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(Phoenix, AZ) — Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders (ACEL) is pleased to present the 2018 Community Leader of the Year Award to Ms. Grace Y. Lau. Her extensive service to the City of Phoenix, education, and the Asian American community make her highly deserving of this recognition. The award will be presented to her at the organization’s annual Leadership Awards Gala on July 13, 2019.

Ms. Grace Y. Lau, CFA, MBA is the Managing principal at Beneficial Financial Service Group.  She founded PacWest Financial Management, Inc. in 1997 and merged the company with Beneficial Financial Services Group in 2017.  Ms. Lau has extensive experience in financial analysis, portfolio management, and wealth management since 1976. Previous achievements include Managing Director at Barclays International Private Banking, Director of Private Asset Management at First Interstate Capital Management, Senior Portfolio Manager at Northern Trust of Arizona, an International Rating Officer at Standard and Poor’s, a Fixed Income Analyst at Riggs National Bank, and also worked at Wells Fargo.

Her community work includes Chairman of the City of Phoenix Deferred Compensation Board, Chairman of Himeji Sister City Commission, Vice-Chairman of the Investment Advisory Council of the Arizona State Retirement System, and Board Member of Arizona Educational Foundation and Phoenix Sister Cities Commission. Ms. Lau was the President of the Phoenix Society of Financial Analysts and Founder and President of the Arizona Asian Parents Association.

She is currently a member of the CFA Institute, Women President Organization, Social Venture Partners, and Arizona Asian Pacific American Women Giving Circle. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1980 Ms. Lau holds the Series 65 license.

Ms. Lau holds an M.B.A. in International Business and Finance from George Washington University, B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from University of Wisconsin, and is an Honors graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School.

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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