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Executive-turned-entrepreneur Rebecca Okamoto to help ACEL Leadership Conference attendees keep attention in fast-paced world

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Rebecca Okamoto climbed high on the corporate ladder of success with consumer goods giant, Procter & Gamble, as the first Asian American woman to reach a senior manager level at P&G in the Supply Chain and the first woman of Japanese descent to run a supply chain in Japan. However, at what would appear to be the height of her career, she made a drastic shift and launched Evoke.Pro, a virtual mentorship and leadership development consultancy. When asked about what prompted that pivot, she replied, “I know it may appear to be a drastic shift on paper, but in my mind I just really focused on people – and that’s always what I’ve been passionate about.”

Armed with a passion for mentorship (especially for Asian Americans and women), Okamoto delivers talks and workshops for companies and community groups, inspiring her audiences to be tenacious while in pursuit of their goals.

Okamoto will bring her passion for educating communities to the Dynamics of Leadership conference in a workshop about "How to Capture and Keep Attention in a World Where No One Has Time to Listen." This form of mentorship was what helped Okamoto to propel her career forward throughout the years.

Reflecting on her own path to success, Okamoto described how a former manager and mentor helped transform her from an unremarkable manager, to a great leader. “He gave me a job I did not want, he put me in charge of safety for a plant with over 650 staff members. It was a difficult job, and he gave me a nearly impossible goal. But within a year, I not only met that goal, I exceeded it,” she recalled. “He helped me unlock my potential, and led me to see the impact I had on the lives of others.” She sees her role as mentor and leadership coach as but one way to pay that gift forward, by helping others to unlock their potential, and helping others to overcome barriers.

As a 3rd generation Japanese-American (Sansei), Okamoto recalls that her parents and extended family had always modeled strength and resilience. Her mother, a physician, was one of the first female doctors in Japan, and also a Hiroshima survivor; her father was the first Japanese American Lutheran minister and had the first Japanese mission church in Los Angeles; she also mentioned how distant relatives were interned in camps during WWII, and how that history set the precedence for deeply entrenched values of courage, grit, and tenacity. “They taught me how important it is to fulfill our potential, in order to help others fulfill theirs. I was always taught to never give up,” she said. “While I was always timid, I was raised not to be a quitter; failure was not an option.”

“It’s important for Asian-Americans to understand that it’s possible to be vibrant, and humble at the same time,” she said. “When you choose to speak up and do the right thing, you stay true to your values, and you’ll rise in your career at the same time.”

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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

Gala reception, dinner, and event (Sat., July 8, 6-9pm)

$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

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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.

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Attending our ‪#‎DynamicsOfLeadership2017, but need a hotel?

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Reserve your room by June 16th 2017 to guarantee the 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

 

 


April Member of the Month: Kristin Samson

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Kristin Samson joined the Asian Corporate and Entrepreneur Leaders with a simple desire to partake in its mentorship program in 2013, but today, her strong impact on incoming mentors and mentees demands to be felt. With over three years of continuous dedication to the Mentorship Committee, Samson is ACEL's April Committee of the Month.

Through her personal dedication to the community, Samson is already an inspiration to Arizonan leaders as a whole. She is a Young Professional Council member at UMOM and a Valley Leadership Class 37 alumna. She is the incoming head coach (president) of the Suns Charities 88 Board. On top of that, she works professionally as a sales rep for Ernest Packaging Solutions.

Despite the weight of her heavy involvement throughout the Valley, Samson still leads ACEL with poise and ease as a liaison and incoming co-chair for the Mentorship Committee -- a prominent position within a program that she calls a catalyst in her life.

Samson said her favorite part of being on the committee is the exposure she has to mentors within it, and being able to explore Arizona through different perspectives.

"It's just a reminder of the phenomenal people we have here in Arizona," Samson said. "Had I not been a part of this committee, I would not have met these phenomenal people."

For rising leaders who aspire to make a difference, Samson suggests being open to having conversations and meetups with people outside one's circle, while still honing in on true passions.

"It's really easy to get busy and spread thin," Samson said. "Say yes to the things that matter most to you so you can be most successful in those areas."

 

PROGRAM SCHEDULE: ACEL DYNAMICS OF LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2017

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Time

Activity *

Location

Friday, July 7

7:00 pm -  9:00 pm

Check In & Registration

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Welcome Reception & Keynote | Speaker: Svetlana Kim, Author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino (Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please have dinner prior to reception).

Saturday, July 8

7:30 am – 9:00 am

Breakfast & Opening

Acacia Ballroom A

9:00 am – 10:20 am

Session 1A: The Perfect Introduction: How to say who you are and what you do in 20 words or less 

Acacia Ballroom B

Session 1B: Achieving Work-Life Balance: How to Prioritize Competing Priorities

Acacia Ballroom C

Session 1C: Overcoming Conflict and the Fear Inside

Acacia Ballroom D

10:20 am – 10:30 pm

BREAK

Session 2A: Working On Multi-Generational Teams: Effective Techniques to Minimize Generational Differences

Acacia Ballroom B

10:30 am – 11:50 am

Session 2B: Changing the Conversation: Multicultural Communications in Diverse Markets

Acacia Ballroom C

Session 2C: Public Speaking: Experiences, Strategies, and Best Practices to Ace Your Next Presentation

Acacia Ballroom D

11:50 am – 1:10 pm

Lunch & Keynote | Speaker: Hon. Robert Bonta, California State Assembly

Acacia Ballroom A

Session 3A: The Role of Employee Resource Group & Your Career - Representation/ Advancement/ Advocacy

Acacia Ballroom B

1:10 pm - 2:30 pm

Session 3B: Learning from Failure: How to Make The Best Opportunity Out of Failure

Acacia Ballroom C

Session 3C: Learning the Language of Business

Acacia Ballroom D

2:30 pm – 2:40 pm

BREAK

Session 4A: Building a Strong Organizational Culture

Acacia Ballroom B

2:40 pm – 4:00 pm

Session 4B: Entrepreneurial Panel: Initializing Your Start-Up

Acacia Ballroom C

Session 4C: Running for Public Office 101: Your Hands-On Guide to Public Office

Acacia Ballroom D

4:00pm

End of Saturday Sessions

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday Gala Dinner, Keynote & Entertainment | Speaker: Bill Imada, Founder and Chief Connectivity Officer of IW Group

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino Dinner will be served.

Sunday, July 9

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast & Keynote | Speaker: George Mui, U.S. Department of Commerce - MBDA

Acacia Ballroom A

Session 5A: Money Does Grow On Tree

Acacia Ballroom B

9:00 am – 10:20 am

Session 5B: How To Find Your Highest Purpose

Acacia Ballroom C

Session 5C: How to Properly Engage and Activate the Mysterious Millennial Generation

Acacia Ballroom D

10:20 am – 10:30 am

BREAK

Session 6A: The Beach Office: How to Build a Business Around The Lifestyle You Want

Acacia Ballroom B

10:30 am – 11:50 am

Session 6B: How to Capture and Keep Attention in a World Where No One has Time to Listen

Acacia Ballroom C

Session 6C: Energizing Your Passions: Establishing a Career in the Non-Profit World

Acacia Ballroom D

11:50 am – 12:00 pm

BREAK

12:00 am – 12:30 pm

Closing Announcements

Acacia Ballroom A

12:30 PM

End of Sunday Sessions





* Agenda Subject to Change

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

Gala reception, dinner, and event (Sat., July 8, 6-9pm)

$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

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.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE | WORKSHOP TOPICS | SPEAKERS' BIO

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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