In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we feature the members and leaders of our Employee Resource Group (ERG) APAN (Asian Professionals at Nasdaq) to learn more about their roles on the Nasdaq, the impact they have every day, and how other groups can be allies to the wider Asian community. We spoke with Marie Christine Joy Lansangan, Senior Director of Client Advisory Services, Manila Site Manager and Manila Advisory Services Manager, about what her Asian heritage means to her and how the various mentoring opportunities shaped her as a leader.
Can you tell us about your role at Nasdaq?
I am Senior Director of Client Advisory Services, Manila Site Manager and Manila Advisory Services Manager.
Why did you decide to join APAN? What do you hope to take away and contribute to the community?
I joined APAN to deepen my knowledge and better understand the different cultures and customs in Asia. I believe that being open to learning about different cultures will allow me to be a better leader, especially in promoting diversity, inclusion and belonging at work. It will be easier for me to connect with different people inside and outside the organization as I have a better understanding of them, their culture and their beliefs.
What does Asian-American culture mean to you?
Knowing and better understanding Asian culture is fundamentally important to me because it reminds me that I am part of a larger community. I find deep joy in discovering the uniqueness of each culture in relation to the other – the culture that shapes people into who they are as they gain knowledge and learn different languages, values, norms, customs and traditions. Through this, I develop a sense of belonging, growth, and the ability to empathize and communicate easily with others.
How can groups outside the APAN network be allies of the Asian community?
I believe that each of us has the choice to support each other, to fight for a common good, to respect each other’s beliefs and to learn from each other. My hope is that everyone allows themselves to be part of something new or unfamiliar to them. It could be a way to broaden their perspective and understanding of people and the larger community around them. The world has a lot to teach us and show us – it is up to us to decide if we are ready to welcome them.
Who is an Asian American leader you look up to and why?
I admire Kamala Harris’ drive and determination as a leader. She’s had a long career in public life and is now America’s first female, first black, and first Asian American vice president, giving us all hope that nothing is impossible. She proved the American dream that if you work hard, you can accomplish anything.
How do you think collaboration within and outside of the APAN network supports your personal growth as a leader?
I really appreciate the mentoring program put in place by the network of employees. I can connect with different colleagues through Nasdaq. Even though most of the time I am assigned as a mentor, I still learn a lot from my mentee, given that we come from different backgrounds, places and teams. I am happy to be able to share my thoughts and learn at the same time, which has helped me a lot to become a better leader.
How has your culture shaped your perception of leadership and leadership values?
They say shaping culture requires all aspects of the organization working together. After being part of this company for a long time, I have seen how the culture has evolved and how I have also evolved as an individual. I see how we invest to make sure the Nasdaq culture aligns with our people. It helps us feel supported and valued. It is humbling to see how our leaders demonstrate our core values and drive our common purpose. It pushes me to become a better leader.
The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.