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TWENTY

Friendship

One thousand friends is too few. One enemy is too many.

—TURKISH PROVERB

Becky Okamoto learned several valuable life lessons from a friendship she almost didn’t make.

Becky is an engineer by training and has spent most of her career in and around manufacturing. A few years ago, she was part of the leadership team at a production facility in California. It was one of the most diverse leadership teams she’d ever been a part of. In addition to her as an Asian American, there were two other women on the team and two Hispanic managers as well. In an otherwise Caucasian, male-dominated country and industry, it was nice to be on a team where her culture and values weren’t in the minority. She felt comfortable. Until Marvin showed ...

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