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CAALPowerTalk: What's Power Got to Do With It?

Coalition of Asian American Leaders

Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CDT)

CAALPowerTalk: What's Power Got to Do With It?

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Asian Americans make up a significant and growing proportion of Minnesota's population; however, our community represents a vastly diverse group of people. We have great successes, but also some of the most alarming disparities.

So, what's power got to do with achieving prosperity for more people? How do individual leaders achieve personal success in their various fields and sectors, and help ensure there will be population wide progress?

Join three leaders who are part of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) as we launch the first CAAL PowerTalk on Thursday, July 31 from 11AM - 1PM, a series that connects emerging and experienced leaders, and begins to explore how we can advance our collective well-being. Our speakers will share their journey and explore the question of, "What's power got to do with it?”

RSVP by July 28, 2014. Lunch included in event.


John Choi

John Choi

Ramsey County Attorney

John immigrated to St. Paul at the age of three with his parents from South Korea.  John’s family started their American experience in low income housing in Saint Paul.  John is a graduate St. Thomas Academy High School, Marquette University, Hamline University School of Law, and was a Humphrey Fellow at the University of Minnesota.

John worked in private practice for 10 years before being appointed Saint Paul City Attorney by Mayor Coleman in 2006.  Throughout his tenure as the Saint Paul City Attorney, John was innovative in making reforms and finding better outcomes in the criminal justice system. Because of these innovative successes, John earned the International Municipal Lawyers Association's top award for City Attorneys in the United States and Canada in 2009.

In 2010 John became Ramsey County Attorney where he oversees a staff of over 330 and is a national leader in advocating for a victim-centered, public health approach to helping juveniles.

MayKao Hang

Dr. MayKao Hang

President and CEO, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

MayKao has extensive experience in the public and the non-profit sectors, serving low income and disadvantaged populations. She is committed to achieving an equitable society where everyone can prosper. MayKao has a BA degree in Psychology from Brown University, a MA degree in Social Policy and Distributive Justice from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a Doctorate in Public Administration from Hamline University. As President and CEO, Maykao leads Wilder in achieving its mission to help children, families and older adults in the greater east metro area of Saint Paul through direct service programs, research, leadership development and community building. 

MayKao currently serves as the a Trustee of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, Deputy Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, a Board member of the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), an Advisory Committee member of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and is Co-Chair of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders. She has been recognized with awards for her work including the Ann Bancroft Award, the Humphrey Public Leadership Award, and the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans Leadership Award and was named by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 under 40 in 2011.

Hoyt Hsiao

President and CEO of Shaw-Lundquist Associates Inc.

Shaw-Lundquist is one of the area’s largest minority-owned firms with a mission to improve lives by building with Integrity and PRIDE. As President and CEO, Hoyt leads the business activities of the company and guides strategic direction. Hoyt has been an integral member of the management team since 1987, and has brought innovation, managed growth, improved processes, and set the vision for Shaw-Lundquist. The company provides the highest level of client care and quality in construction services for commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-family markets. Shaw-Lundquist is active in the Upper Midwest and Southwest regions, with offices in the Twin Cities and Las Vegas.

Hoyt is an honoree of the 2008 Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s Minority Business Award. He has also been named in the 2008 Minneapolis/ St. Paul Magazine’s Burt and Rusty Cohen Volunteer Hall of Fame. Hoyt has a BS in Business from the Carlson School of Management. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Children’s Theatre Company, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Minnesota International Center, and National Association of Minority Contractors Upper Midwest Chapter.

About CAAL PowerTalks

From July through October, CAAL will host monthly PowerTalks with leaders to facilitate networking, and to create space for emerging and experienced leaders from across sectors, generations, and diverse ethnic groups in the Asian Minnesotan population to explore what it means to build unity and cohesion to advance the shared priorities of the population. On November 15, 2014 CAAL will host the first Asian American Leaders Forum, where all leaders will be invited back to help us shape the future.

Future Events: August 28, September (TBD), October (TBD), November 15, 2014



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Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
451 Lexington Parkway N
St Paul, MN 55104

Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CDT)

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Coalition of Asian American Leaders

Formed in 2013, the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) envisions a State where all Minnesotans, regardless of background, are actively engaged and can achieve prosperity. We are a coalition of Asian American leaders, made up of both emerging and experienced leaders from all sectors, harnessing our power to advance equity by connecting, learning, and acting together to improve lives. We believe that together we can learn, identify shared priorities, and create common agendas to achieve results for a more prosperous future for all people of the State. 

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