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Leaders in management have the unenviable task of needing to manage their employees while navigating the company culture and direction set by those in executive leadership roles. Learn from a panel of corporate leaders as they discuss strategies to traverse this process at their session, “Using Cultural Identity to Hone Leadership Skills”. They will each share how to apply management practices that incorporate Asian cultural heritage and values. Register to attend the 2021 ACEL Dynamics of Leadership Conference to gain from their insights.

Ai Sullivan (Moderator) – Originally from Yokohama, Japan, Ai Sullivan immigrated to the United States to pursue her education. She brings 22 years of experience from the financial services industry with extensive knowledge in business analytics and business intelligence. Prior to joining AvAir as their Business Information Systems Manager, Ai has implemented various complex assignments to identify and define strategic business issues that require analysis and translate this information into insight, knowledge and understanding of the business industry. She also established and served as Chair of their Arizona Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Wells Fargo Bank. She is also on the board with a local animal rescue, and often volunteers her time teaching children about financial literacy.

Philip Kim (Panelist) – Phil Kim, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, RICP®, CRES is the Managing Director and a founding member of Signature Wealth Concepts, LLC. He spent several years running restaurants in Boston before turning to his current company in 2002. Phil has served on multiple leadership committees during his career, both within the firm and also within the industry. In 2014, he was recognized by the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management as an inductee into Beta Gamma Sigma, a national honorary society for high-achieving business members. Phil was also nationally recognized as an NTSA Elite Advisor in 2016, which is awarded to only a handful of advisors in the industry based on professionalism, integrity, and leadership. He has been a frequent main platform speaker over the years, presenting on subjects such as business strategies, career advice, financial planning, and motivational topics.

Anthony Lai Che, CGSP (Panelist) – Anthony Lai is the Student Affairs Program Manager for The International School of Hospitality (TISOH) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lai joined TISOH in 2015 to oversee students as they embark on their externships, and to assist them with the first steps of launching their careers, from assistance with resume writing to providing career coaching and networking opportunities. Lai previously worked as guest services manager at LINQ Hotel and Casino, where he trained, coached and motivated team members to successfully meet company expectations along with their career goals. Prior to his work at LINQ, Lai was the implementation specialist for the hotel division at MICROS Systems Inc., an updated computer system for hospitality applications intended to make hotel reservations more customer-specific. Lai’s extensive hospitality experience includes working at notable companies including Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Peninsula Hotels, and MGM Resorts International. He is also the recipient of the 2017 Emerging Leader of the Year from the Nevada Hotel & Lodging Association.

Michelle Loposky (Panelist) – Michelle Loposky is the Director of Student Success & Partnerships for ASU’s Pat Tillman Veterans Center. In her role she directs and implements actions to establish the PTVC success culture for ASU’s military affiliated and student veterans, to include both campus and digital immersion. Her work includes the PTVC strategic communications plan, focused on building strong partnerships and collaboration across the ASU enterprise and with other outside organizations and individuals to implement a federated approach in support of military affiliated and student veterans. An Army veteran, Michelle served four years as a combat medic. After her service, Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami (Florida) and this is where her love for higher education began. Prior to working at ASU, Michelle held positions at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and New York University. Michelle also serves on the City of Tempe Veterans Commission and is part of ASU Alumni Association’s Leadership Institute Class One.

Byron Tanigawa (Panelist) –  Byron Tanigawa was born and raised in Hawaii with ancestral roots in Japan. He began his career working for a consulting firm in Seattle, and a year into his career he moved to Arizona to work for Fender Musical Instruments as a design engineer. The base of his career was built at Fender, where he worked his way from designing various amplifiers and electronics products, to working in Global Sourcing and Procurement where he managed the supply chain for Fender’s electronics business unit. After spending a decade at Fender, he left to work for Axon Enterprises (formerly Taser International), where he built and led their sourcing and procurement department, implementing many important initiatives and processes to enable a more reliable supply chain. Most recently, he leads the Strategic Sourcing department for Shamrock Foods Company, where he is responsible for managing over $300MM of annual spend, with responsibility for indirect spend across the enterprise and direct materials and commodities to support the dairy manufacturing operation.

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Early Bird Rate Before 9/24/2021
General Registration After 9/24/2021
WELCOME RECEPTION: (Fri, 10/22, 5:00-8:00pm | Keynote Speaker: Albert Shen, Verizon) $30.00 $45.00
LEADERSHIP AWARDS GALA: (Sat., 10/23, 5:00-8:30pm | Keynote Speaker: Sue Ann Hong, CAPAW) $125.00 $175.00
DAY PASS: Friday Conference (Fri., 10/22) Access to 12 Workshops/Seminars, Lunch & Reception $225.00 $325.00
DAY PASS: Sat. Conference (Sat., 7/23) Access to 10 Workshops/Seminars & Lunch & Conference Gala $275.00 $375.00
ALL-INCLUSIVE PASS: Best Deal!** (Friday, October 22 – Saturday, October, 23)   Full Access to Reception, Conference and Gala Event $399.00 $499.00
Diversity Career Expo (Friday, October 22 – Saturday, October, 23) Register for our career expo. to meet with many inclusive companies in Arizona

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