Say It Skillfully® OUR VOICES – Brennan Wong, purpose-driven GenZ
July 6, 2021
Hosted by Molly Tschang
Say It Skillfully® is a show that helps you to benefit from Molly Tschang’s expert guidance on the best possible ways to speak your mind at work in a positive and productive manner. Episode 87 is the 14th monthly feature of “Our Voices,” intended to accelerate social change that levels the playing field and helps everyone live to their full potential. In hearing the life journeys of people you might not otherwise encounter, listeners gain empathetic understanding for what may be a very different experience of what it means to grow up, go to school, struggle, work and live in our world. The aim is for people to see a bit of themselves in these journeys, and embrace—we’re more similar than not. This episode salutes the inspiration and power of youths in hearing a voice of GenZ, Brennan Wong. Now early in career at McKinsey & Company, Brennan has done more to effect positive social change at age 23 than most will do in their lifetimes and shares how purpose has served as a guiding force in his thinking and decisions. With the epiphany of an early volunteer experience, Brennan only recalls thinking about being part of “something bigger” and keenly aware of having a finite time in life. At 16 he started a nonprofit, Pledges for Change, paving for the way for numerous leadership opportunities—named one of Canada’s 20 under 20, a Global Teen Changemaker, a Global Citizen Youth Advocate and one Canada’s delegates to the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit in 2017. Brennan shares thoughts on his Chinese-Canadian-Australian identities, areas of study at university, how purpose guides him, and generational differences at work. Tune in for the wisdom of youth—to learn how he’s navigating his life journey, inspiring us to know no boundaries and to commit to taking action so that all can be safe, seen and heard, and our true and best selves. Molly’s thought for the week, courtesy of Willie Stargell, 1988 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee: “That's where the future lies, in the youth of today.” Tune in to the show to learn how Brennan is navigating his life journey, inspiring us to know no boundaries and to commit to taking action so that all can be safe, seen and heard, and our true and best selves.
Say It Skillfully®
Tuesday at 8 AM Pacific Time/11 AM Eastern Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel
Molly Tschang's Say It Skillfully® is a show that helps you benefit from Molly's guidance on the best possible ways to speak your mind at work in a positive and productive manner. She helps everyone from CEOs to interns to recognize that we are all both part of the problem as well as the solution, and that the path to solving any problem is to say what needs to be said.
Molly is a rare breed: tough enough to advise CEOs and company boards, but empathetic enough to understand the human costs of not allowing talent to shine. She has helped dozens of management teams navigate the human after-effects of mergers and acquisitions, and her show brings her expert guidance to a wider audience.
Say It Skillfully® every Tuesday at 8 AM Pacific Time/11 AM Eastern Time on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.
Molly Tschang helps her clients' organizations gain the skills to Win As One, which most other companies never even try to do. She starts at the top, guiding management to commit to each other’s success and lead as one cohesive unit.
Molly is Founder and CEO of Abella Consulting, a New York-based leadership development and business advisory consultancy that helps senior leaders cultivate the collaborative capacity to elevate individual, team and organizational performance resulting in accelerated sustained, profitable growth. She created and hosts the “Say It Skillfully®” video series on LinkedIn, making it easier for all members of an organization to say what needs to be said in a constructive and productive manner.
Prior to launching Abella, Molly held executive leadership positions at Cisco Systems and U.S. Filter, where she led the integration of over 80 acquisitions. She holds a BS in chemical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from UCLA. In 2017, Molly was selected from among 12,000 applicants to be a protégé of Marshall Goldsmith through his 100 Coaches initiative. In her downtime, she enjoys tennis, yoga and cooking with family and friends.