Meet the NAAAP National Team

The NAAAP National Administration team is a group of dedicated volunteers that serve the organization, run its programs on a national level and support our many chapters and ventures. Bios and photos are posted beneath the President’s Greetings.

If you are interested in joining the National team, please review our open positions and contact us. In additional to national opportunities, NAAAP chapters are always looking for volunteers to serve locally. Find the chapter closest to you.

Executive Team

Fabian De Rozario

National President & CEO

Fabian De Rozario is a consultant and facilitator of talent engagement seminars/programs, delivering more than 100 workshops and seminars each year at Fortune 100 companies domestically and abroad. Program topics include diversity & inclusion, cross-cultural proficiency, workforce engagement, and leadership.

Fabian is a Senior Consultant and Lead Facilitator at Korn/Ferry International and also has a private consulting & training practice, GlobalConnect LP. He also serves as the Diversity Director for the National Society of High School Scholars.

Fabian was born and raised in Malaysia and completed his secondary education in Edinburgh, Scotland. He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with two B.S. degrees (Management and Marketing) and a M.S. degree in Parks & Recreation Administration.

He served in student services leadership, instructor, and corporate trainer roles at Northern Illinois University and at University of Arkansas at Little Rock (where he was the Director of the Donaghey Student Center). From 1998 to 2006, Fabian was the Director of U.S. University Relations and Global Operations for the Golden Key International Honour Society headquartered in Atlanta.

Fabian is a leader and frequent volunteer in the Atlanta community, serving as the 2009 & 2010 President of NAAAP Atlanta (National Association of Asian American Professionals) and co-founding MAG (Malaysian Association of Georgia). In June 2005, Fabian received the Georgia Society of Association Executives President’s Award and was named a “Mover & Shaker” of the association in 2007. Fabian is a 2006 honoree of Who’s Who in Asian American Communities (WWAAC) in Georgia and now serves on the WWAAC Foundation Board. He is also currently on the Board of Directors at CPACS (Center for Pan Asian Community Services). He is a graduate of the 2009 class of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute, and is a member of the 2011 Class of Leadership Atlanta. Fabian has previously served as NAAAP National’s Chief Business Development Officer (2011-2013) and Career Fair Director for the 2011 National Convention.

Cyndy Yu-Robinson

Interim Executive Director 

In NAAAP’s first paid full-time position, Cyndy Yu-Robinson oversees daily operations of the organization.  She supports and coordinates the actions of NAAAP’s volunteer leaders in areas of business development, programs, communication, and administrative efficiency.

Cyndy has volunteered for NAAAP since 2009 and has worked on NAAAP’s Leadership Convention every year.  As Chief Marketing Officer from 2011 to 2013  she spearheaded NAAAP’s 30th anniversary celebration in 2012 and launched ALIST Magazine.  As Chief Programs Officer, she supported national programs including the NAAAP100 awards program, the National Leadership Academy, the NAAAP Leadership Convention and Recruitment Expo, the NAAAP Speakers Bureau, Women in NAAAP (WIN), Successful Parents in NAAAP, (SPIN), Fitness in NAAAP Everyday (FINE).

Cyndy Yu-Robinson has worked for 25 years in communication, public affairs, and public engagement.  Her passions include environmental sustainability, community service and philanthropy, and sports and fitness. Cyndy worked as a Congressional liaison and public information officer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 18 years and served as the Asian Special Emphasis Program Manager for 9 of those years. She moved into private sector as Lenovo’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for one year, and served on numerous non-profit boards including that of Sustainable North Carolina for 3 years. Most recently, she did public outreach on roadway, transit, and water projects at AECOM, a global infrastructure and environmental services company.

Her service to the Asian community includes being a volunteer at the Asian Women’s Center in San Francisco, an officer of the Triangle Area Chinese American Society in North Carolina, President of the NC-Chinese Business Association, and project director for Census 2010 Outreach to Asians and Pacific Islanders in North Carolina.

Cyndy graduated from Stanford University in 1987 with a bachelor’s in human biology and from the University of California, San Diego, in 1991 with a master’s in international relations and Pacific Studies.

Cyndy and her husband Steve run a martial arts school in Raleigh and train athletes, including their daughter and son, for national and international competition. As a direct result of leadership and networking skills fostered in NAAAP, Cyndy’s martial arts school hosted the AAU Karate national championships and 3000 competitors at the Raleigh Convention Center in 2015 and will do so againin 2017.

Tommy Yip

Chief Operating Officer

Tommy Yip is a Service Delivery & Design Network Architect for British Telecom Global Services, a company that provides voice and data communication services for corporate customers with a heavy global presence. To supplement his 20 year career with the Telecommunications/IT industry, Tommy has obtained the most prestigious level of industry certification, the Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) while leading a team of several network engineers and interfacing with global sales and account teams. Tommy graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida. Tommy is also a member of the University of Florida Alumni Association and an alumnus of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

Tommy’s first exposure to NAAAP was joining the Atlanta chapter in 2005. Afterwards, Tommy has served as the 2006 Technology Lead, the 2007 Vice President, and the 2008 President for the Atlanta chapter. During his term as the Atlanta chapter President, Tommy led NAAAP-Atlanta to win three national awards of excellence including Chapter of the Year. While serving as the 2008 NAAAP-Atlanta President, Tommy was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Asian-Americans in Georgia by the Georgia Asian Times. You may also see Tommy on the March 2008 Georgia Asian Times Executive Profile.

In 2009, Tommy was inspired to increase his service to NAAAP on the national level by serving as the Director of the National Office of Chapter Development & Consultancy. In 2010, Tommy began serving as NAAAP’s Chief Operating Officer, facilitating communication and coordination between the Executive and Administrative Team and the chapters, and evaluating programs and operations. In 2010, Tommy relocated to Dallas, TX. He assisted the founding of the Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) chapter in 2011, where Tommy also serves as a member of it’s Senior Advisory Council.

In March 2012, Tommy was ratified unanimously by the new Board of Directors to serve as President & CEO. Tommy’s thorough and balanced approach provided a stronger sense of unity and cohesiveness for all NAAAP localities, and provided more value to NAAAP members, sponsors, and partners on a global environment.

In October 2013, Tommy stepped back into the Chief Operating Officer’s role to provide continuity and excellence in the administrative, financial, and project management areas on Mr. DeRozario’s team.

In his spare time, Tommy is learning rock climbing, learning to play golf, watches football, enjoys movies, and experiments with ethnic foods while fitting in weight training and mountain biking exercises. He also is part of NAAAP-DFW’s dragon boat and kickball teams.

Grant Brooks

Chief Chapter Relations Officer

Grant Brooks is a senior financial analyst for The Boeing Company, the largest exporter in the US and the largest aerospace company in the world. In addition to being a senior financial analyst, he manages market development for several internal start-ups within the company. Grant also has an intense passion for teaching and has been a workshop facilitator for many non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 companies. Workshops center primarily on leadership, teamwork, diversity and engagement.

Active both locally and nationally, Grant has served NAAAP in several capacities, including the National organization, and the NAAAP chapters of Los Angeles, Orange County, and Philadelphia. Grant served as the National Director of Performance Management (2011-2014) before his current National position. Since 2011, Grant has also actively served on NAAAP Philadelphia’s senior leadership team as VP of Special Projects. Some of his accomplishments include implementing national chapter metrics, revamping the national awards, and leading the 2014 NAAAP Northeast Leadership Conference, a regional conference that had over 230 attendees and 30 companies participate in a day of “elevating” Asian American leadership.

Currently located on the East Coast, Grant was raised on the West Coast. He was a President’s Scholar at California State University, Long Beach, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Accountancy. Not a fan of free time, Grant likes to spend most of his in the gym or blogging.

Miranda Wong

Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer, Miranda Wong develops strategic marketing strategies to promote National programs and event. She continues to increase membership numbers through Content Marketing and Social Media Marketing Campaigns. In addition, Miranda manages the NAAAP Marketing team to produce professional and high-quality digital marketing creatives, such as the National website, ALIST-Magazine, and collaterals for National and Chapter usage. Miranda also provides guidance on National programming, such as the Annual Convention, Webinar Series and Women In NAAAP (WIN!)

Miranda is the founder and president of Kaizen Events which analyzes and consults with companies on key problem areas pertaining to high staff turnover and low company morale. Her company also provides viable out-of-the-box solutions to help companies motivate and retain talented employees.

Shan-Ming Chiu

Chief Technology Officer

Shan-Ming is currently based out of Atlanta, Georgia. He specializes in business intelligence and data warehousing as well as custom application and database development. Shan-Ming has worked for the telecom, retail and utilities industries previously in a variety of technology roles. He received his B.S.E in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

Shan-Ming has been involved with NAAAP since 2004, when he discovered the Atlanta chapter looking for information dragon boat racing. He quickly became involved the following year as he joined the NAAAP Atlanta board as a technology chair, leading a redesign of the chapter’s website. Shan-Ming currently serves as the National Vice President of Technology, where is responsible for strategic planning, architecture, implementation and operations for NAAAP’s technology across the organization.

Shan-Ming is also involved in the annual Chopstix for Charity fundraising event that provides grants to Asian American community service organizations. In his spare, Shan-Ming enjoys hiking and dragon boat racing.

Hans Huang

Chief Legal Officer

Hans H. Huang has more than fifteen years of legal experience in small and large firms as well as serving as general counsel and an executive team member with multiple for-profit and non-profit corporations. Hans started his legal career as a volunteer with North Carolina Legal Services while attending the University of North Carolina School Of Law (JD ‘98). Although he joined the oldest North Carolina law firm of Maupin Taylor to handle Health Care Certificate of Need Litigation and Securities Fraud Matters, Hans also provided corporate counseling to multi-national companies and resolving complex international and cross-border disputes. In 2006, Hans became a partner with Maupin Taylor and expanded his practice when the firm merged with Williams Mullen. In 2009, Hans joined BioResource International, a biotech company headquartered in RTP as its Director of Corporate Development and General Counsel and eventually started his own firm in 2012.

Currently Hans participates in various entrepreneurial projects himself. He has operated, owned, sold, and developed various restaurants and lounges since 2004. Since 2012, Hans has joined several management teams including for the following: asset recovery and management services company; real estate development company; document management, logistics and fulfillment center; a winery; a clothing and accessories franchise including online operations; and a law firm focusing on Asian-owned businesses and Asian clients.
Hans’ non-profit experience includes forming, serving, and sitting as legal advisor to several non-profits, charities, and political organizations, including Band Together for North Carolina which organizes large functions benefiting various charities including The New York Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund and The Washington DC Survivors Fund, Special Olympics, and Operation Smile. Hans previously held Board positions with local non-profits and charities including SafeChild, North Carolina Chinese Business Association, Hyphen-American Leadership Organization (“HALO”), Leadership Raleigh Alumni Association, Raleigh Chamber/Small Business Section, Carolina First Fund Raising Campaign, UNC-CH’s Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, and the NC Bar Association’s Minority Outreach Section Member.

Legal
Legal, Regulatory, and Procedural Compliance
Intellectual Property including DCMA, Trademark, and Copyright
501 (c)(3) Group Exemption Compliance
Agreements (Negotiating and Drafting)

Mike Valdez

Chief Business Development Officer

Mike Valdez serves as Chief Business Development Officer with the NAAAP National Administration. In this role, he oversees, coordinates and manages all activities related to NAAAP’s fund-raising efforts.

Mike’s began and continues his involvement with NAAAP in Chicago starting 2004 as a member in the Midwest Asian Affinity Business Network (MAABN) program, now Asian Affinity Group Leaders (AAGL). Through this involvement, he began to understand first-hand how NAAAP Chicago focuses on creating an open forum for Asian American corporate leaders throughout Chicago and the surrounding areas. Having served on NAAAP Chicago’s Board as Director of Corporate Relations from 2005 to 2007, Mike assumed the role of Director of Affinity Groups in 2008, was elected as Treasurer in 2010 and as Secretary in 2013.

Professionally, Mike is a Vice President with the Northern Trust Company in Chicago. With over 25 years of service, he currently is a Regional Banking Administrator. Mike also serves as Global President of the Asian Leadership Business Resource Council within the company. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Elmhurst College and a Masters in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.

He resides in Crystal Lake with his wife Karen and two sons, Ethan and Harrison. Mike is a strong advocate for diversity & inclusion and a believer in giving back to the community. In 2013 Mike was chosen by the United Nations “Do One Thing” slogan contest committee and presented his winning slogan to the Second World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Past Presidents

2012-2013

Tommy Yip (Dallas-Fort Worth)

2008-2012

Brad Baldia (Philadelphia)

2006-2008

John Fok, WCFS (San Francisco)

2006

Rose Olea (Chicago)

2002-2006

Vincent Yee, Staples (Boston)

2000-2002

Edward Yang, Bank of America (North Carolina)

1998-2000

Jhemon Lee, Los Alamitos Radiology Group (Los Angeles)

1997-1998

Henry King, TotalMed/Glove Solutions (Houston)

1996-1997

Albert Shen, Shen Consulting (Seattle)

1995-1996

Pierre Wuu, Click2Asia, Inc. (Los Angeles)

1993-1995

Roger Fong, BFE, LLC (Chicago)

1991-1993

Robert Tanzil, John H. Elton (New York)
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National Administration

Jason Abbott
Director of Branding
Lee Ann Chan
Student/Collegiate Outreach
Philip Cheng
Director of Talent Acquisition
Ruby Khan
Content Marketing Writer
August Lew-Kee
Social Media Specialist
Edward Hwang
Director of NAAAP100 Program
Grace Kiem
Director of Women in NAAAP! (WIN)
Gary Li
Director of NAAAP Career Center
Ashley Mack
Director of Member Relations
Nozomi Morgan
Co-Director of Women In NAAAP! (WIN)
Sia Moua
Student/Collegiate Outreach
Farzana Nayani
National Director of ERG Relations
Michael Nguyen
Director of Associate Chapter Development – Western Region
Tammy Pham
Co-General Counsel – Trademark and IP
Lisa Thai
Director, 2014 National Leadership Academy
Sally Wang
General Counsel
Elizabeth Yang
National Co-Director of Volunteer Management
Ngoc Nguyen
Digital Marketing Specialist
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Board of Directors

Ronald Chang

Ronald Chang

Ronald Chang, President of UPS Capital, was appointed to this position in September 2014. Mr. Chang also maintains responsibility for UPS Inc.’s Intellectual Property Portfolio. He has over twenty years of financial experience with UPS, the world’s largest transportation and logistics company. This includes 15 years of International M&A, Treasury & Cash Management experience.

From 2007 until 2013, he was responsible for UPS’s Global Mergers and Acquisition Group and Intellectual Property Group. During this assignment Chang’s responsibilities were: developing and implementing UPS’s global acquisition strategy, management of the M&A team, conducting target company valuations, due diligence activities, negotiations and pre/post closing activities, and coordination with UPS’s Board of Directors and external stakeholders.

Mr. Chang’s other UPS assignments include: VP of Finance UPS in the Pacific Region (2005–2007), one of the largest business units within UPS, where he was responsible for accounting, control, budgeting, forecasting, analysis, as well as crafting and implementing business unit strategic initiatives; Treasury Europe & Asia (1999–2006); and Controller in the Asia Pacific Region (1996 – 1999), where he was responsible for group
financials of a $700 million regional business comprised of 12 subsidiary companies/countries spanning across Asia.

Mr. Chang received his MBA form the George L. Graziado School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University.

Betty Lo

Betty Lo

Betty Lo is Vice President of Community Alliances & Consumer Engagement for Nielsen and works with community leaders, media, entertainment and consumer businesses to promote Nielsen’s education, philanthropic, and public affairs initiatives in the community. Betty has over 18 years of experience with global consumer product goods companies including The Coca-Cola Company and Newell Rubbermaid leading initiatives in communications/PR, organizational development, change management, process improvement and building Asian-American business opportunities to increase organizational productivity and profitability. She has helped many organizations through transformational change to unlock the trapped capacity for growth and is experienced in leading cross-functional global teams.

Betty is an active leader within the Asian-American community and serves on the National Board of Directors for Asian/Pacific Islander American Chambers of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (ACE), as a senior advisor for National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP)–New York chapter, and on the Business Advisory Council of OCA–Asian American Advocates. She also served in various leadership roles, including President and Chair of the Board for NAAAP–Atlanta chapter, Co-Chair of the 2007 NAAAP National Convention, as executive board of Coca-Cola’s Women’s Forum, Coca-Cola’s Asian Employee Business Resource Group and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)–Georgia.

Betty has her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan College and graduated from the Executive MBA program at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

D. A. Abrams

 

D.A. Abrams

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

D.A. Abrams is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the United States Tennis Association, a position he assumed in February 2012. In this role, Abrams focuses on developing and innovating the USTA’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) initiatives on both the national and grass-roots levels. He works out of the USTA national headquarters in White Plains, N.Y.

Abrams’ responsibilities include expanding and strengthening strategic partnerships with affinity groups to help increase the visibility and reach of USTA programs and boost overall tennis participation, as well as to better establish the business case for growing diversity.

Abrams oversees and operates the D&I training for all members of the USTA board of directors as well as council chairs, committee chairs and USTA staff in addition to the presidents, delegates and executive directors of the 17 USTA sections. He also serves as the chair for a 22-member D&I Advisory Group at the USTA that serves to implement change and address various areas of opportunity within the organization.

Furthermore, Abrams is responsible for overseeing and cultivating the USTA’s seven Business Resource Groups. Under his leadership, the USTA has made significant contributions to the business of the organization, including enhanced partner benefits and a greater parental leave policy for both mothers and fathers. Since his appointment as CDO, the USTA has heightened its supplier diversity efforts, with the 2013 year-end spend with diverse suppliers equaling 13 percent.

In 2013, Abrams launched the USTA’s first “Cross Cultural Dexterity Training” program that serves to increase understanding of the impact of exclusionary behavior and the power of culture. He also developed a company-wide scorecard to measure the achievements of the USTA’s D&I objectives. He has also launched a company-wide internship program, implemented to provide diverse college-age students the opportunity to live the USTA experience for eight weeks.

Abrams has been involved professionally in tennis since 1989 and has worked with the USTA in various capacities since 1993. In 1997, he became the first African-American to serve as the executive director of a regional/sectional office, assuming the post for the USTA Missouri Valley Section. After returning to the national office in 2000, he was hired as the executive director of USTA Eastern in 2006, making him the first person ever to pilot two different USTA sections.

An author and Certified Association Executive (CAE), Abrams has published three books – “Certified Association Executive Exam: Strategies for Study & Success” (May 2013), “Diversity & Inclusion: The Big Six Formula for Success” (July 2013), and “New-School Leadership: Making a Difference in the 21st Century” (July 2014). In 2012, Sports Business Journal highlighted Abrams in its “Executive Transactions” section and Savoy Magazine featured him and the USTA in its “Corporate Diversity Matters” section. In addition, he’s been featured on the covers of Associations Now Magazine (July 2012) and Diversity Executive Magazine (August 2013). In 2000, he was named one of Tennis Industry magazine’s “Top 40 under 40” tennis executives.

A native of Philadelphia, Abrams played tennis at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, where he earned his undergraduate degree in accounting. Subsequently, Abrams earned a master’s degree from Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, MN.

Michon Ellis

Michon Ellis

Michon Ellis is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at LimeGreen, LLC, a cross-cultural marketing communications agency focused on developing impactful multicultural marketing campaigns that drive consumer consideration, trial and ultimately loyalty. Core agency capabilities include creative development and production, social, digital, video, customer-facing events and promotions.

A marketing and communications veteran of 20 years, Ellis is responsible for client partnerships, agency profitability and overall growth.

Ellis co-founded LimeGreen after spending nearly 15 years in the marketing communications industry . . . this included serving as Director of Global Marketing Communications for the McDonald’s Corporation.

Prior to his eight-year tenure with McDonald’s, Ellis held executive positions at many levels for some of the nation’s leading marketing communications agencies that included Edelman, Porter Novelli and Ketchum Communications. While on the agency side, Ellis developed strategies and directed the execution of numerous national marketing communications programs and public relations campaigns for a diverse roster of clients ranging from health care, consumer goods, philanthropy and quick service restaurants. Among these were: State Farm, Schering-Plough, Coca-Cola Company, Kraft Foods, Inc., Ronald McDonald House Charities, Wendy’s International and McDonald’s Corporation.

A former Division I football player, Ellis graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in English Journalism.

Aurora Abella-Austriaco

Aurora Abella-Austriaco

The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is pleased to announce Aurora Abella-Austriaco as the newest addition to its Board of National Directors. Aurora is President and Owner of Austriaco and Associates Ltd. Her company concentrates in business litigation, commercial and real-estate transactions and other special chancery remedy cases, catering to a broad spectrum of clientele ranging from multinational corporations to startups and individual clients. Aurora served as past President to the prestigious Chicago Bar Association and was the 1st Asian American to be elected. She is currently serving her fourth year as Chicago Bar Association delegate to the ABA House of Delegates.

Jane Hyun

Jane Hyun

The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is pleased to announce Jane Hyun as the newest addition to its National Board of Directors. Jane is a leadership strategist to Fortune 500 companies and an expert in cross-cultural effectiveness, onboarding, and Asian talent development. She has 25 years of direct business experience and is a renowned speaker on topics of leadership and cultural fluency and has held management posts at JPMorgan Chase, Deloitte, and Resources Global.

A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Economics and International Studies, Jane serves as an Advisor to the Center for Talent Innovation, Toigo Foundation’s President Circle, and is a board member of Operation Exodus, a New York City based non-profit that provides academic tutoring and mentoring to Latino youth in Washington Heights.   Furthermore, she is the research director for The Conference Board Cultural Fluency: How Culture Shapes Talent and Leadership Styles in Asia study.

Jane has appeared on media outlets such as CNN, CNBC, Wall Street Journal and Forbes discussing leadership, culture, and career development. She is the author of the bestseller, Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, and is the co-author of Flex: The New Playbook for Managing Across Differences. Jane is passionate about helping individuals flourish in their workplaces and in their communities.

Sarah Hawk

Sarah Hawk

Sarah Hawk is a Shareholder in the Atlanta office of Ogletree Deakins. Sarah provides immigration counsel to numerous corporate clients and is a frequent speaker nationally and regionally on business immigration issues. She advises clients on current immigration legislation, and has comprehensive knowledge and extensive experience in a broad range of immigration petitions, nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications, consular processing, waiver cases and outbound placement. She conducts I-9 compliance training, performs I-9 audits and advises on immigration policy for companies. Sarah has been recognized as a Who’s Who in Asian-American Communities and was named to Who’s Who Legal 2010 for her work as an immigration attorney. She is listed in Georgia Super Lawyers – Rising Stars 2010 and she has been listed in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2009.

Sarah is the President of the Georgia Asian Pacific Bar Association, and an Executive Board Member of the National Association of Asian American Professionals, and Counsel to the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce.

Sarah presents pro bono immigration workshops for various groups, including leaders in the Asian community and newcomers to the U.S.

Rose Olea

Rose Olea

After 12 years of active membership and board service at the local and national level, Rose continues to use her leadership experiences to guide the organization as the first elected female Chairwoman of the national organization.

On a local level, Rose’s leadership in Chicago has led to the establishment of a “Women in Leadership” program, an initiative geared toward the development of professional and leadership skills of Asian American women in the workforce and is now nationally known as Women in NAAAP. Additionally, Rose co-founded the Midwest Asian American Business Network, now renamed Asian American Group Leaders, and consists of over 30 corporate employee resource groups and Asian affinity groups. She also co-chaired the 2005 NAAAP Convention. It was the first convention to have three C-level executive keynote speakers – Indra Nooyi (COO, Pepsico), Sanjiv Anand (CTO, Hewitt), and Rohini Anand, (CDO, Sodexo).

Professionally, Rose is the Director of Information Technology for the American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society, a non-profit medical society dedicated to developing educational programs for foot and ankle surgeons. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where she received her Bachelor of Science in Management with a minor in Human Relations and Workforce Development. She has one daughter, Jocelyn, who is attending college at Loyola University of Chicago.

Tom Sim

Tom Sim

Tom Sim is a graduate of Seton Hall Preparatory School and Seton Hall University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and is a CPA in New Jersey and New York. He is currently working at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as a Risk Management specialist. Tom has over 15 years of experience in assisting clients in their financial statement preparation, financial statement close process and regulatory requirements. Tom previously worked at BDO, Seidman, TIAA-CFEF, Ernst & Young in a variety of internal /external audit and risk advisory positions. Tom has an extensive network in the area of financial reporting and operational risk management.

Tom became an active member of NAAAP-NY in 2001. After escaping the events of 9/11, it was the one reason that drove him to consider volunteering for a non-profit volunteer organization. NAAAP was his choice. In 2002, he participated in the Personal Finance Committee and the Professional Development Committee where he had the opportunity to enhance his skills of event planning, team collaboration and recruiting speakers and attendees. It was in the latter part of 2002 that he decided to take on a bigger role in NAAAP by running for a board position within NAAAP-NY. In 2003, he became the membership chair when the chapter had its biggest increase in membership as well as increasing the awareness of NAAAP in the metro New York area. In 2004 and 2005, Tom was nominated to be Chapter Vice President in 2004 and 2005. It was at that time that he learned the value of relationship building. Ever since then, Tom has cultivated many relationships with employee resource groups and community partners. In 2006, he was nominated to become President of the New York Chapter and the national representative for the NAAAP National board.

Senior Advisory Council

Bill Imada - Chairman and CEO, IW Group

Bill Imada is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the IW Group (formerly Imada Wong Communications Group), a full-service communications firm that specializes in the growing multicultural markets here in the U.S. The IW Group was ranked the seventh fastest growing public relations agency in the U.S. by PR Week (2002) and is among the top Asian American advertising firms in this country according to Advertising Age (2005).

With more than a decade of experience in marketing, public relations, advertising and training, Mr. Imada and his company have and continue to represent some of the top global brands, including Farmers Group, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Nike, McDonald’s Corporation, Merrill Lynch, Washington Mutual, GlaxoSmithKline, Blue Cross, Wal-Mart Stores and UPS. The IW Group also represents a number of prominent government agencies, including the California Department of Health Services, Tobacco Control Section and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Both Mr. Imada and the IW Group are active in the communities they serve, building bridges between corporations and community based organizations. They have given countless hours to help build the capacity of Asian Pacific American organizations, and have provided invaluable media and communications training for community leaders across the country. IW Group staff at every level lends their expertise to the boards of several community-based and national Asian American organizations. In addition, Mr. Imada and his company have been strong advocates for fairness in the media, speaking out against defamatory depictions in advertising. IW Group funded AAJC’s groundbreaking 2005 report, “Lights, Camera and Little Action,” which analyzed the limited roles for Asian Americans in prime time television programming. Recently, IW Group spearheaded the development of the first Asian Pacific Islander American national college scholarship fund.

Mr. Imada was elected president of the Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF) in 2004, and served on the board of directors for PRSA/Los Angeles. He also serves as a national speaker on multicultural issues and has served as a speaker for trade associations, universities and companies. They include the American Cancer Society, UC Berkeley, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Association of National Advertisers, Public Relations Society of America, Strategic Research Institute, American Marketing Association, and others.

Harry Lee - Sector Vice President, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Harry Q. H. Lee, II is the Sector Vice President of Contracts, Pricing and Program Business Operations for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems Sector, headquartered in Redondo Beach, California. With annual sales in excess of $10B, the Aerospace Systems sector is the premier developer, integrator, producer and supporter of manned and unmanned aircraft, spacecraft, high-energy laser systems, microelectronics and other systems and subsystems critical to maintaining the nation’s security and leadership in science and technology. Harry possesses over 33 years of combined Aerospace and Defense contract management experience. He currently has direct oversight and management responsibility of the sector’s 1,100+ Business Management professionals charged with executing the contracts, pricing and estimating, cost & schedule management, ITAR/Export and risk management disciplines.

Prior to his current appointment Harry was Northrop Grumman’s Corporate Director, Contracts. In this role he provided advice and senior counsel on the development of contractual mechanisms for company products and services, was responsible for executing the corporate risk review process, supported the formation and negotiation of contractual agreements regarding significant contractual undertakings. Since joining Northrop Grumman in 1986, Harry has led contracts organizations at the aircraft and electronic divisions in New York, Florida, Louisiana, Texas and California. Prior to coming to Northrop Grumman Harry also gained extensive contract management experience at the Hughes Aircraft Company and G&H Technology, Inc.

In addition to earning a B.S. in Finance from California State University, Fresno, Harry has also completed several executive and program management programs at The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University’s Kellog School of Management, and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. He is an active member and advisor to the South Bay chapter of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and serves on the Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union Supervisory Committee. Harry also serves on the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Senior Advisory Council and is an executive advisor to Upward Synergy in association with programs established with California State University Fullerton and University of California San Diego’s Rady School of Management.

Joanne Tabellija-Murphy - Director, Constituent Relations, Corporate Affairs, Walmart

Building partnerships and strategies that enhance corporate reputation and stakeholder advocacy is the primary responsibility of Ms. Tabellija-Murphy’s role at Walmart. The goal, she and her team leads, is to transform social systems by coordinating philanthropic and corporate initiatives. They are focused on four markets: Asian American Pacific Islander, Women’s, Mature, and People with Disabilities. Building loyalty in these customer bases proactively contributes to the growth in the customer market segment. She holds seats as director on several boards and advisory boards, helping organizations to develop productive business strategies, including learning how to navigate corporations when they submit requests for support. Prior to joining Walmart, she worked for MillerCoors and Coors Brewing Company in Corporate Affairs, Supplier Diversity, Community Relations, Brand Marketing.

Kevin Bradley - Sr. Manager, Global Workforce Inclusion, The Boeing Company

Kevin is a seasoned professional with over 20 years in the Inclusion and Diversity arena. He has worked at notable companies such as McDonald’s Corporation, RR Donnelley & Sons, and Waste Management, Inc. His background also includes work in Human Resources and in the EEO/AA Compliance areas.

Throughout his career, Kevin has always lobbied to ensure that APA organizations were included in corporate giving and diversity strategies. He has also managed and counseled Asian Employee Resource Groups, advocating for them and working with them so their strategies were aligned to business strategic plans. Kevin was part of the group that founded the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship fund and served on that organization’s Advisory Council as well as the Marketing, Gala, and Fundraising Committees. He has also served for many years on the OCA Business Advisory Board.

As the Director, Diversity & Inclusion at Assurant, Inc., Kevin developed and implemented enterprise-wide policies and practices in areas related to equal employment, affirmative action, OFCCP audits and diversity initiatives for the businesses and communities in which Assurant operates. The Director also helps cultivate an environment that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness to enable individuals to contribute to their full potential.

Previously, Kevin served for nearly 11 years as the Director of Inclusion and Diversity for McDonald’s Corporation.

Panney Wei - TV-Radio Host, Motivational Speaker, Writer

Panney is an award-winning writer and motivational speaker on women’s issues, the power of the mind, and achieving your potential, inspiring people to move through obstacles and achieve greatness in their personal and professional lives. She is a proud descendant of one of China’s greatest military heroes and statesmen, General Zuo Zong-Tang (1812-85), forever immortalized in pop culture for the famous cuisine, “General Zuo’s Chicken.

Drawing from her experience as a competitive figure skater in her youth and an executive in the entertainment and finance industries, Panney’s passion is teaching people to be a champion in life, being a change agent in the world, and empowering people to live fulfilling lives. Designated as an Honorary Goodwill Ambassador for California, she is also a popular TV-Radio host with appearances on NBA TV China, Discovery Channel, and an upcoming show for Lifetime TV, and currently hosts her talk radio show, “Positive Changes with Panney Wei” on KCAA 1050 AM radio, an NBC News Affiliate, Wednesdays at 6pm PST to nearly one million listeners a month and currently ranked Top 100 Best Podcasts on Itunes in the category “Spirituality”

Panney is also a Certified Hypnotherapist and founder of Positive Changes with Panney Wei™ in Beverly Hills where her private practice and programs focus on educating and empowering corporations and individuals with success strategies to create effective leaders in the world and bring peace, success, and prosperity in their lives. Much of her work is grounded in her Chinese and Asian American heritage, leveraging the strengths of both cultures, where her extensive travels contribute to her global view of achieving the human potential and shooting for your stars!

In the community, she translates her dynamic energy and passion for public service serving on the board of several community organizations such asThe Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Senior Advisory Council, the NAAAP – Orange County Advisory Board, and Teada Productions, donating much of her time and energy empowering organizations that make a positive impact on our society and the Asian Pacific community at large. She is also an active member of the American Counseling Association, the National Speakers Association, the American Hypnosis Association, and American Women in Radio and Television.

Panney is currently finishing a Doctorate in Naturopathy and is the author of several audios, articles, and an upcoming novel. Her website is www.panneywei.com

Sonya Gong Jent - State Farm

In April 2012, Sonya Gong Jent celebrated 25 years of working at State Farm. In that time, she has worked or had oversight of Human Resources, Public Affairs, Recruiting, Customer Response Centers, Auto Claims, Health Company Operations, Developmental Agency Operations, Learning and Development. She is currently the VP of Operations for Multicultural Business Development. State Farm is a Fortune 50 company and conducts business in the US and Canada. In the fall of 2013, Sonya began a leave of absence to focus on a growing family and her volunteer work including NAAAP.

Sonya grew up in Mississippi and learned customer relationship skills as a 6 year-old, covering as a cashier in a family owned grocery store. Over the years, she has served on 7 boards (2 Chambers of Commerce, the Birmingham Urban League, Christmas in April, Illinois CASA, Franklin County CASA, and OCA Columbus) and on two occasions served as the President of those boards. She has completed programs such as Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute as a fellow (APAWLI) and Leadership Birmingham where she was the first Asian to participate since the program’s inception. She is a founding member of OCA Central Illinois and has volunteered and contributed in every city she has lived in, over 8 moves in the U.S. Her formal education includes a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Mississippi in Marketing, The Thunderbird Global School of Management and Strategy sessions from MIT, Harvard and Darden. She has also completed training at the Gallup Leadership Institute & Center for Creative Learning.
Sonya jumped in head first in 2007 as the lunch Key Note at the NAAAP NATIONAL CONVENTION in Atlanta, GA. She has been a member in good standing of NAAAP Atlanta 2007-2008 and then NAAAP Chicago from 2008/9 forward. She helped create portions of the initial WIN – Women in NAAAP training and has served as a NAAAP National Senior Advisor since 2008. She is a past recipient of the NAAAP 100 award and supporter of the value NAAAP brings to the Asian community of professionals. Her focus as a Senior Advisory Board member to both the Chicago NAAAP Chapter and NAAAP National has been to provide guidance, question status quo, ask for accountability and raise the bar for those serving on each of the boards. Sonya has served on the NAAAP National Sr. Advisory Board twice and worked diligently as a member of the National Board of Directors in 2012-2013.