API Women Defining Leadership

Friday, August 13, 2021

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

 

 

Simran Noor

 

>>> Co-creater of a NYC based BIPOC Consulting Cooperative set

Simran Noor (she/her) comes to racial, economic and social justice work as a survivor of violence; experienced personally and systemically. Born into a Punjabi Sikh, Hindu and Parsi family in New Delhi, raised outside of Baltimore and based in New York, Simran’s latest endeavor is co-creating a NYC based BIPOC Consulting Cooperative set to launch in mid 2021 and reflective of her interest in community building and solidarity economies. Simran is currently an interdependent consultant and coach focused on personal power and resilience, strategy and organizational development and movement building with a focus on developing processes and setting clear outcomes to achieve racial justice and healing as a means to shift the ways systems dehumanize, separate and harm all people, with a particular focus on women and communities of color. 

 She brings over ten years of experience working in and with directly with impacted communities, developing policy and strategy, leading organizational change processes and serving as staff within the philanthropic sector. Since starting NOOR Consulting in February of 2018, she has worked with numerous clients in various capacities including the American Medical Association, Career Rise, Community Change, Detroit People’s Platform, EMPLOY Youth Collaborative, Enterprise Community Partners, International Panel of Experts on Sustainability (IPES-Food), It Takes Roots, SPARCC, as well as a number of philanthropic organizations including Annie E. Casey, Chorus, Community Food Funders, Doris Duke, Jessie Smith Noyes, Kresge, MS, Nathan Cummings, Neighborhood Funders’ Group and the Surdna Foundation.  She has facilitated events for business social impact programs including Sir Kensington’s and adidas. 

 Previously, Simran served as a Senior Fellow at Race Forward and (premerger) was Vice President of Policy and Programs at the Center for Social Inclusion and Deputy Director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE).  Prior to joining CSI, Simran held various roles including as staff at the W.K. Kellogg and Annie E. Casey Foundation and as a middle school teacher and nonprofit leader in Baltimore City. Simran has written and commented for a variety of media including the Detroit Free Press, The Times-Picayune, The Hill, Aljazeera America and City Limits Magazine. She also has been a featured panelist on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry. Simran holds a dual bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Political Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a dual master’s degree in Public Administration and Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. She also serves as a Project Team member of Building Movement Project and a Board member of Borealis Philanthropy and South Asian Americans Leading Together. She is a proud member of Warriors for Embodied Liberation, a program of Universal Partnership (UP). 

Cynthia Koo

 

>>> Owner and Chief Dimsum Eater of Wonton in a Million

Hi! My name is Cynthia and I’m the owner and Chief Dimsum Eater of Wonton In A Million, home of the Dimsum Steam Team. What is dim sum, you ask? Think weekend brunch featuring Chinese tapas combined with the buzzing of an Asian night market!

Wonton In A Million was founded in April of 2015 when, one day, I was eating at the dim sum restaurant my dad manages in New York City—Oriental Garden—and the thought floated into my head… “Wouldn’t it be great if there were punny, dimsum greeting cards?” Thus, the Steam Team (Dream Team, get it?!) was born.

My hope is that Wonton In A Million will help introduce dimsum to the world, to bring people (back) into the Chinatown neighborhood I grew up in, and to spread the love of this beloved cuisine and cultural ritual throughout the world.

Because for as long as I can remember, my dad has worked so hard for Oriental Garden: he came to the US in the 1980s, joined the restaurant as a busboy, and worked his way up to becoming the manager. But in recent years, like the rest of Chinatown, the restaurant has been struggling (despite being a favorite of chefs like David Chang and Eddie Huang). While my dad insists on the highest quality ingredients and sources the freshest seafood, waking up at 6 am on his one day off every week to pick up fresh fish shipments, Chinatown is changing. Its Chinese residents are being priced out of Manhattan.

In Chinese, dimsum means to “touch the heart.” So I hope the Steam Team touches your heart, makes you hungry, and inspires you to come to experience NYC’s Chinatown with new eyes and to support small Chinatown businesses everywhere.

Rosana Lee

 

>>> Macy’s Senior Director of Customer Analytics

Rosana Lee is the Senior Director of Customer Analytics Macy’s.  In her current role, Rosana is responsible for understanding the customer impact of corporate strategies, marketing events, and merchandising strategies.  She was instrumental in designing and implementing the customer behavior segments to inform marketing and merchandising strategies.  She supports the vendor community, cross functional teams, and the Executive Committee with customer data to enhance strategies.   Rosana also works closely with Data Scientists in marketing to develop new innovative methodologies and approaches to understand the customer behavior.  Prior to Macy’s, Rosana had 9 years of experience in Accenture, in their Accenture Interactive practice, where she developed a scalable assortment optimization solution, led onshore and offshore teams to deliver customer analytics projects, and worked with retailers and CPG companies to understand the infrastructure and talent needed to build an analytics function. Rosana also brings with her over 9 years of retail industry experience in Merchandising, Merchandise Planning, and Allocation. Rosana Lee graduated from Barnard College with a BA in Economics and Spanish.  Outside of work, Rosana enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and reading fiction by Eastern Asian writers.

Rose Olea 

>>> President, National Association of Asian American Professionals – Chicago

Rose is a highly motivated and versatile development consultant for several not-for-profit organizations in the United States. She brings over 20 years of work experience in a variety of industries and has raised over one million dollars in funding for her clients. 

Rose currently serves as the Chicago President of the National Association of Asian American Professionals, or NAAAP-Chicago, an Asian American leadership organization in the Chicago-land area. NAAAP-Chicago is the third oldest chapter of the national organization, which includes over 30 cities across the United States and Canada. She is the longest running President for the Chicago Chapter, the first female elected National President (2006), and the first female elected National Board Chair (2013).  

Rose established successful programs such as Asian American Group Leaders, a collaborative program that has brought together over 40 Asian Employee/Business Resource Groups in the Chicagoland area. As well as a Women’s Leadership Program now recognized at the national level as Women in NAAAP. 

Rose was recognized in 2012 for her contributions to the Asian Community by the National Federation of Filipino American Association’s Circle of Empowered Women in the Midwest and received the Filipino American Hall of Fame Award in 2017.