I work for a software company where storytelling and brand messaging are my bread and butter. Personally and professionally, my race and my gender are my badges of honor but also my greatest burdens to bear.

Growing up as a Korean-American immigrant in New York, I tried so hard to assimilate. I wanted to fit in, and have the same rights and perks as everyone else.

As a person of color, I experienced racism firsthand from a very young age, and still do living in Belgium. My 8-year-old son, whose father is white, has been called names because of his…


I bought my apartment just last October and moved into it in December, right before my company’s remote working trip to Chamonix in fact. It felt good putting down roots after getting married in 2010, moving to Belgium a year later, divorcing in 2017, and finding my way back to the office life after being an expat-stay-at-home-mom-turned-restaurant-owner for 6 years.

I finally feel like I’m “home.”

If this had happened 5 years ago when I had my restaurant, then I’d probably be bankrupt and losing my home. So I truly am grateful that I have meaningful work and real impact…


What with things like smartphones, cloud-based calendars, and the iWatch, you might think that a simple invitation email is something from a bygone era.

I’ve heard some even say that an invitation email isn’t even worth thinking about (let alone investing time in).

Well, I disagree.

And the team here at Proxyclick will back me up on this.

Because the fact is, invitation emails still have an important place in the business world. When used effectively, they can be vital tools in building a solid foundation and outreach effort.

And when fully integrated into your visitor management system, they can…


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Data has become one of the most valuable resources on the planet, so it’s only right that governments are imposing regulations on how this data is processed, used, and disclosed by companies everywhere. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is the next regulation we’re all getting ready for.

But there are currently 80 countries that have passed privacy laws specific to personal data.

It’s been over two years since The Economist published their “ The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data” piece. …


The last thing I think about when I’m on vacation is “GDPR.”

Yet last month, when I was staying at a lovely hotel (who shall not be named in this blog), I was faced with a wholly non-GDPR-compliant scenario.

After a good night’s sleep, my son and I made our way down to the hotel’s scrumptious breakfast spread. As the host greeted us, I noticed on his stand a few pieces of paper.


They say you should never forget where you came from.

I believe this to be especially true for organizations moving from a paper sign-in sheet to a cloud-based visitor management system.

Paper visitor books at the front desk were the norm for a very long time. They used to cut it as far as operations and finance were concerned.

But they don’t anymore.

That’s because GDPR and visitor management are no longer mutually exclusive.

We all now live in a GDPR world

Long before the General Data Protection Regulation ( GDPR) was passed, many of us had grown tired of signing in using pen and paper-this, upon arrival…


The IFSEC International event will be in full force again in London this June-the 18th, 19th, and 20th to be exact.

I’ll be the first to admit that I had to Google “IFSEC” to learn that it stands for International Fire and Security Exhibition and Conference. It’s comprised of six events worldwide (e.g. India, Korea, Philippines), but the IFSEC International conference in London is the annual flagship event.

It’s basically the Comic-Con of security and safety and technology minus the cosplay costumes, although there is a bit of role-play scattered throughout the days (which you’ll read about a bit later).


At 43, I finally understand now what my mother meant when she said to me every year, “You don’t have to give me anything for Mother’s Day.”

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Last week, I told my 7-year-old son Noah that we’d be having a special lunch guest coming over.

Our lunch guest-we’ll call her Amanda, is also an expat from the States. She’s been living in Belgium for just over 3 years, and also happens to be a former co-worker of mine.

Noah’s met Amanda before, but only once.

“When is Amanda coming over?!”

“Next Sunday,” I answered.

“But, mama, next Sunday is…


It’s been nearly a year since the passing of the General Data Protection Regulation.

Imagine your auditor arriving to assess your company’s GDPR compliance.

If your visitor check-in app is not fully compliant, then they’ll see the red flags immediately…

A summary of GDPR’s key points:

GDPR’s core principles have been laid out in full already, but here are some of more relevant points for your business:

  • It aims to strengthen the rights of individuals around the processing of their personal data while ensuring the free flow of data in the EU digital market
  • It builds on an existing legislation, but also amps up the role…

When I moved out of my parents’ home at age 19, I was a sophomore at New York University with no savings to my name and very limited work experience.

But I was determined to make it, living on my own.

So by the end of that tax year, 1996, I had four W-2 forms to my name-meaning-I’d worked four jobs at the same time.

By day, I was a receptionist at a small law firm a few blocks away from what was then still the World Trade Center, and by night, I was a receptionist at the Hilton. On…

Jun Song

Today: Expat single mom and Chief Storyteller at junsong.co || Back in the day: Wall Streeter, Restaurateur, Big Brother 4 U.S. Winner

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