As an executive leader of Walt Disney Television’s Global Workplace & Women’s Initiative, Hsiung advocates for the career advancement of female employees, and TWDC’s leadership mentoring program is just the start. She also has worked on several company initiatives including the CEO Inclusion Council, Black Talent Network and The Women’s Connection. In addition, she spearheaded numerous employee enrichment programs, including a book club, yoga and drawing classes, and serves as executive sponsor of Disney’s Asian-Pacific Islander employee resource group. Her hope is that the enormous accomplishment of women and Asian Americans will be brought into the spotlight sooner rather than later. “In a recent Forbes poll, 42% of Americans could not name a famous Asian American,” she says. “I would like to see a biopic about Kamala Harris. A double minority and a woman reaching the second highest office in our land. This is a story that has to be told.”
Best initiative to come out of one of your company’s Employee Resource Groups?
The ERG-hosted discussion groups have been positive forums for connection and understanding. I am struck by the vulnerability and honesty in these conversations. We all have stories and sharing them brings people closer together with common experiences.
Who deserves a biopic made about their life and why?
In a recent Forbes poll, 42% of Americans could not name a famous Asian American. I would like to see a biopic about Kamala Harris. A double minority and a woman reaching the second highest office in our land. This is a story that has to be told.
Favorite current show that you feel embraces D&I?
My favorite show is “Kim’s Convenience.” It embraces inclusion without ever being focused on DEI. This loving, working class family has its ups, downs and relationship dynamics. Each character has foibles and strengths presented in a fun, comedic way. It is woven with the backdrop of Korean culture, food and traditions.