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TimeActivitySpeakerLocation/ Room
Friday, Aug, 19
7:30 - 9:00 amRegistration, Coffee/Tea Kickoff SessionSpeaker: Monica Wang, AmentumFry's Food Stores Ballroom
9:00 - 9:15 amNetworking BreakFoyer
9:15 - 10:30 amWorkshop/Panel
1A: Elevating Your Brand Experience Bill Imada, IW Group & Joanne Tabellija-Murphy, WalmartWells Fargo
1B: Rooted Identities: Asian Americans Thriving in Business and Entrepreneurship Dr. Wenli Jen, Integral Prudence Solutions, LLC
Salt River Project
1C: The Technology of Connection: Why Relationship Building and Collaboration Might Be Your Most Powerful ToolRhonda Bannard, Inspired ConnectionsDiscover
10:30 - 10:45 amNetworking BreakFoyer
10:45 - 12:00 pmWorkshop/Panel
2A: Minority Representation in the C-Suite: Navigating a Career Path to Executive LeadershipModerator:
Vy Kieu, Salt River Project

Sharon Dunbar & Susan Conaway, General Dynamics;
Pete Bueza & Daniel Song, Bank of America;
Antonio Green & Bridget Olesiewicz, Vanguard
Wells Fargo
2B: Why Risk Taking is important in business? Moderator: Philip Kim, Signature Wealth Concepts

Panelists: Asad Khan, Rodney Hu, Anatasia Kim, Jack Liu
Salt River Project
2C: Be the Star of Your Life: How to Get from Here to There in your Life and CareerPanney Wei, See the Way ConsultingDiscover
12:00 - 12:!5 pmNetworking BreakFoyer
12:!5 - 1:15 pmLunchSpeaker: Albert Ko, CEO of Zelle

Moderator: Kristi Lee, Elevate My Business / Elegant Lee Design
Fry's Food Stores Ballroom
1:15 - 1:30 pmNetworking BreakFoyer
1:30 - 2:45 pmWorkshop/Panel
3A: How to Bring Out the Best in Your TeamModerator: Vy Kieu, SRP

Panelists: Lisa Wong, BMO; Varesh Chaurasia, OptumCare Arizona; Anne Luk, Wells Fargo; Larry Hofer, Cox Communications
Wells Fargo
3B: Take Your Business from Start-Up to Powerhouse Andrew Chau, Boba GuysSalt River Project
3C: Build Your Community ArchitectureJin-Ya Huang, Break Bread Break BordersDiscover
4C: Community Round Table w/ WHIAANHPI (Invitation ONLY)Krystal Ka'ai, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI)Bank of America
2:45 - 3:00 pmNetworking BreakFoyer
3:00 - 4:15 pmWorkshop/Panel
4A: Speaking and Acting with PowerElizabeth Greene, Lam ResearchWells Fargo
4B: How to Start a Business with Little Money?Ian So, Chicken & Rice GuysSalt River Project
4C: How Parents can use Communication and Connection to bridge Cultural and Generational DifferencesModerator:
Bibiana Am, Traveler Insurance;

Panelists: Anthony Lee, M.D., Synergy Rehabilitation and Wellness Center; Mike Riog, ESPN; Sherry Scott, Goldfish Swim School; Yangmee Lor, First Financial Security
4:15 - 5:00 pmNetworking Break
5:30 - 7:30 pmConference Welcome Reception & Mentorship Class Graduation Keynote Speaker: Krystal Ka'ai, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI)

Emcee: Dr. Anthony Lee, Synergy Rehabilitation & Wellness Center

Light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served
Fry's Food Stores Ballroom
Sat., Aug. 20
7:30 - 9:00 amRegistration, Coffee/Tea and KickoffSpeaker: Mengyue WangFry's Food Stores Ballroom
9:00 - 9:15 amNetworking BreakFoyer
9:15 - 10:30 amWorkshop/Panel
5A: Be a mindful leader – Mindfulness Practice, Stress Management, and Mindful ProductivityMonica Wang, AmentumWells Fargo
5B: Raising Your Voice: Sharing Your Stories and Expertise With News MediaModerator:
Kris Vera-Phillips, ASU Cronkite

Jean Clare Sarmiento, KJZZ, Abe Kwok, Arizona Republic/, Maria Polletta, AZCIR
Salt River Project
5C: It’s Our Time: Women’s Empowerment and Leadership in BusinessDr. Wenli Jen, Integral Prudence Solutions, LLCDiscover
10:30 - 10:45 amNetworking Break
10:45 - 12:00 pmWorkshop/Panel
6A: Adapting your Communication Style to Get Things DoneElizabeth Greene, Lam ResearchWells Fargo
6B: Transforming Ideas into Purpose-Driven GoalsJin-Ya Huang, Break Bread Break BordersSalt River Project
6C: Fireside Chat – Out and Pride Challenging Asian StereotypesModerator:
Angela Hughey, ONE Community

Kenny Ho, Carvana
Sam Castro, Valle Del Sol
Jan Wichayanuparp, Sweet Republic
Fai Mo, Carvana
12:00 - 12:!5 pmNetworking Break
12:!5 - 1:15 pmLunchSpeaker: Sharon Dunbar, General Dynamics

Moderator: Philip Kim, Signature Wealth Concepts
Fry's Food Stores Ballroom
1:15 - 1:30 pmNetworking Break
1:30 - 2:45 pmWorkshop/Panel
7A: Utilizing (Multiracial) Multicultural Identities to Your Advantage – Personal leadership style, communicationModerator:
Kari Sanford, ZipRecruiter

Desiree Samson Khalife, Michelle Matheus, ADP
Kate King, Target
Jessica Nielsen, Scripps
Wells Fargo
7B: Scaling Your Business Through Company CultureIan So, Chicken & Rice GuysSalt River Project
7C: Importance of Joining a Board, for Oneself and One’s CommunityModerator:
Lisa Wong, BMO

John Fung
Ethel Luzario
Melissa Ho
Andrew Song
2:45 - 3:00 pmNetworking Break
3:00 - 4:15 pm8ABC: Guided meditation, focus on Subconsciousness and Develop Sustainable GrowthPanney Wei, See the Way ConsultingWells Fargo & SRP
4:15 - 5:00 pmNetworking Break
5:00 - 6:00 pmGala Registration and Reception
6:00 - 8:00 pmGala DinnerKeynote Speaker: SJoanne Tabellija-Murphy, National Director of Public Affairs, Walmart

Co-Emcees: Gerald Bolohano & Kim Ho
Fry's Food Stores Ballroom

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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

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