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Asian American Leaders Standing Up for Racial Justice
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Tuesday, October 26, 2021
6 p.m. Drinks-only Reception (In-person)
7 p.m. Moderated Discussion
7:45 p.m. Audience Q&A (In-person only)
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In the aftermath of the 2020 racial justice protests and rise in bias incidents targeting Asians, the broader AAPI community has worked to shape policy addressing the needs of their communities. Women, among the most affected, are frequently at the forefront of this work, organizing to promote civic engagement and championing social and racial justice through local, state, and national action.
Join us in a conversation with accomplished Asian American women leaders who are raising their voices, building coalitions, and advancing the rights of their communities.
About the Speakers
Hong Ogle is Bank of America Houston President. She helps meet the financial needs of individuals, families and businesses by connecting them to the right resources within Bank of America. Hong also leads Bank of America’s local environment, social, and governance work, leveraging the company’s unmatched capabilities to help the region address social and economic challenges and build stronger communities. In addition to her role as Houston President, Hong is the Central South Division Executive for the Bank of America Private Bank. In this role, Hong has the responsibilities to supervise the Private Bank offices in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and the surrounding states to deliver top financial solutions to our Ultra-High New Worth clients.
Hong started her career in the early 90’s as a Financial Advisor and moved into management in 1999. Hong joined Bank of America in a leadership position in 2010. Born and raised in Beijing, China, Hong received her Bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University before coming to the U.S. in 1990 for graduate studies and earning her Master of Science degree from Florida State University. She is a NASD Registered Principal with Series 3, 7, 8, 31, 63, and 65 securities licenses. Hong was selected as one of Houston’s most admired CEOs in 2019 by the Houston Business Journal. She serves on the board of Central Houston Inc. and is involved in the United Way Women’s Initiative. Hong chairs the Bank of America Charitable Foundation in Houston. She is a member of the Bank of America Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and the executive sponsor of the Houston Asian Leadership Network.
Sonal Shah is the founding President of TAAF. One of the foremost global leaders on social impact and innovation, Sonal has started and led social impact efforts in academia, government, and the private and philanthropic sectors for over twenty-five years. Prior to her appointment at TAAF, Sonal founded and led Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, a cross-disciplinary center that provided students a first-hand opportunity to work on social impact projects in the public, private and social sectors.
Sonal has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. She served as Deputy Assistant to President Obama and Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, where she was tasked with creating innovative approaches to using technology for social programs across the federal government and with building public private partnerships at scale. Previously, she worked as an international economist at the Department of Treasury, setting up the central bank in Bosnia, working for post-conflict reconstruction in Kosovo, and implementing poverty reduction strategies in Africa. In the private sector, Sonal led technology initiatives for civic voice and impact investing as the head of Global Development Initiatives at Google.org. Prior to her time at Google.org, she developed the environmental strategy and ran the initiatives for investing in clean technologies at Goldman Sachs. Sonal serves on the boards of Oxfam America, the UBS Optimus Foundation, and The Century Foundation. She also serves as an adviser to the Democracy Fund and is coordinating the Initiative on Tech & Society at Georgetown University. In 2020, she served as the National Policy Director for Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign.
Anne Sung has been a strong advocate for good governance, careful stewardship of taxpayer dollars, college and career readiness standards, strategic partnerships to bring wrap-around services to schools, and improved special education services since joining the HISD Board of Education in January 2017. A proud graduate of HISD schools and Harvard University, Anne fell in love with education as a young Teach for America corps member. She taught at Wisdom High School, where she served as chair of the science department and was 2011 Teacher of the Year. She previously served as Director of Strategic Planning and Public Policy for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Chief Strategy Officer at Project GRAD Houston, an educational non-profit preparing students to achieve their college and career goals.
Anne is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow, a Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Master Trustee, and serves on the boards of TASB, the SPARK School Park Program, and OCA - Greater Houston, an APIA civil rights organization. Anne has a B.A. and M.A. in Physics and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.
About the Moderator
ABC’s award-winning journalist Melanie Lawson currently serves as co-anchor of Live at 5, and Channel 13's midday show, Eyewitness News at 11am. Melanie has covered virtually every city, state, and national election during her career. She has traveled to Cuba, Panama, and Africa, among other places. She has won numerous awards for her reporting, including an Emmy for her coverage of President Clinton's visit to South Africa, the only local reporter in the nation to make that trip. Melanie has interviewed a wide range of notables, including three U.S. Presidents, Henry Kissinger, the Dalai Lama, poet Maya Angelou, Grammy Award winners Destiny's Child, and former heavyweight champion boxer George Foreman, among many others. She received her undergraduate degree in Politics from Princeton University, and a joint degree in Law and Journalism from Columbia University. She is admitted to both the Texas and New York State Bars.
About the Women's Leadership Series
The Women's Leadership Series (WLS) celebrates influential, diverse women making a substantive impact in both the business and culture arenas, locally and globally.
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About Asia Society at Home
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About Asia Society Texas
Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diverse perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating the vibrant diversity of Asia, inspiring empathy, and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Spanning the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community — trusting in the power of art, dialogue, and ideas to combat bias and build a more inclusive society.
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