Dr. Abby Hamilton is a 3x TEDx speaker, industrial/organizational psychologist, public speaker, and author of Speak Up, Anak: Assertiveness for Filipino Americans. Dr. Abby speaks to audiences about how to break barriers of communication in a diverse society.
Joce Fenton is a Filipino American who migrated here from the Philippines at the age of 5. She moved around frequently and was fortunate to have lived in Los Angeles, Toronto, New Jersey, Northern Virginia/DC, Cleveland and Columbus Ohio, and lastly Tampa. Constantly moving was a challenge, but it taught her adaptability, quick assimilation, and resilience. Overcoming being the “new person” and most often the “only Asian” provided a different perspective on how to interact, collaborate, and influence others through relationship and trust building, transparency, and assertiveness.
From a professional perspective, Joce is a seasoned executive with 30 years of impactful leadership and management consulting experience, driving transformative change across Strategy, People, Process, Data, and Technology. Her distinguished career spans various industries and roles, consistently demonstrating a profound ability to envision, plan, and execute large scale initiatives that optimize operations, enhance customer and employee experiences, and elevate overall business performance.
Joce is a continuous learner and a transformational leader, focused on encouraging growth in others through being the best version of themselves based on their unique strengths and abilities. Giving back to the community, helping people and businesses achieve their goals, and subsequently growing and learning from these experiences and interactions with others is her life’s work.
Joce loves to try new places to eat, is an avid Fantasy Football player, and a decent bowler. She lives in the Indian Rocks Beach area with her husband Jeff and 3 fur babies (Moxie, Pugsley, Gilly)
I’m the 1st generation of my Lao & Tai Dam family to born here in the US. After their escape from Lao and years at a Thai refugee camp, my parents arrived in 1978 to Des Moines, IA with $80 (Donation total of $20 USD for Mom, Dad and my 2 older siblings). Over the next 45 years, my parents led by example and worked to achieve their American dream. It’s through their example that today, my wife Manola “Nola” and I work towards our own goals, personal and professional.
Taking their lessons of hard work and sacrifice, we’re proud to have journeyed through wins and losses, but still enjoy every step of the journey. Be it teaching martial arts as a younger man, today’s career in the Security industry or our shared passion as entrepreneurs and restaurant owners.
Outside of paying the bills, I support local AAPI efforts primarily here at NAAAP Tampa Bay and as part of Tampa Mayor’s AAPI Advisory Council.
On the fun side, I enjoy watching my dinner get cold as wifey takes her obligatory foodie pics. If I’m not at home in Downtown St. Petersburg or at our restaurant in Downtown Clearwater, you can also catch me on the shooting range missing more than I hit… But getting better!