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2017 Diversity Leadership Forum Agenda

Powering Asian: Talent Innovation through Inclusion

Powering Asian: Talent Innovation through Inclusion


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Location: Asia Society, 725 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021 


6:00 PM – 7:00 PM  Registration & Cocktail Reception


 

7:00 PM -9:00 PM  2017 Best Asian Pacific American Employer Awards Ceremony

Awards will be presented for the 2017 Best Companies of Asian Pacific Americans in the following categories*:

  • Overall Best Employer for Asian Pacific Americans
  • Best Employer for Asian Pacific Americans to Develop Workforce Skills
  • Best Employer for Promoting Asian Pacific Americans into Senior Leadership Positions
  • Best Employer for Asian Pacific American Employee Resource Groups
  • Best Employer for Marketing & Support to Asian Pacific American Community
  • Best Employer for Sponsorship
  • Best Employer for Promoting Asian Pacific American Women
  • (Global) Best Employer for LGBT Asian Employees

Opening Remarks:

Josette Sheeran Josette Sheeran

President and CEO, Asia Society

Josette Sheeran is the seventh president and CEO of Asia Society. In the position, which she assumed in June 2013, she is responsible for leading and advancing the organization's work throughout the U.S. and Asia, and across its disciplines of arts and culture, policy and business, and education.

Sheeran is former Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum, which hosts the annual Davos and Davos in China gathering of world leaders. In this position, she helped advance global initiatives and global, regional and industry agendas such as Grow Africa, which has attracted $4 billion in investment commitments to end hunger and malnutrition in Africa. She recently served at the Harvard Kennedy School as a Fisher Fellow in the Future of Diplomacy.

Prior to her tenure at the World Economic Forum, Sheeran was executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2006. There she was responsible for managing the world's largest humanitarian organization, leading a team of 13,000 people in more than 70 countries, and managing an annual budget of more than $3 billion — including $1 billion in Asia.

Under Sheeran's leadership, the WFP increased its donor base to more than 100 nations, and became the first global institution to include the so-called BRIC countries and the Gulf States among its top 10 donors. She put in place historic reforms of food aid, helping cut the cycle of hunger and malnutrition by purchasing nutritious food directly from developing world farmers. She also instituted emergency protocols that helped the WFP improve its ability to save lives and livelihoods in disasters and emergencies, most notably in Pakistan, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Haiti and in the Horn of Africa.

Sheeran has held senior positions in the U.S. government, and in those positions she conducted high-level diplomacy with virtually every nation in Asia. As U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs, she led new State Department initiatives which supported economic transformation and reconstruction in Afghanistan and Central Asia and with APEC and ASEAN. Earlier she served for five years as deputy U.S. trade representative, conducting negotiations across Asia, including with China, Australia, Singapore, India, Korea, and Japan.

In 2011, Forbes named Sheeran the world's 30th most powerful woman; Foreign Policy has listed her among its top 100 women on Twitter; and Sheeran's TED Talk on ending world hunger has been viewed more than one million times.

Sheeran is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on its Washington Advisory Board. She has received several honors for her leadership in the fight against hunger and malnutrition: she was awarded Japan's Niigata International Food Award; named Commandeur de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the government of France; and received Brazil's highest civilian award, the Grand Official Order of the 'Rio Branco,' from President Lula Da Silva. Sheeran was also honored by the Huffington Post with its "Game Changer" award in 2011, along with Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson and economist Esther Duflo.

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Emcee:

Josette Sheeran David Reid

Executive Director of Global Talent Initiatives, Asia Society

David Whitelaw Reid is the Executive Director, Global Talent Initiatives at Asia Society, where he leads the institution’s global efforts in promoting Asian talent development. Mr. Reid manages Asia Society’s Asia and Global Talent and Diversity Councils, comprised of Asia Regional and Global Chief Talent, HR and Diversity Officers from Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Reid also leads a vital platform for businesses to discuss Asian diversity and talent issues at the Diversity Leadership Forum. His team successfully yields the support, funding, marketing, development and overall experience for the annual event. Now in its 7th year, Mr. Reid created the Asia Pacific Americans Corporate Survey in 2010. The survey is the first ever peer-reviewed, published initiative to exclusively measure the leadership success of Asian Pacific Americans in Fortune 500 companies. In his prior role as Director of Corporate Relations, Mr. Reid led corporate membership, sponsorship and stewardship activities for the Society’s New York Center. He also managed the Society’s Global Business Council comprised of senior executives from corporate members. Mr. Reid serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. For the last five years he collaboratively partnered in this role to provide LGBT entrepreneurs with the essential tools for taking their organizations to the next level of success.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 

Location: Time Warner Center Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10021 


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast


9:00 AM – 9:15 AM  Welcome Remarks

Matt Hong Matt Hong

COO, Turner Sports

Matt Hong is Chief Operating Officer of Turner Sports, a division of Turner and Time Warner. In this role, he oversees teams responsible for long-term business strategy, rights acquisitions, league partnerships, programming, marketing, revenue & inventory planning, and day-to-day operations for the division.

Turner Sports presents premium sporting events including NBA regular season, All-Star and Playoffs coverage, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, MLB regular season and Postseason, the PGA Championship, and ELEAGUE professional eSports across TNT, TBS and truTV. In addition to his division-wide responsibilities, Hong oversees the management of various sports businesses and properties including Bleacher Report, NBA TV, NBA Digital, NCAA Digital and March Madness Live, and PGA.com and the Sports Emmy Award-winning PGA Championship Live. Hong joined Turner Sports in 2008 after previous positions at Thomson and AOL. He received a JD with honors from Harvard Law School and a BA in economics from NC State University, where he was the university valedictorian. He is based in Atlanta where he lives with his wife and two children.

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Tom Nagorski Tom Nagorski

Executive Vice President, Asia Society

Tom Nagorski became Executive Vice President of the Asia Society following a three-decade career in journalism — having served most recently as Managing Editor for International Coverage at ABC News.

Before that he was Foreign Editor for World News Tonight, and a reporter and producer based in Russia, Germany and Thailand. Nagorski was the recipient of eight Emmy awards and the Dupont Award for excellence in international coverage, as well as a fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation. He has written for several publications and is the author of Miracles on the Water: The Heroic Survivors of a World War II U-Boat Attack. Nagorski lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

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EMCEE:

Apoorva Gandhi Apoorva Gandhi

Vice President, Multicultural Affairs, Marriott International

Apoorva Gandhi is the Vice President for Multi-Cultural Affairs for Marriott International, responsible for creating and executing an externally-focused global strategy that builds preference and loyalty from diverse customer segments for the Marriott portfolio of brands.

He helps ensure the company’s marketing, sales and operations consider and reflect multi-cultural markets and alliances as Marriott continues its aggressive growth throughout the world.

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9:15 AM – 9:30 AM  Key Findings from the 2017 Asian Pacific Americans Corporate Survey

Asia Society’s eighth annual benchmarking study looks at where Asian Pacific American leaders are on the corporate leadership ladder within Fortune 500 and other large companies. Discover winning initiatives for promoting and developing Asian Pacific American leaders and what key factors enable companies to:

  • Attract & retain Asian Pacific American and Asian talent
  • Build market opportunities 
  • Tie profit and loss into leadership development
  • Build sustainable sponsorship and mentorship programs
  • Develop workforce practices that facilitate employee growth and advancement

Sophia Khan Sophia Khan

Senior Diversity Director, Medtronic

Sophia joined Medtronic in April 2016 and currently leads the development of strategies for inclusion, diversity, and employee engagement. In collaboration with HR and business leaders, she is responsible for ensuring an integrated approach to building a diverse talent pipeline and engaging our global workforce.

Prior to joining Medtronic, Sophia was the Vice President, Organization Effectiveness and Development, and Global Strategic Diversity and Inclusion at Wells Fargo. Before that, she served as Senior Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Manager for 3M Company. She also worked at PepsiAmericas and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in both diversity and inclusion capacities and HR business partner roles. Sophia earned her bachelor’s degree in American Studies, with a concentration in Economics and Cultural Pluralism, from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Development with a concentration in Global Organizational Development.

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David Reid David Reid

Executive Director of Global Talent Initiatives, Asia Society

David Whitelaw Reid is the Executive Director, Global Talent Initiatives at Asia Society, where he leads the institution’s global efforts in promoting Asian talent development. Mr. Reid manages Asia Society’s Asia and Global Talent and Diversity Councils, comprised of Asia Regional and Global Chief Talent, HR and Diversity Officers from Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Reid also leads a vital platform for businesses to discuss Asian diversity and talent issues at the Diversity Leadership Forum. His team successfully yields the support, funding, marketing, development and overall experience for the annual event. Now in its 7th year, Mr. Reid created the Asia Pacific Americans Corporate Survey in 2010. The survey is the first ever peer-reviewed, published initiative to exclusively measure the leadership success of Asian Pacific Americans in Fortune 500 companies. In his prior role as Director of Corporate Relations, Mr. Reid led corporate membership, sponsorship and stewardship activities for the Society’s New York Center. He also managed the Society’s Global Business Council comprised of senior executives from corporate members. Mr. Reid serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. For the last five years he collaboratively partnered in this role to provide LGBT entrepreneurs with the essential tools for taking their organizations to the next level of success.

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9:30 AM – 10:00 AM  Morning Keynote

Mehmood Khan Mehmood Khan

Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, Global Research and Development, Pepsico

Dr. Khan oversees the PepsiCo global Performance with Purpose sustainability initiatives, inspired by the fundamental belief that business success is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world we share. He also leads PepsiCo’s research and development (R&D) efforts, creating breakthrough innovations in food, beverages and nutrition.

Dr. Khan, M.D., is PepsiCo’s Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of Global Research and Development. In its global portfolio of food and beverage brands, PepsiCo has 22 different brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. With net revenues of over $63 billion, PepsiCo’s businesses make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are respected household names around the world. With a strong emphasis on broadening the company’s portfolio of offerings, Dr. Khan sets the priorities for innovation, discovery and development at PepsiCo. He consistently pushes the envelope by introducing new technologies and innovative solutions across the development and production processes—and even the entire crops spectrum. As Chair of PepsiCo’s Sustainability Council, Dr. Khan is driving the transformation of our business guided by three core priorities: Helping to improve health and well-being through the products we sell; protecting our planet; and empowering people around the world. Under Dr. Khan’s stewardship, PepsiCo’s Food For Good (an enterprise within the company that utilizes PepsiCo’s delivery vehicles, warehouse facilities and management skills to make nutrition accessible for low-income families in the U.S.) continues to make a difference in the fight against hunger. Additionally, Dr. Khan strengthens PepsiCo’s global network, reputation and knowledge base by launching research projects with leading universities and technology companies, as well as by spearheading agricultural and nutrition science initiatives. With Dr. Khan’s leadership, the investments PepsiCo has made in R&D are helping drive the company’s business priorities today and the sustainable growth opportunities of tomorrow. For the past four years innovation has accounted for more than 8 percent of our annual net revenue. By continuously aligning dynamic consumer tastes and category development opportunities through seamless, integrated research and innovation, the PepsiCo innovation pipeline is stronger than ever. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Dr. Khan was President, Takeda Global Research & Development Center, overseeing Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company’s worldwide R&D efforts. Previously, Dr. Khan was as a faculty member at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., serving as Director of the Diabetes, Endocrine and Nutritional Trials Unit in the endocrinology division. He also spent nine years leading programs in diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism and nutrition for the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

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In conversation with Rohini Anand, Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo

Rohini Anand Rohini Anand

Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo

Dr. Rohini Anand is Global Chief Diversity Officer for Sodexo, responsible for the strategic direction, implementation and alignment of Sodexo's integrated global diversity and inclusion initiatives, as well as Sodexo's sustainable development and corporate social responsibility strategies. Dr. Anand is a member of the North America Regional Leadership Committee for Sodexo, the 19th largest employer in the world and the leader in delivering integrated facilities management, foodservice operations and recognition programs in 80 countries.

With €20.2 billion ($22.2 billion) in annual revenues globally, Sodexo's 420,000 employees provide more than 100 unique services that improve performance at 32,000 client sites and improve Quality of Life for 75 million consumers every day around the world. Under Dr. Anand’s leadership, Sodexo received the prestigious 2012 Catalyst Award and has ranked in the top ten for eight consecutive years on the DiversityInc business index of Top Companies for Diversity and Inclusion. In addition, The Human Rights Campaign has given Sodexo a 100 percent rating on its Corporate Equality Index for seven years and Sodexo was named Global Sustainability Industry Leader in its sector for the 11th year in a row by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). Additionally, Sodexo was ranked as the Industry Leader and best company for Economic, Social and Environmental performance in the benchmark RobecoSAM ‘Sustainability Yearbook 2015’ for nine consecutive years. Today, the Sodexo brand is synonymous with diversity, sustainability and wellness leadership. Sodexo’s remarkable global culture change, led by diversity and inclusion, is featured in a Harvard Business School case study entitled Shifting the Diversity Climate: the Sodexo Solution as well as profiled in several books on global diversity and inclusion. Widely considered a leading expert on organizational change and diversity and inclusion, Dr. Anand has been featured in several articles including in trade magazines as well as in articles published in CNBC, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. She has authored several manuals and has been published in numerous trade journals. Dr. Anand has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg and CNN Money as well on National Public Radio. Dr. Anand has been the recipient of many prestigious awards and honors including the Mosaic Woman Leadership Award, the Women’s Foodservice Forum Trailblazer Award, the Maryland International Business Leadership Award, the American Institute for Managing Diversity’s Individual Leader Award, Webster University’s Women of Influence Award, the Who’s Who in Asian American Communities Award (WWAAC) and Ascend’s inaugural Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion award. Dr. Anand received her PhD from the University of Michigan and serves on the boards of several organizations including the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Community Wealth Partners, the Catalyst Board of Advisors, the National Organization on Disabilities (NOD) as well as Sodexo’s Stop Hunger Foundation board.

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10:00 AM – 11:00 AM  OPENING PANEL: Disruption in the Marketplace: Leveraging Diversity for Innovation

As companies are faced with disruption on a daily basis, disruption is also the key driver to innovation. Hear from leading companies how they create new markets while perceiving disruption not as a threat but as an opportunity. 
Furthermore, they will speak to what opportunities Asian leaders can seize to grow their influence, and increase their participation in leadership roles.

Moderator: 

Moni Miyashita Moni Miyashita

Senior Advisor & Partner, Innosight 

Moni is one of the leading M&A experts globally who has spent most of her career executing strategic M&A for transformational growth. Currently, Moni is a partner at Innosight, where she focuses on helping CEOs and their leadership teams develop future strategies for transformational growth.

Previously, as one of the key architects of IBM's M&A integration approach and methodology, she helped lead IBM through over 100 transactions as the company transformed from a hardware company to 85% software and services. She then joined McKinsey as a Senior Advisor where she provided insight and guidance to over 150 CEOs and senior executive clients in 30 countries on transformational M&A across all industry sectors including healthcare, information technology, aerospace, automotive and financial services. She is a frequent speaker globally at venues with hundreds of CEO attendees to date across industries.

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Panelists:

Naveen Agarwal Naveen Agarwal

Senior Vice President & Chief Customer Officer, Prudential Financial, Inc.

Naveen Agarwal is responsible for driving Prudential’s customer experience and engagement strategies to deliver economic returns and expanded capabilities to the company.

His role encompasses deepening our understanding of customer needs leveraging technology, data and digital marketing, and helping Prudential’s businesses expand their distribution, analytics, and product portfolio. He leads a team of strategists, product managers, engineers, digital marketers, and data scientists that work collaboratively across the company to serve all our customer segments including institutions, advisors and consumers. Prior to Prudential, Naveen was CEO of Pricelock, a startup helping energy professionals to hedge and transact physical energy contracts. Naveen joined the company at its inception in Silicon Valley and was instrumental in growing the business to multiple billion dollars in transaction volumes. Naveen has deep experience in digitally enabled financial services businesses in both the institutional and consumer space. He was President of E*TRADE Capital Management where he managed E*TRADE's retirement, mutual fund, wealth management, lending, and corporate stock plan business. Naveen has also served as Vice President at SunGard, driving its institutional interest rate and FX derivatives trading and risk management systems business. Naveen brings entrepreneurial, marketing, data and digital expertise to our company and is actively involved with several Silicon Valley technology and Venture Capital firms. Naveen holds an MBA from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, CA and Bachelors in Computer Science & Engineering from IT-BHU, Varanasi, India.

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Teddy Cho Teddy Cho

Head of Markets and Corporate Treasury Technology, BNY Mellon

Teddy is responsible for the IT management of businesses including Foreign Exchange, Securities Finance, Capital Markets, and Derivatives. Teddy has over 20 years of experience in technology roles at major banks in London and New York.

Previous roles include Head of Rates & Credit Trading Technology and Head of Markets Electronic Trading Technology at Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and Salomon Brothers. Teddy has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Duke University.

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Janice Lin Janice Lin

Senior Executive & General Manager, Sourcing, GE Aviation

Janice Lin serves as the General Manager, Global Sourcing for GE Aviation. In this capacity, she manages the Global Sourcing Organization, executing on the quality, delivery, and cost for GE Aviation’s supply chain.

Janice joined GE in September 2015 from Caterpillar, where she spent 9 years leading global organizations. Most recently, Janice was the Director of Procurement for the Construction Industries group. Prior to that, she was the Director of Procurement for the Customer and Dealer Support group (service parts and core components), and the Director of Purchasing for Global Indirect Materials.Before Caterpillar, Janice spent 16 years in the automotive industry, having worked at Ford Motor Company as well as General Motors in strategy, product management, and operations functions. She also spent some time as a management consultant in A.T. Kearney's automotive practice. Janice is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she received both a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree.

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11:00 AM -11:15 AM Break


11:15 AM – 12:30 PM  MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS 

Rock Climbing – Career Road Mapping 

In today’s diverse, global, and technologically savvy work environment, careers are no longer perceived as strictly vertical movements up the rungs of a ladder. Instead, Cornell University describes a more appropriate metaphor for one’s career path as a rock-climbing wall. You can go straight up the rock face, climb at an angle, or you may choose to go up for a while, move over to find a different path, and then continue on. 

Likewise, an effective career path process should be multi-faceted, support each step in the talent management cycle, and align a workforce to the company’s future state. During this session, participants will hear from companies’ emerging practices that have established them as an employer of choice for advancing Asian talent into senior leadership positions. Panelists will demonstrate best practices around how to retain Asian talent and will showcase innovative programs for creating a talent pipeline stocked with next gen leaders.

Moderator:

Sophia Khan Sophia Khan

Senior Diversity Director, Medtronic

Sophia joined Medtronic in April 2016 and currently leads the development of strategies for inclusion, diversity, and employee engagement. In collaboration with HR and business leaders, she is responsible for ensuring an integrated approach to building a diverse talent pipeline and engaging our global workforce.

Prior to joining Medtronic, Sophia was the Vice President, Organization Effectiveness and Development, and Global Strategic Diversity and Inclusion at Wells Fargo. Before that, she served as Senior Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Manager for 3M Company. She also worked at PepsiAmericas and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in both diversity and inclusion capacities and HR business partner roles. Sophia earned her bachelor’s degree in American Studies, with a concentration in Economics and Cultural Pluralism, from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Development with a concentration in Global Organizational Development.

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Speakers:

Donald Fan Donald Fan

Senior Director Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Donald Fan currently serves as senior director in the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. He is responsible for communications, marketing, data analytics, benchmarking, external relations, and special projects.

During his tenure in the office, Donald has also led the efforts in other areas such as strategy development, business insights, and associate resource groups. Prior to his current role, Donald worked in Wal-Mart’s Information System Division with various technical and analytical positions. Donald also serves as board director of Confucius Institute of University of Central Arkansas, and board director and VP of Chinese Association of Northwest Arkansas. He is also a member of the Wharton Advisory Panel of Executives, University of Pennsylvania, Leadership Board of Diversity MBA Magazine, and Advisory Board of the Talent Management Alliance.

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Rekha Rao Rekha Rao

General Manager, Professional Oral Care, Colgate-Palmolive

Rekha Rao is currently the General Manager of Professional Oral Care for North America. In her role, Rekha has overall P&L responsibility and is responsible for both the strategies and day to day operations of the Professional Oral Care business.

She has been with Colgate Palmolive for almost 17 years, holding a variety of brand management roles with escalating responsibility. She was the Marketing Director of Colgate Palmolive’s Indian subsidiary, based out of Mumbai, where she led marketing for all categories. During her time in the role, Toothbrush and Toothpaste market shares increased. Rekha was Marketing Director, North America Personal Care Innovation where she led a strong pipeline of innovation and embedded innovation competencies and capabilities among the team before her current role. Rekha earned a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Georgetown University. She is married and has a 12 year old daughter & a 7 year old son and enjoys travelling with her family.

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Suzzanne Yao Suzzanne Yao

Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, Goldman Sachs

Suzzanne is a managing director and associate general counsel, and advises the firm on products and services to ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) plans. She also assists in maintaining the firm’s internal retirement plans. Suzzanne is a co-chair of the Legal, Compliance and Internal Audit Asian Professionals Network and serves as a member of the Firmwide Asian Professionals Network Steering Committee.

She joined Goldman Sachs in 2007 as a vice president in the ERISA & Benefits Group and was named managing director in 2013. Prior to joining the firm, Suzzanne was an associate in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation group at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Suzzanne earned a BA from Columbia University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

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Asian Pacific Women on the Leadership Rise 

This panel of leading experts, both men and women, representing a range of industries will showcase initiatives and best practices adopted to support the leadership development and advancement of Asian women. According to Grant Thornton’s 2016 International Business Report, women now comprise 24 percent of all senior executive positions worldwide. This data has not changed in three years. Other research shows that, globally, the percentage of men increases with the level of leadership. For example, in most U.S. companies, white men hold more than 70 percent of the senior leadership jobs. As a result, engaging male leaders, and white male executives in particular, is a key and under-developed driver for leveraging a diverse workforce.

This session will offer insights from a winning company on how they advanced their talent strategy, by engaging white male and other leaders as allies for opportunity, with Asian women.

During this session participants will:

  • Hear from companies that create successful initiatives to advance Asian Pacific American talent– into senior positions

  • Explore emerging practices in engaging white male leaders as allies with women, globally and how to gain the buy-in of male leadership to build a greater sense of alignment across genders
  • Discover how women’s advancement benefits male leaders and the company’s growth

Moderator:

Shirley S. Ma Shirley S. Ma

Strategic Inclusion Manager-McKinsey Women, McKinsey & Company

Shirley Ma is a Strategic Inclusion Manager at McKinsey & Company. She leads inclusion efforts in North America for Asian/Asian-Americans and for McKinsey Women.She has consulted clients on diversity and inclusion strategy, as well as broader cultural transformations.

Shirley was on the working team of the McKinsey Global Institute’s report "The power of parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth." Prior to joining McKinsey, Shirley consulted governments in the Middle East on sustainability and was head of Asia Pacific for a global youth nonprofit.

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Panelists:

Neil Giacobbi Neil Giacobbi

Associate Vice President, Citizenship & Sustainability, AT&T

Neil Giacobbi is associate vice president for public affairs at AT&T. Based in New York City, Neil develops campaigns that position AT&T in the New York market as thought leader applying mobile technologies for human, social and community purpose.

His first collaboration between app developers and the New York transit authority, the MTA, pioneered transit apps for riders and system operators. Another initiative with the NYC Department of Transportation sourced smartphone technologies helping pedestrians, cyclists and drivers stay alert on crowded urban streets. And in 2015, in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Neil created AT&T's Connect Ability global innovation contest to source mobile technologies serving people with disabilities. This year Neil is building a collaboration with AT&T and the Tyler Clementi Foundation to produce valuable research surveying teens and parents on Internet safety that includes teen-made films about risky online behavior.

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Seema Kumar Seema Kumar

Vice President, Innovation, Global Health, & Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnsony

Seema is Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication for Johnson & Johnson. In this role, she drives Johnson & Johnson's reputation as a pioneer and partner of choice in innovation, research and development (R&D), and public health.

Her responsibilities include enterprise-wide communications regarding Johnson & Johnson innovation and R&D in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer products, as well as medical safety and ethics, domestic and international policy affecting the sciences, and public health. She leads communication for the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer, including the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer. As a champion of science and innovation, STEM, global health, and mentorship for women and minorities, she is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at international forums. Prior to joining the J&J Family of Companies in 2003, Seema was the Chief Communications Officer at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research /Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Genome Research, the flagship center for the Human Genome Project. She played a leadership role in enhancing worldwide public awareness and understanding of Project, the effort to map and sequence the genetic blueprint for a human being. Previously, Seema held positions of increasing leadership at the National Institutes of Health and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, where she launched and led a variety of initiatives to communicate and position the latest scientific advances and policy implications and STEM initiatives for high school students. Seema is active in many professional affiliations, serves on several external advisory boards and is the author of more than 200 news and feature articles on science and medicine, for which she has won several awards. She holds a master of arts degree in science journalism from the University of Maryland, which included a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, and a bachelor of science and communication from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor of science in physics from Stella Maris College, in Madras, India. Growing up in India, Seema was taught from an early age by her father, a physicist and an engineer, the importance of a STEM education to advance societal innovation and to her own career development. Today, Seema lives in New Jersey with her husband and teenage son. In her free time, she enjoys healthy cooking, reading and spending time with friends and family.

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Leadership Traits: Leading from the Frontlines 

A successful leader takes deliberate steps while they build their career. Being promoted to run a high level P&L, is not based only on hard skill sets, but also on soft skills. Likewise, one’s own personal brand is a driving factor in landing that stretch assignment. What are the character and leadership traits that put you at the front lines?
A strategic action plan is a key tool that establishes ones organizational impact and allows you set the foundation of leading from the front lines. Assembling a personal board of directors comprised of internal and external leaders who can advance an individual career, is another enabler and driver bringing you closer to the ultimate career.

During this session participants will learn how to:

  • establish organizational impact
  • build a strategic personal board of directors
  • broaden ones professional network

Moderator:

Phillip Han Phillip Han

Managing Director, Global Head of Quantitative Prime Services, Goldman Sachs

Phil is global head of the Quantitative Prime Services (QPS) business within Prime Services. He is also co-chair of the Firmwide Asian Professionals Network.

Previously, Phil was a managing director on the Prime Brokerage Sales team in New York. Phil joined Goldman Sachs in 2008 as a vice president in Global Securities Services and was named managing director in 2013. Prior to joining the firm, Phil worked at Lehman Brothers in New York on the Prime Services Origination team and at Wells Fargo in San Francisco, where he completed the Leadership Development Program. Phil served on the Board of Trustees of the Portledge School in Locust Valley, New York from 2010 to 2015 as treasurer, a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Finance Committee. Phil earned a BBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in 2002.

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Speakers:

Claine Chino Claine Chino

Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Itochu International Inc.

Claire is Executive Officer of ITOCHU Corporation (“Itochu”), a Fortune Global 300 company headquartered in Japan, and Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of ITOCHU International Inc., a subsidiary of Itochu in New York. Before assuming her position in New York, she was General Counsel of Itochu. In 2013, she became the first female executive officer of any major trading company in Japan.

Claire has received several recognitions, including from the World Economic Forum (Young Global Leader), Yale University (Yale World Fellow) and Asia Society (Asia 21). She has also been recognized in the in-house community as a “Top 25 In-House Counsel in Asia” (Asia Legal Business), “Asia Pacific’s Innovative Lawyer” (Financial Times) and “FT Global General Counsel 30 (Financial Times). She is a graduate of Smith College (B.A. cum laude) and Cornell Law School (J.D.), where she serves on the advisory board..

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Shariq Yosufzai Shariq Yosufzai

Vice President, Global Diversity, Ombuds & University Partnerships, Chevron Corporation

S. Shariq Yosufzai is Vice President, Global Diversity, Ombuds and University Partnerships and Association Relations, Chevron Corporation. He is responsible for Chevron’s diversity, inclusion, and Ombuds functions, and oversees the company’s strategic partnerships with universities and professional societies.

In 2015, Chevron received the prestigious Catalyst Award for innovative organizational approaches in the advancement of women. Chevron has also received top awards from the Human Rights Campaign, Business Insider, and Glassdoor for being a top employer. From 2004-2010, Shariq served as President of Chevron Global Marketing where he led Chevron's fuels marketing, commercial and industrial marketing, and convenience retailing operations across 65 countries for the company’s three world class brands (Chevron, Texaco and Caltex). He has also served as President of Chevron Global Lubricants, Corporate Vice President of Caltex, President, Texaco Lubricants and as Vice President supporting Chevron’s CEO & Chairman on the National Petroleum Council) ‘Future Fuels’ Study.

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11:15 AM – 12:30 PM  Chief Diversity Officer Roundtable: Leading during times of Uncertainty and Upheaval (limited seats available, by invitation only & pre-registration is required)

C-Suite leaders representing a range of industries will gather to learn insights of what they deem as top priority in 2017 and through 2021. Furthermore, they will discuss drivers and milestones in how to advance inclusion during times of uncertainty and upheaval. Participants will discover, share best practices and identify some of the greatest opportunities they will be facing as diversity leaders. 

Welcome:

Yrthya Dinzey-Flores Yrthya Dinzey-Flores

Executive Director, Corporate Social Responsibility & Diversity, Time Warner Inc.

As Executive Director for Global Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion at Time Warner Inc. Yrthya works with divisional and company leadership to create and implement strategies that will further foster a culture of inclusion at Time Warner, Inc. and cement the company’s leadership in corporate social responsibility practices.

Yrthya is a tri-sector professional with a great dedication to her community. Her contributions have earned her a number of recognitions including: 2011 Capitol 40 under 40 Rising Stars in Politics; El Diario/La Prensa’s Latinas Destacadas 2011 Award; a fellowship award by the Robert Bosch Foundation in 2004. She also served as a member of the Governor’s Taskforce for Minority/Women Business Enterprises and a member of the New York State Procurement Council.

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Moderators:

Jyoti Chopra Jyoti Chopra

Managing Director, Head of Global Citizenship and Sustainability, BNY Mellon

Jyoti Chopra is responsible for leading the company’s comprehensive award-winning diversity and inclusion program and promoting a culture of inclusion that creates pathways for the continued recruitment, development and advancement of a diverse workforce.

She is a member of BNY Mellon’s Senior Leadership Team and is the company’s representative to the Global Talent and Diversity Council of the Asia Society. She serves on the boards of the BNY Mellon Foundation (New York) and the BNY Mellon Foundation of South Western Pennsylvania. She oversees the company’s corporate social responsibility, philanthropy and social investing areas and manages the corporate art collection. Previously, Jyoti served as the global leader for communications and public relations at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, where she was responsible for external relations, executive and internal communications. Jyoti worked at Merrill Lynch from 1998 until 2009, where she was Managing Director and head of communications for the Americas and the Global Banking divisions. She launched her career at the United Nations and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Jyoti was born and raised in London, England. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in Journalism from New York University. She completed the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 2002. She holds an MBA with distinction from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She is presently a member of the Diversity Advisory Board for Toyota Motor North America.

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Tom Nagorski Tom Nagorski

Executive Vice President, Asia Society

Tom Nagorski became Executive Vice President of the Asia Society following a three-decade career in journalism — having served most recently as Managing Editor for International Coverage at ABC News.

Before that he was Foreign Editor for World News Tonight, and a reporter and producer based in Russia, Germany and Thailand. Nagorski was the recipient of eight Emmy awards and the Dupont Award for excellence in international coverage, as well as a fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation. He has written for several publications and is the author of Miracles on the Water: The Heroic Survivors of a World War II U-Boat Attack. Nagorski lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

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12:30 PM – 1:30 PM  Luncheon & Keynote  

Richard Lui Richard Lui

Anchor, MSNBC & NBC News  

Richard Lui has more than 30 years in television, technology, and business--often addressing Fortune 500 and Silicon Valley firms as a thought leader in media, marketing, and storytelling. Currently, he is news anchor for MSNBC and NBC News, reporting on the ground for stories from terror attacks in France to slavery in Africa.

Previously he was at CNN Worldwide, where he became the first Asian American male in U.S. history to anchor a daily national cable news program. In the 2000s, Lui reported from Asia during an increasingly heated political climate, when two Muslim countries in Southeast Asia had a leadership shift. Lui also reported on Taiwan’s controversial election between pro- and anti- China political parties. He was at Channel NewsAsia, an English-only news network in 20 countries and territories. In addition, with over 20 years in the tech industry, Lui co-patented and founded a global bank-centric payments carve-out with Citibank. He currently helps a Silicon Valley artificial intelligence firm, and sits on four boards of directors and advisers. Business Insider named him one of 21 careers to watch and Twitter Counter ranks him in the top 1 percent. Lui has received civil rights awards from the National Education Association, Advancing Justice, and AAJA. He is also a policy fellow at the University of California, Riverside, UN Women Spokesperson, U.S. State Department traveling speaker, and ambassador for several gender equality and human trafficking NGOs.

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1:30 PM – 2:45 PM  BREAKOUT SESSIONS

How Winning Companies Attract & Retain Asian Talent

2017 winners of the “Best Company for Asian Talent,” award showcase the strategic initiatives they employed to attract and retain talent. Participants will hear about case studies from the 2017 winning companies and their internal success stories in how to become a best employer for:

  • Best Overall Employer for Asian Pacific Americans
  • Best Employer for LGBT Asians
  • Best Employer of Asian Pacific American Employee Resource Groups

Moderator:

Christine Davies

Christine Davies

Vice President, Global Partnerships and Development

Christine Davies is Vice President of Global Partnerships and Development at Asia Society. In this capacity, Davies manages the team responsible for engaging with Asia Society's major stakeholders - individuals, corporations, governments, and foundations - working across our global network to create and coordinate fundraising initiatives.

Before joining Asia Society, Davies spent four years at Microsoft as a Business Development Manager and Senior Solution Specialist for Microsoft's Public Sector Services business unit. In this role, Davies was responsible for developing and evangelizing a portfolio of collaboration and accountability solutions that contributed to over $300M in annual sales of public sector IT services in the United States. Davies also contributed to the development of Microsoft's Global Public Sector Services Center of Excellence in Singapore. Prior to her time at Microsoft, Davies worked as the International Trade Specialist at the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok, Thailand, advising numerous multinational companies on their investment strategies throughout Southeast Asia. She has also served as an advisor to the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce.

Davies served earlier in her career as Director of Planning and Outreach to U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick, working with the business community and other key constituencies to promote the global trade agenda of the United States and numerous international partners. During this period, free trade agreements were launched or concluded with the nations of Australia, Bahrain, Chile, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Singapore, and the nations of Central America. Davies then served as Special Policy Assistant for International Economic and Development Issues to Mr. Zoellick when he was appointed Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of State.

Davies holds an MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and a BA from the University of Maryland, College Park. She lives in Manhattan.

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Panelists:

Christine Davies

Manolet Dayrit

Partner, KPMG

Manolet Dayrit is a principal in KPMG's Advisory Services practice and serves as KPMG’s State and Local Government IT Consulting leader. His experience includes an in-depth knowledge of information technology (IT) management, risks, and controls.

He has led numerous engagements relating to project management, business process re-engineering, requirements definition, systems design, systems development and implementation, information security, pre- and post-implementation reviews, IV&V/quality assurance, and internal and external technology auditing. He specializes in project management and management of risks related to large IT projects in the public sector, including financial/ERP, health and human services, and pension systems. Manolet focuses on the public sector and serves as KPMG's State & Local IT Consulting leader. He is a national cochair of KPMG's Asian Pacific Islander Network and a member of KPMG's Diversity Advisory Board.

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Austin Fernandes Austin Fernandes

Managing Director in Global Markets Technology & APN Committee Lead, Credit Suisse

Austin Fernandes is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Global Markets Technology Division. He is the Global Head of Repo, Central Collateral, and Margin Services Technology as well as the Global Architect for Flow Products and Trade Management Technology.

 

Amy Rosen Amy Rosen

Country Managing Director & General Counsel, Telstra

Amy Rosen is the Country Managing Director and General Counsel of Telstra in the US, responsible for legal and regulatory, as well as the local business operations in the country.

Amy joined Telstra in 2003 as the US General Counsel and Head of Human Resources. Prior to joining Telstra, Amy worked for AT&T as a lawyer in its Business Servicers division. In her eight years at AT&T, she supported a variety of AT&T's data and Internet-related businesses and advised on acquisitions and divestitures, sales, procurement, software licensing and establishing joint venture arrangements. She started her career at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, working primarily on mergers and acquisitions for media companies. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and History from University of Pennsylvania and a Doctor of Law from Columbia University School of Law.

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Rock Climbing – Career Road Mapping


Asian Pacific American Women on the Leadership Rise


1:30 PM – 2:45 PM EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE: Mobility and the Global Mindset (limited seats available, by invitation only & pre-registration is required)

Global mobility is an enriching business strategy that benefits both the employee and the company. Professionals gain invaluable, career-boosting experience while companies reap the pay-off of global competencies and innovative ideas. Yet, according to the 2014 Global Mobility Trends Survey by Brookfield Global Relocation, only 22 percent of companies have a formal talent and career management process for international employees.

Join us for an in-depth discussion on maximizing the success of internationally mobile Asian professionals. Learn how to integrate repatriated employees into the workforce—and leverage their talent for leadership roles. Understand how global perspectives and competencies can align with business practices and increase innovation. Hear current trends in global mobility, with an emphasis on talent and D&I programs within the ASIAPAC region.

Facilitator:

Philip Berry Philip Berry

Chief Human Resources Officer, Clinton Foundation

Philip A. Berry serves as the chief human resources officer, responsible for strategies to attract, develop, and retain talent for the Clinton Foundation. Prior to his current role, he was the president of Philip Berry Associates LLC, a management consulting firm which focuses on executive coaching, global talent development, and organizational effectiveness.

As the former vice president of global workplace initiatives, and the corporate officer for Colgate-Palmolive, Philip led the company’s human resources efforts to create a diverse and effective workforce. Before joining Colgate-Palmolive, Philip acquired HR expertise at Procter & Gamble. He also was the vice president of human resources at Digital Equipment and the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. Currently, Philip serves as the vice chairman of the Board of Trustees for the City University of New York (CUNY) where he is responsible for the 24 public colleges within New York City. Philip is also the acting chair of the CUNY Construction Fund. Philip’s educational background includes an M.B.A. from Xavier University, an M.S.W. from Columbia University, a B.A. in Sociology from Queens College, and an A.A. in Marketing from Manhattan Community College. Philip resides in Manhattan with his wife and has two children – a son and a daughter.

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Richard Lui Richard Lui

Anchor, MSNBC & NBC News  

Richard Lui has more than 30 years in television, technology, and business--often addressing Fortune 500 and Silicon Valley firms as a thought leader in media, marketing, and storytelling. Currently, he is news anchor for MSNBC and NBC News, reporting on the ground for stories from terror attacks in France to slavery in Africa.

Previously he was at CNN Worldwide, where he became the first Asian American male in U.S. history to anchor a daily national cable news program. In the 2000s, Lui reported from Asia during an increasingly heated political climate, when two Muslim countries in Southeast Asia had a leadership shift. Lui also reported on Taiwan’s controversial election between pro- and anti- China political parties. He was at Channel NewsAsia, an English-only news network in 20 countries and territories. In addition, with over 20 years in the tech industry, Lui co-patented and founded a global bank-centric payments carve-out with Citibank. He currently helps a Silicon Valley artificial intelligence firm, and sits on four boards of directors and advisers. Business Insider named him one of 21 careers to watch and Twitter Counter ranks him in the top 1 percent. Lui has received civil rights awards from the National Education Association, Advancing Justice, and AAJA. He is also a policy fellow at the University of California, Riverside, UN Women Spokesperson, U.S. State Department traveling speaker, and ambassador for several gender equality and human trafficking NGOs.

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2:45 PM - 3:15 PM  Networking Break


3:15 PM – 3:45 PM  SPOTLIGHT: Millennials 

Today's young leaders began their ascent at a time when conventional wisdom was colliding with economic upheaval. Hear the values and competencies that millennials believe will be critical to lead in tomorrow's economy. Gain insight into successful strategies of how Gen Xers are providing knowledge transfer to the new generation of leaders. Furthermore, award winning companies will showcase how they leverage their rising leaders to support their executive management in implementing new ideas to solve real business problems.

Moderator:

Apoorva Gandhi Apoorva Gandhi

Vice President, Multicultural Affairs, Marriott International

Apoorva Gandhi is the Vice President for Multi-Cultural Affairs for Marriott International, responsible for creating and executing an externally-focused global strategy that builds preference and loyalty from diverse customer segments for the Marriott portfolio of brands.

He helps ensure the company’s marketing, sales and operations consider and reflect multi-cultural markets and alliances as Marriott continues its aggressive growth throughout the world.

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Panelists:

Kevin Chen Kevin Chen

Tech Lead Information Technology, Enterprise BTO, Freddie Mac

Kevin Chen is Systems Analysis, Tech Lead in the Information Technology, Enterprise BTO organization. In this capacity, Mr. Chen has responsibility for leading the analysis and requirements functions throughout Corporate IT projects and initiatives.

His responsibilities include partnering with his Legal, Compliance, and Administration customers to understand their business needs and translating those needs into functional and technical capabilities that can be delivered within an IT solution. He also provides thought leadership throughout projects and is an engaged mentor and coach to other analysts. Mr. Chen holds an Undergraduate and Graduate degree from Virginia Tech in the field of Information Technology and has over 10 years of business and systems analysis experience, with over 6 years of experience in the mortgage industry. Mr. Chen joined Freddie Mac in 2006 and has supported the delivery of IT solutions across various lines of business including I&CM, Multifamily, Legal, Compliance and various units within the Administration division. Additionally, he has had several years of IT consulting experience supporting clients in the Federal Sector. Kevin is also very passionate about promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace and has successfully led several programs as a core team member of Freddie Mac’s Rising Leaders and ASIAN Employee Resource Group (ERG).

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Rebecca Garcia Rebecca Garcia

Program Manager, Microsoft, Co-Founder CoderDojo NYC & Founder, Geekgirlweb

Rebecca Garcia is the Co-founder of CoderDojo NYC, a non-profit teaching youth to code. In 2013 she was awarded as a U.S. White House 'Champion of Change' for Tech Inclusion for her work to bring STEM education to underrepresented groups, especially youth and women.

In 2014 she was listed as one of Glamour Magazine's '35 Women Under 35 Who are Changing the Tech Industry’ and in 2015 as one of AskMen’s ‘Top 99 Outstanding Women’. And in 2016 year as Hispanicize’s STEM Star. Previously Rebecca was a Developer at Do Something, CTO of Greatist, a health, fitness and wellness media startup, a Developer Evangelist at Squarespace, empowering people to build their ideas on the web. Currently she is a Program Manager at Microsoft within Civic Tech & Innovation for Tech Jobs Academy. She has been featured in Forbes, NY Times, Glamour, NBC Latino, and Latina Magazine.

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3:45 PM – 4:45 PM  AFTERNOON PANEL: Driving Inclusion with Tech: Rapid Transformation and Building new Markets 

Leading corporations are partnering with communities at large and start-ups to build efficient and fast market solutions. New skill sets and leadership traits are required in how to leverage this paradigm shift and STEM as a platform, while ultimately driving inclusion and business goals.

This panel of start ups, corporations and community leaders will demonstrate the progress made in leveraging Asian Pacific American talent in the tech fields across industry sectors and growing their leadership presence. The audience will have the opportunity to join in a lively question and answer session.

Moderator: 

Meeka Bondy Meeka Bondy

Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs, HBO

Meeka Bondy is senior vice president, Legal Affairs, for Home Box Office, Inc., responsible for legal matters pertaining to HBO Enterprises. This includes domestic and international distribution agreements for HBO and Cinemax original programming. She was named to this position in May 2013.

Bondy joined HBO as a senior counsel in March 2004 and was promoted to vice president & senior counsel in September 2007, and vice president, legal affairs in May 2010. Previously, she was at Time Warner Interactive Video Group, Inc., where she was vice president, Legal Affairs, from January 2002 to February 2004, functioning as general counsel for Mystro TV, a start-up funded by Time Warner to develop and commercialize a networked digital video recorder and on demand cable television service. From March 1998 to December 2001, she was an associate counsel at Time Inc., responsible for legal matters in the new media, information technology and Business 2.0 (a technology and business magazine) groups. Bondy also worked as an associate (September 1994-March 1998) and summer associate (March 1992-August 1992) at Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner LLP, where she handled legal matters for a variety of companies in the media, financial services, technology and telecommunications areas. She began her career at PC Magazine as an assistant, supporting its national advertising and sales representatives. She has published articles in the New York Law Journal, Multimedia & Web Strategist, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer and the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, and has delivered speeches/lectures at the Practicing Law Institute, The Copyright Society of the USA, New York Country Lawyer’s Association, Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the School of Visual Arts. Bondy has a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Brooklyn Law School. She has received the Distinguished Alumni of the Year award from Brooklyn Law School’s Asian American Law Students Association in 2000, and its Brooklyn Entertainment Sports Law Association in 2016. Meeka is executive sponsor for MOSAIC, the Asian-American business resource group at HBO, and has served on the board of the New York chapter of WICT (Women in Cable Telecommunications) as Programming Chair and incoming Secretary. She is an alumnus of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, Class 22. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children, and enjoys Shaolin Kung Fu, hiking, skiing, swimming, yoga, cooking and reading.

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Panelists:

Naeem Ishaq Naeem Ishaq

CFO, Boxed

Naeem Ishaq is the CFO of Boxed. Naeem started his career as an entrepreneur, launching his first startup (a consumer web portal) as an undergraduate at the University of California, Davis.

After graduating magna cum laude from UC Davis with a degree in managerial economics, and concurrently graduating from the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy, Naeem joined Intel Corporation where he held several Operational Finance and Strategic Planning roles. In 2008, Naeem joined Salesforce.com and held several roles there, culminating in his position as Sr. Director of Finance & Strategy where he led the company's long range planning, supported all M&A activity, and led Finance & Strategy for Salesforce.com's acquired standalone businesses. Naeem joined Square in 2012, leading several functions for that company, and most recently served as the Head of Finance & Strategy, Investor Relations, and Risk. Naeem played a critical role in taking Square public in Nov, 2015, while also leading Square to all-time best performance levels on key operational metrics like transaction and advance (risk) loss. Naeem joined Boxed in July of 2016, and currently lives in Jersey City, NJ with his wife Cerena.

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Omar Nagji Omar Nagji

Lead Healthcare Partnerships, Lyft

Omar Nagji leads Healthcare Partnerships at Lyft with a goal and vision of using the world's best transportation to improve patient outcomes, decrease costs, and enhance the social aspect of patient care by re-connecting people and communities.

Omar's background has been healthcare focused, starting with patient throughput consulting at Huron Consulting and, most recently, serving as the VP of Business Development at VisiQuate, an enterprise Business Intelligence company focusing on clinical, operational and financial analytics within the Healthcare space.

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John Sheldon John Sheldon

Senior Vice President, Innovation Management, Mastercard Labs

John Sheldon is SVP/group head of Innovation Management for MasterCard Labs. In this role, he is responsible for the programs and processes that help generate unique, innovative ideas, both internally and in collaboration with our key external partners.

His team supports the innovation process from ideation through prototyping and business case development, both developing new concepts and determining which opportunities make the most sense for MasterCard to pursue/incubate. Prior to joining MasterCard, Mr. Sheldon held various positions at eBay Enterprise, including head of growth programs and head of strategy. At eBay, he led a team of e-commerce and digital marketing experts working closely with important retailers. Previously, Mr. Sheldon held a number of consulting, marketing and strategy positions at Ogilvy, BBH, Oracle and Price Waterhouse at increasing levels of responsibility. He was a founding partner at Customer Portfolios, a database marketing company in Boston, leading their strategy and analytic efforts. Mr. Sheldon graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics.

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Karen Sumberg Karen Sumberg

Americas Diversity, Google

Karen leads Diversity and Inclusion for the Americas at Google. Prior to joining Google, Karen was executive vice president at the Center for Talent Innovation and a principal with the CTI’s advisory services practice Hewlett Partners.

She coauthored two Harvard Business Review articles, as well as two Harvard Business Review Research Reports including The Athena Factor: Reversing the Brain Drain in Science, Engineering and Technology and The Sponsor Effect. Prior to CTI, Karen worked in publishing and marketing in the U.S. and Australia and she taught English in Japan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Fordham University.

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4:45 PM - 5:00 PM  Closing

 

 

Sponsors

Presenting 

Time Warner

Silver 

GE

Goldman Sachs

Marriott

Prudential

Bronze

AT&T

BNY Mellon

Colgate-Palmolive

Freddie Mac

KPMG

McDonald's

Medtronic