Date: August 24, 2019
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Location: Presidents Room
Speaker: Nilyum Jhala, VP of Technology, Hallmark Cards.
Designed for the Young Professionals / Student Track, Particpants will have breakfast with Hallmark VP Nilyum Jhala for a lively discussion on his leadership journey as well as advice on entering the workforce and networking.
Date: August 23, 2019
Time: 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Location: Pershing East & West
Speaker: Candi Castleberry Singleton, VP of Diversity Partnerships Strategy + Engagement, Twitter
Candi is a passionate and experienced diversity and inclusion leader who thrives on helping organizations create more inclusive work environments. She recognizes the power of creating more opportunities for different perspectives and diverse voices. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Candi speak about her unconventional views on what the future holds for diversity, inclusion, equity, and engagement.
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Speaker: Katerina Jeng, Co-founder and CEO of Slant’d
Katerina Jeng will be speaking about how she forged her own path to entrepreneurship, the creation of Slant’d, and the power of creativity to act as a vehicle for self-discovery, community building, and change.
Date: August 22, 2019
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:40 pm
Angela Pastorek, Program Director and Faculty, Graduate Programs in Workplace Communication- The University of Kansas
Nior Gonzales, Community Engagement Professional
Facilitated by Angela Pastorek and Nior Gonzales, they will present a workshop to discuss how ERG/BRGs can broaden cross-functional collaborations across demographics. This is especially helpful in our current political climate when ERG members need to consider intersectionality when being champions and allies.
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Pershing South
Samantha McCloud, Director of Community Involvement, Diversity & Inclusion, GastingerWalker&
Ninah Butler, Landscape Architect, BHC RHODES
Naihao Fan, Global Cinema Designer and Associate at GastingerWalker&
Kloe Katubig, Fashion Model, Community Organizer & Senior Interior Designer at HOK
Alex Ogata, Educator, designer & architect at Populous
Design impacts happiness. Design impacts the planet. Design impacts the prosperity of our businesses and our communities. Samantha moderates a panel discussion that will explore how creativity can guide us in solving complex problems, shaping our experiences, and advancing our leadership. This session will explore BOLD, REBEL leadership stories that break traditional models of influence/ambition/power through the lens of behind-the-scenes designers of our built environments.
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Speaker: Suba Nadarajah, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, VMLY&R
Suba had a successful, fulfilling career in design that she loved, but then something shifted. She was inspired to change direction and take on the role of Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at VMLY&R. It’s a decision she hasn’t regretted. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Suba share her fascinating story in a fireside chat with Michael Gonzales. They will discuss the reasons behind her career change, and how she’s pushed her own boundaries to become an unconventional leader.
Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Location: Century B & C Ballrooms
Speaker: Simon Tam, Author, musician, activist, and troublemaker
Simon is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band. He has been a keynote speaker, performer, and presenter at TEDx, SXSW, Comic-Con, and over 1,200 events across four continents. His work has been highlighted in over 3,000 media features across 150 countries including The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, NPR, BBC, New York Times, and Rolling Stone. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to be inspired by Simon’s unconventional story of leadership and disruption.
Time: 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Location: Pershing North
Speaker: Angela Cooper, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Mutual of Omaha
How does your D&I strategy come to life through your workforce? When someone at your place of work is asked, “Why do diversity and inclusion matter?” how do they respond? For our companies to be successful in delivering on our commitment to provide an inclusive culture for a diverse workforce serving an increasingly diverse market, our people must develop the capacity to authentically and courageously share why this set of issues is important. This is not the time to rely on ‘corporate speak’. We’ve got to make things personal.
Time: 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Speaker: Karen Narasaki, Civil Rights Advocate. Past president and executive director of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
The 2020 census will produce data that will impact the Asian American community for a decade when it comes to political representation; equitable distribution of public funds and programs; and services, resources and investments from businesses, institutions and foundations. With Census 2020 only a few months away, and elections and then redistricting soon to follow, critical work is underway to ensure there is a fair and accurate count and that Asian Americans are visible and fully engaged in our democracy. Narasaki is a national authority on voting rights, census, redistricting, diversity in media, immigrant rights and race relations. She is a consultant to the Bauman Foundation which chairs a national collaborative of foundations on the census. In 2014, President Obama appointed her to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Speaker: Abraham Gin, CEO of Gin Consulting & Senior Consultant, GiANT Worldwide
World is changing! What is the factors we need to consider to lead well in this digital age. Discover the 5 challenges that all leaders will need to navigate in the current leadership landscape.
The world of marketing and communications is rapidly changing. It isn’t just about technology and new platforms, it’s about creating genuine connections. In this intensive workshop, you’ll learn radical approaches to social media that will bring incredible results without the need to dump huge amounts of money into advertising. Simon Tam will be presenting in his signature funny, inspirational, and practical talk that will focus on direct application of techniques for marketing professionals or those who simply want to build influence, reach, and thought leadership.
Speaker: Victor Hwang, VP Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation
Victor be interviewed in a fireside chat by Kim Wallace Carlson about his perspectives on collaboration, community, and the power of entrepreneurial thinking. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from this unconventional and innovative leader who believes in investing in entrepreneurs and metropolitan areas to create thriving ecosystems that can help companies flourish and grow.
Speaker: Lindsey Roy, VP & Chief Marketing Officer – Hallmark Greetings
Experiences shape our perspective, and that couldn’t be more true for Lindsey. After a devastating accident nearly took her life, Lindsey’s perspective on life and business shifted, opening her up to a vulnerable new reality. Learn how Lindsey turned her tragedy into lessons learned that can help us all.
Speaker: Rev. Ken Fong, Host and co-producer of Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast
You probably don’t have to be involved in a local Asian American church to guess that the majority are highly resistant to change. Yet Ken managed to lead his sizable congregation on a 10-year journey to extend equal worth and equal standing to API Christians who self-identified as LGBTQ+. How was he able to persist and prevail in the face of criticism, defections, and downturns? What important lessons did he learn that can empower other Asian American leaders who are faced with adaptive challenges in their own organizations?
Speaker: Stella Guan, Visual Designer & Founder of Path Unbound
Stella Guan is an award-winning visual designer with experience spanning across multiple disciplines and industries, and she’s passionate about challenging the “starving artist” stereotype. In 2019, Stella founded Path Unbound, a company that provides international artists with career advancement and immigration resources. Her company’s mission is to help immigrant artists advance their careers and break away from the “starving artist” stereotype by providing them with much-needed business training. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Stella speak about why and how Asian Americans can and should pursue artistic careers that are successful, fulfilling, and life-changing.
Speaker: Telly Leung, Broadway & Television Star
Broadway and television star Telly Leung will lead a hands-on session about how to fill any size room with energy and presence. According to award-winning actress Glenn Close, “Good live theater disturbs molecules. Anybody who sees live theater should come out a little rearranged.” You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how to “move molecules” to make your next “performance” more memorable.
*Exclusive Workshop for Convention Tickets Only
Time: 8:30 am – 8:45 am
Speaker: Lisa A. Strack, Diversity Recruiting Program Officer, Bank of the West
What process do we undergo to “belong” in the workplace and beyond? What type of support might we need to feel accepted, understood, and appreciated? Lisa shares a personal story of her journey as an Asian woman in corporate America, advocating along the way for diversity, inclusion, and equity for her communities.
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:10 pm
Moderator: Farzana Nayani, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion SpecialistERG Architect & Advisor, NAAAP
Toki Toguri, Co-Founder & Customer Success Manager- Diverst
Santosh Mathew, Director of Technology, SAP, Mergers & Acquisitions / Diversity & Inclusion Leader / Sustainability Green Team Leader- Nielsen
Mariko Carpenter, Vice President, Strategic Alliances- Nielsen
Location: Shawnee & Mission
Discover how to optimize your LinkedIn profile to establish your personal brand. Personal brand nowadays is just as important as your company brand. Take matters in your own hand and grow your personal brand to amplify your professional goals and objectives. Bring your laptops, smartphones, and iPads and be ready to learn some practical tips and tricks to give yourself a LinkedIn® makeover that will stand out from the crowd of profiles.
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Speaker: Alana Muller, Founder and CEO of Coffee Lunch Coffee
During this engaging leadership session, participants will learn the principles of the Coffee Lunch Coffee Networking Platform along with five immediately actionable tips for becoming imaginative, inspired and enterprising Master Networkers. Attendees will be challenged to think unconventionally about the way they build professional relationships and can expect to leave the session with specific and creative ideas for advancing their networking efforts and bolstering the quality of their relationship bases.
The 5 Voices is the code for unlocking your capacity to have honest conversations and build deeper, more authentic relationships with your teams, your families and your friends. In order to lead others effectively, we need a true understanding of ourselves, our natural tendencies and patterns of behavior. In learning what your leadership voice sounds like to others, you will discover what it feels like to be on the other side of your personality, as well as how to hear and value others’ voices.
Speaker: Jon Cook, Global CEO, VMLY&R
Jon leads a global advertising and marketing agency with nearly 7,000 employees across six continents. At a time when media and messaging landscapes are historically fragmented, learn how VMLY&R helps brands resonate creatively and culturally — conveying relevance and value on an increasingly personal level.
Rick Sakaguchi, Project Manager at Hallmark Cards
Natalie Gonzales, Editor at Hallmark Cards
Gena Fitzgerald, Global Procurement Director at Hallmark Cards
DIVE Buddies is a program at Hallmark that gives Employees the opportunity to connect in an authentic, two-way dialogue with other Hallmarkers from different generations, cultures, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, identity-based preferences, and significant life experiences. Come hear from DIVE Buddies participants as they share their experiences with the program and participate in a Leadership Convention version of DIVE Buddies. Part I will be an introduction to the program and getting paired up with your Leadership Convention DIVE Buddy. In Part II we will bring the participants back together to discuss their experiences and what they learned from their buddy.
Time: 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Rick Sakaguchi, Project Manager at Hallmark Cards
Jenny Copeland, IT Program Manager at Hallmark Cards
Nick Wolf, Project Management Consultant at Hallmark Cards
Buddies is a program at Hallmark that gives Employees the opportunity to connect in an authentic, two-way dialogue with other Hallmarkers from different generations, cultures, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, identity-based preferences, and significant life experiences. Come hear from DIVE Buddies participants as they share their experiences with the program and particpate in a Leadership Convention version of DIVE Buddies. Part I will be an introduction to the program and getting paired up with your Leadership Convention DIVE Buddy. In Part II we will bring the participants back together to discuss their experiences and what they learned from their buddy.
Ginny Cheng, Recruiting Director, Zillow Group & Career Coach, Career Contessa
Ryan Namata, HR Consultant IDSA (Infectious Diseases Society of America)
Jessica Nguyen, General Counsel at PayScale
Natasha Ygsi, Art Director at VMLY&R
Mia Park, Multidisciplinary Artist
These two important skills go hand-in-hand. After all, if you are not clear on how to articulate your personal brand or the value you bring to an employer, it would be hard to negotiate with confidence for the salary you believe you deserve.
Time: 11:20 am – 12:20 pm
Lilian Caveleri, Director, Business Analytics & Chair, Asia Pacific Network- CBREMarket Leader, Pacific Northwest- Filipinos in Institutional Real Estate (FIIRE)
Melvina Young, Senior Writer & Creator- Hallmark Cards
Ann Chen, Manager, Marketing & Chair, Asian American ERG Steering Committee Communications- Experian
ERG leaders will share how organizations can better advance the inclusion discussion and help write their “belonging” story. We’ll discuss themes of visibility, accountability, and authenticity.
Speaker: Kingman Ng, Director, HR Global Diversity & Inclusion- Eli Lilly and Company
Why aren’t there more Asian Americans represented in senior leadership positions? Many are asking this question. Eli Lilly and Company sought to understand this through a new and innovative approach. The research was designed to understand the employees’ experience with the same rigor that it had long applied to its market research. Based on both metrics and storytelling, the result provided new insights to improve the career growth for women and minorities such as Asians. In this interactive workshop, Kingman Ng will share lessons learned from this bold approach.
Time: 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Speaker: Jonathan Thomas, Board Leadership – ArtsKC
Creativity is everywhere, and companies are always looking for ways to tap into the skill in their employees. Partnering with the arts engages employees, benefits the community, and ensures a more inclusive workplace. Be a champion for arts and culture at your company.
Time: 8:45 am – 9:00 am
Speaker: Tashina Charagi, VP of Operations Global Products and Technology, ADP
Sharing her background in strategy, technology, and engineering – Tashina has driven impact in the world of Diversity of Inclusion. As a trailblazer in modern data platforms, she will highlight how equity is not only a social issue but a clear business imperative.
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Michael Gonzales, Consultant, Speaker & Co-Founder- National D&I Consortium; Principal, NE&E Consulting
Kim Cummings, AVP Human Resources & Diversity- BNSF
Melinda Yee-Franklin, Managing Director, Corporate and Government Affairs, Western Region- United Airlines
Vanessa SimsSVP, Executive Director, Diversity and Inclusion- UMB Financial Services
Dr. Andrea Hendricks, Senior Executive Director of Diversity, Inclusion Strategy- Cerner
Senior Leadership will share their insights on the true benefits and power of ERGs in helping to shape the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for the organization. We’ll highlight how this is done from a vantage point to create and drive strategy, while leaving space for people to develop their own.
Time: 10:20 am – 11:20 am
Tessa Xuan, ERG Corporate Manager- NAAAP
Doreen Viloria, Consultant II, Diversity & Inclusion- Bank of America
Estrella Cramer, Director, Global Compliance & Operational Risk- UPS
Gaby Flores, Director, Office of Equity & Diversity- Children’s Mercy Hospital KC
Diversity Managers will discuss how to support employees’ “Becoming” journey through establishing, maintaining, and advancing ERGs. We’ll highlight how personal transformation and leadership development are fundamental to this work.
Time: 4:20 pm – 4:45 pm
Speaker: Candi Castleberry Singleton, Vice President, Diversity Partnership Strategy & Engagement – Twitter
Put the insights acquired at 2019 ERG Summit into motion.
Speaker: Hitesh Ramchandani, Global Motivational Speaker
More to come.
Speaker: Sabrina Wiewel, Senior Vice President & Chief Customer Officer – Hallmark Greetings
Life happens in moments, and throughout Sabrina Wiewel’s life, those moments often come in the form of disruption. From her experiences as a child navigating a multi-cultural identity to her career as she broke through the “bamboo ceiling,” Sabrina’s experience with disruption not only shaped her life but helped her become a disruptor and ultimately a change agent both personally and professionally. Don’t miss the chance to hear Sabrina use her signature blend of authenticity, humor, and passion to share inspiring anecdotes and stories of disruption as a catalyst for change and growth.
Time: 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Speaker: Dr. Ada Cheng, Professor-turned-storyteller, Solo Performer, & Storytelling Show Producer
Do you want to tell stories to connect with people emotionally, to convey meanings with urgency, and to exert impact? In this storytelling workshop, we will discuss basic tenets of this art form, such as detailed descriptions, emotions (the importance of vulnerability), meanings, relationships with the audience, who you are as a storyteller, and the purpose of storytelling. Participants will have the opportunity to integrate these elements of storytelling and practice telling during the session. While this workshop is geared toward telling personal stories, principles learned in this session are applicable to all public speaking occasions.
Speaker: Trace Ballard,Manager, LGBT Outreach – CIA
Trace Ballard will share her journey and the work she engaged in to create her “Belonging” story through fighting for equity and creating an inclusive culture in a government agency.
Speaker: Fred Keeton, Owner and Principal at Keeton Iconoclast Consulting, LLC