CEO Moved by Shen Yun

January 9, 2015

BERKELEY, Calif.—When a financial business founder saw Shen Yun Performing Arts on Jan. 7, at the Berkeley Zellerbach Hall, she entered a world of beauty. “It’s pretty, very beautiful,” said Monica Shaw, who is the CEO and founder of Kendall Financial Services.

Ms. Shaw took action when her child faced a misfortune. She “founded Kendall Financial Services at the same time she became a mom to her daughter, born with developmental disabilities,” according to her website. “Concerned about her daughters’ financial future, she began to study in the areas of tax, accounting, estate planning, investments and real estate, all while building her own business.

She blended a parent’s wish to protect a child with an entrepreneurial spirit. In traditional Chinese culture, her actions might have been called propriety.

“It was emotionally touching.”
— Monica Shaw, CEO, Kendall Financial Services

Shen Yun’s mission to revive China’s authentic culture. According to its website “sophisticated dance techniques, an orchestra joining instruments from both the East and West, beautiful costumes, and a stunning back drop—this is Shen Yun at first glance. But digging deeper, one discovers a sea of traditional Chinese culture. Mortals and divine beings merge on stage as one. Principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution, all come to life, washing over the audience.”

A dance about traditional Chinese principles moved her. In “The Power of Compassion,”understanding and sincerity pave the way to an unexpected blessing,” according to the program.

“I like that one, it was touching,” said Ms. Shaw. “It was emotionally touching.”

She repeated that the performance was “very beautiful, very pretty. It has good stories too—entertaining.”

With reporting by Gary Wang and Ben Bendig.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.