Click Here to download 2021 Conference Booklet


Asian Americans report less discrimination in employment, housing and criminal justice compared with other racial minorities in the United States. But they often fall victim to a unique set of stereotypes including false belief that all Asian Americans are successful and well adapted – that render them invisible in discussions of race and prejudice in America. Join us at Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders’ (ACEL) Dynamics of Leadership Conference, as our panelists share their leadership journey, and provide tips and resources on challenging Asian stereotypes.

Anita Malik, the panel moderator, is a tech executive and journalist. She is a passionate advocate for equity and a leader in building inclusive communities. Anita is currently the Chief Operating Officer of legal tech company LawLytics. Formerly, she was the Democratic nominee for Congress in Arizona’s 6th, the COO of  ClearVoice, an international content technology company; Deputy Director for business journalism training at Arizona State University; and the Founder and Editor of East West magazine, a nationally-acclaimed print publication about the Asian American experience. Anita is mom to 7-year-old Wade, 5-year-old Avery and fur baby Marky.

Jasmine Chan (she/her/hers) is the second daughter of immigrants from Hong Kong and was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She trained as a mechanical engineer (M.I.T. 2015) and worked for Amazon Prime Air as a controls engineer and project manager before attending the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance (2019) for a Master’s in Public Administration. Jasmine currently works for the City of Tucson as a Program Manager in the City Manager’s Office and volunteers as the Chairperson for the University of Arizona Asian Pacific American Advisory Council to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She is passionate about raising Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (and international) voices in areas of civic engagement in local issues, systemic operations and change, and advocating for sustained institutional change.

Kenny Ho is an attorney at the law firm of Christian, Dichter & Sluga, P.C., whose practice primarily consists of insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. He also has experience in commercial litigation, business disputes, and related healthcare law. As a young attorney, Kenny has earned Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars recognition. Kenny is involved in various community organizations, including a board member for the Arizona Asian American Bar Association, and a former member of the State Bar of Arizona’s Council for Minorities and Women in Law. Kenny is also a proud graduate of Valley Leadership Accelerate Class 1 and State Bar of Arizona’s Bar Leadership Institute Class 12. In his spare time, Kenny loves practicing martial arts, including taekwondo, tai chi, and baguazhang. He also loves finding new food in Phoenix and running a music blog.

Leezah Sun is a devoted community organizer. She is the founder and leader of an organization called Strength in Unity, which is dedicated to unifying grassroots organizations for racial equity in Arizona. She is a member and volunteer for community groups such as the Sierra Club, Save Our Schools Arizona, Demand to Learn, the Family Intervention Center, and the American Civil Liberties Union. She previously held the Vice Chair of the Arizona Central Region position for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus for the Arizona Democratic Party. She previously campaigned for the Arizona State House of Representatives and is very involved in the state’s political process — being elected State Committeeman, Democratic Precinct Committeeman, and 2nd Vice Chair for LD 19. She has a background in pharmaceutical consulting and sales in the medical industry, was enrolled in undergraduate programs at Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania, and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Drexel University. She spent the past 15 years as a stay at home mother to a gifted son prior to becoming a community activist.

Steve Wei was born near Beijing China and migrated to the United States when he was 10 years of age to Los Angeles CA. Through a unique network and background in international communication and investment, Steve was introduced to the world of Real Estate which eventually led to a career in Mortgage Banking. Steve is now a Top Producing Area Manager and serves as the President of the Greater Phoenix chapter for the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA).

For more information about the event, please email to or visit


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

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 October, 18 2021 to guarantee your seat.


Attending our ‪#‎ACEL2021 Conference, but need a hotel?

We have you covered when you reserve a room with DoubleTree Resort By Hilton Hotel Paradise Valley.

We have locked in that special pricing at $179/night!! This link will be available until September 20th, 2021. Make sure to book your room today!!!

Use this direct link provided by DoubleTree Resort By Hilton Hotel Paradise Valley:

Room Reservations Link

Or call +1 480-947-5400 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 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