Chapter Milestones

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  • 17 Graduates from the Phoenix Art & Business Council’s Business on Board
  • 2 Graduates from FBI Citizen’s Academy
  • 3 Board Members selected to each of the following Boards:

Valley Leadership Class 33 Leadership InstituteFBICA Alumni BoardWorld Affairs Council Board

  • 1 Board member awarded: Positively Powerful Woman Award for Non-profit Leadership (Kristi Lee)
  • ACEL Toastmasters formed
  • Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award for having over (600 Hours) of community service
  • Highest Total # of Members (over 200)
  • 6 Leaders attended the ACEL National Leadership Academy
  • 5 Leaders attended the ACEL National Convention in Boston
  • Established relations with the following NEW Sponsors and Corporate Affiliates:
    • Henkel
    • Wells Fargo
    • SRPAPS
    • US Airways
    • ING
    • Mass Mutual

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  • ACEL reached a milestone for over 1000+ volunteer hours, impacted over 3000 families, helped provide 50,000+ meals to low income families
  • Hit the Century Mark by hosting our 100th event in February
  • Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman attended ACEL’s Kristina Wong comedy show
  • Director Nathan Grey of the Phoenix FBI & ACEL National President Brad Baldia as special guests of our Kickoff Celebration
  • Internal Revenue Service grants ACEL as a non-profit organization for exemption from federal income tax
  • 1 member selected to serve on the Phoenix Art & Business Council board
  • 2 members selected to serve on the Herberger Theatre Center board
  • 1 member selected to serve on the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association board
  • 4 members from the ACEL Leadership team selected & graduated from the Phoenix Art & Business Council’s Business On Board Leadership Program
  • Participated in corporate partnership event with ING
  • Participated in corporate event with Bank of America Asian Leadership Network
  • Phoenix represented at the National Convention in San Francisco

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  • Became a designated “Certifying Organization” for President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award
  • Waste Management became a corporate sponsor
  • Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane attended the 1st Mentorship Graduation in Scottsdale
  • 20 Mentors & Mentees graduated from the first year Mentorship Program
  • 8 members graduated from the FBI Citizen Academy
  • New Logo created & implemented for chapter use
  • New website created & launched
  • Created online Membership database, Business Directory for our business members & Election Voting
  • Entrepreneur membership available
  • 46 business memberships sold
  • Hosted the first joint cultural event with Salt River Project (SRP) Asian Interest Group
  • Created a separate Board of Directors & Executive Team
  • Launched the first certified Communication Development Series in September

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  • 1st Kick-Off Celebration & Volunteer Appreciation Event at C-Fu Gourmet
  • 10 members served on Governor Janet Napolitano’s Asian American Advisory Council
  • Boeing became a corporate sponsor
  • became a corporate partner
  • SRP became a corporate sponsor
  • Compass Bank became a corporate sponsor
  • Provided advice & help for NETIP (Networking Indian Professionals) to form a chapter in Phoenix
  • Mentorship Program launched
  • Launched first Social Media sites for members
  • Hosted the first major Arizona Asian American Documentary film (Passing Poston) screening at the UA Medical School in Phoenix – 260 attendees
  • Member’s retention rate increased to 87%
  • Business Membership made available for members
  • Mentorship Committee Created
  • Corporate Relations Committee Created
  • Marketing Committee created
  • Membership Committee created

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  • Phoenix represented at the National Leadership Retreat in Philadelphia
  • Hosted the first major Asian American Independent film (Red Door) screening in Phoenix -180 attendees
  • Volunteers committed over 200+hours in community service
  • 4 members served on the City of Phoenix Pacific Rim Advisory Council
  • Participated in corporate partnership event with City of Phoenix Asian Business Expo
  • Coordinated the first joint event with Asian American Journalists Assoc, Organization of Chinese Americans, Philippine American Chamber of Commerce, Japanese American Citizen League and Asian American Bar Assoc.
  • Launched First personal development event in spring – Mediation workshop
  • Launched First professional development event in summer – Elevator Speech
  • Established ACEL elections procedures & hosted the first board elections in summer
  • Social & Networking Committee created
  • Community Service Committee created
  • Professional Development Committee created
  • Cultural Awareness Committee created

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  • Helped ACEL Tucson launch their first event
  • Interim officers were appointed in March
  • Incorporated as a Non Profit with the State of Arizona in March
  • Venture status granted by ACEL National in April
  • Launch party at the Chinese Cultural Center in July
  • Phoenix represented at the National Convention in Seattle
  • Website ( was launched in October
  • Produced 8 events – Cultural, Community Service, Business & Social Networking
  • 54 individual members joined
  • Participated in corporate partnership event with Honeywell Asian Network – Dragon Boat
  • Events Committee created
  • Interviewed by Phoenix Business Journal



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