2016 Agenda


Powering Asian Talent: Leveraging Intersections to Drive Marketplace Solutions



Thursday, June 9, 2016
ASIA SOCIETY - 725 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
6:00PM - 7:00 PM

Cocktail Reception


7:00 PM – 9:00 PM 
2016 Best APA Employer Awards Ceremony Dinner
Awards will be presented for the 2016 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
*All guests receive the survey
Opening Remarks & Award Presenters
Josette Sheeran, President and CEO, Asia Society
David Reid, Executive Director of Global Talent Initiatives, Asia Society




Friday, June 10, 2016

TIME WARNER CENTER – Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10021

8:00 AM
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Welcome Remarks & Setting the Tone
Sofia Chang, Executive Vice President and General Manager, HBO
Christine Davies, Vice President, Global Partnerships and Development, Asia Society
Royanne Doi, Chief Ethics Officer, Prudential 
9:10 AM – 10:00 AM   
Becoming a Global Leader: What Does it Take?
According to Deloitte’s 2014 Global Human Capital Trends Report, companies are not developing enough leaders. They also aren’t equipping new leaders with the critical capabilities and skills they need to succeed. Despite this finding, gain insights from leading executives who “have been there and done it.” This panel brings together leading executives who have cultivated needed capabilities and skills. These leaders, who manage significant line responsibilities, will demonstrate the tactical steps required to shift from a local to a global career. During times of perpetual change, these leaders have cultivated qualities and traits that empowered them to become today’s leaders—and they know how they will stay front and center in tomorrow’s marketplace. Learn how they’ve built on existing strengths, tapping innovation and problem solving skills. Discover how to realize your own potential, transitioning from high-potential leader to established executive.
Anne Lim O’Brien, Vice Chairman, Global CEO & Board Practice; & Global Consumer Markets Practice, Heidrick & Struggles
Philip Han, Managing Director, Global Head of Quantitative Prime Services, Goldman Sachs
Mahendra Nair, Senior Executive – Business Operations, GE Aviation
Nancy Pak, General Manager, Tom's of Maine 
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Networking Break
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM 
1. Fast Track Your Career: The C-Suite Leadership Agenda
Advancing into an executive role demands a strong understanding of the C- suite’s agenda – and insight into how executives measure their own success, how they prioritize and adjust initiatives, and how they adapt to the company’s culture. This session will provide insights from successful C-suite leaders, so participants can align their own priorities with those of the company’s senior-most leadership.
Learning Objectives:
• Identify your leadership skill gap by having direct conversations with C-suite leaders
• Learn how to leverage C-suite agenda insights, positioning yourself for your next stretch assignment
• Understand what business acumen is relevant during ongoing change
• Learn how to identify blind spots early on, and how to avoid pitfalls
Frank Brown, Chief Operating Officer, General Atlantic
Tracey Doi, Chief Financial Officer, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., & Group Vice President Accounting & Finance, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
S. Shariq Yosufzai, Vice President, Global Diversity, Ombuds & University Partnerships, Chevron Corporation
2. YOUR Brand & Executive Presence: Steps to YOUR Success  
A successful leader pays careful attention to “what they want to be known for.” Building your brand means acting with intent, and aligning people’s impressions of who you are. Building your strategic action plan will mean establishing organizational impact and, taking it a step further, assembling a personal board of directors comprised of internal and external leaders who can help you on your journey. Lessons learned from two successful Asian leaders form the backbone of this workshop. 
Learning Objectives:
• Position your skill set as a benefit to the company through articulating and acting on their vision
• Promote YOUR self through positioning YOUR achievements
• Build a strategic personal board of directors
• Broaden the professional network that will speed you toward your dream job
• Increase your confidence by communicating with intention and clarity
Nozomi Morgan, Global Executive Coach & Founder, Michiki Morgan Worldwide
Betty Ng, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Moody’s
3. Honing Your Edge with Diverse Collaboration
Today’s global marketplace demands the ability to lead with speed and flexibility, and to build cross-functional teams. In this session, panel members will explore how to leverage the unique values, strengths and weaknesses each diverse group brings to the table. They will provide tactical strategies on global cultural agility, identifying the skills and perspective needed to set direction and drive employees to achieve business goals. A key focus will be assessing the Asian workforce’s market influence.

Learning Objectives
• Grasp how to synergize business and people strategies for talent development and business success
• Identify future trends that will impact the relevance of your talent pool and operation
• See how to adjust/derive/customize programs across various business units

Subha Barry, Vice President, General Manager, Working Mother Media

Anil Hinduja, EVP, Chief Enterprise Risk Officer, Freddie Mac
Dr. Dong Wu, Vice President, Research & Development Center, Medtronic Greater China


11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Executive Roundtable
Economic Empowerment through Unleashing Talent
According to a 2015 report, McKinsey estimates that if women’s labor force participation equaled that of men, it would generate a total of $11 trillion additional dollars in annual GDP for the Asia-Pacific region. Addressing and closing this gap will unleash substantial economic opportunities in the global market place.
Learning Objectives:
• Hear insights on what policy is driving Asian women’s economic potential
• Strategize ways in how to close the gender gap through advancing Asian talent into leadership roles
• Understand the critical link between economic empowerment and advancing Asian talent in Asia and the US
• Explore how to gain the buy-in of male leadership to build a greater sense of alignment across genders
Anthony Sammi, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Wendy Cutler, Vice President, Asia Society Policy Institute & Managing Director, Asia Society Washington
Dr. Henry Huiyao Wang, President, Center for China & Globalization
11:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Networking Break
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
1. Fast Track Your Career: The C-Suite Leadership Agenda 

2. YOUR Brand & Executive Presence: Steps to YOUR Success 

3. Business Resource Groups [BRG]: YOUR Journey to the TOP
Many companies have transitioned their ERGs/BRGs into a powerful business asset. As a result, BRGs offer a unique platform for leadership opportunities that create greater exposure to the C-suite and also provide a vehicle for building ongoing leadership competencies.
Learning Objectives:
• Identify what drives C-suite engagement, to optimize a BRG’s relevance
• Become a more competent business leader by cross-collaborating with other groups/business units to drive your BRG agenda
• Better align a BRG with the business, making it a “go to” resource
• Leverage relationships with senior leaders to prioritize one’s own skill expansion
• Build your global mindset by inter-phasing with global BRGs
Fabian De Rozario, National President & CEO, National Association of Asian American Professionals
Ravi Aurora, Senior Vice President, Global Community Relations, MasterCard Worldwide
Matthew Johnson, Advisory Partner, KPMG
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  
Networking Luncheon & Keynote
Geraldine Roman, Representative-Elect of the 1st District of Bataan, Congress of Philippines
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM  
Marketing to the Asian Consumer: Turning a Soft Skill into Hard Cash
Rapid demographic shifts and changing consumer behavior are the “new” business as usual. This paradigm catapults some organizations to success while leaving others in the dust. According to the Selig Center, by 2017 the Asian American buying power is projected to reach $1 trillion. Building on their heritage, academic achievement, and spending power, Asian American consumers are a powerful economic force for significant growth opportunities for businesses. Examine proven initiatives for building a thriving business by becoming both nimble and relevant to evolving consumer needs. Cultural competency is everything!
Philip Berry, Chief Human Resources Officer, Clinton Foundation
Roy Kuga, Vice President of Energy Supply, PG&E
Betty Lo, Vice President, Community Alliances & Consumer Engagement, Nielsen
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM 
Transition to FORUM A and FORUM B
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM  
FORUM A [Development]:
Build YOUR Influence: Leveraging Intersections in the Workplace & Marketplace
This cross-racial, cross-cultural panel featuring leaders of Business Resource Groups [BRGs] will discuss opportunities for greater influence when collaboration happens among BRGs whose membership identifies by different races, genders, sexual orientations, disability, religions and generations. Explore innovative ways a BRG can contribute to the bottom line by solving critical business challenges.
Learning Objectives:
• Identifying mutual beneficial alliances that foster leadership opportunities
• Leveraging relationships to engage leadership
• Driving performance to build business results
Ramy Inocencio, Correspondent, Bloomberg
Bill Dale, Director of Inclusion, Global Inclusion & Community Engagement, McDonald’s Corporation
Dustin O. Ling, Director, Business Management, Global Public Sector Group, Citi
Tonya Plear, Vice President & Chief Administrative Advisor, U.S. Client and Business Development, BNY Mellon

FORUM B [Leadership]: 
How Winning Companies Attract & Retain Asian Talent
2016 winners of the “Best Company for Asian Talent,” award showcase the strategic initiatives they employed to attract and retain talent. To help create a road map, these winning companies will share their internal success stories in how to become a best employer for:
• Best Overall Employer for Asian Pacific Americans
• Best Employer of Asian Pacific American Employee Resource Groups
• Best Employer for promoting Asian Pacific American women into senior leadership positions
Linda Akutagawa, President & CEO, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP)
Abhi Ingle, Senior Vice President, Distribution and Channel Marketing, AT&T
Kelvin Leung, Project Manager and Chair of the Asian Employee Network Group, Discover Financial
Inhi Cho Suh, General Manager, IBM Collaboration Solutions
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM 
Networking Break
4:15 PM – 4:45 PM  
Closing Keynote
Diversity Means (Show) Business
Pop culture is pointing the way to the "polycultural future" — and brands need to pay attention
The future of America is "polycultural" — a reality in which diversity is the default, multiculturalism is mainstream and globalization has erased boundaries between markets. In the world of media and entertainment, the polycultural tomorrow is already here. In Hollywood studios and networks are adapting as fast as they can to this reality by changing how they develop, cast, produce, market and distribute their creative product. What lessons can brands learn from the disruptions that are already occurring in the world of film and television?
Jeff Yang, Senior Vice President & Head of Media, Entertainment & Technology, The Futures Company and celebrated author of “I am Jackie Chan” and “Once Upon a Time in China”
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM  
Closing Remarks
David Reid, Executive Director, Global Talent Intiatives, Asia Society