Past Conferences

4th Annual NAAMBA Leadership Conference & Exposition

Tomorrow's Leaders Today 


September 13-15, 2012 

Hyatt Regency & Santa Clara Convention Center

5101 & 5001 Great America Parkway

Santa Clara, CA 95054 

 

 

 Mentors & Speakers

Steve L. Robbins, Ph.D., Founder, S.L. Robbins & Associates
A powerful storyteller with a powerful story to tell, Dr. Steve L. Robbins has an unmatched ability to inspire people even in the midst of disrupting and challenging the way they think about the world. Born in Vietnam, Dr. Robbins immigrated to the United States when he was five years old. He and..

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Charles Fan, Senior Vice President, Strategic R&D, VMware
Charles Fan is a Senior Vice President at VMware in strategic R&D. Charles and his team are looking into the fundamental shifts happening in technologies and customer needs, and how these disruptive changes will impact the data management methodologies in the cloud. Prior to this role, Charles..

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Bill He, Vice President, Global Procurement Strategic Sourcing, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Bill He is the Vice President of Global Procurement Strategic Sourcing for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a leading global consumer products company serving 1.3 billion consumers every day in 150 countries around the world. His major responsibilities include creating K-C’s Global Category..

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Janice Won, Executive Coach & Consultant
Janice Won is an Executive Coach and Consultant who uses her 25+ years of human resources and business experience with a global Fortune 50 company, nonprofits and government to enhance leadership effectiveness. Her coaching clarifies vision, hones purpose and develops leadership excellence in the..

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Jennifer Brown, Founder & CEO, Jennifer Brown Consulting LLC
Jennifer Brown is the Founder & CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting LLC (JBC), a certified woman- and LGBT-owned strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm based in New York. JBC is dedicated to creating more inclusive and innovative workplaces that effectively align individual performance..

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Calvin Chung, Director of Construction, Target Corporation
Calvin Chung is the Director of Construction with Target Corporation managing new store, remodel, corporate and international construction projects. Prior to joining Target, he managed entering and developing new markets and countries in Europe and Asia. He has 20+ years of experience in Property..

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Linda Akutagawa, President & CEO, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics Inc. (LEAP)
Linda Akutagawa is the President and CEO of Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics Inc., where she is responsible for LEAP’s fund-raising, business development and oversight of program design, development and delivery. As chief fundraiser, she develops and executes strategies focused on..

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Victor Masaya, Vice President, Private Equity, The Presidio Group
Mr. Masaya is a Vice President in the Private Equity division of The Presidio Group. He is focused on growth equity investments and buyouts of middle market companies. Mr. Masaya also previously served in the firm’s investment banking division, advising companies on corporate finance..

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Donald Cheng, Vice President & General Manager, KAMET Manufacturing Solutions
Donald Cheng is currently the Vice President and General Manager of KAMET Manufacturing Solutions, an international value added provider of Engineering, Build to Print and Contract Manufacturing services for the Hi-Tech Semiconductor, Medical and Aerospace/Defense Industries. Reporting to the CEO,..

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Dilawar Syed, CEO, Yonja Media Group; Commissioner, President Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Dilawar is CEO of Yonja Media Group, a leading emerging markets social media company based in Silicon Valley and Istanbul. Yonja Media operates social networking, local commerce and recruiting web properties. Prior to joining Yonja Media, Dilawar was head of platform strategy at Yahoo!. Earlier,..

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Karen Kang, CEO & Founder, BrandingPays LLC
Karen Kang is a recognized brand expert and the CEO and founder of BrandingPays LLC, a corporate and personal branding company (www.brandingpays.com). She was a partner with Regis McKenna Inc., the legendary marketing firm that created and launched the Apple brand. She has trained Fortune 100 and..

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Isis Wu, Director, Global HR Strategy & Operations, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Isis has over 8 years international strategy and operations experience with McKinsey & Company and Kimberly-Clark. She focuses primarily on growth strategies for pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and other multi-national companies in a variety of industries. Born in Beijing, China, Isis has a deep..

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Jerome Imhoff, Principal, The Resume Shop, "INK"
Jerome Imhoff is a professional résumé writer and career coach with more than ten years of experience in the “employment” industry. After moving to California from the Black Hills of South Dakota, Jerome began work as a vocational counselor and job developer for an adult vocational training..

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Sei Yoshioka, Career Services Counselor, Graziadio Career Services, Graziadio School of Business & Management, Pepperdine University
Sei Yoshioka is a second-generation Japanese-American originally from New York, NY. He has eight years' living experience in Tokyo and is bilingual in English and Japanese. With over ten years’ work experience in higher education, he currently is a Career Services Counselor with Graziadio..

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Ellen Shulman, Co-founder, CareerGenerations
Ellen is the co-founder and a Career Coach for an independent consulting firm in Silicon Valley as well as a Career Associate at Lee Hecht Harrison. She counsels individuals who are interested in a career change or in a career transition. Her clients are diverse and from a variety of industries..

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Cliff Flamer, CEO, BrightSide Resumes
Cliff Flamer, CEO of BrightSide Resumes, is equipped with national certifications as both a professional resume writer (CPRW, NCRW) and career counselor (NCC), in addition to his MS in Career & College Counseling and BA in English. Before founding BrightSide Resumes in 2001, Cliff served as a lead..

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Marjorie C. Stockholm, Founder & CEO, Stockholm Recruiting, Career Coach & Resume Specialist
Mrs. Stockholm has serves as a Career Coach for Marine & Family Programs office of Personal and Professional Development since 2008. Her primary focus is working with military servicemen and their family members as the lead of the Family Member Employment Assistance Program for Marine Corps Base..

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Ted Bouras, Career & Academic Advisor, Monterey Institute of International Studies
Ted comes to the Monterey Institute with over 19 years of experience in student advising, career education, and administration. Fifteen of those years were spent in MBA career services and program management positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northern Arizona University and the..

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Nancy T. Nguyen, MBA, Author, The Networking Diary
Nancy T. Nguyen, MBA is a First Generation American trilingual entrepreneur and the author of The Networking Diary. After earning a B.A. in Spanish at NC State University, Nancy established her career at the Chicago White Sox and City of Chicago while serving as an Ambassador for DePaul’s..

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Wendy Xa, Executive Director, Presidio Knolls School
Wendy Xa started her own Mandarin Immersion Preschool when she felt that San Francisco did not offer one that was educationally progressive. In just 3 years, she move to a large location and is building the school to 8th grade. Her school will help Asians keep their culture and identity and also..

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Lisa Lee, Program Manager, Diversity Recruiting, Facebook
Lisa Lee is a tech geek by day and a do-gooder by night. During work hours, Lisa is the program manager for diversity recruiting at Facebook. She also founded and chairs the company's Asian American Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group. Outside of work, she served for three years as the pro..

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Christian A. Brickman, President, Kimberly-Clark International
Mr. Brickman is President of Kimberly-Clark International (KCI). In this capacity, Mr. Brickman leads the company's fast growing international consumer businesses in all operations outside of North America and Western Europe. He’s charged with focusing the business on achieving exceptional growth..

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Lisa Stotlar, Co-Founder and Career Counselor, Coach, Consultant, CareerGenerations
Lisa Stotlar has been a career counselor/coach/consultant, workshop trainer, and program director in business and educational settings since 1990. She has successfully helped thousands of people, including executives in Silicon Valley and around the US market themselves and find meaningful work...

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Y.S. (Yoo Seok) Hong, Sr. Director, Emerging Markets Strategy, Emerging Marketing Business Unit (EMBU), Eli Lilly and Company
Y.S. (Yoo Seok) Hong is currently the Sr. Director for Emerging Markets Strategy, in the Emerging Marketing Business Unit (EMBU) of Eli Lilly and Company. YS’s main focus is to identify growth opportunities in the emerging markets, formulate the relevant strategy and coordinate the execution of..

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Dr. Fredric Kropp, Prof., Entrepreneurship, Creativity & Innovation; Chair, Fisher International MBA Program, Monterey Institute of Intl. Studies
Dr. Fredric Kropp is a Professor of Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation, and Chair of the Fisher International MBA Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He received his doctorate in marketing from the University of Oregon. Fredric also holds an Adjunct Professor..

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Lily Tang, Lead Director, NAAMBA Board of Directors
Lily Tang brings a broad portfolio of experiences as a consultant, educator, and entrepreneur to her role as Lead Director of the NAAMBA Board of Directors. Her commitment to NAAMBA’s mission to drive innovative, insightful, inclusive leadership in global enterprises is a primary motivation..

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Steven Pae, Managing Partner, Financial Technology Solutions
Steve is currently Managing Partner at Financial Technology Solutions, an advisory firm focused in capital markets technology business and consulting. Steve serves as the practice head for Capital Markets Advisory working with early and growth stage financial services technology companies,..

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Tariq Khan, Founder & CEO, Global Diversity Marketing
Tariq Khan is a recognized business leader, founder and CEO of Global Diversity Marketing, a management consulting firm focused on executive consulting helping companies to align marketing strategy while generating profitable revenue from growing market segments. He has consulted for companies like..

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Peter Weng, Director, Search Quality Evaluation, Google
Peter Weng is the director of search quality evaluation at Google, leading a global function to protect the integrity of Google’s search results across 40+ languages. Peter was previously the online sales and operations director for Greater China and site director for Google in Wroclaw, Poland...

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Hossur Srikantan, Principal & CIP, RAV TEK, LLC
Mr. Srikantan has over 25+ years’ experience in Information Technology field with a history of progressively increasing responsibilities, providing technology leadership in financial services, insurance, real estate and petrochemical industries at domestic and international levels. Roles include..

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Cici Li, Talent Enabling Solution Program Manager, Intel Corporation
Cici has been with Intel for 7 years and has held a variety of roles within Staffing Organization. She joined Intel Chengdu Assembly & Test Manufacture as Site Staffing Manager on 2005, who played a key role of Intel Chengdu site ramping with 1000+ hires. On 2008, Cici relocated to Beijing as Intel..

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Panney Wei, C.Ht., CEO, Positive Changes Consulting; On-air Host, NBC News Radio
Panney Wei is an award winning writer, TV-Radio host, hypnotherapist, motivational speaker and CEO of Positive Changes Consulting, empowering people to overcome obstacles, and achieve the highest vision of themselves in life! She is host of the popular radio show/podcast, “Positive Changes with..

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Amy Brierley, Mentoring & Networking Programs Coordinator, Career Development Center, Stanford University
Amy possesses a passion for helping people fulfill their greatest potential. She currently serves as the Mentoring and Networking Programs Coordinator with the Stanford Career Development Center, where she has worked for over three years. She has counseled and educated hundreds of students in their..

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Mark Szollar, Advertising Director - Recruitment & Diversity, The New York Times; Member, NAAMBA Board of Directors
Mark has been at The New York Times for 28 years and has worked in a variety of positions and departments in his career. He is currently the Advertising Director of Diversity and Recruitment for the company. Mark is also an active member of the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s, as well as..

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Kuntesh Chokshi, Manager, GTM Strategy & Business Innovation; Chair, PepsiCo Asian Network (PAN), PepsiCo (Frito-Lay)
Kuntesh is part of the Frito-Lay, Go To Market (GTM) Group, which enables and implements complex innovation for Sales and Operations functions. Kuntesh is currently responsible to save $20 million in productivity, for the 13k field sales team members. Kuntesh also serves as the National Chair for..

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Cathy Peng, Chief Business Development Officer, Ethertronics, Inc.
As the Chief Business Development Officer for Ethertronics, a global leading embedded antenna provider for mobile phone, computing and wireless and devices, she oversees the company’s global business development and strategies. Cathy lived and worked as a business executive in three continents...

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Jennifer Hwang, Vice President & General Manager, West Coast Division, Manpower
Jennifer Hwang serves as Manpower's Vice President and General Manager of the West Coast Division. She manages all aspects of the operations in the West Coast Division's four states, including approximately 45 offices. Hwang’s leadership of the division is focused on developing her people,..

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William T. Rolack, Sr., Director, Global/Marketplace Diversity & Inclusion, Adecco Group North America
Mr. Rolack is responsible for developing and implementing programs as part of the Adecco diversity initiative. The initiative key components: Diversity Education, Diversity Recruitment, Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity Solutions. He has been featured on the Black..

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Lo Li, Director, Revenue Management Technology, Global Technology, InterContinental Hotels Group
Lo Li is the Director of Revenue Management Technology, Global Technology at InterContinental Hotels Group. She has been leading IHG’s Revenue Management Software Development discipline since 2001 with varying roles in software development, quality assurance, maintenance and thought leadership...

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Ivo Lukas, Founder & CEO, 24Notion
Ivo Lukas is the Founder/CEO for 24Notion. 24Notion is the first global creative marketing/digital/tech PR & lifestyle agency with special emphasis on giving back to the global communities. With a broad understanding the art of non- traditional marketing, new media, communications and social..

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Ann Nowak, Director, Recruiting, Professional Programs, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Ann Nowak is Director of Recruiting for Professional Programs at Liberty Mutual Insurance, a Fortune 100 company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Ann’s team recruits for the company’s general management and finance leadership development program. As part of her work this year, Ann was involved..

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Noel S. Paul, Global Program Leader, MBA Recruiting, Eli Lilly and Company
Noel S. Paul is responsible for leading the Global MBA Program for Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Working with recruitment teams, Lilly targets top business schools in the US and abroad to recruit and develop leaders for international..

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Vicky Wong, President & CEO, DAE Advertising
Vicky Wong is President and CEO of DAE, a full service advertising firm that helps clients build brand equity and success in the Asian American market. With over 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising, Vicky has been recognized as an expert in providing strategic advice to businesses..

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Sonita Lontoh, Head, Global Corporate Marketing, Trilliant
Sonita Lontoh is an executive at Trilliant, a Silicon Valley cleantech company. She contributes frequently on energy, cleantech and women leadership topics for Forbes, Fortune, etc. Sonita’s leadership experience includes venture-backed Silicon Valley start-ups, Fortune 200 company, and top-tier..

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Sarah Peacey, Management Consultant, People & Change, KPMG
Sarah Peacey is a Management Consultant with KPMG’s People and Change practice based in Chicago, IL. She specializes in behavioral change management, talent acquisition, project management and social media. In her current role, Sarah is leading the change management and training PMO for a..

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Stanley Kwong, Managing Director & Professor, China Business Program, School of Management, University of San Francisco
Stanley Kwong is the Managing Director and Professor of the China Business Program at the School of Management, University of San Francisco. Stan’s areas of expertise are "Marketing Strategy to China and India" and “Competitive Global Strategy”. Stan has over 30 years of international..

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Julayne Lee, Sr. Reporting Analyst, UnitedHealth Group
Julayne Lee is a Sr. Reporting Analyst at UnitedHealth Group. Prior to joining UHG, she worked at SUPERVALU, Inc. where she co-founded and chaired the Asian Business Council and also co-created the first ever SUPERVALU Asian Pacific American Heritage Month poster. Before joining the corporate..

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Amy Wong, Director, STEM Integration, Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF)
Amy Wong serves as Director of STEM Integration. Amy is a former software engineer in the Aerospace industry and is a recent graduate of the Stanford University School of Education Learning, Design, and Technology Masters program. Amy came to SVEF first as a volunteer social media consultant,..

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Thomas G. Zimmerman, Research Staff Member, IBM Research-Almaden
Thomas G. Zimmerman is a member of the research staff and Master Inventor exploring the frontiers of human-computer interaction at IBM Research--Almaden. His 40+ patents cover position tracking, user input, wireless communication, biometrics and encryption. He writes for Make Magazine, won a..

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Jim Chow, Head of Apps Global Partner Program, Google Enterprise
Jim Chow joined Google’s Enterprise organization in 2010 and he leads and runs the network of 6000+ resellers globally for one of Google's fastest growing product areas, Google Apps. Previous to Google, Jim was Senior Director of Alliances and Channels for LiveOps and led and managed LiveOps’..

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Andy Wu, Senior Manager, Foundational Cloud Services & Cloud Delivery Center of Competence, IBM
Andy is a dynamic leader with a passion for technology and the proven experience both as a business professional and as a technologist. For over 14 years, Andy has served critical technical and leadership roles spanning multiple industries. He is currently a sen-ior manager in IBM's Global..

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Chad Yoshinaka, Commercial Growth & Development Leader-Marketing, GE Capital Americas
Chad Yoshinaka is the Commercial Growth & Development Leader for the Americas pole of GE Capital, the financial services unit of the General Electric Company. GE Capital provides financial products and services to businesses and consumers in more than 50 countries. GE Capital Americas finished..

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Julia Rhee, Co-Founder, Retrofit Republic
Julia H. Rhee is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Retrofit Republic. Before co-founding the styling firm with a social impact, the Washington native organized with environmental and social justice organizations advocating for low-income populations and communities of color with nearly a..

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Amy L. Wakeham, VP, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, Cricket Communications
As Vice President, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations for Leap Wireless International, Inc., Ms. Wakeham is responsible for all of the Company’s external communications including Corporate Communications, Media & Public Relations and Investor Relations. In her role, Ms. Wakeham is..

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Emily Chan, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) Portfolio Manager, Portfolio Management Program, UBS Wealth Management US
Emily Chan, CFP® is a Portfolio Manager in the San Francisco, California office of UBS Financial Services Inc. Emily assists individuals, business executives and small business owners with a wide range of wealth management and financial planning needs—from retirement planning and 83(B) option..

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Darlene Chiu Bryant, Executive Director, ChinaSF
A native of San Francisco, Darlene Chiu Bryant is currently the Executive Director of ChinaSF. Appointed by San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, she is tasked with stimulating economic growth and job creation through bilateral trade and investment between China and San Francisco. Prior to her post at..

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Annie Lin, Attorney, Brave Noise Legal
Annie Lin is a San Francisco-based attorney with more than a decade of business experience in content licensing, rights management, digital media distribution, entertainment branding and music supervision. Her diverse background includes both dealmaking and problem-solving for enterprises in music,..

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Akshay Kothari, Co-Founder & CEO, Alphonsolabs
Akshay Kothari is the co-founder and CEO of Alphonso Labs, the company that makes the Pulse App. In 2 years, Akshay has grown his company from zero to one that's valued at over $20 million. Pulse was featured by Steve Jobs in his keynote speech for ipad. Pulse is the only non-Amazon app that is..

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Christopher A. Moore, Vice President & Relationship Manager, HSBC Bank USA, N.A.
Christopher Moore is a Vice President and Relationship Manager in HSBC's Commercial Banking division, servicing multinational corporate clients, both public and private, with consolidated global revenues of between $50MM and $500MM. Through HSBC's global network, Chris offers his clients global..

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Eugene Lee, Former CEO, Socialtext
Eugene Lee is a seasoned leader and entrepreneur with a track record of founding, building, growing and selling transformational companies at the intersection of people, software and networks. He joined Socialtext as "CEO 2.0” and member of the Board of Directors in November 2007, leading the..

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Charlie Shin, Marketing Manager, Major League Soccer & Soccer United Marketing
Charlie is a sports marketer with extensive experience in CRM strategy and fan engagement programs. He's currently a Fan Engagement and CRM Leader at Major League Soccer where he has been overseeing the development of League wide CRM initiatives and marketing programs for past 6 years. Prior to..

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Gustavo Viaño, Director, Inclusion & Diversity, McDonald's
Based at the company’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, IL, Gustavo Viaño is the Director of Outreach Diversity in the Global Inclusion and Intercultural Management Department at McDonald’s Corporation. As a member of the GIIM team, he works with key stakeholders to define the US..

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Elizabeth Xu, Ph.D. Author, Myths of the Promotion; BIS Partner; Teaching Faculty, Stanford University Continuous Education
Elizabeth Xu, Ph.D., High-tech executive, columnist, executive mentor, leadership speaker and Stanford Continuing Studies teaching faculty. In recent years, Elizabeth devoted her time to elevating leadership skills in the technical community. Her well-received presentation, “Ten Steps to a..

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Keyur Desai, Research Scientist, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Keyur Desai is a Project Scientist at Kimberly-Clark Corporation since September 2008. Dr. Desai obtained his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mumbai in 2000, MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from The..

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Karen Jaw-Madson, HR Director, Business Process & Technology/Global Shared Service Centers, SC Johnson
Karen Jaw-Madson is a lifelong student of culture, building her ideas through constant reflection and cross-fertilization of people, ideas, and experiences she encounters. She has been fortunate enough to have led and driven numerous transformation and turnaround initiatives from the HR..

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Chew Wee Ng, Area Director (North America), Contact Singapore
Chew Wee Ng is the Area Director for Contact Singapore ― a department of the Singapore government that engages overseas Singaporeans and global talent to work, invest and live in Singapore. Contact Singapore is a resource for professionals, investors and organizations interested in career and..

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Sanjay Dholakia, Chief Marketing Officer, Marketo
Sanjay is responsible for extending Marketo’s product leadership, developing business segments, and establishing a new solution ecosystem to increase the company’s reach. Sanjay joins Marketo from Crowd Factory, where as CEO, he was responsible for the strategic direction and vision of the..

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Bernie Hoecker, General Manager, Communications Sector, IBM Global Technology Services, North America
Bernie Hoecker is the General Manager, Communication Sector – IBM Global Technology Services, North America. In this role he serves clients in the Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment, and Energy & Utilities industries. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Hoecker’s last assignment..

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