saturday SESSIONS - 2013 NAAAP International Convention



saturday SESSIONS - 2013 NAAAP International Convention
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table of CONTENTS
Welcome Letters
City Map
Convention Schedule
Convention Map
Career Fair
Friday Sessions and Speakers
Arise—A Celebration of Asian American Artists
Saturday Sessions and Speakers
National Awards Gala
Sponsors and Supporters
Crossing Bridges—An Artistic Interpretation
association of
asian american
Annual Convention
San Francisco
August 5–8 2004
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Recognizing talent. Rewarding Excellence.
It feels good to be recognized. It reinforces that we’ve worked hard... exceeded expectations... and performed at
our absolute best. At Bank of America, we recognize individuals who hold themselves to Higher Standards, after all,
that’s what sets us apart from the competition.
Higher Standards embodies our commitment to continually raise the bar for customers; the professional
opportunities and benefits we provide associates; our leadership and investments in our communities; and the
financial strength we produce for shareholders.
As a leading financial institution, Bank of America knows firsthand the value in recognizing the skills and talents of
our workforce - a workforce made up of some of the most brilliant financial professionals in the business today.
Their collective purpose, performance and promise help us provide our customers with the highest quality products
and services. And in return, we offer opportunities of immeasurable value, because we believe that our associates
are our greatest asset.
So stand up, be recognized and rewarded for holding Higher Standards...with a career at Bank of America.
For more information about our career opportunities, please visit our website at
or email your resume to [email protected] Please indicate Source Code DC-NAAAP in the subject
line of the email and in the text of the resume. Bank of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V.
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greetings from the
On behalf of NAAAP San Francisco, we welcome you to the 18th annual NAAAP
National Convention.
San Francisco is home to cable cars, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Angel Island, and sourdough bread. Known as the City by the Bay, the Golden Gate City, and the bridge to the Pacific,
it is the perfect place to host this year’s theme, “Crossing Brides”.
A bridge is built to span the distance from where you are to where you want to be. Most bridges
in our lives already exist before we cross them. This convention has been designed to help you to
move forward towards your goals, to cross your bridges.
You will find a convention schedule packed full of workshops, panels, speakers, exhibitors, recep-
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tions, entertainment, and other activities.
To help identify your bridges we have invited dynamic speakers and experts from industry and the
community to bring new knowledge, new perspectives, and lessons for the future. Workshop leaders
will be teaching skills and tools to help you succeed both professionally and personally.
NAAAP conventions have always been a fantastic opportunity to transcend geographic differences
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to strengthen existing relationships, make new friends, explore possibilities, and expand horizons.
Please take advantage of the breaks, meals together, and other opportunities to network with
other attendees, make new connections, and have fun in the process.
This convention would not have been possible without the contributions from our sponsors,
industry partners, and tireless volunteers. Please join us in thanking them all for their
support and belief in NAAAP’s mission and goals.
David Ching
We look forward to spending the next few days with you together. Identify your
bridges. Pay the toll. Span the distance and reach your goals.
2004 National Convention Chairs
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People and organizations making a difference are a community’s
most valuable assets.
JPMorgan proudly supports the 18th National Association of Asian
American Professionals Convention. We applaud your commitment to
excellence in leadership development.
© 2004 J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. All rights reserved.
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greetings from the
naaap SAN FRANCISCO president
I would like to thank you for joining us in this very special event.
Crossing Bridges is our first ever NAAAP National Convention and we are excited to
present you this opportunity to meet our extended family of friends and supporters from all
across the United States and Canada in the heart of our great city, San Francisco.
This event embodies the vision of NAAAP San Francisco—a vision that we’re excited to share
with the hundreds of Asian Americans that visits us from over twenty cities.
NAAAP San Francisco is about creating a professional and personal community that allows us to
foster as leaders, excel in our professions, enrich ourselves personally, and come together as a
motivated body of action strengthened by our commonalities as Asian Americans.
Over the years, NAAAP San Francisco has worked hard to spearhead this vision into action. We’ve
reached out to our community with events, awareness, and support. We brought together our
politicians and lawmen, our businessmen and engineers, our artists and musicians, our professional
and community organizations, and many others.
We supported each other, led the way for each other, and successfully crossed bridges to new
plateaus of empowerment, excellence, and exploration. We look forward to continue this success
and welcome you to join us in this venture—here at this special event and in the many more
occasions to come.
We would like express our deepest gratitude to all the wonderful, dedicated and warmhearted volunteers, sponsors, and friends who have contributed to the success of NAAAP
San Francisco and our first-ever NAAAP National Convention.
Best wishes for a memorable time!
Yours sincerely,
David Ching
Chairman and President
NAAAP San Francisco
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greetings from the
naaap NATIONAL president
Dear Friends:
I would like to welcome everyone to the 2004 NAAAP National Convention in San
Francisco. For the past 3 conventions, it has been held on the east coast and it’s wonderful
to have the convention back on the west coast to celebrate the accomplishments of our sister
chapters on the west coast.
Another year has passed and again, NAAAP has made significant progress as we forge ahead as
a unified organization in pursuit of our mission to develop Asian American leaders in the workplace
and the community.
This year NAAAP had the pleasure of hosting an event in honor of the Secretary of Labor, the Honorable Elaine L. Chao where she was given the first NAAAP National Recognition Award for her commitment to the Asian American community. As the first Asian American woman to serve in a presidential
cabinet, she definitely serves as a symbol of leadership.
Leadership takes on many forms but one of the most important aspects of leadership is having vision
and also the vision to know that you can’t do it alone. This year, membership rose in many of our
chapters as the word is getting out on NAAAP.
As the national president, I have the privilege to represent so many wonderful and committed
volunteers and leaders. Together, we can truly build an organization that inspires leadership so
that we can influence the workplace and the community.
I encourage each and every one of you to take the workshops that the committed
volunteers of the 2004 NAAAP National Convention team has assembled this year and
to really take in the true meaning of this year’s theme, “Crossing Bridges.” Anyone
can see the other side of the bridge but it will take a leader to cross it.
Vincent Yee
National President
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“I was a Toyota intern the summer before graduation and I had a really good experience. The management is very supportive and willing to listen to ideas.
Thatʼs why I came back. Toyota is always looking to improve and never compromises on quality and service.”
– Karen Cheng, Parts Marketing Administrator, June 1997
Headquartered in Torrance, California, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc., (TMS) was established in 1957 and is the U.S. sales, marketing, and
distribution arm that oversees operations in 49 states for Toyota and Lexus products. Regional offices coordinate vehicle sales, service and parts for
dealers in 14 locations nationwide. Additionally, regional distribution includes eleven Parts Centers and five Vehicle Centers.
We offer an excellent salary and benefits package including medical, dental and vision plans, and a vehicle lease program. To inquire about career
opportunities, please visit our website at: No phone calls please.
Toyota is an equal opportunity employer and encourages and supports diversity in the workplace.
city MAP
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convention SCHEDULE
Thursday, August 5
Reception @ French Parlor
Friday, August 6
Breakfast @ Grand Ballroom
Welcome Address @ Grand Ballroom
Meet & Greet, sponsored by Paramount Pictures
Career Fair @ Gold Ballroom & Telegraph Hill
Diversity & Equity @ Sea Cliff
The Corporate Card Game @ Pacific Heights
Asian Americans for Political Involvement @ Presidio
Lunch @ Grand Ballroom, sponsored by Raytheon
Lunch Speaker, Reo Yoshitani
Keynote Speaker, Guy Kawasaki
Overcoming Fear @ Presidio
Six Sigma @ Pacific Heights
Volunteer or Give Your Way to Success @ Sea Cliff
Emotional Intelligence @ Pacific Heights
Breaking the Glass Ceiling @ Presidio
Doing Business in China @ Sea Cliff
Shuttle service to The Great American Music Hall
Arise–A Celebration of Asian American Artists
@ The Great American Music Hall
Dinner, Comedy & Concert Performance by:
18 Mighty Mountain Warriors
Far East Movement
The Maryjane Family
Last shuttle service from The Great American Music Hall
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convention SCHEDULE
Saturday, August 7
Breakfast @ Grand Ballroom
Career Fair @ Gold Ballroom & Telegraph Hill
How to Improve Your Financial Health @ Presidio
Asian American Health Issues @ Sea Cliff
The Power of Networking @ Pacific Heights
How to Fund Your Business @ Presidio
21st Century Leadership @ Sea Cliff
The Power of Networking - continued @ Pacific Heights
Lunch @ Grand Ballroom
Keynote speaker, Al Zollar
Feng Shui & Your Business @ Sea Cliff
Play it Like a Woman @ Presidio
Leading with Vision @ Pacific Heights
Personal Branding @ Pacific Heights
Asian Americans in the Spotlight @ Presidio
Food & Wine @ Sea Cliff
Cocktail Reception @ Grand Ballroom
sponsored by Office Depot
National Awards Gala @ Grand Ballroom
Dinner, Awards Ceremony, and Entertainment by:
Taiko Ren
Jon Jang
Chapter & Group Photos
Dancing with DJ John Jow
Sunday, August 8
Brunch, hosted by NAAAP San Francisco
Optional activities, hosted by NAAAP San Francisco
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convention MAPS
First Floor
Regency Foyer
Grand Ballroom
Gold Ballroom
Second Floor
Sea Cliff
Pacific Heights
Telegraph Hill
Palace Hotel
2 New Montgomery
San Francisco
CA 94105
(415) 512 1111
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career FAIR
Friday August 6: 10a–5p
1st Floor: Gold Ballroom
Saturday August 7: 10a–4p
2nd Floor: Telegraph Hill
American Express
Bank of America
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
National Security Agency (NSA)
Compass Group
DaimlerChrysler Services
Delta Air Lines
PepsiCo-Bottling Group & FritoLay
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Ernst & Young
Federal Deposit Insurance Company (FDIC)
Sovereign Bank
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
State Farm Insurance
Johnson & Johnson
Sun Microsystems
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Toyota Motor Sales
Kaiser Permanente
Wells Fargo
Lockheed Martin
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Diversity & Equity
Economic & Social Benefits @ Sea Cliff
Diversity is not only politically correct but an essential value to the eventual success of a company. Learn how diversity can be a comparative advantage in your company and how it can help
to make it a fundamental business value in your company. Leaders of Fortune 500 companies will
share what their companies are doing and why. Each individual will share their experiences and
how their Asian Pacific Group made a difference to their company ultimate growth.
Roman Arias
Senior Vice President
Bank of America
Roman Arias is the national executive for Resolution
Services, which is responsible for problem resolution
across the Bank’s deposit processes. Arias is also a
member of the Bank’s Corporate Diversity Advisory
Council, presently serving as the GLBT Champion, and
leads efforts across the enterprise to optimize business
activities through Diversity Business Councils and
Team Bank of America Networks. Arias serves on the
board of directors for SFWorks, a nonprofit workforce
development intermediary founded by the San Francisco
Chamber of Commerce, Committee on Jobs and the
United Way. He is also a mentor for the Women Unlimited
organization. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area,
Arias held leadership assignments within Technology and
Operations including Northern California Executive for
Transaction Services; Regional Executive for Consumer and
Commercial Operations; National Time Deposits Services
Executive. Arias also held leadership assignments in Asset
& Wealth Management including, Director of BankAmerica’s
Investment Services Call Center; Director of Operations for
Retirement Product Services; Director of Institutional Trust
and Securities Services Support (Corporate Trust, Domestic
and Global Custody and Mortgage Asset Securities
Services). Arias attended the University of California at
Berkeley, majoring in History and Economics and held
Series 7 and 24 NASD securities licenses.
Kevin Bradley
Director Diversity Initiatives
McDonald’s Corporation
As the Director of Diversity Initiatives, Kevin Bradley
provides consultation to internal field operations
as well as various headquarter departments in the
development and delivery of diversity business plans
and strategies. In addition, he provides guidance to the
Company’s internal Asian Employee Network and Asian
Operator’s Association. He also serves as liaison to the
APA community for McDonald’s Corporation through
relationships with various Asian American organizations.
Bradley currently serves on the Board of Directors of the
Asian American Institute and is on the Business Advisory
Committee for OCA National, OCA Chicago Chapter, and
manages McDonald’s relationship with the US Pan Asian
American Chamber of Commerce. Bradley has over 20
years of Human Resources and Diversity experience,
working at world-class organization such as United
Airlines and RR Donelley and Sons Company. Bradley also
helped developed McDonald’s new Asian web page, www. and is one of the founding members of
the soon to be unveiled APA scholarship, the Asian Pacific
Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF). He is a
Chicago native, born and raised in Chicago’s Chinatown
community. He attributes many of his values, especially
his enthusiasm to give back to the community, to his
Chinese American mother, Irene Chan Bradley.
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Steve Leder
Director, Professional Staffing and Diversity
Pacific Gas and Electric
Steve Leder is responsible for both Professional Staffing
and the College Relations Team along with the AA/EEO
and Diversity team of Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
Leder joined Pacific Gas and Electric Company in
1984 as a Human Resources Representative. Over the
next 20 years, he held various positions of increasing
responsibility within the Corporate Services organization.
Leder is a graduate of San Francisco State University.
He is currently a Lecturer at his alma mater. In addition to
his responsibilities at Pacific Gas and Electric Company,
Leder is a member of the California Utilities Diversity
Council, Society of Human Resource Management,
the Human Resource Planning, and an advisor for the
University of Idaho Public Utilities Executive Development
Program. Pacific Gas and Electric Company, incorporated
in California in 1905, is one of the largest combination
natural gas and electric utilities in the United States.
Based in San Francisco, the company is a wholly owned
subsidiary of PG&E Corporation. There are 19,575
employees who carry out Pacific Gas and Electric
Company’s primary business—the transmission and
delivery of energy. The company provides natural gas
and electric service to approximately 13 million people
throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern
and central California.
Leroy Lee
Assistant Dean
Duke University School of Medicine
Leroy Lee is an Assistant Dean at the Duke University
School of Medicine in the Office of Finance and Resource
Planning. He is responsible for creating business plans
and conducting financial analyses on new initiatives and
programs. He was a co-founder of the North Carolina
venture of the National Association of Asian American
Professionals (NAAAP), and a former National Treasurer
of NAAAP. He currently volunteers as the Chair of the
Supervisory/Audit Committee for the Duke University
Federal Credit Union. He received his undergraduate
degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and
his Masters in Health Administration (MHA) degree from
Duke University.
Claudine Young
PNW Area Director of Human Resources-Tax Consulting
Ernst & Young
Claudine Young is the Pacific Northwest Area Director of
Human Resources where she is responsible for People
Development, Recruiting, Compensation and execution
of People Initiatives including Diversity Strategy. Young
first joined Ernst & Young as a member of the San Jose
office’s audit practice after graduating from Santa Clara
University. She briefly left Ernst & Young to pursue
a career in the high-technology industry at HewlettPackard. Young later returned to Ernst & Young as a
Campus Recruiter and was responsible for the Campus
recruitment activities for the Pacific Northwest Area prior
to assuming her current role.
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Asian Americans For Political Involvement
Leaders Of The Next Generation @ Presidio
Asian American politicians are more prominent than ever. Come learn how Asian American
political power and influence can have positive impact and how it will affect your future. Learn
how Asian Americans can make a difference in their communities. An assessment of Asian
political power/influence by a panel of community leaders.
James Fang
President of the Board
Bay Area Rapid Transit
Mike Honda
15th Congressional District of California
U.S. House of Representatives.
Mike Honda was born in California, but spent his early
childhood with his family in an internment camp for
Japanese Americans in Amache, Colorado during World
War II. As a young man, Honda first became engaged in
the political process as part of the Redress Movement
that successfully sought reparations from the federal
government for the injustices of Internment. In 1971,
Mike Honda was appointed by then-Mayor Norm Mineta
to the San Jose City Planning Commission. In 1981, he
was elected to the San Jose Unified School Board. In
1990, Honda became the first and only Asian Pacific
American to serve on the Santa Clara County Board of
Supervisors. In 1996, Honda was elected to the California
State Assembly where he served as Chairman of the
Public Safety Committee. In November 2000, Honda
was elected to Congress to represent the 15th District
of California—a seat previously held by his friend and
mentor, U.S. Transportation Secretary, Norman Y. Mineta.
California’s 15th District contains the largest Asian Pacific
Asian population of any Congressional District in the
continental United States. As Chair of the Congressional
Asian Pacific American Caucus, Honda continues to push
for federal funding for important APA projects.
Taeku Lee
Professor of Political Science
University of Berkeley
Taeku Lee’s primary research interests are in racial
and ethnic politics, public opinion and survey research
methods, social movements and political behavior, and
health care and social welfare policies. Lee’s book
Mobilizing Public Opinion (2002) received the American
Political Science Association’s J. David Greenstone Award
for his work on politics and history. In addition, this
book won the Southern Political Science Association’s
V.O. Key Award for research on southern politics. He
is currently working on his second book on political
independents and the politics of race and immigration,
titled Exit, Voice, and Identity and serving as co-editor
of a volume on immigration and political incorporation,
titled Transforming Politics, Transforming America.
Prior to Berkeley, Lee was a professor of public policy
at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Robert
Wood Johnson Scholar at Yale University, and Minority
Scholar-in-Residence at Pomona College. Lee has
served on numerous advisory panels, editorial boards,
and governing boards for community-based and civil
rights organizations. Born in South Korea, Lee spent his
childhood years in rural Malaysia and his teenage years
in New York City and suburban Detroit. He graduated from
University of Michigan (A.B.), Harvard University (M.P.P.),
and the University of Chicago (Ph.D.).
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Henry Manayan
President & CEO
The Transpacific Companies
Henry Manayan is an activist in local politics for more
than 14 years, beginning as commissioner in Milpitas. He
served on the Milpitas Community Advisory Commission
and the Mobile Home Rent Review Board and then on
the Milpitas Planning Commission and the Santa Clara
County Transportation Commission. Manayan served the
City of Milpitas as a Council Member from 1994-1996
and Mayor from 1996-2002. During his years as Mayor,
Milpitas saw unprecedented job creation, became the
first city in the Bay Area to receive the Helen Putnam
Award for Excellency in public projects and transportation.
Manayan has been a member of the Santa Clara County
Office of Education’s Blue Ribbon Task Force for the past
four years; Manayan advocated for children, schools and
the community, and looked for local solutions to the crises
in our schools. Manayan was a Board Director and Chair of
the Finance Committee for Asian Americans for Community
Involvement. Manayan graduated from Syracuse University
and received a law degree from Santa Clara University.
Manayan did graduate work and post-graduate studies
at Oxford University in Great Britain, the London Business
School and JFK School of Government at Harvard.
Judge Lillian Sing
Retired Judge
San Francisco Superior Court
Judge Lillian Sing recently retired as a judge on the
San Francisco Superior Court after being elected to that
position in 1996. Prior to that, she was appointed to
the San Francisco Municipal Court by Gov. Jerry Brown
in 1981, and served as Presiding Judge over the court
from 1988-1989. Ms. Sing was the first Asian American
woman elected to the San Francisco Community College
District, the first Asian American woman appointed to the
SF Civil Service Commission, and the first Asian American
woman judge in Northern California. She was a founding
member of Chinese for Affirmative Action, an organization
dedicated to promoting civil rights of Chinese-Americans.
Ms. Sing retired from her position as Superior Court Judge
to enter the race for a Seat in the California Assembly
representing District 12.
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The Corporate Card Game
Three Rules for Winning the Game @ Pacific Heights
Are cultural/gender biases, habits and perceptions impacting your ability to “win” in the
corporate game? What does success look like for your career? Is it really just performance?
Are you aware that there are unspoken rules in the corporate game? Do you understand those
rules? Explore issues and challenges we face in the workplace that keep us from winning the
corporate game. Find out how to play and understand what consequences you’ll face if you
choose not to play.
Candi Castleberry-Singleton
Director, Global Inclusion and Diversity
Sun Microsystems
Candi Castleberry-Singleton is responsible for Sun’s
Global Inclusion and Diversity Center of Expertise,
including strategy, branding, education, measurements,
employee involvement, and external relationships.
An experienced strategist, Castleberry-Singleton has
led teams in operations, employee development, and
sales. Castleberry-Singleton has over twelve years of
sales experience with the Xerox Corporation, including
management, major account sales, product marketing,
and training. Castleberry-Singleton was selected
from a pool of nearly 40,000 employees for the Xerox
“Emerging Leader Program,” recognized as Xerox’s
most prestigious career development academy. She
has been nominated for the A. Barry Rand Award, and
has received special recognition from the National
Black Employee Association for 12 years of dedicated
service to the advancement of diversity. At Xerox,
Castleberry-Singleton was selected for Social Service
Leave to mentor at-risk young women on topics such as
AIDS awareness, college prep requirements, and GED
program enhancements. She is currently a mentor to
INROADS interns. A recent issue of Chicago Futures said
of Castleberry-Singleton: “Her successes at both Sun
Microsystems and Xerox Corporation are legend. She
has been willing to take calculated risks, and is eager
to accept challenges. Candi is widely regarded by her
peers as not only a role model, but also a role designer.”
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friday keynote
Guy Kawasaki
Guy Kawasaki is a founder
of Garage Technology Ventures. Currently, Guy is a Managing Director and Chairman of Garage. Prior
to this position, he was an Apple Fellow at Apple Computer, Inc. A noted speaker and the
founder of various personal computer companies, Guy was one of the individuals responsible for the success of the Macintosh computer. He is also the author of seven books including Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream,
and The Macintosh Way. Guy holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a M.B.A. from UCLA, as well as an honorary
doctorate from Babson College.
“A new product, a new service, a new company, a new division, a new organization, a new anything-where there’s a
will, here’s the way. From raising money to hiring the right people, from defining your positioning to creating a brand,
from creating buzz to buzzing the competition, from managing a board to fostering a community, this speech will guide
you through an adventure that¹s more art than science the art of the start.”
friday luncheon
Reo Yoshitani is the Technical Director of
Dr. Reo Yoshitani
Engineering Directorate for Raytheon Missile
Systems (RMS).
As part of the Raytheon Corporate Technology
Leadership Council, he also advises on technology efforts
across other business units of Raytheon. Reo began his career with Hughes upon his
graduation from UCLA.
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Overcoming Fear
Learn How To Overcome Psychological Barriers To Reach Success @ Presidio
Did you know that you were born with only two natural fears? The fear of falling and loud noises.
Every other fear you had to learn. How much have your fears cost you? What opportunities have
you missed? This workshop will explore the causes of phobias and fears and will teach attendees
how to remove any fear through fear removal techniques.
Brian Calder
Author/Speaker & Entrepreneur
Freedom Solutions
Brian Calder’s early career was with the Financial Times
Newspaper in London where he built his first company
Datafleet Ltd. He raised $10,000,000 venture capital
and formed Atrium Communications. While researching
accelerated learning technologies for this business he
discovered techniques that remove phobias and fears
easily and permanently using technologies developed
by Dr Richard Bandler, the co-developer of NLP. He has
removed many phobias and fears from people individually
and in groups. These techniques are not content specific
and are purely process. “The mind works fast—the great
thing about the fact that fears are learned quickly is
that we can unlearn the fear just as fast” Brian’s current
venture is a business called Freedom Solutions, a real
estate investment business that has turned a $250,000
initial investment into over $2,000,000. This business
employs many of the principles Brian will discuss. Calder
was a semifinalist for Ernst & Young’s 2000 entrepreneur
of the year.
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Six Sigma
Six Sigma Workshop @ Pacific Heights
Target Audience: Asian American leaders interested in learning about how Six Sigma, (a business
quality improvement methodology with its roots in TQM, Lean Manufacturing, and ISO) that
leverages statistics to drive both organic business revenue growth in addition to reducing costs,
can do for their businesses.
Action Required: Bring an open and alert mind and be ready to participate in a fun beginner’s
workshop on how to practice Six Sigma principles in your profession.
What is the risk if I do not take action? If you miss this workshop, you run the risk of missing out
on what Six Sigma can do for Asian American leaders dedicated to driving business results.
Doris Wong
Doris graduated from University of Arkansas with a BS
in Industrial Engineering. During her career, she has
been a Methods & Tooling Engineer, Functional QAE
(Quality Assurance Engineer), Quality Control Supervisor,
Hardware QAE, Software QAE, TSAP (Tactical Systems
Advanced Product) Software QAE Lead, SES (Sensor and
Electronics Segment) Y2K Quality Lead, Raytheon Six
Sigma (R6s) certified Expert in ILCS (Integrated Land
Combat Systems), and an NCS Raytheon Six Sigma
Expert Lead for NCS (Network Centric Systems) IPDS
Gating, Texas Engineering Automation, and Integrated
Systems department. In her current job, Doris is the NCS
Supplier Rating Systems (SRS) Business Lead. Doris is
certified Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Texas,
certified Cycle Time Specialist, qualified Raytheon Six
Sigma Specialist, and a certified Raytheon Six Sigma
Expert. She is involved in many Raytheon sponsored
activities, including CoCo BEST (Boosting Engineering
Science & Technology) events coordinator, ES (Electronic
Systems) North Texas Diversity Council member since
2002, Raytheon Asian Initiative chairperson since 2002,
University of Arkansas @ Fayetteville college recruiter,
and Professional hire recruiting volunteer. In 2000,
Doris was recognized in the WITI (Women In Technology
International) Women website, selected in the first
Raytheon Engineering Leadership Development Program
in 2002, selected in Leadership Plano – Class XVIII, and
nominated at the National Asian American Association of
Professional level for corporate leadership involvement.
Edward Yang
Vice President, Customer Information Management
Design For Six Sigma certified
Bank of America
With Bank of America’s Customer Relationship
Management Customer Information Management (CRM
CIM), Edward Yang is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt
with DFSS (Design For Six Sigma), Edward also serves
as the Charlotte Co-Chair for the bank’s Asian American
Leadership Network (AALN). He has also served on the
diversity council for the Vanguard Group, the National
Technical Assistance Center at the University of Hawaii
at Manoa for Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) with
disabilities, in addition to championing the first North
American study on Mentoring and its Effects on APA
Salary and Career Attainment with Indiana University’s
Kelley School of Business. Edward received his B.S.
in Mechanical Engineering and Business minor from
North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Edward’s
career experience has included Nortel Networks, web
startups, assignments with the NC Department of Labor’s
Employment Security Commission, the Vanguard Group of
Investment Companies. During that time Edward has also
maintained an active leadership presence in the Asian
Pacific American community for the past 13 years serving
at the high school, collegiate, and post collegiate levels.
Edward’s most recent roles include Charlotte Chair of the
Asian American Leadership Network at Bank of America,
serving on the board of the National Technical Assistance
Center for APAs with Disabilities at the University of
Hawaii at Manoa, and former NAAAP National President.
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Volunteer & Give Your Way To Success @ Sea Cliff
Take Advantage of Volunteer & Philanthropic Opportunities to Get What You Want. There are potential social and monetary rewards possible through community service. Find out how you and your
company can benefit by getting involved.
John Chung
Gold Mountain Consulting, LLC
John Chung is an attorney with more than 17 years of
concentrated experience in corporate and securities law,
with specialized expertise in SEC/SRO compliance and
other areas of regulatory practice. Chung is the President
of Gold Mountain Consulting, LLC, a securities law and
regulatory compliance consulting practice. Chung has
held a number of senior positions within the securities
industry including, at various times, designations as
Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel and Chief
Operating Officer. Before starting his career in the
securities industry, Chung served as an Assistant District
Attorney in Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, where he
was responsible for prosecuting felony and misdemeanor
crimes. Chung’s most recent NASD service was as a
member of District One’s Nominating Committee, which
oversees the selection of candidates to the District
Business Conduct Committee. Chung is admitted to
practice law in both New York and California. He is a
graduate of the Securities Industry Institute, a three year
leadership training program sponsored by the Securities
Industry Association (SIA) and the Wharton School of
Business, where the program takes place. Chung is a
frequent panelist and commentator at regional meetings
of the SIA’s Legal & Compliance Division.
Gail Kong
Founder & Executive Director
Asian Pacific Fund
Gail Kong helped to establish the Asian Pacific Fund in
1993 and currently serves as the Executive Director and
President. Kong brings a wide range of public policy and
nonprofit experience to the organization. She served
as the head of New York City’s foster care and child
abuse agency and as Executive Director of the New
York City national youth service demonstration program.
While in New York City, she served as the first Asian
Commissioner of the Voter Assistance Commission and as
a Board Member for the Chinatown Planning Council, the
Organization for Chinese Americans New York City Chapter
and the Chinatown Voter Educational Alliance. Kong was
also an active volunteer at the Asian American Legal
Defense and Education Fund and the National Association
of Asian American Professionals. She has served on
several national, state and local grants committees. Kong
received her B.A. from Stanford University and attended
the Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City
and the John F. Kennedy Graduate School of Government
Summer Institute at Harvard University. Kong was born
and raised in Gilroy, California.
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Roberta Lee
Executive Director
Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA)
AAMA, founded in 1979, is Silicon Valley’s leading nonprofit, multi-technology business network. It is a forum
where members can network, exchange ideas, and
share resources to promote and build one another’s
companies and careers, ultimately benefiting the larger
Pacific Rim technological community. Today, the AAMA
represents more than 1,100 members from about 800
companies. Roberta Lee has been Executive Director of
AAMA for three years. She manages all aspects of AAMA’s
6 concurrent programs (including an annual conference),
marketing, volunteers and staff, and financial. In addition,
Lee acts as the champion for all of the organization’s
sponsorship efforts. Prior to AAMA, Roberta worked at
various high tech companies in marketing and field
communications roles. She has a bachelor’s degree in
Communication from the University of California, San Diego.
Christina Nguyen
Sr. Marketing Consultant
National Donor Marrow Program (NMDP)
Christina Nguyen is in charge of developing and
implementing multicultural marketing campaigns and
initiatives in efforts to raise awareness, education, and
increase the diversity of donor pool in the Registry.
Nguyen received a degree in marketing at the University
of Maryland. A successful business entrepreneur, she
is also a founder of an international beauty distribution
company with sales over $5 million annually. Nguyen
became involved in volunteer work in 1997 through a
personal experience. Her passion in working with national
and community projects led her to join the NMDP in 1999.
Jerry Pi
Director of Global Operations
Victoria Cruises
Jerry Pi has established a career and English training
project in Chongquing, China, through Victoria Cruises,
an international luxery cruise leader on the Yangtze River.
Pi is leading an initiative to create a volunteer teaching
program for the at-risk and underprivelaged women in
Chongqing, China. His team of four ex-pats in Chongqing
is finalizing plans to create a small school in the heart of
metropolitan China which offers a free training education forum for the young women of China. The project will
be launched at the end of 2004. Jerry Pi is a very active
member of Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC. His current
projects for BBBS are the promotion of the year-end Black
Tie Gala Dinner and preparations for the “Big Run, Littles
Win” event, the official BBBS fund-raiser for runners of
the 2004 NYC Marathon. In addition, he volunteers weekly
at the Midtown NYC Central Synagogue Soup Kitchen. Pi
was voted one of the Top 100 Rising Leaders in the travel
industry by Travel Agent Magazine. Pi graduated from
Boston Univeristy with a dual BA degree in International
Relations and Economics.
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Emotional Intelligence& Professional Success
Interpersonal Dynamics Can Make Or Break You @ Pacific Heights
While every professional needs a solid education and strong analytical skills, research on Emotional Intelligence suggests that it is the “soft skills” that differentiate those who are highly
successful from those who “just get by”. This workshop will offer both a theoretical overview of
Emotional Intelligence as well as an experiential exploration of how these skills are relevant for
your own professional career. Weâ™ll look at ways that you can be more effective in your work
relationships without having to let go of who you are.
Andrea Comey
Acorn Consulting
Andrea Corney is an experienced Consultant who works
with executives and management teams on issues
relating to leadership, teamwork, and management
effectiveness. She is also a senior facilitator for the
popular course on Interpersonal Dynamics at Stanford
Graduate School of Business, helping MBA students
develop their emotional intelligence. Her clients range in
size from small-startups to large public companies and
include Actona Technologies, Allstate Insurance, Bravanta,
Cisco Systems, Evite, Hewlett Packard, KLA/Tencor, Vectiv
Corporation, and Virage Logic. Andrea earned her BA in
Psychology from Wesleyan University and a joint JD/MBA
degree from Stanford University.
Gayle Margolis
Kaiser Permanente
Gayle Margolis is an Asian American professional who
currently works internal to Kaiser Permanente, consulting on a range of issues including change management,
transitions, and leadership development. She also works
as an independent consultant. She has her masters in
Organization Development, and is currently a doctoral
candidate. She is also a facilitator for the Stanford Graduate School of Business course “Interpersonal Dynamics”,
which looks at ways which people gain and lose influence
in professional relationships.
Eric Byunn
Byunn Byunn joined FTVentures in 2002 and is currently
a Principal with investment responsibilities in Software.
Byunn serves on the board of Banter Systems. Prior to
joining FTVentures, Eric was Director of Online Services
at myCFO, a startup wealth management firm. He joined
myCFO from America Online, where he held several
roles including management of Netscape’s Personal
Finance Channel. Prior to the acquisition of Netscape by
AOL, Byunn led product management for the Netscape
Navigator browser. He has also worked at Microsoft and
at McKinsey & Company, where he primarily worked with
telecommunications clients. Byunn received an AB summa
cum laude from Harvard University, where he focused on
economics and computer science, and an MBA from the
Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an
Arjay Miller Scholar.
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Breaking The Glass Ceiling
Experiences Of Asian Americans Climbing The Corporate Ladder @ Presidio
Hear from those who have done it. Learn from trailblazers who have made it easier for all who are
following in their footsteps. Explore on how to pursue opportunities and overcome obstacles that
you encounter.
Margaret Ashida
Director, Corporate University Relations
International Business Machines Corporation
Margaret Ashida is the director of corporate university
relations for IBM. She provides leadership across IBM in
nurturing relationships of mutual value with universities
and colleges around the world, with the highest
priority placed on developing top technical talent. She
is a member of IBM’s Asian Executive Task Force and
graduate of the LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian
Pacifics Inc.) Leadership Development Program. Ashida
is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Anita
Borg Institute for Women and Technology, chairs the
MentorNet Advisory Board, and is a member of IBM’s
Women in Technology Executive Advisory Committee.
Her background includes over 20 years of experience in
operational analysis, financial planning, customer support
operations, marketing operations, and e-business at IBM,
the ROLM Company, and the Xerox Corporation. Ashida
holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester and is an
honorary member of the University’s Trustees’ Council.
She also holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate
School of Business.
Thelma Kailiwai
Staff Director Strategic Development IDS Engineering
Thelma Kailiwai is responsible for career development,
mentoring initiatives and supporting the development
of the organization’s learning strategy in Raytheon’s
Integrated Defense Systems Engineering Department
in Tewksbury, MA. Kailiwai rotated out of her previous
position as Corporate Director of Global Diversity at
Raytheon’s Executive Offices. She delivered a Diversity
Plan that supported Raytheon’s Diversity Vision aligned
with Company systems, policies and practices to create
business results and linked to other organizational change
initiatives. For Kailiwai’s work in Raytheon’s diversity initiatives, she received the National 2003 Women of Color
Emerald Award for Corporate Responsibility for Exceptional Achievement in Research, Science, and Technology.
Kailiwai received an Excellence in Business Development
Award in 2001 in this area. She is a member of the Women’s Initiative Network, Northeast (WIN-NE) and Raytheon
Asian Pacific Association, Northeast (RAPA-NE). She also
served on the boards of directors for the Women’s Center
of Dallas and the Dallas Metropolitan YWCA, co-chaired
the Raytheon TI Systems Diversity Initiative Team, and
chaired the Texas Instruments Diversity Network. Kailiwai
is a member of the 1998 class of Leadership America, a
premier national women’s leadership organization. She
received the company’s Diversity Award, served on the
Texas Instruments team that succeeded in winning for the
Corporation the Catalyst Award in 1996, and received the
Quality of Excellence Award in 1990.
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Breaking The Glass Ceiling Workshop (continued)
Sunil Karnawat
Director of Market Insight
LifeScan, a Johnson & Johnson company
In his current role, Sunil Karnawat is responsible for
strategic planning, category/sales/share analysis, market
mix and channel research, retail category management,
sales information and analytics, and forecasting.
Karnawat has significant life science industry experience
in business analytics, improving business processes,
institutionalizing metric, and implementing business
planning strategies and systems. His education includes
an MBA in management and a Ph.D. in structural
engineering; also Six Sigma Black Belt certified by ASQ
and Inventory Management certified by APICS. Prior to
LifeScan, Karnawat worked as a management consultant
at Deloitte Consulting.
Martin Tracey
Director of Leadership Development
Time Warner Cable
Martin Tracey is responsible for the design of core people
processes to ensure that his company is continuously
building leaders to drive the company’s future growth. In
addition to providing executive coaching to senior leaders
at Time Warner, Martin also consults on issues around
organizational design, change management and leadership development. Prior to joining Time Warner, Martin
was the senior vice president and consumer market
executive for Bank of America, where he was responsible
for consumer banking services and banking center operations for 38 banking centers and overseeing more than
600 associates He served as a corporate adviser to Bank
of America’s Asian American Leadership Network and is
a board member of the YMCA in San Francisco. Tracey
joined Bank of America in 1996 as a leadership development manager. Before joining Bank of America, Tracey
held positions including banking center manager and
investment specialist at Wells Fargo. He began his career
as a store manager for Gap, Inc. Born in Hong Kong,
Martin came to the United States at the age of 8. He holds
a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University
in management and a master’s degree in organizational
development from the University of San Francisco.
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Doing Business in China
China, the New Frontier @ Sea Cliff
As businesses of all sizes establish presence in China, are you ready to seize the unlimited opportunities? Find out from experts with extensive experience in China—What does it take to do
business and work in China? What is it like to live in China? Where can you look for help?
Dr. Hong Chen
Chairman & CEO
The Hina Group
Dr. Hong Chen is Chairman and CEO of The Hina Group, a
China/US related private equity investment and advisory
firm. The Hina Group focuses on cross border market
entry strategies and merger and acquisitions. Prior to
that, Chen founded GRIC Communications and led its
successful IPO on the NASDAQ. Chen continues to serve
as the Chairman of GRIC, a global leader in deploying
virtual dial up and broadband WiFi networks in 150
countries. Prior to GRIC, he founded and was president
and CEO of Aimnet, a leading regional Internet service
provider that was acquired by Verio and later sold to
NTT for $5.6B. Chen has served as the President and
Chairman of the Asian American MultiTech Association
(AAMA).. Currently, he is the President of the Hua Yuan
Science and Technology Association. Chen has also
spoken numerous times on issues such as the global and
China communications market, Chinese entrepreneurship,
and Asia Pacific new economy at prominent universities
and business forums. Chen received a B.S. in Computer
Science from Xian Jiaotong University and a Ph.D. in
computer science from SUNY at Stony Brook.
Peter Hsieh
Harbinger Venture Management Corp.
Dr. Peter Hsieh brings to Harbinger more than 10 years of
industry and VC experience in the Silicon Valley. He has
industrial knowledge of Flat Panel Display (particularly in
FED and Plasma), Semiconductor Equipment, Networking,
and Enterprise Software. Hsieh’s experience includes
engineering, sales & marketing, operations, and fund
raising. Hsieh was one of the earliest members of InveStar
Capital’s USA office. He also worked at H&Q Asia Pacific
as Vice President and Special Assistant to the Chairman.
His previous investments include Oplink (Nasdaq: OPLK),
OmniVision (Nasdaq: OVTI), Ultima Interconnect (NYSE:
CDN), and LXN (NYSE: JNJ). In addition, Hsieh was
involved in the acquisition of ACEO by Cadence. Dr. Hsieh
received a B.S.M.E. from National Taiwan University, and
M.S. & Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford University.
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friday NIGHT
A Celebration of Asian American Artists
@ The Great American Music Hall
859 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Arise, a comedy and music performance celebrating
the talents of Asian American artists, takes place at
the historical and charming Great American Music
Hall in San Francisco. Showcasing the diversity
of Asian American talent, Arise features the zany
comedy talents of 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors, the
smooth harmonies of At Last!, the new R&B flavors
of The Maryjane Family, and the lyrical genius of Far
East Movement.
Shuttle service to
The Great American Music Hall
Dinner buffet
Comedy & Concert Performances
Last shuttle service from
The Great American Music Hall
AT LAST has been breaking down barriers and into
the mainstream with their new old school style
called hip-hopapella, mixing tight R&B harmonies
with a hip-hop beat box. They have appeared in
concerts with Justin Timberlake, Destiny’s Child,
and Ashanti, and have performed on noted shows
such as “It’s Showtime At The Apollo” and “The
Wayne Brady Show.” They have also guest starred
on Nickelodeon’s number 1 show “Drake & Josh,”
as well as the number 1 show on ABC Family,
“Switched Up.” Legendary DJ Rick Dees has proclaimed AT LAST as the next breakthrough.
The group was put together by actress Ming-Na
(ER, JOY LUCK CLUB), and they represent the many
diverse cultures of Asian-Americans. All are very
proud of their Asian-American heritage and all are
bi-lingual. Their ethnic backgrounds include Chinese, Filipino, Korean, and Japanese. Recently the
group has collaborated with songwriter, Kenny Nolan, and has recorded several of his songs, including
a remake of his classic, “Penny For Your Thoughts.”
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With a purpose to MOVE EAST, FM intends to complete a full circle touching everyone around the world,
spreading the Asian experience globally while opening
the eyes of those searching for their own purpose. Under the CATCH RECORDS umbrella, FM has performed
in various cities with the likes of Jin (Virgin/RuffRyders),
Filthee Immigrants (Universal), Sugafree, Zion-I, Visionaries, Lexicon and numerous others.
The Maryjane Family is a 7 piece funk band incorporating blends of old school soul and new contemporary
R&B flavor. With a diverse mixture of ethnicity and culture, the band brings a unique sound that’s never been
heard before. The MJ Family has performed all over
Hollywood including hotspots such as The White Lotus
and The Sunset Room. The band’s purpose is to break
color lines through the unity of their music and to share
stories of love and struggle of the young minorities to
raise awareness and action.
They are currently recording a self-titled LP scheduled
to release at the end of summer.
With the mission to bring the Pan Asian culture to a
mainstream level and a purpose to touch the community, FM hosted and performed in the 2003 Asian Hip-Hop
Summit promoting ‘food, not bombs in North Korea’
held in Koreatown, Los Angeles; helped to organize and
host the 2003 Chinese Lunar New Year Benefit Concert
in Chinatown, Los Angeles to raise money for underpaid
and mistreated workers; and in conjuction with CAUSE
and CATCH RECORDS helped organize MOVEMENTALITY ( a campaign to influence
a new generation of Asian Americans to vote.
Living in a generation where Hip-hop is the language,
the Pan Asian community has yet to be heard. FM is the
Frequency Modulated for the world to hear what this
generation has to declare.
Quite possibly the world’s most psychotic Asian
American Theatrical Comedy group, the 18 Mighty
Mountain Warriors grew out of a comedy ensemble
in San Francisco and have been together since 1994.
In the that time, the Warriors have created 12 all-new
material feature shows, 3 original collaborations with
Culture Clash, Campo Santo and Latina Theatre Lab,
and preformed in New York City, Los Angeles, Hong
Kong, Chicago, Houston, and Phoenix, among other
cities. Inspired by groups such as Monty Python’s Flying
Circus, Culture Clash, SNL, and Kids in the Hall, their
irreverent style of skit comedy ranges from slapstick to
political and takes no prisoners.
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saturday SESSIONS
How to Improve Your Financial Health
Balancing Your Checkbook Is Just The Beginning @ Presidio
In today’s complex financial world, it is more important than ever to be financially savvy. Learn financial tools to assess and improve your personal finances.. Industry experts will discuss investment vehicles and strategies in real estate, stocks, insurance, and estate planning.
Manuel Fabriquer
President & CEO
Pinnacle Lending
Jason Louie
Senior Attorney
The Law Offices of Jason Louie
Pak Wan
Success Realty
Asian American Health Issues
Awareness of Health Issues Can Save @ Sea Cliff
There are health disparities in access and quality that are not commonly know throughout the US
public due to lack of research on Asian Pacific Americans population. “Silence” on health treatment can be the biggest killer for APAs. This panel brings together medical and social professionals to discuss the options on reducing cultural and communication barriers in health care for
Asian Pacific Americans. Learn about the uniqueness of APAs as a minority, address the diversity
of culture and people often grouped as “Asians”, and reveals the needs to advocates for the
improvement of health in APA communities.
Antonio Q. Chan, MD, MBA, FCCP, FACC, FAHA
Chairman, Chanwell Clinic Clinical
Professor of Medicine, Stanford University
Dr. Antonio Chan combined his facilities of non-invasive
cardiovascular lab with the sleep lab. Chan recognized
early on the intimate link between sleep disordered
breathing (snoring, daytime sleepiness, fatigue) such
as obstructive sleep apnea as the contributing cause of
hypertension, diabetes, weight gain, heart attack, heart
failure, stroke, dementia and sudden cardiac death. He
has lectured and presented scientific papers throughout
the U.S., Europe and Asia. One of his researches on the
“High Prevalence of Silent Heart Disease among Asian
Americans” was highlighted by the President of the
American Heart Association, and was featured by CNN
and Reuters Health News. Chan obtained his M.D. with
High Honors at the University Of Santo Tomas Philippines,
his post-doctoral training at Johns Hopkins University
Affiliated Union Memorial Hospital, University Of Chicago
Affiliated Michael Reese Medical Center, his MBA at the
Kellogg School, Northwestern University. Dr. Chan is a
Spokesperson for the American Heart Association and is
on the Advisory Board of Novartis, Pfizer, and Merck. Dr.
Chan is an advisor and benefactor to the Stanford Pacific
Rim Free Clinic operated by medical students for indigent
patients. Chan is a recipient of three U.S. Congressional
Awards for Community Medicine, and the Martin Luther
King Award. His patient base comes from throughout the
U.S., Middle East, Asia which include major political, business and religious leaders.
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Moon S. Chen, Jr, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Professor and Associate Director
University of California, Davis
Dr. Moon S. Chen, Jr., is on the faculty of the Department
of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine as Professor
and Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control
at the UC Davis Cancer Center. UC Davis has become the
scientific headquarters for the NCI-funded Asian American
Network for Cancer Awareness Research and Training
(AANCART). Dr. Chen previously served as Chair, Division
of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, School of Public
Health at The Ohio State University’s College of Medicine
and Public Health. He has authored or co-authored over
90 refereed articles or abstracts. He was the Editorin-Chief of the Asian American and Pacific Islander
Journal of Health. He co-chaired the First National Health
Summit of Asian American and Pacific Islander Health
Organizational Leaders. Dr. Chen is frequently being
sought for his expertise in public health. Dr. Chen is on
the National Cancer Advisory Board.
Francis G. Lu, MD
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Dr. Francis Lu is also the Director of Cultural Competence
and Diversity Program, Department of Psychiatry at
San Francisco General Hospital, where he has worked
for over 26 years. He is the founder of the Asian/Pacific
America Psychiatric Impatient Program, which has served
as a model for 5 other programs serving Black, Latino,
women, gay/lesbian and HIV patients. As a Distinguished
Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Lu has
participated on expert panels and advisory committees
for cultural competence service and training projects
sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association, the
Office of Surgeon General, DHHS Office of Minority Health,
SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services, the California
Endowment and the Templeton Foundation. He currently
serves on the California State Department of Mental
Health Cultural Competence Advisory Committee and the
UCSF Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Diversity.
Ho Luong Tran, MD, MPH
President and CEO
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
Founded in 1986, the Asian and Pacific Islander American
Health Forum is a national policy advocacy organization
that promotes the health and well-being of Asian American and Pacifica Islander communities. Through policy
intervention, community capacity building, and information dissemination, APIAHF advocates for equitable access
to health care. Dr. Tran worked as the Illinois Department
of Public Health Special Assistant of Asian Affairs and Administrator of the Refugee Health Program of the Center
for Minority Health and developed a Cultural Competency
curriculum that is being implemented in both Federal
and state agencies. Previously, Dr. Tran developed and
coordinated activities of the Illinois Breast and Cervical
Cancer Control Plan. Dr. Tran began her medical career in
Vietnam, earning her degree at the University of Saigon.
Her family fled the war-ravaged country as refugees in
1978, surviving a harrowing experience of flight by sea.
Tran continued her training by completing her pediatrics
residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Like Medical Center,
Chicago, and earning a master’s in Public Health from the
University of Illinois.
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The Power Of Networking @ Pacific Heights
The forces of change and choice often inhibit our ability to get to know our colleagues, our
neighbors, or even to stay in touch with family and friends. The Power of Networking is a simple
and accessible system to help individuals create and strengthen more fulfilling and more mutually beneficial relationships, careers, and lives The major objective of this networking system is to
build a sense of community through mutual benefit and support. Real leadership starts with the
ability to communicate and connect with individuals in your existing network and to expand your
circle of influence to include others. This interactive workshop teaches a straightforward and accessible form of personal strategic planning and the fundamentals of networking as a life skill for
personal and professional fulfillment. (This workshop will run through the entire morning.)
John E. Kobara
President & CEO
Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Angeles
For more than twenty-five years, John Kobara has been
leading and managing diverse, complex and innovative
organizations. Prior to his current appointment, Kobara
was Senior VP in the Online Higher Education Division
of Sylvan Learning Systems Inc, President and CEO of, Vice Chancellor of UCLA, Executive
Director of the UCLA Alumni Association, and Vice
President and General Manager of Falcon Cable TV. Big
Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is the preeminent mentoring
and youth-service organization in the country. Kobara
was a Big Brother for more than 10 years. His current
volunteer work includes the Coro Fellows program,
UCLA’s School Management Program, and Leadership
Education for Asian Pacifics. Kobara serves on the Board
of Governors of the California Community Foundation
and the Japanese American National Museum. He was
appointed to the Homeland Security Advisory Council
for Region 1. Kobara also serves as a Senior Fellow of
the Future Focus Institute at Wake Forest University.
He is a graduate of UCLA, where he earned his B.A. in
Political Science and Sociology. Kobara completed a Coro
Foundation Fellowship in Los Angeles and obtained an
M.A. in Urban Studies from Occidental College. He also
received a M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from the
University of Southern California.
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How To Fund Your Business
Where Business Can Get Money @ Presidio
You have a great idea; you have written a winning business plan. Next step: funding. Venture
capital, Angel investors, bank loans, private loans…find out where and how to get the money.
Gin Ho
Vice President
Wells Fargo
Gin Ho is a Commerical Loan Officer of the California
Business Banking Group. Ho is a seasoned commercial
and consumer banking professional with years of
experience devising working capital, financial portfolio
management, structured finance, and secured credit
facilities for high net-worth individuals and small
businesses. Ho is a graduate of the University of
Texas, Austin.
Michael Kim
Rustic Canyon Partners
Michael Kim joined Rustic Canyon Partners, a $725
million private equity and venture capital firm based in
Santa Monica, from Accelerator Venture Partners, a San
Francisco-based partnership that invests in early stage
technology companies. A former investment banker,
Kim was with Morgan Stanley’s Technology Mergers
and Acquisitions Group in Menlo Park. Kim was directly
involved with 27 announced transactions worth over $77
billion. Kim has also worked at the Chase Manhattan
Bank in NYC and at IBM. He is an honors graduate of
Cornell University, has aa MS from the School of Foreign
Service of Georgetown University, and has an MBA from
the Wharton School of Business. Kim is on the board
of directors for the following Rustic Canyon portfolio
companies: Archcom, Auxora, Confluent Photonics, EM4
and NanoNexus. Kim is also on the board of directors
for Lead21 (fka New Century Leadership Circle), Junior
Achievement of the Bay Area, the Korean Art Department
of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, and on the
Advisory Boards of the Symphonix League of the San
Francisco Symphony and Zoo II of the San Francisco
Zoo. Kim served on the Board of Directors for the 2004
SF Swearing In Committee for newly-elected Mayor
Gavin Newsom. Kim was appointed by Mayor Newsom
as a Trustee of the San Francisco Employee Retirement
System, an $11.8 billion pension fund.
M.R. Rangaswami
Sand Hill Group, LLC
M.R. Rangaswami co-founded Sand Hill Group LLC, and
has been a strategic advisor to fast-growing companies
such as Aspect Development and i2 Technologies. He has
held global VP marketing positions at Baan Company,
Avalon Software, and Oracle Corporation. Rangaswami.
was profiled on the front page of the Wall Street Journal
and was recently named in Forbes’ “Midas 100 List”
as one of the most influential investors in technology.
He holds an MBA from Kent State University and a
bachelor’s degree from the University of Madras. Sand Hill
Group serves the $600 billion plus Enterprise software,
services and solutions market. Sand Hill Group provides
investments and management advice to emerging
enterprise technology leaders. Sand Hill also publishes
an electronic newsletter called “Enterprise Critical”,
produces a series of “Enterprise” conferences for CEOs
and other high level executives in the industry and
creates high-impact research reports for its constituents.
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21st Century Leadership
What is a leader @ Sea Cliff
In this workshop, participants will be guided through an exploration of a new leadership paradigm—one that requires individuals to be comfortable with their own identity and have the ability
to operate effectively in the larger society. Participants will be challenged to incorporate key elements of this new leadership model into their own lives so that they can become successful 21st
century leaders.
J.D. Hokoyama
President & CEO
Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP)
LEAP is a national, non-profit, non-partisan, educational,
community-based organization to develop, strengthen
and expand the leadership roles played by Asian
Pacific Americans within their own communities as
well as in mainstream institutions. J.D. Hokoyama is
responsible for the overall leadership and management
of the organization. A former Peace Corps volunteer
serving in Ethiopia, Hokoyama taught English at Daniel
Murphy and at Loyola High Schools where he was also
chair of the English Department. He was the principal
of Maryknoll Elementary School and then an English
teacher at Immaculate Heart High School. Hokoyama left
teaching to become the Associate National Director of
the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). After two
years as the Associate Director, he assumed the position
of Acting National Director. Later, Hokoyama served as
the first director of the office of Asian Pacific American
Student Services (APASS) at the University of Southern
California, and then as Executive Vice President for Fund
Development and Public Affairs at Keiro Services. He
holds a BA in English, a secondary teaching credential
and a M.Ed. in educational administration from Loyola
Marymount University. Hokoyama’s current community
affiliations and involvement include being an advisory
board member for many organizations including the
National Association of Asian American Professionals
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The Power Of Networking - continued @ Pacific Heights
The forces of change and choice often inhibit our ability to get to know our colleagues, our
neighbors, or even to stay in touch with family and friends. The Power of Networking is a simple
and accessible system to help individuals create and strengthen more fulfilling and more mutually beneficial relationships, careers, and lives The major objective of this networking system is to
build a sense of community through mutual benefit and support. Real leadership starts with the
ability to communicate and connect with individuals in your existing network and to expand your
circle of influence to include others. This interactive workshop teaches a straightforward and accessible form of personal strategic planning and the fundamentals of networking as a life skill for
personal and professional fulfillment. (This session is a continuation of the first session.)
John E. Kobara
President & CEO
Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Angeles
For more than twenty-five years, John Kobara has been
leading and managing diverse, complex and innovative
organizations. Prior to his current appointment, Kobara
was Senior VP in the Online Higher Education Division
of Sylvan Learning Systems Inc, President and CEO of, Vice Chancellor of UCLA, Executive
Director of the UCLA Alumni Association, and Vice
President and General Manager of Falcon Cable TV. Big
Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is the preeminent mentoring
and youth-service organization in the country. Kobara
was a Big Brother for more than 10 years. His current
volunteer work includes the Coro Fellows program,
UCLA’s School Management Program, and Leadership
Education for Asian Pacifics. Kobara serves on the Board
of Governors of the California Community Foundation
and the Japanese American National Museum. He was
appointed to the Homeland Security Advisory Council
for Region 1. Kobara also serves as a Senior Fellow of
the Future Focus Institute at Wake Forest University.
He is a graduate of UCLA, where he earned his B.A. in
Political Science and Sociology. Kobara completed a Coro
Foundation Fellowship in Los Angeles and obtained an
M.A. in Urban Studies from Occidental College. He also
received a M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from the
University of Southern California.
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Al Zollar
General Manager, eServer iSeries,
IBM Systems and Technology Group
Previously the President and CEO of Lotus Development
Corp., an IBM company and the undisputed industry leader in
messaging, collaboration, and Knowledge Management, Mr. Zollar has held many key management positions over his
career at IBM. He is a member of IBM’s Worldwide Management Council, the senior-most management team, which
guides the company’s operations worldwide. He joined IBM in 1977 as a systems engineer trainee in San Francisco.
Mr. Zollar is a supporter of business and community-based organizations aimed at expanding opportunities for minorities. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a co-chair of the IBM Black Family Technology Awareness
project, and a past member of the Durham, North Carolina Black Achievers Program Advisory Board. He has served on
the board of the Alexian Brothers Hospital Foundation in San Jose, California, helping to launch a program to provide
free health care services to the children of the working poor and is a member of the Leadership Council of the Center
for Business and Government at the John F. Kennedy School for Government of Harvard University.
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Feng Shui and Your Business
Integration Into Mainstream America @ Sea Cliff
Feng Shui is increasingly applied to architecture and interior design for workplaces and homes in
the U.S. This panel will include a Feng Shui Consultant, a Politician active in promoting Feng Shui
in the workplace, and a Builder who uses Feng Shui principles in construction.
Elaine Breeze
Senior Vice President and Managing Director
Summer Hill Homes
Elaine Breeze’s responsibilities include project entitlement and development management. Since 1993, Breeze
has been a Development Manager responsible for many
award-winning communities such as Laurel Glen, RoseGarden, and Heritage Grove, and is currently managing
other new communities under construction including
University Park in Palo Alto and Marisol in San Bruno.
Between 1990 and 1993, she was the project coordinator
of six award-winning SummerHill Homes communities.
Breeze has been affiliated with the Marcus & Millichap
companies since 1988, starting as a research analyst
with Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Brokerage. From 1989-1990, she was an analyst and project
coordinator for Essex Property Company, specializing
in multi-family investment real estate and retail shopping center joint ventures. Breeze graduated from the
University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts
degree in History. She completed post-graduate studies
in Real Estate and Architecture at U.C. Berkeley, as well
as courses in Construction Practices at San Jose State
Marsha Cheung Golangco
Golangco Global Inc.
Marsha Cheung Golangco’s main mission is to promote
beauty, harmony and prosperity in the world. In her
work, she combines her eastern upbringing with her
western education to bring cultural awareness and
understanding. She advises her clients on cross-cultural
issues, organizational and business strategies; helping
people to create harmonious home and workplace
environments. Currently, Marsha is a Human Relations
Commissioner of the Contra Costa County, CA. Golangco
organized the first Peace Walk in the City of Danville,
CA, the first Landmark Forum in the Philippines and
Hong Kong. She served on the board and committees of
many non-profit organizations, including United Way,
Association of American University Women, and past
President of Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Besides being
a frequent speaker to business and professional groups,
Golangco writes a column for Builder Digest of California
magazine. She has appeared on TV programs such as
“Sightings,” “The Dream Builders” and “Fortune Homes”.
Golangco received her BA in Biology from Santa Clara
University, MA in Home Economics from San Francisco
State University, and a completion of the academic
program of a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the
University of the Philippines.
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Feng Shui and Your Business Workshop (continued)
Myrna Lim
Planning Commissioner
City and County of San Francisco
After graduating from University of California, Berkeley,
Myrna Lim enjoyed a successful career in the private
business sector. Her career spanned 16 years of corporate real estate experience with three major banks and as
an Assistant Vice President of a major international bank.
As a Corporate Real Estate Negotiator, she bought, sold,
managed and developed bank properties in three states,
which gave her the tools and the wherewithal in real
estate and land use issues and planning. In 1994, Lim became a small business owner of a property management
and real estate company. She also served as a Vista Volunteer for Asian, Inc., a non profit developing affordable
family housing in the South of market area. Her public
service includes the following: Commissioner with the San
Francisco Small Business Advisory Commission; Board
Member, Asian Business Association; Women’s Advisory
Council for the San Francisco Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center; Board Member of the Women and Children’s
Family Services; Facilities Advisory Committee for the San
Francisco Unified School District; Board Member of the
Henry Ohlhoff House; Founder of the Filipino American
Voters Education Council; Past President of the National
Women’s Political Caucus, and Founder of the Filipino/Chinese Americans for Good Government.
Dr. Leland Yee
Assemblymember, 12th District
State of California
California State Assemblymember Leland Yee represents
the 12th Assembly District, which includes San Francisco,
Broadmoor, Colma, and Daly City. Yee became the first
Asian Pacific American to be appointed Speaker pro
Tempore, the number two position in the California
State Assembly. Yee has authored legislation focused on
mental health, children, working families and language
access. Yee has also authored measures to protect
the environment, ensure fair treatment of workers and
protect children from violent video games. When he was
on the San Francisco Unified School District Board of
Education, Yee fought to streamline bureaucracy, raise
core curriculum standards, update educational materials,
and reduce class sizes. On the San Francisco Board of
Supervisors, Yee helped pass the Sunshine Ordinance
to allow the public real access to what goes on at City
Hall. He was the first Supervisor to hold budget hearings
in San Francisco neighborhoods, making it easier for
communities to participate in the local budget process.
Yee emigrated at the age of three to San Francisco from
China. He was educated in San Francisco’s public schools,
and received his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, and
his master’s degree from San Francisco State University.
After earning his doctorate in Child Psychology at the
University of Hawaii, Yee has worked in various mental
health and school settings.
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Play it Like a Woman
How Asian American Women Make a Difference @ Presidio
As women continue to climb the corporate ladder, the road ahead is not always easy. Meet several successful women and hear their stories on how they overcame their unique challenges. This
panel brings together women who are movers and shakers in many walks of life.
Dr. Carol Fleming
Sound of Your Voice
Born in the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Carol Fleming received
her doctorate from Northwestern University. She was a
college professor in speech pathology for several years
before she developed her own clinical private practice for
people with physical, developmental and psychological
problems. Her commitment to anthropology and biology
is central to her approach to communication - one that
appreciates the powerful contribution of the more subtle
communication tools: facial expression, gesture, posture,
tone of voice, and pitch level. Her passion for music and
dramatic art also expose clients to a breadth of speaking
values that span beyond simple adequacy. The physicians
who referred patients to her started becoming her clients
as well. These physicians realized that they needed to
know how to speak to fellow doctors, interns, and boards
of directors. They also realized that they would need to
sound like they knew what they were talking about. This
led to the development of a full time private practice for
business and professional people.
Annie Tsui Ogata
Corporate finance
eBay Inc.
Annie Tsui Ogata has 18 years of experience in finance.
She currently works in corporate finance at eBay, Inc.
In addition, Ogata serves as the consulting Controller
to a startup company Radar Golf Inc. Previously, Ogata
was a Controller for two emerging high technology
software companies – GeoVector Corporation and Talaris
Corporation. Ogata also spent 4 years at Autodesk, Inc.
where she held a variety of positions, notably Director of
Corporate Financial Planning and Reporting and Revenue
Manager, and 9 years at Time Warner Inc where she was
the Finance Director for The Parenting Group magazine
titles. Prior to that, she served as a Business Manager at
Sports Illustrated for Kids and the Revenue Manager for
Time Magazine. Ogata started her career at the Bank of
Boston and Fidelity Management & Research Company
and earned her BA in Economics from Brown University
and an MBA in Finance and Strategic Planning from The
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Outside
of work, she serves on the School Site Council of her
daughter’s elementary school. Her past volunteer work
includes serving on the Boards of the Brown Alumni
Magazine, Nisei Ski Club and NAAAP (NYC chapter).
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Play it Like a Woman Workshop (continued)
Gloria So
Vice President, Private Client Services
Wells Fargo
Gloria So is currently Vice President and Diverse
Markets Manager ofr Private Client Services, the wealth
management arm of Wells Fargo with $12 billion of assets
under management. She is responsible for the marketing
strategy and business development for the multicultural market in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gloria is
a member of Wells Fargo’s Corporate Diversity Council
where she acts as an advisor and advocate for diversity
policies. Gloria has been at Wells Fargo since 1990.
Prior to Wells Fargo, Gloria spent 10 years managing the
design/construction of over $1 billion of major projects
in the retail/financial services sector for Shearson/Smith
Barney in New York and Mervyn’s and Joseph Magnin in
the western United States. Gloria received her Bachelor
of Art at the Universtiy of California at Berkeley with
a major in Architecture. She is a board member of
the Chinese Historical Society of America, a founding
member of Corporate Asian American Employee Network
and a founding member and former co-chair of Asian
Connections Bay Area.
Mabel Teng
City of San Francisco
Mabel Teng was inaugurated as San Francisco’s Assessor-Recorder in January 2003, becoming the first Asian
American to hold that position. In 1994, she also made
history as the first Chinese-American woman elected to
San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors. Teng was drawn to
political activism in the Justice for Vincent Chin movement, and later became an early leader in the Rainbow
Coalition. Her political career began in 1990 when she
was elected to San Francisco’s Community College Board
of Trustees. Teng later served as President of the College Board. Teng was Executive Director of the Career
Resources Development Center, a non-profit job-train-
ing agency, and Director of the Asian American Donor
Program, a community organization dedicated to bone
marrow transplant education. Additionally, as an educator, Teng was a bi-lingual teacher in the Boston public
schools, a tenured faculty member at City College of San
Francisco, and taught Ethnic Studies at San Francisco
State University. As Assessor-Recorder, Teng leads the
agency responsible for the valuation of all real estate and
business personal properties, and maintains the integrity
of San Francisco’s official records. She recently participated in San Francisco’s history when her office oversaw
the marriage of over 4,000 same-sex couples.
Joy Wooden
Diversity Director
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Joy Wooden joined Wal-Mart in 1995 as District Loss
Prevention Supervisor in Riverside, California. She served
as Corporate Fraud Examiner in Bentonville. Wooden
was promoted Director of Loss Prevention at the China
home office. At Wal-Mart China, Wooden was promoted
to the Senior Director of Corporate Affairs. Wooden led
the team of associates in Legal, Public and Media Relations, Government Affairs and Corporate Administration.
In 2002, Wooden joined the merchandising team as the
General Merchandise Manager for Home and Seasonal in
Wal-Mart China. Wooden returned to the Bentonville Home
Office in 2003. Upon her return, she served as Divisional
Merchandise Manager in International Merchandising. In
2004, Wooden joined the Office of Diversity. As Director
of Diversity Relations, Wooden oversees the Pan Asian,
Native American, Senior Citizens and Disabled markets.
Wooden graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting
from North Eastern State University (Oklahoma) .
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Leading With Vision
Creating a Vision Can Help Your Company and Your Personal Life @ Pacific Heights
What is your vision? What is your desired future personally and professionally? Are you happy
with what you’re doing? Are you fulfilling your highest potential? Vision is a picture of your desired
future. It provides purpose, direction, and focus. It gives meaning and creates energy for action.
Workshop participants will learn how craft a Career Vision and how take actions steps forward.
Fatima Bustos-Choy
Gaia Flow Consulting
Fatima Bustos-Choy is founder of GaiaFlow Consulting,
a human resource and organizational transformation
consultancy. Her expertise in human development and
experience in business systems provides a holistic
approach to strategic planning, leadership development,
executive coaching, team building, problem solving,
interpersonal relations and communications, change
management, and empowerment. Her clients include
private companies and non-profit organizations. She
has provided training and organizational development
services to The Aerospace Corporation, BellSouth, LEAP
(Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics) Inc., Los Angeles
Children Planning Council, Nortel, Chase Manhattan Bank,
San Diego Municipal Credit Union, Philippine National
Oil Company, The Spa, American Suzuki Motors Corp.,
Watson Pharmaceutical Company, SIPA (Search To Involve
Filipino Americans), and WRAP (Western Region Asian
Pacifics) Family Services. She has presented at national
trade organizations. Prior to founding her consultancy,
Bustos-Choy held a number of positions with Fortune
500 companies, such as Director of Training for Citibank
California and Executive Development Program Manager
for former Hughes Aircraft Company. Bustos-Choy’s
longtime relationship with clients is founded on strong
personal values of service, integrity, commitment, action,
and results. A passion for continuous learning, focus
on holistic vision, and appreciation for the positive are
common threads in her life and work.
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Personal Branding
Positioning Yourself for Success @ Pacific Heights
Instead of focusing on products, Personal Branding focuses on you your unique experiences, your
personal flair, and your market position. A Personal Brand is not a person, nor is it just an image.
It is a projection of your best characteristics and leading attributes. Branding can position you in
the hearts and minds of your clients so you stand out and are remembered longer. The Personal
Branding workshop will teach you how to shape perceptions about yourself.
Brandon Shamim
President & Founder
Beacon Management Group
Brandon Shamim is an accomplished business strategist
providing branding, strategic planning, advocacy and marketing solutions for health care, technology and educational clients. Shamin works with business, government,
and nonprofit enterprises in California, United States and
International. Shamim honed his skills working at a Fortune 100 company, a public policy think thank and with
the local government. He has been cited and appeared
on CNN, Inc. Magazine, the Associated Press, the Los
Angeles Times, the Orange County Register and MSNBC’s
Chris Matthews Show. He is also published poet and
frequent contributor for national papers including AsianWeek. He has conducted trainings and presented at the
USC Marshall School of Business, UCLA Brain Research
Institute, IBM Canada, the LA Office of AIDS Policy & Planning among others. He serves as the board chair for the
Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center, on LA
Habitat for Humanity’s and KCET-TV’s Advisory Boards,
and is founder and president of NEXUS FORUMS, a civic
education non-profit. Shamim received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern California in Political
Science and International Relations.
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Asian Americans in Arts & Media
The Players and Shapers of Global Media @ Presidio
The presence and influence of Asian Americans in print, theater, television, film and emerging
media is stronger than ever. But it wasn’t always this way. Find out from industry professionals
and insiders how we got to where we are today and what opportunities are available for Asian
Americans in the emerging global media.
Jay Kim
Executive Producer
Paramount Pictures
Jay Kim was born in Seoul. He spent his early years
in Pittsburgh and later New York City with his parents
and younger sister. After earning a BS in Accounting
from Binghamton University, Kim headed to the West
Coast for his MBA in Finance from Pepperdine. In an
early foreshadowing of his pertinacity, Kim immediately
landed a coveted position at Paramount Pictures. His
inclination toward A-list projects steered him toward
the Motion Picture group where he is currently the
Executive Director of Motion Picture Planning and Deal
Analysis. He has worked on such titles as Titanic and
the upcoming Mission Impossible 3. He currently serves
on the honorary board of the San Diego Asian Film
Festival. He participates on the committee for the East
West Players Theatre Group annual awards. And he lends
his producer talents to the Miss Los Angeles Chinatown
Pageant. Kim is also active in diversity recruitment
for Paramount Pictures, representing the company’s
sponsorship of various Asian events throughout the year.
Kim is passionate in his commitment to charity works:
Revlon Cancer Walk, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Wildlife
Waystation, and Heal The Bay. His recent credits include
producing the APEX Gala Fashion Show benefiting
the A3M charity, the APEX Masquerade Ball & Casino
benefiting Youth Olympics, and the Ammy Awards for
Asian achievement.
Joan Huang
Better Luck Tomorrow/Cherry Sky Films
Since her days of student documentaries and guerilla
marketing at UC Berkeley, Joan Huang multi-tasked in
multiple fields including casting, public relations, film
festivals, and business development in Asia for a (now
defunct) dotcom and 3D animation studio. Joan founded
Cherry Sky Films LLC, and co-produced two films which
premiered at the Sundance Film Festival—Justin Lin’s
Better Luck Tomorrow (BLT) and Jessica Yu’s feature
documentary, In the Realms of the Unreal. Working with
MTV Films, Joan helped strategize and execute the grass
roots marketing/outreach and website for BLT. A freelance
writer for, Joan also founded the
Asian American Media Network Yahoo! group. Currently,
Joan is producing the second year of a themed series
of short films by emerging independent filmmakers, and
develops projects for Cherry Sky.
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Asian Americans in Arts & Media Workshop (continued)
Melissa Hung
Editor in Chief
Hyphen Magazine
Melissa Hung started in journalism at age of 11. She and
her sister created The Weekly Weekly News, a typewriterproduced newspaper and companion radio show, which
became a vital news source for the Hung residence. This
blunt-talking journalist was from Texas as a reporter for
the Houston Press. She investigated the lack of medical
care for AIDS patients at the county jail and exposed the
failings of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Hung has written about immigrant communities, crime,
and the arts for the East Bay Express, the Austin
American-Statesman, A. Magazine and AsianAvenue.
Hung is the recipient of a 2003 PASS Award from the
National Council on Crime and Delinquency for a her
coverage on young Asian Americans involvement with
gangs. She also curates Slant: Bold Asian American
Images, an annual arts festival in Houston. Hung
graduated from Northwestern University with a degree
in journalism school and creative writing.
Sean Lim
Artistic Director
Director of the AATC NewWorks Incubator program
Sean Lim grew up under the dim lights of Hollywood’s
backyard - the San Fernando Valley. He subsequently ran
off to Stanford University where he directed the Asian
American Theater Project, a theater group founded by
AATC and Stanford alumnus David Henry Hwang. Sean’s
artistic credits include: Assistant Producer for F.O.B. by
David Henry Hwang, Producer for Tea by Velina Hasu
Houson, Director for Half Lives by Peter Tamaribuchi, Directing Associate for the west-coast premiere of The Joy
Luck Club by Susan Kim, and Artistic Director for The Poet
of Columbus Avenue by Dennis Escobedo. He played the
role of Nick in Pasted City by Roy Kim and Mark Li in The
Poet of Columbus Avenue by Dennis Escobedo. He served
as Program Assistant in the International Programming
department of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in
Washington, DC and left a career in corporate communications to lead the Asian American Theater Company into
its next era. He is the Managing Director, Artistic Director,
Director of the AATC NewWorks Incubator program, and
the recipient of the 2001 Community Building Award by
the Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club.
Tony Wang
Stir TV
Tony Wang is a host for the TV show Stir, a national
magazine television show for and about Asian America’s
next generation. Tony has a background in theater and the
arts and has appeared in dramatic and commercial roles.
In addition to his interest in the arts and entertainment,
Wang is a graduate of Harvard Law School and has practiced corporate law in Silicon Valley. When he has time,
Wang likes to surf the frigid waters of northern California,
volunteer as a counselor for his church youth group, play
drums in a band, and sleep.
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Food & Wine
Amplify The Taste Of Asian Food with Wine @ Sea Cliff
Have you ever ordered wine with your Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, or any other
Asian Food? This workshops will teach you how to pair wines with your favorite Asian dishes.
After this workshops, each bottle of wine will amplify the rich flavors, the hundred of spices, and
the varieties of ingredients in your mouth. Learn the basics behind reds and whites and pick the
right one for the taste of the food intended.
Belinda Chang
Restaurant Manager & Wine Director
Fifth Floor Restaurant
2004 James Beard Award Nominee for Best Wine Service
in the United States, Belinda Chang, began her tenure
at Fifth Floor restaurant in October of 2002, following
five years at Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago. At Trotter’s she
was trained in the wine program developed by Master
Sommeliers Larry Stone and Joe Spellman, maintained
a wine list of 26,000 bottles and wrote the favorably
reviewed wine notes and pairings for Charlie Trotter’s
Meat and Game. Chang was bitten by the restaurant bug
while pursuing a pre-med biochemistry degree at Rice
University. While working as headwaiter at the university’s
faculty club she offered to work gratis in the kitchen
at Houston’s famed Cafe Annie. Despite her love of the
kitchen, management noticed her charismatic personality,
gracious congeniality and her outstanding ability to
describe food and wine. She was encouraged to return
to the dining room and within a year was the only female
captain on the floor. After graduation, Chang returned to
her hometown, Chicago, and entered Charlie Trotter’s as a
server. Chang admits to her parents’ shock at the career
change, but notes that the importance of good food and the
pleasures of long meals were a legacy from her childhood.
Albert Cheng
Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco
An educator for over thirty (30) years, Albert Cheng has
worked as the director of administrative services for the
California School Leadership Academy at WestEd and held
several leadership positions within the San Francisco
Unified School District. Cheng’s passion for wine began
in the 1970’s. He, along with several friends, got together
and informally called themselves Dai Sik Wui (Da Shi Hui
in Mandarin) or Gourmet Group about ten years ago. In
the beginning, the group dined at various fine restaurants
in the San Francisco Bay Area. In time, the group began
to focus on pairing Western wine with Chinese cuisine.
The group’s passion knew no bounds. When the group
exhausted the restaurants in the area, members traveled
to Vancouver, Canada, the mecca for Chinese dining in
North America. Last year, the group, with each member
carrying two bottles of wine, went to Shanghai and feasted
at the best restaurants. Cheng will share his experiences
and discoveries that he has gained over the years.
Randal Caparoso
Sole Proprietor
Caparoso Wines LLC
Since 2001 Randal Caparoso has been the sole proprietor
of Caparoso Wines LLC. Before starting his own wine
company Caparoso made his mark in the restaurant
industry, culminating in his position as founding partner
and vice president of the Roy’s restaurant group. After
opening the first Roy’s Restaurant in 1988, James Beard
Award winning chef Roy Yamaguchi, Caparoso opened
over 30 Roy’s locations in cities as far flung as Tokyo and
New York. Among the many awards received during his
restaurant career: Sante Magazine’s 1st Wine & Spirits
Professional of the Year (1998) and Restaurant Wine
Marketer of the Year (1993 and 1998). Caparoso is also a
prolific wine journalist, and since 1981 his stories have
been featured regularly in The Honolulu Advertiser, Robin
Garr’s Wine Lovers Page, Gayot’s,
Sante Magazine, and Practical Winery & Vineyard.
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Awards Gala
The National Awards Gala is a formal event to
celebrate and recognize the individuals, supporters, and sponsors that contributed to the success
of Asian Americans throughout North America.
Cocktail Reception
@ Grand Ballroom
sponsored by Office Depot
Taiko drumming performance
by Taiko Ren
Dinner with jazz piano
performance by Jon Jang
Awards Ceremony
Chapter & Group Photos
by David Lee
Dancing with DJ John Jow
We are Taiko Ren: “taiko” for the Japanese
style of drumming, combining dynamic movement and percussion; and “ren,” meaning
a close-knit collaborative group. Together,
we explore and create a positive, expressive
style of music, bring this powerful art form to
diverse audiences, and play for the sheer joy
of drumming.
Taiko Ren is an eight-member taiko ensemble,
drumming collectively since 2000. They come
together having seven to ten years each of
training and professional performance experience with San Francisco Taiko Dojo and other
organizations. The group has performed in
varied venues including festivals, community
and school events, corporate shows, and
private events.
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JON JANG Jazz Pianist
Jon Jang (composer, pianist) began piano
lessons at the age of 19. After two years
of study, Jang was accepted at the Oberlin
Conservatory of Music and awarded the Lydia
Lord Davis scholarship. Jang has received
numerous awards, accolades, grants, and
fellowships. As a pianist and artistic director
of ensembles, Jon Jang’s ensembles have
toured at major concert halls and music festivals in China, South Africa (1994), Europe,
Canada and the United States. Jang had the
honor of being the first musician from San
Francisco to be invited to perform in the Arts
Alive Festival in Johannesburg. Last year, Jon
and Jiebing Chen gave a special performance
for Jiang Zemin, President of China, at a private luncheon hosted by Willie Brown, Mayor
of San Francisco. With over ten recordings as
a leader or collaborator, Jang has recorded
with distinguished artists such as Max Roach,
James Newton, David Murray, Jiebing Chen
and Maxine Hong Kingston. As an educator,
Jon Jang taught the first courses in music by
Asian Americans at the University of California
at Berkeley 1992-95 and the University of
California at Irvine in 1995.
Miss Chinatown
Hawaii 2004
Stir TV, Host
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about naaap
NAAAP, the National Association of Asian American Professionals, was founded in 1982 with its first chapter in New
York City. At first, the organization was called the National
Association of Young Asian Professionals. The name soon
changed to embrace a broader range of Asian Pacific
American professionals, and perhaps because the officers
themselves were getting older.
The organization at first was rather informal, providing
networking and activity opportunities for the post-collegiate APA professional. Its commitment to being an organization for all Asian ethnicities, and for all professions,
made it different from other groups in the city. Despite the
name change, the organization also continued to focus
primarily on the needs of younger Asian Pacific American
A concept like this was too good to stay bottled up for too
long and other chapters sprung up in Boston in 1986 and
Chicago in 1987. These three chapters formed the beginnings of NAAAP National. At first, NAAAP National merely
consisted of networking and idea sharing amongst the
local officers of the three chapters at an annual summer
retreat, but the benefits of having a organized national
entity were apparent.
NAAAP National made its 1991 retreat in Cape Cod, Massachusetts more structured and accessible to the general
membership. 1991 also saw the creation of the NAAAP
National Board and election of its first National Chair,
Robert Tanzil.
The Asian Management Business Association in Seattle,
Washington, became NAAAP’s fourth local chapter in
1992. AMBA was originally founded in 1979 as an organization for Asian MBA graduates but expanded its scope
through its involvement with NAAAP (officially changing
its name to NAAAP Seattle at its 20th anniversary in
1999). Incidentally, one AMBA/NAAAP Seattle member
would later be elected Governor of his state - Gary Locke.
NAAAP National held its first “real” annual convention
in 1992 in Chicago, with multiple tracks of workshops
and programming, corporate sponsors and gala evening
events spread throughout Labor Day weekend. The Labor
Day weekend timing of the convention was a tradition
for many years. It was finally changed to a non-holiday
weekend in 2000 at the request of sponsors and career
fair recruiters. The national convention site has rotated
among the NAAAP chapters throughout North America.
New NAAAP chapters were founded in Houston, Texas,
and Denver, Colorado in 1994. Asian Professional
Exchange, started in 1993 in Los Angeles, became a
NAAAP affiliate in 1995 and a full-fledged chapter in
1996. Two organizations in San Francisco, Club Asean
(founded 1984) and M Society West (founded 1995), both
joined as NAAAP affiliates in 1996 as well. Club Asean
(later re-incorporated as NAAAP San Francisco) became
a full chapter in 1999. NAAAP Toronto, founded in 1999,
achieved full chapter status in 2001. Both Americans and
Canadians of Asian Pacific Islander heritage share similar
professional needs and challenges, and the growth of
NAAAP into Canada reflects this.
To make NAAAP available to a wider audience, NAAAP
National encourages the development of chapter startups
(known as “ventures”) throughout the nation. Running a
non-profit, all-volunteer organization is difficult, especially when the officers are typically full-time working
professionals who run NAAAP in their free time, so it’s
no surprise that not every venture has succeeded. Even
chapters like NAAAP-Colorado and affiliates like M Society West have closed their doors over time. But NAAAP is
proud to say that many of the ventures have survived, and
some have successfully become full-fledged chapters,
such as NAAAP Atlanta in 2002.
NAAAP currently has 17 chapters and ventures in major
metropolitan cities throughout the United States and
The organization has always had a wide reaching mission:
“To provide a broad range of Asian American professional
and educational services that meets the needs of individuals, corporations and government through the efforts,
experiences, talents and dedication of our volunteers.”
At its first winter retreat in 2001, NAAAP created a vision
statement to bring focus to the mission:
“NAAAP is the proving ground for Asian North American
Professionals, forging leaders of tomorrow through professional development, cultural awareness, and community service today.”
NAAAP today is over twenty years old, and this renewed
commitment to professional and leadership development
will help NAAAP continue to succeed for the next twenty.
However, this doesn’t happen without the enthusiasm, interest, innovation and hard work of its members. Perhaps
as an active member, sponsor or officer, I encourage you
to help write the next chapter of NAAAP’s history, by being
a part of NAAAP’s future.
Jhemon Lee, M.D., is the current NAAAP National
Executive Vice President. He served as NAAAP National
President in 1998-2000, NAAAP-Chicago President in
1997-98, and has been on the boards of three different
NAAAP chapters.
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NAAAP National Administration
NAAAP National is managed on a day to day basis by its officers and chairs who serve a variety of
roles to grow the influence of the organization. The officers are elected by the national board of
directors and the chairs are appointed by the President.
Vincent Yee, President & Chairman
Vanessa Leong, Chair of Public Relations and Marketing
Jhemon Lee, Executive Vice President
Lauren Ko, Chair of Marketing Operations
Ceres Chua, VP of Chapter Operations
Quinn Zhang, Chair of Technology
Sanjay Aggarwal, Treasurer
Fonda Wu, Chair of Fundraising
Mary Chou, Asst. Treasurer
David Ching, Chair of Program Development
Sabrina Yep, Secretary
John Chen, Chair of Web Site Operations
Pam Fong, Asst. Secretary
Lily Yamamoto, Art Director
Eunice Kim Chapon, Legal Counsel
Quan Le, Legal Counsel
NAAAP National–Board of Directors
The NAAAP National Board is made up of two representatives from each chapter. Those two
representatives are the Chapter President and the National Representative.
Vincent Yee, National
Mark Yee, Los Angeles
Jimmy Tai, Atlanta
Trusha Mehta, New York
Ben Lee, Atlanta
Thomas Sim, New York
Wanda Wong, Boston
David Ching, San Francisco
Michael Tith, Boston
Janine Zhu, San Francisco
Rose Olea, Chicago
Ken Lee, Seattle
Emily Seto, Chicago
Connie Sugahara, Seattle
Daniel Chen, Houston
Ben Hum, Toronto
Michelle Meadows, Los Angeles
Gary Ng-Wai, Toronto
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naaap CHAPTER directory
P.O. Box 620035
Atlanta, GA 30362 USA
Email [email protected]
P.O. Box 52030
Boston, MA 02205 USA
Email [email protected]
PO Box 381435
Cambridge, MA 02238-1435 USA
Email [email protected]
New York
KnickerBocker Station
P.O. Box 772
New York, NY 10002 USA
Email [email protected]
P.O. Box 81138
Chicago, IL 60681 USA
Email [email protected]
P.O. Box 540601
Houston, TX 77254-0601 USA
Email [email protected]
Los Angeles
923 Seventh St.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 USA
Email [email protected]
San Francisco
P.O. Box 60322
Sunnyvale, CA 94088-0322 USA
Email [email protected]
P.O. Box 14344
International Station
Seattle, WA 98104 USA
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P.O. Box 73
West Hill
Toronto, ON M1E 4R4 CAN
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naaap SAN FRANCISCO organization
David Ching–Chairman
Ceres Chua
Don Kwong
Janine Zhu
David Ching, President
Janine Zhu, Vice President
Soon-Chul Choi, Treasurer
Ishmael Santos, Secretary
Marshall Khine, Community Programs Co-Chair
Dave Nguyen, Professional Programs Co-Chair
Wayne Wong, Marketing Co-Chair
Stella Yu, Professional Programs Co-Chair
Lee Casenas
Helery Castro
Sam Chang
Arthur Cheung
Johnson Hor
Kiran Jethwa
Wilson Meng
Uei Lam
Patricia Lee
Stephanie Lee
Lisa Ma
Cindy Nguyen
Kent Nguyen
Chiung-Fu Shih
Amy Tan
Joseph Yeh
2004 NAAAP National Convention Comittees
David Ching
John Fok
Amy Tan
Shauna Cheng–Chair
Jing Chen
Jennifer Cun
Evie Lee
Frank Liu
Mattie Wong
John Fok
Cedrick Chan–Chair
Yuske Asaka
Stacey Buenaflor
Viviane Ceccaroni
Ping-Ki Chan
Lourdes Chiong
Shellane Holgado
Yohan Juliardi
Chia Ling Yu
David Ching
Sheri Mizuha–Chair
Kitty So–Chair
Michele Young–Chair
Suzi Kwon–Chair
Helery Castro
Presley Chan
Robert Chan
Joe Chenhansa
Matt Go
Chiung Fu Shih
Uei Lam
Kelley Lau
Darwin Lui
Dave Nguyen
Stacey Young
Wayne Wong
Amy Tan
Lee Casenas
Robert Chan
Mei He
MaryJo Lau
David Ching
Ceres Chua–Chair
Melanie Sit–Chair
Bryan Wada–Chair
Tim Chiu–Chair
John Fok
Kiran Jethwa
Charlie Ma
Chiung Fu Shih
Ishmael Santos
Rich Yau
David Ching
Tommy Edwards–Chair
Nick Furci
Amy Tan
Cheong Ang–Chair
Theresa Wan–Chair
Gloria Chen
Martin Eng
Michael Jiang
Amy Koo
Albert Lee
Robert Paredes
Brian Wanerman
Bonnie Wong
Jennifer Yim
Janine Zhu
John Fok
Kiran Jethwa–Chair
Shauna Cheng
John Fok
Cheryl Ho
Johnson Hor
Betty Lee
Dave Nguyen
Melanie Sit
Amy Tan
Stella Yu
Janine Zhu
David Ching
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Paramount Pictures is proud to be a sponsor
of the 18th NAAAP National Convention.
Please stop by Booth #6 at the Career Fair.
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Planet Hoppers congratulates NAAAP SF
for hosting the 18th National Convention
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sponsors and SUPPORTERS
Additional Career Fair Sponsors
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Delta Air Lines
Federal Deposit Insurance Company (FDIC)
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Kaiser Permanente
Lockheed Martin
Morrison & Foerster LLP
National Security Agency (NSA)
State Farm Insurance
Bank of America
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Ernst & Young
Johnson & Johnson
Toyota Motor Sales
Other sponsors
American Express
Compass Group
Paramount Pictures–Meet & Greet
Office Depot–Gala Reception
In-Kind Sponsors
Sovereign Bank
Anderson Bakery
Dao Photography
David Lee Photography
D-Scheme Studio
Planet Hoppers
Saetta Mediagroup
Sun Microsystems
Community Supporters
DaimlerChrysler Services
PepsiCo-Bottling Group & Frito Lay
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Wells Fargo
Asian American Multi-technology Association (AAMA)
Asian & Americans for Action (AA4A)
Asian American for Community Outreach (AACO)
(H)API Hour
Korean American Professional Society (KAPS)
Korean American Professional Womens Association
of Silicon Valley (KAPWASV)
Miss Asian American Pageant
Monte Jade
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