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(Phoenix, AZ) – Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders (ACEL) is pleased to present the 2018 Corporate Leader of the Year Award to Dr. Christine K. Wilkinson. She is an accomplished business woman, demonstrating excellence in educational leadership and business. The award will be presented to her at the organization’s annual Leadership Awards Gala on July 13, 2019.

Dr. Wilkinson is currently the Senior Vice President and Secretary of the University; President and ASU Alumni Association President and CEO; and Managing Director, Trustees of ASU.  In addition to other executive roles, Dr. Wilkinson has served as the vice president of student affairs and the university’s interim athletic director on three separate occasions. She is a tenured faculty member in the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation, Mary Lou Fulton Teacher College.

Her current community engagement includes serving on the following boards: Valley of the Sun United Way, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, and Arizona Business Leaders Association.  She is also on the National Leadership Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the Community Advisory Council for Wells Fargo Bank, and the Arizona Educational Foundation Advisory Board. She is a member of the Arizona Women’s Forum, Charter 100, and ASU Women & Philanthropy.

Previous awards include the Don Carlos Humanitarian Award by the Tempe Community Council, induction into the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame as the first Living Legacy in education and recipient of the Most Admired Leader Lifetime Achievement award from the Phoenix Business Journal.  She was also selected as one of the Most Influential Business Women by the AZ Business Magazine, the Valley Leadership Woman of the Year, the CASE Crystal Apple Award, and received additional community awards for leadership and service.

Dr. Wilkinson holds a BA in Education with distinction from ASU, a MA in Education, Counseling Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from ASU.

Event: 2019 ACEL Leadership Awards Gala

Date: July 13, 2019

Time: 5:30 – 8:30pm

Location: Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains

Keynote Speaker: Hamilton Chang, CEO of Ballparks of America

Ticket Price: $145.00*

Attire: Business professional. All tickets are non-refundable. All payments must receive by 4 p.m. on July 10, 2019 to guarantee your seat. Corporate Tables are available, please inquire for more info

More information available on our website: 

Conference Registration

Early Bird Rate Before 6/14/2019
General Registration After 6/14/2019
COMMUNITY RECEPTION: (Fri, 7/12, 5:30-7:30pm) | Keynote Speaker: Harry Lee)  $25.00  $40.00
LEADERSHIP AWARDS GALA: (Sat., 7/13, 5:30-8:30pm | Keynote Speaker: Hamilton Chang) $95.00 $145.00
DAY PASS: Friday Conference (Fri., 7/12) Access to 12 Workshops/Seminars, Lunch & Reception $175.00 $275.00
DAY PASS: Sat. Conference (Sat., 7/13) Access to 10 Workshops/Seminars & Lunch & Awards Gala $199.00 $299.00
ALL-INCLUSIVE PASS: Best Deal!** (Friday, July 12 – Saturday, July, 13)   Full Access to Reception, Conference and Gala Event $299.00 $399.00
**WHIAAPI REGIONAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT (Fri., 7/12) In Partnership with the White House Initiative on AAPI (WHIAAPI), US Dept. of Commerce-Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) & National ACE | Access to 5 Workshops, Lunch & Reception $175.00 $275.00

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 RSVP through, an email with a PayPal link for payment will be sent to the address that you provide when you RSVP. 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 July 8, 2019 to guarantee your seat.


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