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Friday, Oct. 22
7:30 - 9:00 amRegistration, Coffee/Tea Kickoff SessionSpeaker: Amin Leiman, BENDINO GESITGrand Ballroom
9:00 - 9:15 amNetworking Break
9:15 - 10:30 amWorkshop/Panel
1A: Strategies for Navigating Office PoliticsHui Wu-Curtis, SupportUSan Carlos
1B: Communicating with Confidence and PresenceJenn Kaye, Head On CommunicationsSonora
1C: What is corporate social responsibility? Evelyn Casuga, Center for the Future of ArizonaRio Verde
10:30 - 10:45 amNetworking Break
10:45 - 12:00 pmWorkshop/Panel
2A: Building a Culture of Diversity and InclusionModerator:
Steve Erickson, Teach For America

Dr. Clyne Namuo, Phoenix College
Leonardo Loo, Quarles & Brady
Mi-Ai Parrish, MAP Strategies Group
Thiru Thangarathinam, MST Solutions
San Carlos
2B: Agile for Leaders: Are you the last one to know? Amin Leiman, BENDINO GESITSonora
2C: Networking with AuthenticityMark Strickling, University of Arizona FoundationRio Verde
12:00 - 12:!5 pmNetworking Break
12:!5 - 1:15 pmLunchSpeaker: David Zhao, NXTFactor

Moderator: Tony King, Snell & Wilmer
Grand Ballroom
1:15 - 1:30 pmNetworking Break
1:30 - 2:45 pmWorkshop/Panel
3A: Using Cultural Identity to Hone Leadership SkillsModerator:
Ai Sullivan, AvAir

Anthony Lai, The Int'l School of Hospitality
Michelle Loposky, ASU
Philip Kim, Signature Wealth Concepts
Byron Tanigawa, Shamrock
San Carlos
3B: Scaling Your Business for Optimization David Zhao, NXTFactorSonora
3C: One Size Doesn't Fit AllKatie Chin, Wok Star ProductionsRio Verde
2:45 - 3:00 pmNetworking Break
3:00 - 4:15 pmWorkshop/Panel
4A: Leadership Through Public SpeakingKristi Lee, Elevate My Business / Elegant Lee DesignSan Carlos
4B: The Essentials of Starting and Growing a Successful Small BusinessAsad Khan, Tetra TechSonora
4C: Uniting Asian CommunitiesSue Ann Hong, The Center for Asian Pacific American WomenRio Verde
4:15 - 5:00 pmNetworking Break
5:30 - 7:30 pmConference Welcome Reception & Mentorship Class Graduation Keynote Speaker: Albert Shen, Verizon

Emcee: Dr. Anthony Lee
Grand Ballroom
Sat., Oct. 23
7:30 - 9:00 amRegistration, Coffee/Tea and KickoffSpeaker: Larry Hofer, Cox CommunicationsGrand Ballroom
9:00 - 9:15 amNetworking Break
9:15 - 10:30 amWorkshop/Panel
5A: Importance of supporting Asians in leadership positionsBill Imada, IW GroupSan Carlos
5B: Ready for Primetime: Sharing the Power of Your Personal Story Moderator:
Kris Vera-Phillips, ASU Cronkite

Luige del Puerto, AZ News Service/AZ Capitol Time
Kristin Couturier, KTVK/KPHO
Chris Kline, Arizona Broadcasters Association
5C: Fireside Chat – Challenging Asian Stereotypes Moderator:
Anita Malik, LawLytics

Kenny Ho, Christian Dichter & Sluga, P.C
Leezah Sun, Strength In Unity
Jasmine Chan, City of Tucson
Steve Wei, Intercap Lending
Rio Verde
10:30 - 10:45 amNetworking Break
10:45 - 12:00 pmWorkshop/Panel
6A: Overcoming the Bamboo Ceiling Mi-Ai Parrish, MAP Strategies GroupSan Carlos
6B: When and How to Pivot your Business ModelAsad Khan, Tetra TechSonora
6C: The Impact of an Effective Business Leader in Politics Albert Shen, VerizonRio Verde
12:00 - 12:!5 pmNetworking Break
12:!5 - 1:15 pmLunchSpeaker: Thuan Le Elston, USA Today

Moderator: Dale Ting, Wild Ting Enterprises
Grand Ballroom
1:15 - 1:30 pmNetworking Break
1:30 - 2:45 pmWorkshop/Panel
7A: Owning your Brand for Your Career AdvancementModerator:
Mahes Prasad, US Bank

Max Chan, Avent
Kim Ho, evolvedMD
Ai Sullivan, AvAir
Bibiana Am, Travelers
San Carlos
7B: Panel: Initializing Your Start-Up Moderator:
Odeen Domingo, CO+Hoot

Jane Goh-Kwa, Northern
Kiem Ho, moonshot 11
Thiru Thangarathinam, MST Solutions
Tran Tran, Axis Employment Services
7C: Effective Fundraising Techniques and Cultivating Professional Relationships Bill Imada, IW GroupRio Verde
2:45 - 3:00 pmNetworking Break
3:00 - 4:15 pm8ABC: Final Jeopardy: Unleash the PowerKatie Chin, Wok Star ProductionsSan Carlos, Sonora & Rio Verde
4:15 - 5:00 pmNetworking Break
5:00 - 6:00 pmGala Registration and Reception
6:00 - 8:00 pmGala DinnerKeynote Speaker: Sue Ann Hong, Center for Asian Pacific American Women

Co-Emcees: Laetitia Hua & Kenny Ho
Grand Ballroom

*Schedule/Topics are Subject to Change

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Early Bird Rate Before 9/24/2021
General Registration After 9/24/2021
WELCOME RECEPTION: (Fri, 10/22, 5:00-8:00pm | Keynote Speaker: Albert Shen, Verizon) $30.00 $45.00
LEADERSHIP AWARDS GALA: (Sat., 10/23, 5:00-8:30pm | Keynote Speaker: Sue Ann Hong, CAPAW) $125.00 $175.00
DAY PASS: Friday Conference (Fri., 10/22) Access to 12 Workshops/Seminars, Lunch & Reception $225.00 $325.00
DAY PASS: Sat. Conference (Sat., 7/23) Access to 10 Workshops/Seminars & Lunch & Conference Gala $275.00 $375.00
ALL-INCLUSIVE PASS: Best Deal!** (Friday, October 22 – Saturday, October, 23)   Full Access to Reception, Conference and Gala Event $399.00 $499.00
Diversity Career Expo (Friday, October 22 – Saturday, October, 23) Register for our career expo. to meet with many inclusive companies in Arizona

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