World Financial Group - Yvonne Mei

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Company: World Financial Group, San Jose, CA, USA
Company Description: World Financial Group (WFG) is a groundbreaking company that serves the financial needs of middle-income individuals and families across North America. Through our alliance with Transamerica, WFG is able to offer a wide array of life insurance and income protection solutions with a common purpose: to protect families and their dreams.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Woman of the Year - Industry

Nomination Title: Yvonne Mei

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated woman since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):TEXT REDACTED FOR PUBLICATION

Yvonne Mei is a distinguished Asian American executive who has demonstrated amazing success and leadership—positively impacting the workplace and community. Yvonne is the Executive Vice Chairman of World System Builder (WSB) and educates people about financial products and services that can protect their families and future. She is also Co-Founder of Benefit Tomorrow Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes civic awareness and public services to develop leadership skills in Asian American youth.

Yvonne’s success at WSB has grown tremendously in the past year. Her cash flow doubled and annualized revenue increased 40% from the previous year. She has also helped build over 30 offices across North America. Yvonne is able to expand her reach by investing her time in building her team, which has grown from 1,000 licensed agents to 1,400 in the last year.

Yvonne is a highly respected leader in her field. She always holds the highest personal performance standards and doesn’t believe in just selling financial products, but truly wants to train people about financial education. Yvonne has the vision, knowledge, and execution skills to lead her group to achieve business goals.

She is a great role model that inspires her team to reach a higher bar each year. She believes that no family should ever be left behind and goes the extra mile to reach as many families as she can to educate them about financial products and services that can benefit them. Following her lead, her team members make it a personal goal to dedicate their time to not just selling products, but truly making a difference for families and building a new standard in financial services.

Yvonne suffered a hemorrhagic stroke at age 48 on August 11, 2015 that initially resulted in her left arm and fingers being paralyzed. During the first six months, Yvonne attended intensive rehabilitation sessions five days a week, six hours a day, despite doctors telling her she may need to get used to life with only one functioning arm. She has worked through her medical setbacks, not only regaining her motor functions, but continuing to build her team and business and investing more time in coaching and encouraging others to build mental strength. In June 2016, Yvonne reached one of the highest levels of recognition, a Top 5 Personal Producer award among 25,000 licensed agents, from WSB—almost a year after her stroke.

Yvonne continues to give back to the community and received the Obama President Community Service Award (June 2016) and the Appreciation Certificate by Amitofo Care Center (July 2016). This year, her non-profit organization Benefit Tomorrow provided 10 scholarships to students. She also sponsors the International Leadership Foundation and works with the Amitofo Care Center to help underprivileged children in Africa obtain better housing and education.

Yvonne has clearly demonstrated all the qualities that a Women of the Year nominee should exhibit. She is a full spectrum leader who is committed to helping her team and others in the community reach their full potential. Yvonne has accomplished an amazing career journey and made a significant impact in both domestic and international communities.

Provide a brief biography of the nominated woman (up to 125 words):

Yvonne Mei is the Executive Vice Chairman of World System Builder, a Transamerica company that sells life insurance and income protection solutions. She immigrated to the U.S. when she was 18 and in 1997, she joined WSB and worked from entry level until she reached one of the highest positions in the company.

Yvonne suffered a hemorrhagic stroke at age 48 in August 2015, but she worked through her medical setbacks. With hard work and dedication, she has improved tremendously and dedicates her free time mentoring and encouraging others to never give up.

Yvonne’s father founded a college in Taiwan and her mother was a college professor. Yvonne believes that education and philanthropy are crucial to our next generation and the key to global prosperity.