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Blog It Forward – Anita Yuen

Big thanks to Gretchen as she blogged it forward to me. Check out her blog and the initiative. It’s a great way to get to know many of your fellow SCN members better!

Hello!

My name is Anita and I am part of the SCN Community Engagement Marketing team. I was born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, Canada! After graduating from University of British Columbia, I spent approximately two years on SAP’s Corporate Social Responsibility team, where I helped build and expand SAP’s global technology donation and skills-based volunteering programs.


I love to travel and explore new cities and culture. Over the last two years, I had the chance to live in Vienna, travel around Europe and volunteer in Ethiopia. During my spare time, I enjoy reading travel blogs and planning for my next adventure!

Some of my Travel Photos:


1) Austria (Graz)

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2) NYC

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3) Ethiopia (South)

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What do you enjoy most about your work and why?

I enjoy being able to connect with people from different parts of the world and hearing their feedback about SAP and its products. I love how the SAP Community Network acts as the one centralized location where many important conversations take place. It excites me to be part of the team, and to be able to encourage and connect internal SAP teams so that they can join these conversations and participate in the SAP Community Network!

If you were not in your current position, what/where would you be and why?

I really like my current position, so I am going to focus on the “where” part of this question. Given the chance, I’d like to be in New York City! Last year, I spent a month in New York City and loved my time there. It was truly an exciting city, where there was never a dull moment – always a fun event to attend or an interesting person to meet. One of the coolest moments from my stay there was when I accidentally “met” Marilyn Pratt at an event called FAILfaire, a really interesting event where the speakers shared their stories of failures and lessons learned in tech projects for social change.

I put quotation marks around the word “met” because 6 months prior to this in-person meeting, Marilyn and I had collaborated on a project over phone and email. We had no idea what the other person looked like or that our paths would cross again so soon in the future! (Isn’t it cool how things have a way of working out?)

Name the person who affected you most in your career/ way of thinking and why?

This would be one of the career coaches at my business school. He taught me and many of my classmates the importance of finding our passion and pursuing it. I admit – at the beginning, I was tempted to take the “known” path, as it seemed easier. However, thanks to him and his guidance, I was able to gain the confidence that I needed to break out and explore new and unfamiliar opportunities.

I am blogging it forward to my awesome teammates: Charlotte Han, Gail Moody, Jeff Gerace and Sylvana Chang and inviting them to answer these questions:

  • What do you enjoy most about your work and why?
  • If you were not in your current position, what/where would you be and why?
  • Name the person who affected you most in your career/ way of thinking and why?
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