” What I learned: Never stop believing.

6. This summer, we will be moving into a hundred year old home with a wrap around porch and a view of Duke—the university where Chad (my husband) and I went to school, met, got married at, and now work. It’s being restored right now. We plan to grow old together in that house. What I learned: Your environment and place matters.

7. I can write backwards—but it’s not proven to be a very useful skill….yet. What I learned: Not everything you learn to do has to be utilitarian.  Sometimes, it can just be fun.

8. I spent one summer in college collecting folktales in China on an arts grant. What I learned: Origin stories are really important.

9. I used to trade all of my crayons for purple-color crayons because no one ever uses purple for anything and it always remained the sharpest crayon in the box. What I learned: Sometimes, going against the grain is where the opportunity lies.

10. Not a day goes by when I don’t feel really blessed and grateful for the family and friends that I have and the work that I get to do. What I learned:  We can never succeed alone.


Don’t forget to join us on Thursday, 2-3 PM EST, on Twitter!  Connect with Generation W, Sanyin Siang, and follow #GenWChat. Click here to let everyone know you will be joining us!