Click Here to download digital PDF booklet


Women face unique challenges when it comes to negotiating: underestimating our professional value and avoiding assertiveness. These obstacles make negotiating more difficult, but no less important, which is why you’ve got to be extra prepared. Learn specific and proven strategies to negotiate and ask for what you are worth.

Kristi Lee (Moderator) is the CEO of ElegantLee Design. She has over 36 years of experience in marketing, retail, and business strategy for corporate America and private consulting. Kristi has been responsible for product and marketing decisions for 2,300 Albertson’s Food and Drug stores in 38 states, and negotiations with national brands such as Johnson & Johnson, Proctor & Gamble, Maybelline and Revlon. Kristi was one of the Founders of ACEL. She helped create the Professional Development and Mentorship programs and has served as Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors for 4 years. In 2011, Kristi was the recipient of the Positively Powerful Woman Award for Non-Profit Leadership.

Lisa An Wong (Panelist) has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry in Fortune 500 firms. Currently she serves as the Director of Strategy and Operations in the National Banking Group of BMO Wealth Management. Lisa started her journey in the diversity, equity and inclusion space by joining the Organization of Chinese Americans, and her passion grew, eventually leading to her participation in the White House Initiative of Asian American and Pacific Islanders where she wrote Memorandums of Use to the President of the United States on Asian American Initiatives in 2016 and 2018.

Dr. Hui Wu-Curtis (Panelist) is the Chief Operating Officer & Founder of SupportU. As an executive specializing in contact center operations, Dr. Wu-Curtis has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles across multiple industries . Through her various leadership roles, Hui noticed that high potential talent remained untapped, as they were never given the opportunity for mentorship and coaching needed to advance in their roles. Hui started SupportU, a woman, minority-owned business process outsourcing company that specializes in contact center operations . SupportU’s commitment to caring for its people translates into providing clients with outstanding service and support delivery.

Elaine Szeto (Panelist) As Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Integro Bank, Elaine Szeto leads business strategy through operational excellence, digital marketing, and technological innovation to position clients for success.  Szeto also served as the Chief Product Officer at Western Alliance Bancorporation, where she executed digital technology solutions,   launched new products and established new lines of business. Szeto has helped key fintech partners shape their product roadmaps to drive positive impact . Her experience also includes numerous executive leadership roles at Mutual of Omaha Bank and PNC Bank.

Monica Wang‘s (Panelist) life passion is to live, discover and share her life journey to empower others. She is a results-oriented corporate strategy executive with a proven track record designing winning infrastructure solutions. Monica is currently the Business Development Director responsible for growing Amentum’s National Security Business Unit. She is a certified yoga instructor, trail runner, mountain lover, world traveler and mom of 2. Monica has been a coach and mentor for veterans, and actively supports the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) community to empower our people to to heal from trauma and build resilience.

For more information about the event, please email

Click here ->> Registration

ACEL Member Early Bird Rate Before 7/22/2022Early Bird Rate Before 7/22/2022General Registration After 7/22/2022
WELCOME RECEPTION: (Fri, 08/19, 5:00-8:00pm | Keynote Speaker: TBD)$30.00$35.00$45.00
Conference GALA: (Sat., 08/20, 5:00-8:30pm | Keynote Speaker: TBD)$150.00$175.00$225.00
DAY PASS: Friday Conference (Fri., 08/19) Access to 12 Workshops/Seminars, Lunch & Reception$285.00$325.00$425.00
DAY PASS: Sat. Conference (Sat., 08/20) Access to 12 Workshops/Seminars & Lunch & Conference Gala$335.00$375.00$475.00
ALL-INCLUSIVE PASS: Best Deal!** (Friday, August 19 - Saturday, August, 20)   Full Access to Reception, Conference and Gala Event$399.00$499.00$599.00
Diversity Career Expo (Friday, August 19 - Saturday, August, 20) Register for our career expo. to meet with many inclusive companies in ArizonaFreeFreeFree

Group Discounts are Available, please contact us for more information.

All conference registrations must be purchased online with a credit or debit card. Once you purchase your ticket you will receive a confirmation from Your registration will be confirmed by an email sent to the same address after we receive your payment. Please ensure that your email address is correct when registering.

Attire: Business professional/Semi-formal.
All purchases are non-refundable. All payments must receive by 4 p.m. on August 17, 2022 to guarantee your seat.

Attending our ‪#‎ACELing2023 Conference, but need a hotel?

We have you covered when you reserve a room with Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.

We have locked in that special pricing at $179/night!! This link will be available until August 5th, 2023. Make sure to book your room today!!!

Use this direct link provided by Sheraton Phoenix Downtown

A dedicated website is now available for ALL attendees to book hotel rooms online. Reservations can be made using the link below.

Room Reservations Link:

Or call +1 602-262-2500 and mention ACEL Conference special pricing.

Click here to become a member today!

For more information, please contact

ACEL’s mission is to be the proving ground for Asian American & Pacific Islander Professionals, forging leaders of tomorrow through professional development, cultural awareness, community service and mentorship. To learn more about our member benefits or if you would like to join the ACEL family, you can visit