B3: Professional Leadership Track

Friday, June 28, 2019 | 10:45 AM - 5:00 PM 

Houston Marriott Westchase | Briarpark 123

B3: Build, Breakthrough & Believe is a professional and leadership development program for aspiring Asian Pacific American (APA) professionals interested in taking their personal and professional goals to the next level through leadership development and networking.  The B3 Professional Leadership Track sessions run from 10:45 am - 5 pm on Friday, June 28 and is free to attend.

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2020 Census Plenary
Friday, June 28, 2019

Ballroom ABC | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

The Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population has increased over 27% since the last census in 2010. With over 20 million AANHPIs living in the United States, it is imperitive that we participate to ensure we are represented in policy-decision making processes. Join us as we hear from a panel of Census experts as we discuss the upcoming decennial 2020 Census. Panelists will share what to expect from the first online Census, barriers that exist to prevent our AAPI community from having an accurate count, and ways to get engaged.

S P E A K E R S :

Christine Chen, Executive Director, APIAVote
Terry ao minnis, advancing justice - dc
Cathy L. Lacy, Regional Director, U.S. Census Bureau
Jerry Vattamala, Director Democracy Project, AALDEF

State of Asian Pacific America Plenary
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Rose/Foyer | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

To build stronger advocates, we must understand both the barriers that we face as well as the power that we have as a community. In this time, when our civil rights are so often challenged, it is more important than ever that we raise our voices and advocate for ourselves and for others. Join us in this plenary as we pinpoint the obstacles we face as a community and how we can work to surmount them. Hear from experts as they discuss our collective political and economic power, and methods to utilize this power to make this country a more equitable place.

Gregg Orton, Executive Director, NCAPA
Bill Imada , Chairman & CEO , IW Group
Mariko Carpenter , VP Strategic Community Alliances , The Nielsen Company
Karthick Ramakrishnan , Founder, AAPI Data

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Executive Level Leaders

How exactly do you get to the boardroom? The C suite? For AAPI professionals, the path to top positions can be arduous and long, not least because of the ‘bamboo ceiling’ or the ‘sticky floor.’ Learn from this panel of experienced AAPI executive leaders, who will each share deep insights on their journeys to the executive level.


  • Susan Jin Davis, Chief sustainability officer, NBC Universal

  • Gwen Migita, Social Impact & Inclusion Vice PresidentCaesars Entertainment

  • Charlene Tsang-Kao, Deputy General Counsel, Marathon Oil

  • Terri Y. Chen, Legal Director of intellectual property, google

1:45 - 3:15 PM


Getting to Upper Level Management

Ms. Mary Bass of Spencer Stuart Executive Search Consultants will be speaking on what corporations look for in candidates for corporate board positions. This is an opportunity for participants to understand how to prepare their career paths and resumes if they want to be active on corporate and nonprofit boards.

FACILITATOR/PRESENTER: mary bass, Consultant, Spencer Stuart

3:30 - 5:00 PM


Building Inclusive, Equitable, and Safe Workspaces (Implicit Bias)

Everyone has unconscious biases that can affect the workplace. In this workshop, you'll go through a series of eye-opening activities that will help uncover your hidden biases in order to better engage and support your counterparts in the workplace.

FAcilitator/Presenter: Jim pfautz, Winforce