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Traditionally revered cultures and customs of Asian Americans ironically tend to hold us back from being promoted to senior leadership positions. Deference, politeness and being soft-spoken can be interpreted as weakness in the workplace. How does one retain a proud Asian American identity and be effective in work cultures that may not value one’s culture? This highly interactive presentation will give participants knowledge and skills to succeed in today’s global economy.    

Stephanie Fujii – Dr. Stephanie Fuji is the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Scottsdale Community College (SCC). She has spent nearly 30 years in higher education. Her experience encompasses academic and student affairs having served as a teacher, counselor, and an administrator. Stephanie has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from Arizona State University, a Master of Arts in Counseling & Educational Psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Nevada.

Hui Wu-Curtis – Hui is an industry thought leader on customer experience. She has developed and led many high performing teams supporting voice and digital channels. She has spoken at conferences on topics such as: turning cost centers into true business value, leveraging data and analytics for actionable insights, transforming quality assurance in the digital age, and leveraging outsourcing partners for great customer service. Currently, Hui is the GM for Customer Operations & Strategy for Arizona Public Service (APS). Hui was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Arizona when she was five-years-old.

Roxanne K. Song Ong – Judge Roxanne Song Ong has served the Arizona criminal justice system for nearly 40 years, breaking new ground as the first Asian American woman lawyer and the first Asian American woman judge in Arizona. Judge Song Ong continues to serve as Pro Tem Judge for other jurisdictions while teaching and speaking on topics of judicial, legal and civics education as well as diversity and cultural competency. Judge Song Ong has received many awards and recognitions over the years including induction into the 2018 Arizona Asian American Bar Association’s Hall of Fame and the 2016 University of Arizona’s College of Law & Alumni Association’s Public Service Award.

Serena Lai – Lai is currently Assistant General Counsel for GoDaddy focusing on privacy, products, IP and commercial transactions respecting the company’s more than 18 million customers and 77 million domain name registrations worldwide. Prior to joining them, Serena was with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and served as legal counsel in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles area. A graduate of Tufts University and New York Law School, Lai is a member of the California and Arizona Bar, and a frequent speaker at privacy conferences and legal seminars.

Max Chan – Max is the Vice President of Global Information Solutions at Avnet, focusing on the delivery of strategic business IT and digital transformation initiatives. Max and his team work closely with the senior executives in the business to translate their business strategies to IT roadmaps and drive prioritization of these initiatives through a global governance process. The team enables these high impact initiatives while maintaining a robust and optimized IT environment. Before Avnet, Max held several IT leadership roles including Chief Information Officer, Asia at VF Corporation and vice president, IT for global supply chain, Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls.

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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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