Huangpu Mothers Club

Jabil Huangpu Club Provides Camaraderie Among Working Moms

Sophia Chen, wife, mother and Business Project Manager at Jabil Huangpu, recalls sometimes feeling overwhelmed on her commutes to and from work. “I felt like work time was bleeding into my personal time and personal time was bleeding into my work time,” said Sophia.  “No matter how hard I tried, I felt like I was struggling in juggling my duties as a mom, wife and devoted employee. Surely, I thought to myself, I wasn’t the only female with these feelings.”

The idea suddenly came to Sophia to create a platform at the Jabil Huangpu site for working mothers to come together, discuss and share their experiences on such topics as education, relationships with family members and parenthood.

Sophia arranged for meetings to be held every Thursday evening at the Jabil site from 6pm to 8pm, with one hour devoted to a lecture and the other to discussion.

“We’ve had lectures from some well-known people including Professor Fang Dequan, a proponent of early education, as well as Professor Zhou Hong who gives parenting lectures,” said Chen.

In addition to holding weekly meetings, several club members participate in monthly outings with their families. In the past the group members and their families have gone to the park to fly kites and visited the local museum.

Once a quarter the group also gets together to exchange lightly used children’s items. “Since our children grow up very fast, it seems like books, clothes and toys need to constantly be updated,” said Sophia. “Our homes are full of used stuff which do not fit our children anymore. The exchange activity can help parents to save money.”

Over time the club, which aims to integrate home and work more seamlessly, has experienced a significant increase in popularity. “When the club first started we had about 20 members and today we have about 180 members, including some fathers as well,” said Sophia. “One mother told me that she needed to go home to her twins every day after work, but she would make an exception on Thursday evenings for our meetings. Even though it meant taking two hours out of her evening, she found that the lectures and discussions improve her relations with her mother-in-law, her children and her husband.”

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Sophia ChenAbout Sophia

Sophia joined Jabil in 2004 as an EIT Planner. She was promoted to the role of Business Project Manager in 2009. Prior to joining Jabil, Sophia received her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. While at Jabil Sophia received her MBA from Sichuan University and took lessons in leadership from Harvard University

5 Comments on “Jabil Huangpu Club Provides Camaraderie Among Working Moms

  1. Impressive! Great idea to create such a communication for Jaibl Working Moms. Best wishes to the club!

  2. LARGO — He was the Fortune 500 executive with a six-figure salary, assignments in China and Malaysia, a private plane, a Corvette, a million-dollar waterfront home.

    This week he looks just as important, dressed in a well-cut suit, sporting a new hair cut, blending in perfectly with the carefully groomed lawyers who surround him.

    But only two things remain on Patrick A. Evans’ to-do list: Stay out of prison and stay off death row.

    Evans, 44, went on trial this week based on accusations that he shot and killing his estranged wife Elizabeth K. Evans, 44, and her friend, Jerry B. Taylor, 43.

    Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

    In opening statements Tuesday, Assistant State Attorney Christopher LaBruzzo told jurors about a unique and key piece of evidence that will persuade them to find Evans guilty.

    “Ladies and gentlemen, it is rare in cases in America where a murder is actually captured on a 911 call,” LaBruzzo said.

    But that’s what happened in this case: Someone called 911 from Elizabeth Evans’ Gulfport condo just before the murder and did not hang up the phone, creating an audio recording that will be played for the jury.

    LaBruzzo said Evans, a former Jabil Circuit vice president, and his wife Elizabeth had been having marital difficulties. He filed for divorce, changed his mind, then she filed for divorce. Evans knew that on Dec. 20, 2008, she was planning to go on a date with Taylor.

    Evans came to the Gulfport condo with a handgun, LaBruzzo said, and told his wife: “Sit on the bed.”

    Elizabeth Evans said no. Taylor said “put the gun down,” LaBruzzo said.

    LaBruzzo told jurors: “Boom, you will hear a gunshot, a single shot, close range, striking Mr. Taylor in the throat.”

    After witnessing her friend get shot, LaBruzzo said, “Elizabeth Evans says ‘Are you out of your f——‘ Boom, second shot.”

    But the 911 recording isn’t the only evidence. LaBruzzo said police determined Evans owned a Glock handgun. They matched shell casings fired from his gun to those fired at the crime scene.

    Evans defense attorney, David Parry, did not make an opening statement Tuesday, but said he might later.

    After the shootings, Evans was stopped by sheriff’s deputies and brought in for questioning. He professed ignorance about why they wanted to talk to him.

    A recording was made of that conversation, though it may not be played for the jury.

    In the recording, which was reviewed by the St. Petersburg Times, Evans told deputies: “I was told to get out of my vehicle and get on the ground, and I wet my pants and it was pretty surreal. And I still don’t know why I’m here.”

    Sheriff’s Detective Ed Judy then explained two people had been killed.

    “Is she dead?” Evans said, sounding as though he was sobbing. “How is she deceased? Oh she’s dead.”

    Evans asked for a moment to compose himself and asked for tissues. Then he said, “I clearly need to see a lawyer.”

    Someone else on the recording said: “He doesn’t need tissues, he has no tears in his eyes.”

    The trial resumes today.

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