In the second business women profile in my series, Women of Innovation, I am honored to feature Yumi Wilson, Associate Professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University. Yumi is also the Community Manager for two popular LinkedIn Groups, LinkedIn for Journalists and Friends of LinkedIn. Together, these groups have over 40,000 members.
Yumi credits much of her success to two things: the early discipline of her father, who was in the military and the reason her family traveled and moved many times, and her mother, who was strict, of Japanese origin, and simply gave Yumi “the look.” Yumi learned that she could move ahead in business if she became sensitive and responsive by listening to “almost ruthless” feedback from others about her talents.
Professor Maile Ornelias at Solano Community College was the first to see a greatness in Yumi, which she could not see in herself. Yumi’s goal was to become a journalist, and she decided to follow the advice of another coach at Solano who encouraged her to go where the action was for journalists—Los Angeles.
Yumi attended and worked for USC covering the L.A. riot, an experience that caused her to shift from broadcast journalism to urban reporting and breaking news. Her first job after USC was with The Associated Press. From those experiences, Yumi offers the following advice on business:
- Certain perspectives on business are learned in retrospect through reflection.
- Go where the action is (for journalists, New York is now the place).
- Don’t be afraid to take risks.
- Be ready to switch priorities.
- Be flexible.
- Even if you have genius, listen to the coaches and creative souls who can see this greatness in you.
You can learn more about Yumi on the San Francisco State University website and connect with her on LinkedIn.
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