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Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year Celebration

January 28, 2020

As part of Free to Be Me’s heritage and culture series, which aims to bring awareness and education to staff around the diverse backgrounds of employees in the New York office, we were treated to a short presentation on the traditions of Lunar New Year and celebrated the New Year of the Rat! 

Manager, Alan Gong, introduced the group to the Chinese Zodiac system where everyone was able to identify their unique Zodiac characteristics along with their compatibilities. Some people in the group jumped in and shared a little bit about their own connections with celebrating the New Year in cultures where the calendar is traditionally based upon a lunar or lunisolar calendar. Having members of the group draw upon their own experiences really enriched the conversation and celebration! The group was also treated to mandarin oranges, as during Lunar New Year, they are considered traditional symbols of abundance and good fortune.

National Day Celebration

Synpulse USA Summer BBQ

August 17, 2019 

Inspired by July 4th, U.S. Independence Day, and August 1st, Swiss National Day, Synpulse USA in collaboration with the Diversity & Inclusion team celebrated US: a Swiss firm in New York City with a multi-national team. 

National days are a celebration of family & friends, a time to eat, drink & laugh with loved ones over a grill, music & games. We extended the tradition to our Synpulse family and celebrated everyone’s Independence or National day. Everyone brought their family, games & typical dishes and we all shared our traditions with each other over a burger fresh from the grill. A fun & very hot Saturday afternoon in August on beautiful Governors Island right in the heart of New York harbor, we created a Synpulse National Day.

Pride Day Ice Cream Social

Pride Day Ice Cream Social

June 26, 2019

In honor of LGBTQIA Pride Month, the Diversity & Inclusion team from the New York office hosted an Ice Cream Social on Thursday, June 26th.   

We enjoyed delicious, frozen treats from Big Gay Ice Cream, a staple of the New York ice cream scene, that also supports rescuing homeless LGBTQ youth and placing them in safe environments. 

We also supplied PRIDE swag for people to wear – bracelets, sunglasses, flags, stickers, and temporary tattoos in preparation for the NYC Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30th.

Calligraphy & Potluck

Celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 2019

The month of May brought us sunshine, blooming flowers, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), which honors Asian American and Pacific Islander culture in the United States! At the Synpulse US office in New York, we celebrated APAHM with two events.

On Tuesday May 14th we welcomed Haifan Stohrer, Head of GCM Americas Business Management, in the Global Banking and Global Credit Markets at BnP Paribas to the office.  Haifan joined us over lunch to discuss her experiences in the financial services industry.

Overview of Haifan Stohrer’s career:

  • Head of GCM Americas Business Management, BnP Paribas
  • COO for Fixed Income and Credit Trading, Deutsche Bank
  • Global Markets Capital Balance Sheet Manager, Barclays
  • COO for US Equity Cash Trading, Credit Suisse
  • Manager of Prime Finance and Delta One Trading, Citi Group

On Tuesday, May 21st we hosted a calligraphy class and potluck lunch in the office.  Staff members brought their favorite Asian American and Pacific cuisine in for everyone to share.  Afterwards, Calligraphy artist, Chun Yan Wang, joined us to teach the basics of Chinese calligraphy.  Everyone left the event with their own framed “calligraphy art” of either a name or an expression like love, strength, perseverance or power. 

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