Just a couple years into his career at Accenture, Ambert Yeh discovered an important life lesson: A diverse range of cultures can actually bring people together as one—a team rowing in sync toward a finish line of innovative solutions.
That lesson became clear when Ambert, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, first took part in the ancient Chinese tradition (now sport) of dragon boat racing, on Washington, D.C.’s Potomac River. Rowing canoe-style boats outfitted with dragon heads, he and his Accenture co-workers raced against teams from other companies.
“It was just spectacular,” Ambert says, as his face lights up in a broad smile. “The festival brings Asian and non-Asian people together through food, the arts, boat racing and competition.”
Connecting diverse viewpoints
As the events co-lead of Accenture’s Asian Pacific American Employee Resource Group in Washington, D.C., Ambert plans activities ranging from the May dragon boat races and Lunar New Year dumpling-making to seminars on blockchain technology.
“You can’t really have true innovation without diverse backgrounds and diverse viewpoints,” he says, “especially as the world becomes more connected.”
Ambert, who grew up in New Orleans and graduated from Tulane University, describes himself as a “pure data analytics guy at heart” who also “loves meeting new people, learning about their backgrounds and just doing good work for them.” He builds dashboards to provide government clients with insights into their staffing needs.
As Ambert grew up, his parents made sure he stayed connected with Chinese culture, so he learned Mandarin, a skill that bolsters his aspiration to go global with his Accenture career. He is especially excited about his next project, which will involve traveling internationally to teach users of a supply chain management system.
“Reconnecting with my Chinese culture has really helped me in my day-to-day work, and as I continue doing this work at a global company,” says Ambert.
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