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Phoebe  Eng

Phoebe Eng

Author & Vice Chair, Ms. Foundation For Women


Phoebe Eng helps leading organizations tap into diversity to spur innovation and measurable value. She describes the phenomenon of "cultural fluency" and how our ability to be culturally fluent is vitally important in times of unprecedented uncertainty and change. Eng shows how our policy, program goals, and measures of success change when we truly apply key practices of cultural fluency.   Read More >

In her presentation, Eng provides examples of companies, organizations, and social movements that have applied cultural fluency practices to create new models of opportunity enhancement, collaborative teamwork and stakeholder participation.

Eng has worked with several leading companies - including JP Morgan Chase, Procter & Gamble, IBM, Citibank, AT&T, Wieden & Kennedy, foundations, universities, and civic associations such as the National League of Cities and YWCA. Through The Cultural Fluency Project, Eng has helped design inclusion initiatives that have led to tangible, measurable results.

Applying cultural fluency to the arts & entertainment field, Eng founded Creative Counsel, the New York and Los Angeles-based media group of film, music, and literary artists that created projects on themes of equity, diversity, and elevating marginalized histories.

Eng is a past Vice Chair of the Ms. Foundation for Women. Eng also helped launch several networks to advance Asian American women's concerns, including as a Founding Sister of both the grassroots-focused National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum and the corporate-focused Asian Women Leadership Network.

She served on the Advisory Board of Working Mother Media’s Best Companies for Women of Color Initiative and was a co-founder of the national think tank, The Opportunity Agenda.

Eng is the author of Warrior Lessons (Simon & Schuster/Pocket), a memoir about what empowerment can mean through an Asian American woman's perspective. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and NPR, and in books such as John Naisbitt’s Megatrends Asia, Mary Pipher’s The Middle of Everywhere, Marie Wilson’s Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World, and Robin Morgan’s Sisterhood Is Powerful.

Eng received the New York City Mayor’s Innovator Award and the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal from NYU School of Law. Eng started her career as a mergers and acquisitions attorney in New York and Hong Kong. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Walking the Talk: What Diversity Can Be in a Post-COVID World

Vibrant, Diverse and Fair: Creating the World We Want, Together

Fluent Leaders: How to Identify and Cultivate Them (and Why It Matters)