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Successful Entrepreneurs to Lead ACEL Panel on Startups this July

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Becoming an entrepreneur is often an experience filled with risks, fears and failures -- but it doesn't always have to be that way.

ACEL is bringing four professionals in the startup landscape --
Allison DeVane, Rodney Hu, Bennett Kim and Tran Tran -- to the Dynamics of Leadership conference on July 8 for an entrepreneurial panel about "Initializing Your Startup." The panelists will discuss the bright side of owning a startup at any stage. In addition, the entrepreneurs will discuss hardships faced they personally faced to help you get your business moving smoothly, while maintaining balance and facing fears of the unknown.

DeVane is a pioneer of gourmet tea preparation and innovation in the beverage industry, as the founder of Teaspressa. On the panel, she offers her experience as one of only 10 women in the U.S. to have been mentored in the Tory Burch Foundation's Business Fellows Program, and as a mentor herself for the ASU Entrepreneurs Club and Alumni Association. Teaspressa is one of Shark Tank's most widely recognized products.

Hu is a recognized leader in the state for his contributions to local food an culture. He is the owner of the Yucca Tap Room, as well as a founding member of the Arizona Distilling Company, which created the first locally distilled spirit in the Phoenix area since Prohibition. Hu also has experience in investment, sales and trading with Bear Wagner Specialists, Goldman Sachs and more.

Kim brings the perspective of a proven business leader to the panel. He is currently a managing partner of Big Rock Senior Housing, a national developer of upscale senior housing communities in which he has also served as Chief Investment Officer. His experience also extends to Walt Disney Imagineering and Merrill Lynch. Kim was named one of the nation's "20 Rising Stars of Real Estate" in 2006.

As a highly established entrepreneur since 2001, Tran will discuss how she was able to build a business from the ground up. She has earned multiple Top 25 Minority Business awards since creating Axis Employment Services, which has changed lives for many in need of careers. In the entrepreneurial panel, Tran will play a role in changing startup owners' futures.

The panel will be moderated by EntreAsians founder Dale Ting, who seeks to help budding leaders sustain their chosen lifestyles and safety nets while running profitable businesses. Ting has been a successful lifestyle entrepreneur since 2011, when he established his multi-venture company, Wild Ting Enterprises, and is the founder of ACEL's SoCal chapter.

Early bird discounts are currently available for you to see this all-star panel present on an inspirational topic that will truly change the way you view your potential to make a community impact

Conference Registration


Early Bird Before 5/31/2017


General Registration After 5/31/2017

Conference Kickoff Reception (Fri, July 7, 7-9pm) | Keynote Speaker: Svetlana Kim, Author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee

$30.00


$40.00

Saturday Gala Dinner (Sat., July 8, 6-9pm) | Keynote Speaker: Bill Imada

$100.00


$120.00

DAY PASS: Saturday Conference (Sat, July 8) | Access to 12 workshops/seminars, breakfast, lunch & Dinner Gala

$200.00


$290.00

DAY PASS: Sunday Conference
(Sat., July 9) | Access to 6 workshops/seminars & breakfast

$95.00


$120.00

ALL-INCLUSIVE PASS: Best Deal!** (Friday, July 7 - Sunday, July, 9) | Full Access to Reception, Conference and Gala Event

$250.00


$400.00

* PROGRAM SCHEDULE & WORKSHOP TOPICS

Group Discount is Available, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information

All conference registrations must be purchased online with a credit or debit card. Once you RSVP through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , an email with a PayPal link for payment will be sent to the address that you provide when you RSVP. Your registration will be confirmed by an email sent to the same address after we receive your payment. Please ensure that your email address is correct when registering.

Attire: Business professional/Semi-formal.
All tickets are non-refundable. All payments must receive by 4 p.m. on July 1st, 2017 to guarantee your seat.

Attending our ‪#‎DynamicsOfLeadership2017, but need a hotel?

We have you covered when you reserve a room with Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.

Special pricing is available for our event, $69/night +tax for a Standard 2-bed room.

Reserve your room by June 16th 2017 to guarantee the special pricing.

We have locked in that special pricing at $69/night!! This link will be available until June 16th, 2017. Make sure to book your room today!!!

Use this direct link provided by Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino:

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Or call 1-800-946-4452 and mention ACEL special pricing.

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ACEL's vision is to be the proving ground for Asian American Professionals, forging leaders of tomorrow through professional development, cultural awareness, community service and mentorship. To learn more about our member benefits or if you would like to join the ACEL family, you can visit http://www.ACELeaders.org

 

Trailblazing Leaders Kimberly Yee & Robert Bonta to Present Thought-Provoking Panel

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Public office and political engagement as a whole has historically remained far below potential. As representation and diversity become increasingly important issues in public office, ACEL seeks to bring you approachable answers to an often intimidating question: What does it take to run for public office?

On July 8, the Dynamics of Leadership conference will introduce attendees to Senator Kimberly Yee and Assemblyman Robert Bonta, two highly experienced government leaders, in a bi-partisan panel that will jump start your journey to serving in the public. The talk -- titled "Running for Public Office 101: Your Hands-On Guide to Public Office" -- will give you the tools to fund your campaign, solidify your platform as each speaker discusses their personal experiences in public servitude.

Bonta is a member of the California State Assembly, as well as the first and only Filipino American legislator in California history. The current Assistant Majority Leader in California, he will offer the steps he took to dedicate his lifetime to advocating for minorities and economic development. Bonta proudly serves to support public safety, Asian Americans and more, showing that growing up in a trailer does not prevent you from reaching adequate resources to make a difference.

Yee is the Arizona State Senate Majoriy Leader and the first Asian American woman elected to ever serve in the state's legislature. As the second woman to serve in her leadership position within the Senate since U.S. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, she brings her experiences as a highly influential woman in politics and a trailblazer for many. Yee has led committees for ethics, education, health and more while continuing to own a local business with her husband, showing how public office can offer rewarding leadership opportunities, rather than remain a sacrifice.

The panel will be moderated by Sharon Ng, a successful attorney at Stinson Leonard Street LLP. Recognized as ACEL's Corporate Leader of the Year in 2015, she is an experienced member of the public sector who has served as a Superior Court judge, a Court Appointed Special Advocate and the chair of the State Bar of Arizona Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law. One of Ng's main areas of expertise is in the area of tribal law, displaying her respect for and knowledge of minority representation in government.

Early bird discounts are currently available for you to see this all-star panel present on an inspirational topic that will truly change the way you view your potential to make a community impact

Conference Registration


Early Bird Before 5/31/2017


General Registration After 5/31/2017

Conference Kickoff Reception (Fri, July 7, 7-9pm) | Keynote Speaker: Svetlana Kim, Author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee

$30.00


$40.00

Saturday Gala Dinner (Sat., July 8, 6-9pm) | Keynote Speaker: Bill Imada

$100.00


$120.00

DAY PASS: Saturday Conference (Sat, July 8) | Access to 12 workshops/seminars, breakfast, lunch & Dinner Gala

$200.00


$290.00

DAY PASS: Sunday Conference
(Sat., July 9) | Access to 6 workshops/seminars & breakfast

$95.00


$120.00

ALL-INCLUSIVE PASS: Best Deal!** (Friday, July 7 - Sunday, July, 9) | Full Access to Reception, Conference and Gala Event

$250.00


$400.00

* PROGRAM SCHEDULE & WORKSHOP TOPICS

Group Discount is Available, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information

All conference registrations must be purchased online with a credit or debit card. Once you RSVP through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , an email with a PayPal link for payment will be sent to the address that you provide when you RSVP. Your registration will be confirmed by an email sent to the same address after we receive your payment. Please ensure that your email address is correct when registering.

Attire: Business professional/Semi-formal.
All tickets are non-refundable. All payments must receive by 4 p.m. on July 1st, 2017 to guarantee your seat.

Attending our ‪#‎DynamicsOfLeadership2017, but need a hotel?

We have you covered when you reserve a room with Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.

Special pricing is available for our event, $69/night +tax for a Standard 2-bed room.

Reserve your room by June 16th 2017 to guarantee the special pricing.

We have locked in that special pricing at $69/night!! This link will be available until June 16th, 2017. Make sure to book your room today!!!

Use this direct link provided by Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino:

https://reservations.travelclick.com/75936?groupID=1763179

Or call 1-800-946-4452 and mention ACEL special pricing.

Click here to become a member today!

For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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ACEL's vision is to be the proving ground for Asian American Professionals, forging leaders of tomorrow through professional development, cultural awareness, community service and mentorship. To learn more about our member benefits or if you would like to join the ACEL family, you can visit http://www.ACELeaders.org

Federal Government Leader George Mui expands resources for minorities, small businesses with ACEL Leadership Conference talks

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A Global Strategist with a passion for Asian American advocacy, George Mui is a federal government leader whose award-winning impact transcends national borders.

Mui currently serves as a senior business development specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency. Focusing on the Asian market, he leverages his extensive global experience to develop business and represent the MBDA on the President’s National Export Initiative (NEI) Small Business Working Group.

The Dynamics of Leadership conference will proudly feature two powerful and engaging seminars by George Mui:

1. On July 8, the international leader will discuss the role of employee resource groups in promoting diversity in the corporate structure in a talk titled “ERG Panel: The Role of Employee Resource Group and Your Career Representation / Advancement / Advocacy.”

2. On July 9, Mui will return as a breakfast keynote speaker to engage Dynamics of Leadership attendees in a talk about utilizing government resources for business development and expansion. Mui said this talk is especially important in the Asian Pacific American community, which tends to be refrain from utilizing these incredible, readily available services due to distrust, pride, fear of language barriers and more.

Since joining the MBDA in 2008, Mui has successfully created resources for minority business owners through his “Access to the Global Economy” program and as a Senior Advisor for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. His innovative work led him to be granted the 2010 MBDA National Director Award, as well as the 2011 Impact Award from the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council.

While his work with the federal government keeps him busy, Mui still prioritizes his service toward community development. In 2013, he created the Asian American Executive Network, which has advocated for over hundreds of AAPI professionals and entrepreneurs since its inception. He also served on the OCA National Board and the Chicago Mayor’s Advisory Commission for the Office of New Americans for numerous years.

Prior to the MBDA, Mui steadily expanded his presence as a leader in both small and international businesses. During his 19 successful years at Lucent Technology, he grew his business unit by nearly $300 million in three years. He also has started an international business consulting firmed prior to joining government service.

Mui holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in computer sciences from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he currently serves on the IIT Alumni Board, and completed two executive education programs at Stanford University. He was recently recognized with multiple awards for his community services: Asian American Coalition of Chicago Chinese American Service Award and the Illinois Cook County State Attorney Community Service Award in 2016. In 2011, he was also inducted to the Asian American Hall of Fame in Chicago.

Conference Registration


Early Bird Before 5/31/2017


General Registration After 5/31/2017

Conference Kickoff Reception (Fri, July 7, 7-9pm) | Keynote Speaker: Svetlana Kim, Author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee

$30.00


$40.00

Saturday Gala Dinner (Sat., July 8, 6-9pm) | Keynote Speaker: Bill Imada

$100.00


$120.00

DAY PASS: Saturday Conference (Sat, July 8) | Access to 12 workshops/seminars, breakfast, lunch & Dinner Gala

$200.00


$290.00

DAY PASS: Sunday Conference
(Sat., July 9) | Access to 6 workshops/seminars & breakfast

$95.00


$120.00

ALL-INCLUSIVE PASS: Best Deal!** (Friday, July 7 - Sunday, July, 9) | Full Access to Reception, Conference and Gala Event

$250.00


$400.00

* PROGRAM SCHEDULE & WORKSHOP TOPICS

Group Discount is Available, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information

All conference registrations must be purchased online with a credit or debit card. Once you RSVP through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , an email with a PayPal link for payment will be sent to the address that you provide when you RSVP. Your registration will be confirmed by an email sent to the same address after we receive your payment. Please ensure that your email address is correct when registering.

Attire: Business professional/Semi-formal.
All tickets are non-refundable. All payments must receive by 4 p.m. on July 1st, 2017 to guarantee your seat.

Attending our ‪#‎DynamicsOfLeadership2017, but need a hotel?

We have you covered when you reserve a room with Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.

Special pricing is available for our event, $69/night +tax for a Standard 2-bed room.

Reserve your room by June 16th 2017 to guarantee the special pricing.

We have locked in that special pricing at $69/night!! This link will be available until June 16th, 2017. Make sure to book your room today!!!

Use this direct link provided by Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino:

https://reservations.travelclick.com/75936?groupID=1763179

Or call 1-800-946-4452 and mention ACEL special pricing.

Click here to become a member today!

For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

###

ACEL's vision is to be the proving ground for Asian American Professionals, forging leaders of tomorrow through professional development, cultural awareness, community service and mentorship. To learn more about our member benefits or if you would like to join the ACEL family, you can visit http://www.ACELeaders.org

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