P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Dennis Tseng, 2013

Program Manager, Global Culture Programs, Google Staffing

Dennis Tseng is the child of immigrants from China

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MBA in Business at Yale University

Dennis grew up in San Jose, California, the child of two immigrants from Guangzhou, China, via Hong Kong. His parents met at San Jose State, where his father was studying to become a librarian, and his mom a nurse.

Throughout his life, Dennis always wanted to be a storyteller, helping to make sense of the world through the power of narrative. When his parents actively encouraged him to follow his dreams, he left Silicon Valley to study acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Upon graduation, he found himself trying to break into a film, television, and theater industry that was particularly uninterested in casting or telling stories about people who looked like him, (Asian-American). Frustrated by his lack of agency in his chosen industry, Dennis set out to found his own theater company where he served as the Executive Director, writing, directing, and producing 10 full-length productions over 5 years.

This desire for agency and impact led him back to business school at the Yale School of Management, (where he earned the Soros Fellowship). After earning his MBA, he worked at SYPartners, a design consultancy in San Francisco and New York, to help companies like Apple, Hyatt, Starbucks, and AARP define their culture and purpose. He's now at Google, doing similar work in creating a shared identity for their 2,500-person Staffing organization, giving purpose and aspiration to a group of people who hire approximately 20,000 Googlers each year. Outside of work, Dennis is a freelance screenwriter, most recently working with diversity, equity, and inclusion virtual reality startup, Live In Their World.

Education
  • MBA Business | Yale University 2014
  • BFA Theatre | New York University (NYU) 2003
Work History
  • Google Staffing, Program Manager, Global Culture Programs | June 2018 - PRESENT
  • SYPartners, Talent Manager | October 2015
  • SYPartners, Strategist | September 2014 - October 2015
  • CCS Fundraising, Executive Director | October 2010 - June 2012
  • New York Cares, Corporate Service Officer | July 2005 - August 2010
  • Thirsty Turtle Productions, Founder & Executive Director | December 2003 - December 2009
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