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USA Today editorial board member Thuan Le Elston will be the Saturday lunch keynote speaker at ACEL’s Dynamics of Leadership Conference. With a recently published book, Rendezvous At The Altar: From Vietnam To Virginia, Elston will share with us her journey, from a Vietnam refugee, all the way to joining the USA Today Editorial Board. In addition to writing editorials, opinion columns, poetry and fiction, she is responsible for USA Today’s print news and online publishing. Previously, she was a news copy editor for The Salt Lake Tribune and USA TODAY, and a news reporter for the Greenwich (Connecticut) Time and the Los Angeles Times. She was born in South Vietnam and left a week before Saigon fell in 1975. She received a B.A. in journalism from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. One of her few non-journalism jobs was a speaking role in Oliver Stone’s 1993 movie “Heaven and Earth” (as Kim, sister to the main character). She’s married with four children.

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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
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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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Safety Guidelines: High transmission rates of the COVID-19 Delta variant prompted the CDC to issue new guidelines, stating that fully vaccinated people should wear masks in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. In accordance with this new guideline, ACEL requires all Leadership Conference attendees to wear masks during indoor events.

As ACEL has resumed hosting in-person events, we have been mindful of your health and safety. ACEL is committed to following the guidelines issued by federal, state and local governmental agencies and/or event venues.

We know that wearing a mask may be  uncomfortable, but we appreciate everyone  doing their  part to keep  fellow event participants safe. Should you need one, ACEL will have extra masks available.

By registering for the Conference, each attendee acknowledges and agrees to comply with facemask and social distancing protocols, as well as assumes the risk of being exposed to COVID-19.

ACEL strongly recommends that attendees at the Leadership Conference be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attending the Conference. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that is easily spread by person-to-person contact, especially in indoor areas with multiple attendees.  Participating in ACEL’s Conference could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19, especially for those who are not fully vaccinated.

As such, you may not attend Conference events if you have had close or proximate contact with a COVID-infected individual or you or anyone around you is feeling ill or experiencing any of the following symptoms during the two weeks leading up to the Conference: a cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, flu-like symptoms, gastrointestinal upset or experienced a loss of taste or smell.