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TimeActivitySpeakerLocation/ Room
Fri, 8/25
8:00 - 9:00 amRegistration, Coffee/Tea Kickoff SessionSpeaker: Steve Vicera, Sommet FitnessSalt River Project Room
9:00 - 9:20 amNetworking BreakFoyer
9:20 - 10:35 amWorkshop/Panel
1A: Navigating Office Politics & Leveraging Family Dynamics Dr. Vu Pham, Spectrum KnowledgeWells Fargo
1B: How to Create WOW Experiences for Colleagues and Clients Phil Kim, Signature Wealth Concepts, LLC
1C: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Balancing Social Impact and Profitability Moderator:
Kristi Lee, ElegantLee Design

Katherine Proffitt, Rubymint General
Rekha Nair from Phoenix Legal Action Network
Christy Moore, Social Spin
Rhonda Bannard, EarthGives
Fry's Food Stores
10:35 - 10:55 amNetworking BreakFoyer
10:55 - 12:10 pmWorkshop/Panel
2A: ERGs: Cultivating Leadership Skills and Strategic Networks for Advancing Your CareerModerator:
Lisa Wong, BMO Harris

Patricia Ratulangi, Nielsen: Dr. Jay
Maningo-Salinas, Mayo Clinic;, David Meng, Carvana; Sandy Ko, Customer Contact Women
Wells Fargo
2B: Stronger Together by the Sum of Our Differences Van Lai-DuMone, worksmART advantageDiscover
2C: Read and Lead Your Audience (and win them over in 10 sentences or less)Rebecca Okamoto, Evoke Strategy GroupFry's Food Stores
12:10 - 12:30 pmNetworking BreakFoyer
12:30 - 1:30 pmLunchSpeaker: Dennis Yu, The Otherness Group

Moderator: Maria Hechanova
Salt River Project Room
1:30 - 1:50 pmNetworking BreakFoyer
1:50 - 3:05 pmWorkshop/Panel
3A: Harnessing the Power of AI: Transforming Business Landscapes through Innovation and Efficiency Moderator: Jack Liu, ProCare

Panelists: Max Chan, Avnet; Sandra Yang, Y4 Consulting; Rebecca Clyde,
Wells Fargo
3B: Embracing Challenges: The Entrepreneurial Journey Lavanya Jawaharlal, STEM Center USADiscover
3C: Power of Brainstroming Bill Imada, IW GroupFry's Food Stores
3:05 - 3:25 pmNetworking BreakFoyer
3:25 - 4:40 pmWorkshop/Panel
4A: Taking Charge of Your Career: Unleashing Your Potential for SuccessAnita Ranhotra, HallmarkWells Fargo
4B: Create Strategic Partnerships That Become Your Revenue MultiplierDennis Yao Yu, The Otherness GroupDiscover
4C: Panel: Empowering Asian American Pacific Islander Leaders through Mentorship and Community Moderator: John Fung, El Rio Health

Gerald Bohulano, AZ Blue;
Dr. Lupita Hightower, Tolleson Elementary School District;
Alex Chester-Iwata, Mixed Asian Media;
Barbara Vo Koldos, New North
Fry's Food Stores
4:40 - 5:00 pmNetworking Break
5:00 - 7:00 pmConference Welcome Reception & Mentorship Class Graduation Keynote Speaker: Dilawar Syed, Deputy Administrator of U.S. Small Business Administration

Emcee: Anthony King, Snell & Wilmer

Light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served
Salt River Project Room
Sat., 8/26
8:00 - 9:00 amRegistration, Coffee/Tea and KickoffSpeaker: Mike Hayashi, Take Control Self DefenseSalt River Project Room
9:00 - 9:20 amNetworking BreakFoyer
9:20 - 10:35 amWorkshop/Panel
5A: Building Stronger Connections in a Hybrid Workplace: Fostering Relationships Across TeamsElizabeth Greene, Lam ResearchWells Fargo
5B: Business Insights: Panel on Growth, Marketing, and Personal DevelopmentModerator: Kimber Lanning, Local First AZ

Rodney Hu, Yucca Tap Room;
Jean Seo, Evolue Skincare;
Adelaida Severson. Bushtex Inc.;
Sharon Ng, Stinson LLP
5C: How to create a community and representation for mixed Asian PacificsAlex Chester-Iwata, Mixed Asian MediaFry's Food Stores
10:35 - 10:55 amNetworking Break
10:55 - 12:10 pmWorkshop/Panel
6A: Executive Charisma—Asian Style: Leverage Context, Build CharismaDr. Vu Pham, Spectrum Knowledge
Wells Fargo
6B: Breaking the Barrier & Scaling to $1MLavanya Jawaharlal, STEM Center USADiscover
6C: Powering Success: Small Businesses & Utilities CollaborationModerator:
Patricia Crenshaw, PSWMSDC

Erika O Castro, SRP;
Sibia Manzanarez, APS; Telma Lopez, Southwest Gas

Fry's Food Stores
12:10 - 12:30 pmNetworking Break
12:30 - 1:30 pmLunch | Asian Americans Digital Lives and Growing InfluenceSpeaker: Patricia Ratulangi, Nielsen

Emcee: Sandy Ko, Customer Contact Women (CCWomen)
Salt River Project Room
1:30 - 1:50 pmNetworking Break
1:50 - 3:05 pmWorkshop/Panel
7A: Breaking Barriers: Empowering Women in Negotiation - Strategies to Claim Your Worth Moderator:
Kristi Lee, ElegantLee Design

Hui Wu-Curtis, SupportU;
Lisa Wong, BMO Harris;
Elaine Szeto, Integro Bank;
Monica Wang, Amentum

Wells Fargo
7B: Canva Mastery for Business SuccessVeronica Bahn, Transform My Social MediaDiscover
7C: Mentors, Sponsors and Advocates….Oh my!Anita Ranhotra, HallmarkFry's Food Stores
3:05 - 3:25 pmNetworking Break
3:25 - 4:40 pm8ABC: Be Seen. Be Heard. Get Recognized. - How to sing your own praises and get the recognition you deserveRebecca Okamoto, Evoke Strategy GroupWells Fargo & Discover
4:40 - 5:00 pmNetworking Break
5:00 - 6:00 pmGala Registration and Reception
6:00 - 8:00 pmGala DinnerKeynote Speaker: Van Lai-DuMone, Founder of worksmART advantage

Roger Cheng, AT&T & Kim Ho, EvolvedMD
Phoenix Ballroom

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ACEL Member Early Bird Rate Before 7/28/2024General Registration After 7/28/2024
COMMUNITY RECEPTION: (Fri, 08/23, 5:00-7:00pm | Keynote Speaker: TBD)$35.00$50.00
AWARDS GALA: (Sat., 08/24, 5:00-8:30pm | Keynote Speaker: TBD)$200.00$250.00
DAY PASS: Friday Conference (Fri., 08/23) Access to 10 Workshops/Seminars, Lunch & Reception$325.00$425.00
DAY PASS: Sat. Conference (Sat., 08/24) Access to 10 Workshops/Seminars & Lunch & Conference Gala$425.00$525.00
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