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Public office and political engagement as a whole has historically remained far below potential. As representation and diversity become increasingly important issues in public office, ACEL seeks to bring you approachable answers to an often intimidating question: What does it take to run for public office?

On July 8, the Dynamics of Leadership conference will introduce attendees to Senator Kimberly Yee and Assemblyman Robert Bonta, two highly experienced government leaders, in a bi-partisan panel that will jump start your journey to serving in the public. The talk — titled “Running for Public Office 101: Your Hands-On Guide to Public Office” — will give you the tools to fund your campaign, solidify your platform as each speaker discusses their personal experiences in public servitude.

Bonta is a member of the California State Assembly, as well as the first and only Filipino American legislator in California history. The current Assistant Majority Leader in California, he will offer the steps he took to dedicate his lifetime to advocating for minorities and economic development. Bonta proudly serves to support public safety, Asian Americans and more, showing that growing up in a trailer does not prevent you from reaching adequate resources to make a difference.

Yee is the Arizona State Senate Majoriy Leader and the first Asian American woman elected to ever serve in the state’s legislature. As the second woman to serve in her leadership position within the Senate since U.S. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, she brings her experiences as a highly influential woman in politics and a trailblazer for many. Yee has led committees for ethics, education, health and more while continuing to own a local business with her husband, showing how public office can offer rewarding leadership opportunities, rather than remain a sacrifice.

The panel will be moderated by Sharon Ng, a successful attorney at Stinson Leonard Street LLP. Recognized as ACEL’s Corporate Leader of the Year in 2015, she is an experienced member of the public sector who has served as a Superior Court judge, a Court Appointed Special Advocate and the chair of the State Bar of Arizona Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law. One of Ng’s main areas of expertise is in the area of tribal law, displaying her respect for and knowledge of minority representation in government.

Early bird discounts are currently available for you to see this all-star panel present on an inspirational topic that will truly change the way you view your potential to make a community impact

Conference Registration



Early Bird Before 5/31/2017


General Registration After 5/31/2017

Conference Kickoff Reception (Fri, July 7, 7-9pm) | Keynote Speaker: Svetlana Kim, Author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee




Saturday Gala Dinner (Sat., July 8, 6-9pm) | Keynote Speaker: Bill Imada




DAY PASS: Saturday Conference (Sat, July 8) | Access to 12 workshops/seminars, breakfast, lunch & Dinner Gala




DAY PASS: Sunday Conference
(Sat., July 9) | Access to 6 workshops/seminars & breakfast




ALL-INCLUSIVE PASS: Best Deal!** (Friday, July 7 – Sunday, July, 9) | Full Access to Reception, Conference and Gala Event




Group Discount is 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 tickets are non-refundable. All payments must receive by 4 p.m. on July 1st, 2017 to guarantee your seat.

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