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Houston Community College

3100 Main Street

Houston, TX 77002

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One-Day Regional Conference - Leading Into The Future: Creating Opportunities for AAPI Women Across Communities

Critical to effective 21st century leadership is the ability to promote whole person leadership – leadership that balances one’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and that lays the foundation from which individuals are able to both influence and make a difference. Understanding trends and forecasts as well as challenges and opportunities equips leaders to develop this type of foundation and strategic vision.

Join us on Saturday, November 4, 2017 for an interactive, dialogue-driven, one-day regional conference in partnership with Houston Community College. The conference will include presentations and discussions highlighting the trends, challenges, and opportunities facing AAPI women today, offer skillsbuilding and networking opportunities, and spotlight regional activities that are making an impact in the AAPI community and beyond.

Participants will leave the conference energized with new ideas and strategies to better serve their organizations and communities. The conference is open to participants from all sectors, including corporate, non-profit, government, and academia. An evening reception and marketplace will begin at 5pm, immediately following the afternoon workshops. Information about the agenda can be found at www.apawomen.org.

Thank you to our host committee and corporate partners: Houston Community College, State Farm, Southwest Airlines, Cole Chemical, Walmart, Titan Management, Comcast, and Coca-Cola.


8:30 – 9:00am

Registration/Breakfast provided by Cole Chemicals

9:00 – 9:15am

Welcome & Introductions

Honorary Chairs:

  • Mandy Kao, President, Titan Management
  • Dr. Noreen Mayberry, Chief Medical Scientist & Space Toxicologist, NKM Environmental Health Sciences
  • Vani Rao, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, BP

Neeta Sane, Houston Community College Trustee, District VII

Courtney Chappell, Executive Director, The Center for APA Women

9:15 – 10:45am

Plenary Discussion: The challenges, priorities, opportunities, and forecasts for AAPI women across different sectors and generations.

  • Moderated by Shirley Kwan, Amegy Bank
  • Li Yi Moneypenny, Legal Counsel for Integrated Gas Ventures, Shell Oil Company
  • Daphne Kwok, VP, Multicultural Leadership - AAPI Audience Strategy, AARP
  • Joanne Tabellija-Murphy, Director, Constituent Relations - Public Affairs, Walmart
  • Donna F. Cole, President/CEO, Cole Chemical

10:45 – 11:00am

Networking Break

11:00 – 12:30pm

Plenary Discussion: Technology of the Future: How Do You Fit In?

  • Moderated by Duy Loan, National Instruments (Retired)
  • TaeMi Lee, VP, Finance, The NextSeed Inc.
  • Evelyn Obamos, International Program Manager, Pinterest
  • Brandy Pham, Co-founder and Creative Director, Planoly

12:30 – 1:30pm

Lunch: Bento Boxes

Keynote Speaker: Esther Goodhart, “The Oriental Beauty”, Comedian

1:00 – 4:00pm

Coaching & Resource Corner Open

  • Samantha Salazar, Senior Investigator, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • Susan Hodge, Certified Professional Coach & Founder, Women Leading Together

  • Dolly Brenneman, Soaring to Greatness, LLC

  • Kenya Williams, Certification & Business Development Director, Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance

1:45 – 3:00pm

Concurrent Workshops

A. Leading With Your Whole Brain

  • Kay Iwata, President, K. Iwata & Associates, Increase your leadership ability in terms of communication, conflict resolution, collaboration, and change management

B. Leadership Skills and Managing the Generations


C. Civic and Community Engagement

  • Moderator: Mary Sit, Manager of corporate communications, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
  • Danielle Bartz, City of Houston Volunteers, Boards, & Commissions
  • Mari Okabayashi, Representative, Harris County, Texas Silver-Haired Legislature State Representative for the Elderly
  • Tuyet Duong, Visiting Fellow, U.S. Department of Justice

D. Transitioning Careers

  • Moderator: Saki Indakwa, Strategist, Writer, Public Speaker & Relationship Builder; President, Houston chapter of the Public Relations Society of America
  • Rosie Abriam, Instructor, Institute of Zen Studies
  • Lilly Jang, Real Estate Agent & Host of KPRC's Home Showcase
  • Mini Timmaraju, Executive Director, External Affairs, Comcast

3:15 – 4:30pm

Concurrent Workshops REPEAT

4:45 – 5:00pm

Closing Remarks

Leslie Moe-Kaiser & Joan Yoshitomi, Co-Chairs, The Center for APA Women

5:00 – 8:00pm

Marketplace Open

5:00 – 7:30pm

Evening Reception

  • Remarks by Mayor Turner (Invited)
  • Donna F. Cole, Cole Chemicals
  • Neeta Sane, HCC Trustee, District VII

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