870: Be Resourceful With Julia Gouw

Julia S. Gouw is the Chairwoman of Piermont Bank, a commercial bank in New York. She was the former President and Chief Operating Officer of East West Bank.  She was ranked one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” five times by American Banker magazine and has received the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Women Making a Difference” award two times in recognition of her achievements and philanthropic contributions.  Julia was a board member of the Trusteeship, an International Women’s Forum affiliate organization that connects preeminent women in leadership positions across various professional fields.

Julia shares her journey and the importance of being resourceful.  She shares many confidence tips that can help you in your own journey and her commitment to elevating AAPI women in leadership roles.  This is a must listen for everyone!


Julia S. Gouw is the Chairwoman of Piermont Bank.

Cultural Background

Julia is of Indonesian descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

Your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.

Your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self-confidence is about your attitude, abilities and skills.  You are aware of your strengths and weaknesses.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

During Julia’s early stages of her career, she was given assignments that she had no knowledge of.  The experience of not knowing led her to taking action in her career regardless of the situation.  

The “AHA” Moment

Julia realized that being resourceful is what helped her get the confidence.  She knew that couldn’t do everything alone and she seek help from people who were more knowledgeable on the topics she was unaware of.  

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Julia is great for Julia and devotes her time to nonprofit.  She is also committed to providing a voice for AAPI women.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Read self-help books and be kind to yourself.  Seize the opportunity and move on even if you fail.

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