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Asian Heritage Month: Asians in Leadership

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In honor of Asian Heritage Month, join us for a spirited discussion on "Asians in Leadership." Why aren't there more Asian Americans in Leadership roles? How much does culture and stereotypes play into it? These questions and others will be examined by our distinguished panel. Join us and be a part of the dialogue focused on providing practical tips, advice and skills to advance your career and professional development journey along the way.

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Scott Asai
Scott has been developing leaders for 20+ years with the following groups: youth, sports, Millennials and companies.

As the owner of Leadership Muscle and Growing Forward he hosts a podcast and monthly speaker series with General Assembly while coaching people by leveraging their personal strengths: the most efficient way possible.

Scott’s background includes: a B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Organizational Leadership, Certified Professional Coach & Certified Strengths Coach. His latest book, The Startup Church: Reaching Millennials Where Faith Meets Business, is available on Amazon.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, working out and going to Disneyland on a weekly basis.

Misa Chien
After graduating from UCLA (go Bruins!), Misa co-founded a food truck known as Nom Nom Truck. With this business, she dove head first into running a business 24/7, everywhere from surviving a reality TV show, to serving a hungry line of 500+ customers within only 2 hours. When running this business she learned one thing-- although entrepreneurship might look easy from the outside, from the inside it can be a tough road. Since co-founding Nom Nom Truck, Misa has continued her passion for entrepreneurship and marketing by building several other brands in the software space, as well as becoming one of the top paid petite models in the United States. In this interview, Misa will share her expertise on how to build a company and a brand from the ground up, based on her expertise on founding several 7 figure companies over the last 10+ years.

Francis Aquino
Francis brings more than 12 years of start-up industry experience as the Director of Workplace & Employee Experience for Honey (www.joinhoney.com) where he is tasked with managing the workplace services for the growing number of employees and ensuring that the physical environment creates engagement, productivity and avenues to be creative. His biggest project to date is the build out of Honey’s new 130K square feet HQ in the Arts District. Francis’ goal is to evolve the physical design of the space to recognize the value of the employee experience.

His passion for workplace design development and people empowerment started in New York City where he designed the office spaces of several start up companies and created unique and exciting onboarding processes to increase employee engagement. Moving back to Los Angeles, he was one of the pioneer employees of the breakout brand – Nasty Gal (www.nastygal.com) where he was the Director of Office Operations.

Francis moved on to being the Director of People and Culture of Daily Look (www.dailylook.com), Senior Manager, Workplace Experience for Headspace (www.headspace.com), and most recently, the Regional Manager, Facilities and Workplace Services for Uber West Coast (www.uber.com). He is the moving force in developing the office and employee experience to develop a curated design style, combining high level goals of creating a great looking space, effective functionality and increased people engagement.


R.G. Gaznabi

R.G. Gaznabi is a writer, filmmaker, artist, entrepreneur and business development/marketing/management consultant who combines his highly eclectic creative ideas and multifaceted educational and professional background from UCLA Film School, consumer psychology research, personal development, business financing, and real estate investments. Through his varied expertise, he continues to connect with the world and to create opportunities to grow as a professional and as a human being, and to help others in doing so, as well.


R.G. is the co-founder and managing director of Media Edge Productions (renamed Kuma Productions), which is a full-service production and post production company, specializing in everything from conceptualizing and producing commercials, music videos, movie trailers, marketing, and advertising campaigns.


R.G. also has his own production company, WORG Entertainment, through which he has created and optioned multiple projects ranging from feature films, short films, TV shows, docuseries, and various multimedia content. Most recently, R.G. has been filming his second feature film, “Yummy”, and also developing several docu-series, including “Kitten Warriors”, about animal rescue groups, and “California Cruisin’”, focusing on the classic car culture in California. In 2016 R.G. wrote & directed his first feature film, “Afraid”. In 2015, he wrote and directed the short film “The Night Jogger and the TV pilot, “Jane Next Door”. In 2014, R.G. wrote and directed the short film “A Craigslist Exorcism”, which is being developed into a feature.


For nearly twenty years R.G. has also worked in real estate planning, investment, development, and management. He excels in building real estate portfolios, such as his business partner’s, which went from being worth $5 million to well over $15 million in value in the last ten years. R.G. uses his keen intuition for market trends and local business development, and his sharp eye for neighborhood potential while maintaining neighborhood integrity. His heart and passion help clients build wealth and property investment in ways that bring fulfillment, not just achievement. In June of 2019, he is launching his own full-service real estate company and brokerage firm, United West.

RG is also developing a real estate app to help people all over the world to invest, develop, manage, and create cohesive partnerships in real estate with the touch of a button.


R.G. believes that we are all intricately connected as human beings, regardless of our differences, and that if we can genuinely connect with people at a deeper level -- along with an-abundance-for-all approach to life -- then we can achieve and overcome absolutely anything we want or encounter in life.

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