Discrimination towards Asian Americans are not uncommon in the workplace. Have you ever faced discrimination and how did you deal with it? Albert Shen, National Deputy Director for Minority Business Development Agency, will discuss the opportunities and struggles Asian Americans are facing in today’s workplace. Learn how to identify and respond to institutional discrimination, personal discrimination and micro-aggression in Shen’s presentation.

Albert K. Shen was appointed by President Obama in August 2014 to be the National Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency. He serves as the principal advisor to the MBDA National Director overseeing the day-to-day operations of the agency. His leadership has transformed the agency into an economic development policy-focused Agency.  He has raised the agency’s profile in Congress and afforded MBDA the opportunity to make its business case around the country.

Shen’s agency portfolio includes leadership of the MBDA’s business development, intergovernmental/legislative, and national strategic initiatives that directly impact the growth and development of minority businesses. He leads new policy initiatives that require Congressional involvement. He directs special programming that includes the establishment of efforts toward increased access to capital; new supplier diversity models; youth entrepreneurship; mergers and acquisitions; private equity/venture capital; and government contracting reform. His leadership has elevated minority business participation in new international markets in Asia, Africa, and South America. Recently, he organized the first ever MBDA trade mission to be part of the official U.S. Delegation to the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Manila, Philippines.  He serves as the MBDA liaison to the White House on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and leads all Agency efforts in support of TPP advocacy.

Prior to his appointment with MBDA, Shen was a small business owner and respected community advocate, whose leadership made significant impacts on some of the largest and most critical infrastructure and environmental cleanup projects in the Northwest. For his efforts Shen has consistently received accolades from industry and community organizations. In 2012 he was awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration Region 10 Minority Champion of the Year Award. Shen has provided support to educational institutions, community organizations, business organizations and political advocacy groups. He served as Chair of the Seattle Community College Board of Trustees, and as Vice Chair of the Washington State Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs.

Shen earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and environmental science from the University of Washington.

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Feature Keynote Speaker: Richard Lui, MSNBC

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