TRANSCRIPTION OF SPEECH OF DR. JIKYEONG KANG, PRESIDENT AND DEAN, ASIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, APRIL 25, 2019, PHILVENCAP 32ND ANNIVERSARY
Ed Isidro: It was Madame President Jikyeong who invited me one afternoon to her office for a 5-minute talk and we ended up one hour and she was so interested in Philvencap. I was ready to go to town and here she lit that flame in me and we’re still going on our 32nd year. Madame
Jikyeong……I want you to see her, this is an honor. We don’t have any ceremonies, but…..
Attendee: Getting married….
Ed Isidro: Single?!
Jikyeang: Now let me just tell you something about Madame Jikyeong, she is President and Dean of the AIM, and after that, the history of AIM and the façade and the inner core of AIM has changed, really changed. So in taking a look at all of these….you take a look at AIM, new courses, new people, new professors, new president, you take a look at her. I wish to introduce her, but, you know, she went to school in Hanyang University…..
Jikyeong: In Korea.
Ed isidro: ….then you went to the Colorado State University, where?
Jikyeong: ….in Colorado (laughter)
Ed Isidro:…then you went to the University of Minnesota…
Jikyeong: Correct, in Minnesota. (laughter)
Ed Isidro: In Minnesota, (laughter) and she is an alumna of Minnesota, right?
Ed Isidro: And I am also an alumnus, that’s the common denominator.
Comment from audience: (inaudible)
Ed Isidro: It doesn’t mean anything (cross talking).
Jikyeong: Very good, very good, I like that.
Ed Isidro: She likes that. There is one thing, President & Dean Jikyeong, thank you very much for gracing this meeting, this is the crowd that you see, we’ve been going on….sorry, you missed the bad jokes earlier. You could probably have contributed to that.
Here we have different personalities, we have foreigners, and we have a priest over there, Fr. Terry Barcelon.
Rene Fuentes: He used to be a professor here also.
Ed Isidro: He used to be a professor here and at the end of the meeting, he makes sure he gives us a blessing.
Jikyeong: Anyway, I’m very, very honored to be here and thank you very much for inviting me. It’s something that I feel very, very proud to be associated with, we’re not making a lot of contribution, except we welcome you to AIM anytime you have a meeting and sometimes our professors come and speak, once in a while. But I think most of all, I am very pleased that the people here with enthusiasm, motivation, determination, curiosity come here and share their experiences and learn from each other and I think that’s really, really valuable.
So if there’s anything I’d like to share in terms of my own philosophy, you have to have a fire in your belly, you have to have that drive, you have to have something that makes you feel you cannot wait to get up in the morning and do that thing that you are dying to do.
I think that is the most important thing for all of us, whether it’s gardening, whether it’s investment, it’s entrepreneurship, whether it’s study, I don’t think it really matters. You’ve got to have something that you feel passionate about.
The second thing I would like to share is you have to reinvent yourself all the time…….I did not actually prepare, I just came in to say hello.
Ed Isidro: That’s alright, just to say hello in a long way.
Jikyeong: I think you really have to reinvent yourself all the time. The things, the world is changing so fast. I don’t really care how good I am, how good you are; if you are not continuously reinventing yourself, whether that’s (inaudible) whether that’s changing your personality, it does not really matter, but I think you continuously need to develop yourself to be able to deal with the changing world.
I think it’s very difficult for us to stay exactly the same and be able to deal with the world that’s constantly changing so not being able to disrupt yourself. Sometimes you have to take a risk, calculated risk, right. Hopefully, you won’t take a huge risk that you will never be able to recover, but I think if you don’t take a risk then the gains will be small and incremental.
So AIM has taken a few risks in introducing some of the new programs. Many of you know we introduced Innovation and Business, we introduced Entrepreneurship, we introduced the first Data Science program in the country and, in fact, one of the first few in the region and when I proposed the idea, you can imagine there was some opposition because it is not really the core of the AIM, in terms of how we started years ago, but we have to (inaudible), we have to adjust and respond to the changing world and it has been very good for us. We have now a new school, the School of Innovation and Technology and Entrepreneurship and that now is almost 2/5 of our revenue already and almost 1/5 of our students.
So I would just like to encourage you to think about, you know, what drives you, what are things that get you excited and keeps you going. One of the things that you are determined to do and willing to take the risk, but always have a fallback position, always have a fallback position and I thinks that’s where the education comes in, that’s where the knowledge comes in. Ed……(applause)
Ed Isidro: I had a first meeting with her and a second meeting and in the second meeting, I think it was January, and I recall we were in (inaudible).
You know, Ed, I’ve got the AIM plans here, 5 years and I’m going to present it to the board. And the board then was completely different, they were a good board, but it was a little bit falling behind times, but they built this up. She said, I’m going to come in and present my plans and if they don’t accept, that’s it. It was full of determination, confidence…and she went to the board and I forgot about it and I see this written things propping up and I say, my, my, the president made it. And I want to congratulate you…
Jikyeong: Thank you.
Ed Isidro…..for a job well done and thank you very much! (applause) If you want to see what she really does…..thank you very much.
Jikyeong: Thank you very much