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Rebecca Okamoto climbed high on the corporate ladder of success with consumer goods giant, Procter & Gamble, as the first Asian American woman to reach a senior manager level at P&G in the Supply Chain and the first woman of Japanese descent to run a supply chain in Japan. However, at what would appear to be the height of her career, she made a drastic shift and launched Evoke.Pro, a virtual mentorship and leadership development consultancy. When asked about what prompted that pivot, she replied, “I know it may appear to be a drastic shift on paper, but in my mind, I just really focused on people – and that’s always what I’ve been passionate about.”

Armed with a passion for mentorship (especially for Asian Americans, and women), Okamoto delivers talks and workshops for companies and community groups, inspiring her audiences to be tenacious while in pursuit of their goals.

As a 3rd generation Japanese-American (Sansei), Okamoto recalls that her parents and extended family had always modeled strength and resilience. Her mother, a physician, was one of the first female doctors in Japan, and also a Hiroshima survivor; her father was the first Japanese American Lutheran minister and had the first Japanese mission church in Los Angeles; she also mentioned how distant relatives were interned in camps during WWII, and how that history set the precedence for deeply entrenched values of courage, grit, and tenacity. “They taught me how important it is to fulfill our potential, in order to help others fulfill theirs. I was always taught to never give up,” she said. “While I was always timid, I was raised not to be a quitter; failure was not an option.”

Okamoto will conduct two separate workshops in ACEL’s Dynamics of Leadership Conference in July, “Market and Promote your Professional Brand with LinkedIn”. LinkedIn used to be as easy as copy and paste from other profiles using words like “seasoned”, “proven” and “global”. No one really knew the power of LinkedIn but times have changed.

In the US there are over 100 million people on LinkedIn, and over 50% are active in the job market. Over 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn to find qualified candidates. It’s also the B2B authority to drive visibility, credibility, and influence.

Your resume is not enough in today’s dynamic job market. Do you stand out with a memorable professional profile?

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to activate your online personal brand with LinkedIn and how to design your profile to promote your qualifications, showcase your achievements, and attract more interest.

Okamoto will also provide a fresh perspective in her presentation, “Career Myth BUSTED: Your Results Don’t Speak for you”. Yes, results DO matter, but they aren’t the only criteria to advance your career. Are you a dutiful, head down employee, waiting to be recognized? Are you frustrated when your peers are getting promoted ahead of you, and the only difference is that they’re more vocal than you?

In reality, HOW we achieve our results are often as important as the results themselves. And speaking about our results is also a critical part of recognition and advancement.  In this keynote speech, you’ll learn how to represent yourself and your results better and get recognized for it.

“It’s important for Asian-Americans to understand that it’s possible to be vibrant, and humble at the same time,” she said. “When you choose to speak up and do the right thing, you stay true to your values, and you’ll rise in your career at the same time.”

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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.

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