Christina Fang: Achieving Life’s Dreams at Jabil
Jabil’s Huangpu site was the first in China to launch a Jabil Joules program. During the series of Power Hour events, a short-haired, capable and affable lady could be seen working tirelessly, a ball of energy both on and off stage. She is the Huangpu site ambassador for Jabil Joules and HR business partner, Christina Fang.
Christina says the motivation to become a Jabil Joules ambassador came from her life’s dream of helping others.
“As a woman, I’ve always felt that there were certain obstacles to my career development. I’ve been fortunate enough to overcome many of these barriers, but I’m aware there are many other women out there who feel stuck and impeded from gaining the life they want. So, I hope to be able to help them overcome their obstacles and achieve their goals. I’ve always known that helping others is my life’s dream, and then it occurred to me I can achieve this through my work.”
The Jabil Joules initiative was launched at the company’s Huangpu site in March this year and has seen steady growth and interest. In addition to “Power Hour” and “Mentoring” sessions, Christina has also organized the Huangpu Site International Speakers’ Club in collaboration with the international non-profit organization Toastmasters. The club helps people improve their communication and leadership skills.
As well as being a Jabil Joules Ambassador, Christina is also in charge of the site’s employment of disabled employees. She is a volunteer speaker who loves sharing, an expert in Nonviolent Communication, a traveler, a dreamer, a loving wife, and a wonderful mother. The following questions gave us a deep understanding of a woman who “never stops”, giving us a sense of her passion for life and her pursuit of her dreams.
Outside of your job, you’ve also taken part in many other projects, such as Jabil Joules and Toastmasters. You also travelled to the UN Headquarters in Geneva on behalf of Jabil to speak about the site’s disabled employees program. How did you get these opportunities? And how did you divide your efforts?
I like managing my time in alignment with my dreams. I’d highly recommend a book called The Secret to everyone. I’ve applied some of the methods mentioned in the book – I have a “dream board” and a “dream list”, and I’ve also made a list of the “50 things I want to do in my life”.
There’s always time to do what you love if you really love it. If you adopt a better way of managing your time and your life, then everything will become more wonderful.
Where do your motivations in life and work come from?
Dreams, love, and fear. Fears of death encourage you to be yourself, to realize your dream as early as you can.
What insights do you have about how to achieve one’s dreams?
First of all, let your heart guide you – do the things you love. For example, I went to Lean In classes, which help women make their dreams come true. I really enjoy sharing dream plan with my peers.
Secondly, follow through with what you like doing to the very end, and do it to the best of your ability!
I like Nonviolent Communication. And I try to do it the best I can.
I didn’t just buy one book – I bought all six books in the series. I read them more than three times, attended three workshops. I held nine classes – teaching over 200 people and giving in-depth counseling to more than 10 people. I also invented “Needs Diary”, which has changed many people’s lives. After that, I’m close to becoming a master of Nonviolent Communication.
Get moving, let your heart guide you, and do what you love. What’s more, take what you like doing as far as you can, and do it the best you can! If you do, your dreams will come true soon!
What tips do you have for women when it comes to improving themselves? How do they cultivate leadership skills?
Women can nurture leadership skills starting from the home. We are the leaders and drivers of our family culture. For example, in 2014 we brought “Family Meeting” to our family, and in 2015 we incorporated Positive Discipline and Nonviolent Communication. This allowed us to shed traditional family influences and create a more “democratic, equal, and communicative” home life.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
- I like traveling; my husband and I have already spent 122 days travelling around the world.
- I like sharing. I share in the company’s Mum’s Group and Psychology Club, at Lean In Guangzhou, in the community, at Toastmasters, at the Foundation for Disabled Employees, and at the United Nations. I talk about Disabled Employees, travel, dreams, positive discipline, Nonviolent Communication, lecturing, and so on.
- I like ikebana, the art of flower arrangement. There are many masters in this field, but I particularly admire Kawase Toshiro. He developed his own approach to flowers arrangement based on tatehana (standing flowers) and the nageire (throw or fling) style. Allegorical, dynamic yet serene, Kawase’s compositions have been described as “portraits of Japan in flowers.”
What are the plans for Jabil Joules in the future?
We’re planning to “marry” Jabil Joules with Disabled Employees to create a new “Disabled Women’s Growth” initiative. It will help young, disabled women to build their confidence. We’re taking Jabil Joules and its many benefits beyond our site and giving it to society.
From October to December we’ll be working with the Guangzhou English Training Center for the Handicapped Foundation to hold the “Disabled Women’s Growth” initiative. Participants will be disabled women aged 18-28, who we’ll be inviting to visit the site to take part in our mentoring program, among other things. We’re looking forward to using different themes around the concept of gender equality.