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GATEWAY TO LEADERSHIP: Language of Success Conference

National Association of Asian American Professionals SF Bay Area

Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM (PDT)

GATEWAY TO LEADERSHIP: Language of Success Conference

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Early Bird Conference Pass   more info Ended $100.00 $2.99
Final Week Conference Pass Ended $175.00 $4.49
Conference Pass + Membership Bundle Ended $200.00 $4.99

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Largest Bay Area Asian-American Leadership Conference

The National Association of Asian American Professionals-San Francisco Chapter (NAAAP-SF) proudly invites you to an exciting conference to inspire and cultivate the next generation of Asian-American leaders in our community.

Keynote Speakers  

Ming Chan

CEO of The1stMovement 

Inc. Magazine’s "Top 10 Asian Entrepreneurs in America"


David Lee

CoFounder of XG Ventures  

 “Top 50 Angel Investors of 2012”

Featured Conference Speakers

Alan Wang
Emmy Award Winning Reporter

ABC7 News

Ajay Anand


Henry Wong
Venture Partner

Garage Technology Ventures

Johnnie Giles
Executive Director & VP Comcast

Sonia Delen
Senior Vice President

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Amy Tong
Vice Chair

APAPA National

Hong Bui


Sumit Kapur


Calvin Lui

Unified Social

Darpan Thawani
Senior Director

Conroy Shum
Senior Director 

Dolby Laboratories

Jerry Shen
Creator of Fantasy Monster

(acquired by Yahoo)

Hung Truong

Hewlett Packard

David Chiu
SF Board of Supervisors

Kim Le
CEO & Founder


Christopher Do
VP of Wealth Management


Patrick Nguyen
Founder & CEO

Amusing Quest

Gilbert Cabrera
VP of Finance

Tracy Lawrence
CEO & Founder


Julia Lee


Mark Trang


Ro Khanna
Fmr Dept Asst Secretary 

US Dept of Commerce


Vivian Chan


David Lum

Motorola Solutions


Cindy Owyoung
Director of Diversity


Mark Mao
Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP


Stefanie Tsen
Area Director
Louis Vuitton


Michael Soon Lee



Ray Rekhi
VP Business Banking 

Wells Fargo

Rick Gutierrez
Resources Partner
Wu Hoover & Co


Sponsoring Companies















Top Companies Represented


Kaiser Permanente




Conference Schedule


8:00-9:00am Registration & Networking

Opening Remarks - David Chiu, President of the SF Board of Supervisors


Keynote - Ming Chan, CEO of The1stMovement (Inc Magazine's Top 10 Asian Entrepreneurs in America)


View from the Top: A Conversation with Influential Asian American Leaders in the C-Suite

Asian-Americans are typically underrepresented in top leadership positions. Hear from these top-level Asian-American leaders who have broken through the “bamboo ceiling”. Get inspired and learn their secrets to success and apply them to your life and career!

Ajay Anand, Partner & Principal at EY                                               Henry Wong, Venture Partner at Garage Technology Ventures
Amy Tong, CIO at California Lottery
Hong Bui, CEO at Polkast

Moderator: Alan Wang, Fmr. Emmy Award Winning Anchor at ABC7 News      




Leaning In with Asian-American Women Leaders

Asian-American women have long faced challenges of race and gender in the workplace. Learn from these successful Asian-American women on how they overcome these obstacles and balance their careers and priorities, leading to successful professional and personal growth.

Sonia Delen, Senior VP at Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Julia Lee, Manager at Facebook
Kim Le, CEO & Founder at A2Q2
Cindy Owyoung, Director at Yahoo!

Moderator: Stefanie Tsen, Area Director at Louis Vuitton

Navigating Office Politics

Hard work - only part of the equation - Understanding how to navigate office politics to your advantage. Hear David Lum, Director at Motorola, share his story about leveraging his background and adopting cultural fluency in the workplace.


David Lum: Director at Motorola 




Keynote - David Lee, Co-Founder of XG Ventures

Lunch, Sponsor Acknowledgement, Facilitated Mentoring




Networking 101: Turn Casual Conversations into Meaningful Connections through Proven Networking Techniques

Quite often, it’s not about what you know but about who you know. Gain valuable insights from the minds of a top-level executive, recruiter, and diversity officer on how to transform your life and career through networking.


Christopher Do, Vice President-Wealth Management UBS
Rick Gutierrez, Resources Partner at Wu Hoover & Co., LLP
Ray Rekhi, VP of Business Banking at Wells Fargo

Maximize Your Personal Brand

Is your personal brand what you want it to be? Are you looking to establish or evolve what you're known for? Join Ming Chan, CEO of The1stMovement, Inc. Magazine's "Top 10 Asian Entrepreneurs in America" as he shares with you his personal branding process, so you can learn how to market yourself to the world and position yourself for success.


Ming Chan, CEO of The1stMovement




Secrets to Effective Management

Effective management involves not only managing those who report to you, but also your peers, other team members, clients and even your own manager. Learn the secrets in managing, from these executives who have successfully managed all these different aspects to achieve company and personal goals.

Hung Truong, Director of Engineering at HP
Darpan Thawani, Senior Director at Oracle
Gilbert Cabrera, Vice President of Finance at Safeway Inc.
Sumit Kapur, CFO at 3Degrees Inc.

Moderator: Vivian Chan, Director at VMware

Win-Win Negotiations

Negotiations can be intimidating. Knowing what to ask for and how to ask for it is a challenge for many people. Learn fundamental negotiation skills and strategies in opening and closing deals in which both parties always benefit.

Johnnie Giles, Executive Director/VP at Comcast
Michael Soon Lee, President at Ethnoconnect
Conroy Shum, Senior Director at Dolby Laboratories.
Ro Khanna, Fmr. US Commerce Deputy Asst. Secretary at U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Moderator: Mark Mao, Partner at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP




Startup Mythbusters: Hear Founders Weigh In on Topics including Hiring, Funding, Product Development, and Marketing

What does it take to build a startup? How do you build your team and market your product and company? Get first-hand advice from this panel of seasoned entrepreneurs and VCs as they share best practices and guidelines on how to run and grow a successful company.

Calvin Lui, President & CSO at Unified                                              
Jerry Shen, Director at Yahoo Fantasy
Patrick Nguyen, Serial Entrepreneur, CEO & Founder at Amusing Quest
Tracy Lawrence, CEO & Founder at Chewse

Moderator: Mark Trang, CEO/Co-Founder at SocialPandas


Closing Remarks


Networking Reception and Career Fair

Connect with conference speakers, recruiters, and attendees 



FAQ: http://www.naaapsf.org/GTLConferenceFAQ.aspx

Learn more about NAAAP-SF at: http://www.naaapsf.org/

Have questions about GATEWAY TO LEADERSHIP: Language of Success Conference? Contact National Association of Asian American Professionals SF Bay Area

When & Where

Hotel Nikko - Union Square
222 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM (PDT)

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National Association of Asian American Professionals SF Bay Area

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  • Cultivate and empower leaders for professional excellence.
  • Connect accomplished professionals for mutual success.
  • Engage and participate with the community-at-large.
  • Inspire leaders to make a meaningful difference in government, education, business, and society.
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