Agenda 2023

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Welcome to USPAACC’s CelebrASIAN Business + Procurement Conference 2023 — America’s largest and longest-running business development conference convened by Pan Asian Americans. For over 37 years, CelebrASIAN has been creating, sustaining and energizing thousands of partnerships among corporate America, government agencies in the federal, state, and local levels, large nonprofits, the Pan Asian American, and other minority and diverse enterprises. If you are serious about growing your business, then CelebrASIAN Business + Procurement Conference is a must-attend event for you!

DRESS CODE: DAY EVENTS, BUSINESS ATTIRE. SUPPLIER DIVERSITY CHAMPIONS & GALA DINNER, FORMAL OR NATIONAL ATTIRE

8:00 - 9:30 am PT

Chief Procurement Officers Breakfast

(Invitation Only)

8:30 - 10:30 am PT

Prescheduled 1-on-1 Business Matchmaking Meetings (AM Session) - powered by the United States Postal Service

Ballroom A

Companies

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Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield


Delta

Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines


Du Pont Logo 400x400

DuPont

DuPont


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Edwards Life Science

Edwards Life Science


Federal Deposit Insurance Corp Logo 400x400

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation


Google logo

Google

Google


Goldmansachs

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City


Hilton

Hilton

Hilton


JP Morgan Chase Co Logo 400x400

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.


Mass Mutual Logo 400x400

MassMutual

MassMutual

Speakers from MassMutual

Speakers from MassMutual
Go M Whc Gw

Nationwide

Nationwide


Peen Entertainment Logo 400x400

Penn Entertainment

Penn Entertainment


So Cal Gas Logo 2023 400x400

SoCalGas

SoCalGas


Southern CA Edison

Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison


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Target

Target


Trane

Trane Technologies

Trane Technologies


Truist Logo squared

Truist

Truist


M EXMV Xdc

USPS

USPS

Speakers from USPS

Speakers from USPS
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U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank


Walmart Logo 400x4001

Walmart

Walmart


Dyhy Hj Yw

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo


8:00 - 10:00 am PT

Guanxi* Connection Place

Pavillion 10, 11

*means relationships & connections

Corporations

Delta

Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines


Export Import Bank Logo 400x400

Export-Import Bank

Export-Import Bank


Google logo

Google

Google


Goldmansachs

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City


Kellogs Logo

Kellogg's

Kellogg's


Mass Mutual Logo 400x400

MassMutual

MassMutual

Speakers from MassMutual

Speakers from MassMutual
Go M Whc Gw

Nationwide

Nationwide


Nissan Logo resized 5 8 2023

Nissan

Nissan


Pge logo

Pacific Gas and Electric

Pacific Gas and Electric


Southern CA Edison

Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison


So Cal Gas Logo 2023 400x400

SoCalGas

SoCalGas


Trane

Trane Technologies

Trane Technologies


Truist Logo squared

Truist

Truist


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U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank


M EXMV Xdc

USPS

USPS

Speakers from USPS

Speakers from USPS
Walmart Logo 400x4001

Walmart

Walmart


Government

OCC Logo 400x400

Office of Comptroller of the Currency

Office of Comptroller of the Currency


Usda

U.S. Department of Aggriculture

U.S. Department of Aggriculture


Sba

U.S. Small Business Administration

U.S. Small Business Administration


Asian American Businesses

65 Max Apperal Logo 400x400

65 Max Apperal

65 Max Apperal


Cirrus Labs Logo 400x400

CirrusLabs, Inc.

CirrusLabs, Inc.


Defense Logistics Specialist Corp

Defense Logistics Specialist Corp.

Defense Logistics Specialist Corp.


Levity logo

Levity

Levity


Msl express

MSL Express

MSL Express


10:15 - 11:45 am PT

Doing Business with Government

Ballroom E, F, G

Sergeant at arms

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Marlene Anderch

Marlene Anderch

CEO & Founder
RockITdata

AI/ML focused on the customer experience. The modern call center built on AWS & Salesforce. Application development & data integrations. Gov con strategy, training and mission support services

CEO & Founder RockITdata

Moderator

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Marleitha Williams

Marleitha Williams

Supplier Diversity Program Manager
Board of Governors, Federal Reserve Board System

Marleitha G. Williams is the supplier diversity program manager for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. In this capacity, she is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act as it relates to the inclusion of minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises in the Board’s acquisition process.

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Board in 2011, Ms. Williams worked at Alabama’s largest electric utility corporation, Alabama Power Company, where she provided leadership and strategic direction to corporate business units in delivering results toward defined supplier diversity goals.

Throughout her career in Supplier Diversity and Supplier Relations, she has been affiliated with various organizations that focus on minority and women business development, including the U. S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, National Minority Supplier Development Council and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. She has been recognized in local and national publications such as Women Enterprise USA for her work in Supplier Diversity. Ms. Williams received her bachelor’s degree from Birmingham Southern College.


Supplier Diversity Program Manager Board of Governors, Federal Reserve Board System

Guest Speakers

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Maria Prince

Maria Prince

Global Procurement ESG Leader
DuPont

Maria is an accomplished professional with over 25 years of experience inStrategic Sourcing, Product Development Supplier Diversity, Sustainabilityand Supply Chain, working forwell-known companies like Walmart,PepsiCo, Sysco Foods, Academy Sports & Outdoors and LBrands.Maria has spent her career leading and developing people, managingsuccessful cross functional teams, building relationships and gettingresults that improve profitability.


She has multiple industry experience infood and beverage, consumer packaged goods, technology, and retail.Shehasabreadth ofDE&I, sustainability,sourcing knowledge and bestpractice experience she has leveraged throughout her career. Her international experience hasallowed her to travel the globe working with diverse teams and supply chain partners.As the Global Procurement ESG Leader, MarialeadsSupplier Diversity and Sustainability,DE&Iand Supply Chain RiskManagement.She will lead these efforts across a procurementorganization thatsupports40 countries,90 manufacturing sites and 10 global R&D centers.Before joining DuPont, Maria was Vice President at NMSDC (National Minority SupplierDevelopment Council), the largest organization certifying minority owned businesses (MBEs) anddedicated to the development and growth of MBEs working with member corporations toprovide business opportunities.

In her role, she developed programs that provided training,business opportunities and capital investment for minority business owners. She has also beenkey executive of aminority business which gives her a unique perspective on what it’s like to bea business owner.Maria earned her MBA from the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University ofTexas at Dallas. She volunteers for several charities that support women, is a 25-year memberof Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and a member of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) aprofessional organization for sourcing and procurement practitioners.


She is a frequent guestspeaker and panelist on the topics ofESG,DE&I, Supplier Diversity and Strategic Sourcing.She has earned numerous awards and recognition for her work in developing minority andwomen owned businesses and has servedon several nonprofit boards.Her most recent awardwas being nameda top 25 Diversity Change Leader by Diversity Plus magazine.She currentlyserves on the Tuck Business School Diversity Board at Dartmouth College andrecently joinedthe board of the Delaware Black Chamber of Commerceand theGlobal Diversity AdvisoryCouncil for the World Trade Center ofPhiladelphia

Global Procurement ESG Leader DuPont
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Robert Medina

Robert Medina

Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP)
NASA

Mr. Robert Medina is the Deputy Associate Administrator, for the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) at NASA Headquarters (HQ), since January 2023. Prior to this position, he served as a Small Business Program Manager, at NASA HQ OSBP, from September 2019 to December 2022. Mr. Medina was a Senior Procurement Analyst and Small Business Specialist at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, in Edwards, California from March 1994 through September 2019.

Mr. Medina is a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico and graduated from New Mexico State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Accounting degree. After graduation he continued to work with NASA. He began his career with NASA in 1977 as a cooperative education student.

During his forty-five years with NASA, Mr. Medina has worked in many different procurement positions and at different NASA Centers. He has worked as a purchasing agent, price analyst, contract specialist, contracting officer, procurement analyst, and small business specialist. In addition to his procurement background, he worked three years at NASA Headquarters in the Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology, as an Institutional Program Manager, having oversight over NASA’s three Research Centers (Ames, Langley, and Glenn). Most recently, Mr. Medina served on a detail at NASA Headquarters in the Office of Small Business Programs, from December 2016 through December 2017, serving as a Small Business Program Manager with oversight of the small business programs at NASA Stennis Space Center, NASA Shared Services Center, and NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center.

Mr. Medina has been a long-time supporter and member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). He is a NCMA Fellow and has held a number of NCMA chapter office positions, as well as national functional positions. Mr. Medina also is a member of the Department of Defense (DoD) Western Regional Council for Small Business Education and Advocacy and has served on the Executive Board for the council, as well as a chairperson of the council’s Interface Committee. In 2008 and 2013, he was selected as NASA’s Small Business Specialist of the Year

Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) NASA
Michelle E warren

Michelle E. Warren

Michelle E. Warren

Deputy Director Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Michelle Warren began her federal career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1988, as a Federal Market News Reporter within the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Agency, then later served as the Contracting Officer for the Commodity Procurement Branch, responsible for the supervision of purchasing teams which administers contracts for commodities for distribution to the National School Lunch Program and other Food Assistance Programs.

By 2010, Michelle was assigned Program Manager in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). In December 2015, Michelle was appointed Deputy Director in OSDBU and still holds that position. It is her responsibility to provide maximum opportunities for small businesses to participate in USDA contracting activities. Michelle served in the Acting Director’s capacity from December 2016-May 2022.

Educating, and Supporting the Buyer and the Seller is OSDBU’s core value.

Michelle’s philosophy is, “Think about what you want to do, DO IT, then think about what you have done!”

Michelle is a graduate of Virginia State University located in Petersburg, VA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business and Economics.

Deputy Director Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Calvin Mitchell

Calvin Mitchell

Director, OSDBU
U.S. Department of Education

In 2020, Calvin J. Mitchell Jr. joined the U.S. Department of Education leadership team as the Acting Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). In 2021, Mr. Mitchell transitioned to Director of OSDBU. As Director, Mr. Mitchell provides executive leadership and policy direction for developing and implementing policies and initiatives throughout the Department to ensure that all socioeconomic categories of small business are afforded opportunities to compete for contracts. Prior to the Acting OSDBU, Mr. Mitchell was the Deputy Director of Contracts and Acquisitions Management (CAM). As CAM Deputy Director, in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, he was responsible for overseeing the work of four contracting divisions that provide operational procurement services to the Department of Education. Prior to joining the Department, Mitchell served as the Branch Chief of the Accounts Management Division at the General Services Administration. Mitchell led the organization toward meeting the Government-wide strategic goals to support all 24 CFO Act agency vision, mission, and strategic goals. Separately, Mr. Mitchell served as a Congressional Fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee. In this position he served as the Principal Procurement Advisor to Committee leadership and provided guidance and oversight to Members and Committee staff on procurement, small business programs, and related acquisition issues within the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Mitchell has also held leadership positions at the U.S Army Corps of Engineers.

Director, OSDBU U.S. Department of Education
Darlene Bullock

Darlene Bullock

Darlene Bullock

Executive Director, OSDBU
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

E. Darlene Bullock’s January 2020 appointment as the Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is in succession to her service as the OSDBU Deputy Director from 2015 to late 2019. As the Executive Director, Ms. Bullock implements the Department’s small business procurement programs across DHS’s $23 billion procurement operation, which awards over $8 billion each year to small businesses. Ms. Bullock’s various roles and work in the OSDBU, has helped DHS achieve consecutive scores of an “A” or “A+”, since Fiscal Year 2009, making DHS the largest federal agency to have such a consistent success record on Small Business Administration’s annual Small Business Procurement Scorecard.

Before joining the OSDBU, Ms. Bullock was a Division Director and Contracting Officer in the DHS, Office of Procurement Operations (OPO). OPO is one of the largest procurement divisions in DHS obligating about $5 billion a year. Her division supported the Office of the Secretary and other high-visibility DHS Headquarters offices. Ms. Bullock oversaw and managed the award process of the first DHS-wide Program Management, Administrative, Clerical, and Technical Services (PACTS) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contracts which were set-aside for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs). PACTS had an estimated value of $1.5 billion. The creation and award of the PACTS vehicles has enabled DHS to meet and exceed the 3% SDVOSB goal since Fiscal Year 2010.

With over 32 years of experience in procurement, federal assistance, and acquisitions management, Ms. Bullock has held leadership positions at several Federal and local agencies including DHS, U.S. Agency for International Development, U. S. Department of Commerce, District of Columbia Government, and the U.S. Army.

Ms. Bullock began her acquisition career with the U.S. Army, successfully completing the Department of Defense contract specialist intern program. She was a Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) with the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and maintains her FAC-C Level III Certification in Contracting. She has completed various Federal Executive leadership courses in her career. She has an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Business and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MBA in International Management from Southeastern University

Executive Director, OSDBU U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Jean lin pao

Jean Lin Pao

Jean Lin Pao

Director, OSDBU
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Jean Lin Pao is the Director for the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), serving as the principal advocate for utilizing small and disadvantaged businesses in federal contracting to meet HUD’s mission. As a member of the Senior Executive Service in a cabinet-level department, Ms. Pao has over twenty-five years of federal experience in small business advocacy, enterprise human capital management, employee engagement and training, budgeting and acquisitions, information technology planning, administration, business management, strategic planning, program evaluation, and policy development. Previously, she served as the General Deputy Assistant Secretary for HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research and Chief Management Officer/Deputy Assistant Secretary for Business Management and Administration in HUD’s Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer. Ms. Pao holds a Bachelor of Arts in urban studies from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Master of Public Policy from the Harris School, University of Chicago. She is an Excellence in Government Senior Fellow and a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award. She is also a certified executive and leadership coach.

Director, OSDBU U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Leandro San Roman

Leonardo San Román

Leonardo San Román

Manager, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s Procurement Assistance Division
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

Leonardo San Roman currently serves as the Manager for the DOT Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s Procurement Assistance Division. In this capacity, Mr. San Roman is responsible for ensuring the Department of Transportation's compliance with Federal statutes and initiatives as they relate to small business development and other disadvantaged groups.

Prior to joining DOT, Mr. San Roman served as Project Manager for the Plans, Policy, and Resources Directorate with the Naval Audit Service. Previously he served as the Finance Director for the Senate of Puerto Rico. He has also served as the Deputy Director for Administration, Budget and Finance for the Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico at the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Washington, D.C.

Mr. San Roman earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, and obtained a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Manager, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s Procurement Assistance Division U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
Donna Ragucci

Donna Ragucci

Donna Ragucci

Executive Director, OSDBU
U.S. Department of Treasury

Ms. Donna Ragucci serves as Director for the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) and assumed her duties in March 2018. She is responsible for Small Business Programs that include mission, compliance, outreach, and training for a 5,000 member organization obligating over $6.7 billion annually. Her office ensures compliance with the federally directed Category Management Initiative and meeting the Small Business Administration statutory socio-economic small business prime and subcontracting goals. Ms. Ragucci aligns best business practices with other OSDBUs throughout the federal government. In her tenure, her office received national recognition from the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Association and the National HUBZone Association. Her office is a Core Cluster member of the White House Initiatives Group on HBCUs, championing the awareness of and increasing federal contracting opportunities for HBCUs and the underserved communities and the White House Initiatives Group on Advancing Racial Equity in Federal Procurement. Ms. Ragucci also chairs the 93-member Federal OSDBU Council that assists SBA by influencing small business policy and legislation.

Ms. Ragucci’s held numerous leadership and public trust positions during her 35 years with the federal government. She was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in March 2018. She graduated from the Senior Service College in May 2015. Ms. Ragucci has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Athens State University, and she earned a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Florida Institute of Technology.

Her awards include the Secretary of the Army Excellence in Contracting Award, Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award, Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Excellence, and three Department of the Army Achievement Medals for Civilian Service. Ms. Ragucci is a member to the Acquisition Corps. She holds federal certification Level III in Contracting, Level II in Purchasing, and Level II in Program Management.

Executive Director, OSDBU U.S. Department of Treasury
12:00 - 1:30 pm PT

i-Builders (Industry Builders) Marketplace & Synergy Luncheon

Ballroom B, C

Moderator

Ann anjali ramakumaran

Ann Anjali Ramakumaran

Ann Anjali Ramakumaran

Founder & CEO
Ampcus, Inc.

Anjali Ann Ramakumaran, Founder and CEO of Ampcus Inc. (Ampcus), is a technology savvy entrepreneur with more than 15 years of contribution towards the design, development and delivery of leading edge Technology Solutions and Human Capital Management across the globe. Under her leadership she has cultivated Ampcus into a fast growing Consulting and Professional Services firm. For eight consecutive years (2009-2016), she has been recognized as a top Asian American owned business by the USPAACC. In addition, for the past seven consecutive years (2010-2016), she has been honored as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned Businesses in the CONUS by the Women Presidents Organization. Under Ann’s leadership, Ampcus has made the Inc. 500/5000 list and has been recognized as a Top Diversity Business for the past 7 years (2010-2016). Ann was also awarded Women in Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by WIT and most recently received the Chairman’s Award for Inspirational Leadership from the CRMSDC. Ampcus has also received the Global Growth Award from Astra Women’s Business Alliance, Supplier of the Year Award from the GMSDC and the Top Asian American Business Award from the USPAACC-SE.

Ann works closely with her Advisory Board, whose advice/input on strategy and direction helps her drive the company to attain its vision of being one of the largest and most successful high performing Professional Services companies globally. She has been actively involved in executing a consultative methodology to define, qualify and quantify Ampcus’ target clients, determine their strategic IT and business objectives and from this developed solutions which proactively address their current and evolving demands and needs.

Ann serves on the CRMSDC Board of Directors, WPEO Leadership Committee and the USPAACC Scholarship Committee. She has been a speaker at numerous National and Local Procurement and Diversity Conferences. In addition, Ann has mentored several women and minority start up’s in an effort to help them grow their business. Ann holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business and Commercial Management from India and has completed Executive Management from the Robins School of Business, University of Richmond Virginia and an Advanced Management from the Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University Illinois.

Founder & CEO Ampcus, Inc.

Opening Remarks

Ruben Barrales

Ruben Barrales

Ruben Barrales

Senior Vice President, External Engagement, Diverse Segments, Representation and Inclusion
Wells Fargo

Senior Vice President, External Engagement, Diverse Segments, Representation and Inclusion Wells Fargo

Guest Speaker

Taufeek Shah

Taufeek Shah

Taufeek Shah

Founder & CEO
Lola's Fine Hot Sauce

Taufeek Shah is an entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of Lola's Fine Sauces, Inc a global leader in the CPG space featuring generational family recipe food products & condiments from his mother, Lola. He built, boot strapped, and accomplished significant growth expanding his product portfolios in over 10,000 retailers and restaurants across the US, Canada, and Asia.

Sharp and successful marketing strategist in both domestic and international markets with his strong leadership team. He is an accomplished leader in creating, inspiring, and building successful teams focused on diversity, inclusion, and growth.

Season 1 finalist on Making It With Lowe's featuring Daymond John and the Lowe's executive team.

Founder & CEO Lola's Fine Hot Sauce
Howard Hoffman

Howard Hoffman

Howard Hoffman

Founder & CEO
pHresh Products

Howard Hoffman is a Philippine-born American entrepreneur and humanitarian committed to changing the world through proper health and nutrition education. He is the CEO of The Omnium Group, which provides quality private label, co-packing, and bulk supply services for clients in the Dietary Supplement, Nutraceutical, HPP Beverage, Cosmetic, Hair, Body, Skin Care, and OTC industries. He is also the founder and CEO of PHPD; Howard operates two brands - pHresh Products and Dream Nutrition - and is a formulator and creator of the world's first narrow-range pH testing strip, a Class One medical device.

Howard is also the co-founder and CEO of Omnium Canna, the first minority-owned cannabis processor and extractor in the United States and one of the faces of New Yorks's "Why Buy Legal" campaign.

As an executive, Howard has an impressive track record of leading diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success across highly competitive industries, cutting-edge markets, and fast-paced business environments. His technical and business qualifications, paired with hands-on experience in strategic planning, product development, and system engineering strategies, have proven his ability to successfully analyze an organization's critical business requirements to develop highly efficient strategies and cost-effective solutions.

Omnium Canna, which operates in Long Island, NY, is a cGMP-licensed, regulated cannabis extractor and processor with a seasoned management team of over 90 years in the dietary supplement and highly regulated industries. The company operates out of a 45k sqft state-of-the-art facility powered by renewable energy and offers a one-stop supply chain infrastructure solution to support the cannabis industry within New York. The company ensures consistent quality of the highest standards throughout the supply chain process, from the final product to dispensary shelves.

Founder & CEO pHresh Products
SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman

The Hon. Isabella Casillas Guzman

The Hon. Isabella Casillas Guzman

Administrator
U.S. Small Business Administration

Isabella Casillas Guzman serves as the 27th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and was sworn in on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Administrator Guzman represents the more than 30 million U.S. small businesses and is committed to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs start, grow and be resilient.

A lifelong proponent of small businesses, Guzman grew up as the daughter of a small business owner and learned at a young age how important small businesses are to the communities they serve, the people they employ, and the economies they help power.

Administrator Guzman previously served as Director of the California Office of the Small Business Advocate, a position she held after being appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in April 2019. In that role, she served as the voice of small businesses and innovative startups in the 5th largest economy in the world. She administered and advocated for programs and initiatives to help small businesses access capital, markets, and networks for stronger outcomes. She and her team helped connect entrepreneurs in every community with the resources needed. As the economic recovery support function coordinator for the state, she focused on resilience and most recently worked to help small businesses access relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In California, Administrator Guzman oversaw a network of small business centers focused on expanding assistance to underserved business groups. She launched new public private partnerships and collaborated to deliver cutting edge resources to small businesses, including through initiatives like Get Digital CA to increase technology and e-commerce adoption and Source Diverse Source Local to strengthen supply chain readiness. She advocated fiercely for financial relief for small businesses, leading to the expansion of state supported lending and the largest COVID-19 grant relief program in the nation at over $2.5 billion. Guzman's office launched the Entrepreneurship Task Force to serve as a bridge to small businesses and create content and programs to help strengthen the competitiveness of startup and small firms.

Administrator Guzman has previously served in leadership at the SBA as the agency’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor during the Obama-Biden Administration, where she oversaw policy and new program implementation. She was a small business entrepreneur herself, and an advisor to fellow founders including in accelerating technology commercialization and in helping small business contractors leverage the federal marketplace. Administrator Guzman earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

Administrator U.S. Small Business Administration
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Andy Lin

Andy Lin

Founder & CEO
Yo-Kai Express

Andy earned his Electrical Engineering Master degree from UC Irvine and has worked in the Semiconductor industry for more than 12 years. Andy is not only focused on developing autonomous restaurant to serve people 24/7 anytime anywhere but also trying to reduce the food waste by ordering as needed. In the meantime, Andy also put lots of effort to develop the green energy to support the future power shortage. He and his team are working on reusable power storage and try to provide zero emission and zero noise power solutions to the public.

Founder & CEO Yo-Kai Express
2:30 - 4:30 pm PT

Prescheduled 1-on-1 Business Matchmaking Meetings (PM Session) - powered by the United States Postal Service

Ballroom A

Companies

Bristol Myers Squibb BMS Logo 400x400

Bristol Myers Squibb

Bristol Myers Squibb


Bank of america

Bank of America

Bank of America


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Caesar's Entertainment

Caesar's Entertainment


Cushman Wakefield squared

Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield


Delta

Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines


Dennys Logo 400x400

Denny's

Denny's


Du Pont Logo 400x400

DuPont

DuPont


Edwards logo v1 423 rgb pos png

Edwards Life Science

Edwards Life Science


Fannie Mae Logo 400x400

Fannie Mae

Fannie Mae


Federal Deposit Insurance Corp Logo 400x400

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation


Google logo

Google

Google


Goldmansachs

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City


JP Morgan Chase Co Logo 400x400

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.


Mass Mutual Logo 400x400

MassMutual

MassMutual

Speakers from MassMutual

Speakers from MassMutual
Go M Whc Gw

Nationwide

Nationwide


Nissan Logo resized 5 8 2023

Nissan

Nissan


Pge logo

Pacific Gas and Electric

Pacific Gas and Electric


Peen Entertainment Logo 400x400

Penn Entertainment

Penn Entertainment


Raytheon logo resized 5 12 2023

Raytheon Technologies

Raytheon Technologies


So Cal Gas Logo 2023 400x400

SoCalGas

SoCalGas


Southern CA Edison

Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison


Screen Shot 2022 05 14 at 7 51 11 PM

Target

Target


Trane

Trane Technologies

Trane Technologies


Truist Logo squared

Truist

Truist


M EXMV Xdc

USPS

USPS

Speakers from USPS

Speakers from USPS
US bank logo 2023 05 02 130529 mmyh

U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank


Walmart Logo 400x4001

Walmart

Walmart


Dyhy Hj Yw

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo


2:00 - 4:00 pm PT

Guanxi* Connection Place

Pavillion 10, 11

*means relationships & connections

Corporations

Delta

Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines


Export Import Bank Logo 400x400

Export-Import Bank

Export-Import Bank


Google logo

Google

Google


Goldmansachs

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City


Kellogs Logo

Kellogg's

Kellogg's


Mass Mutual Logo 400x400

MassMutual

MassMutual

Speakers from MassMutual

Speakers from MassMutual
Go M Whc Gw

Nationwide

Nationwide


Nissan Logo resized 5 8 2023

Nissan

Nissan


Pge logo

Pacific Gas and Electric

Pacific Gas and Electric


Southern CA Edison

Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison


So Cal Gas Logo 2023 400x400

SoCalGas

SoCalGas


Trane

Trane Technologies

Trane Technologies


Truist Logo squared

Truist

Truist


US bank logo 2023 05 02 130529 mmyh

U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank


M EXMV Xdc

USPS

USPS

Speakers from USPS

Speakers from USPS
Walmart Logo 400x4001

Walmart

Walmart


Government

OCC Logo 400x400

Office of Comptroller of the Currency

Office of Comptroller of the Currency


Usda

U.S. Department of Aggriculture

U.S. Department of Aggriculture


Sba

U.S. Small Business Administration

U.S. Small Business Administration


Asian American Businesses

65 Max Apperal Logo 400x400

65 Max Apperal

65 Max Apperal


Cirrus Labs Logo 400x400

CirrusLabs, Inc.

CirrusLabs, Inc.


Defense Logistics Specialist Corp

Defense Logistics Specialist Corp.

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4:00 - 6:00 pm PT

WISE (Women Initiative for Strategic Empowerment) Networking

Ballroom E, F, G

Sergeant of arms

Sundari Pai

Sundari Pai

Sundari Pai

Senior Manager, Global Supplier Diversity
Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS)

Sundari Pai Luts is the Senior Manager, Global Supplier Diversity at Bristol Myers Squibb and supports the development, expansion and execution of the corporate wide global supplier diversity strategy, program, policies and procedures working with internal and external business partners to ensure alignment with BMS's Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) strategy. Sundari's efforts across BMS enterprise also include collaborating with, People Business & Resource Group (PBRG), D&I, corporate affairs and government affairs. She is strong proponent of diversity and inclusion and currently is the community co-lead for Disability Advancement Workforce Network (DAWN) PBRG promoting disability inclusion in the workplace and community. Her previous role included leading all strategic communications as well as Power2Impact community outreach program for supplier diversity. Sundari brings a unique perspective, working previously for diverse businesses and now at Bristol Myers Squibb within the Strategic Sourcing & Procurement organization for the last 4 years.

Sundari has over 16 years of experience in supplier diversity and strategic communications in both commercial and government sectors. She has previously worked in leadership positions for woman and minority business entrepreneurs where she managed their supplier diversity programs and led strategic communications and marketing strategies. Sundari has a passion for supplier diversity and cultivates this passion through her active engagement with various Minority Business Councils, State Offices, Chambers of Commerce and other institutions, like Disability:IN, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) where she is a currently a member of WBENC’s NextGEN Advisory board. She is also past board of directors' member of US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) NorthEast chapter and has also worked on various committees at the NY&NJ Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council). Sundari is also a mentor, coach and advocate to many small & diverse businesses, and community partners playing a strategic role in growth of many of them. She was recently named 2021 Top 25 Diversity Change Leader by DiversityPlus publication.

Sundari has a Master’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of Maine and a Bachelor’s degree in Print and Media Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and two young children.

Senior Manager, Global Supplier Diversity Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS)

Co-Moderators

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Doris Li Yeh

Doris Li Yeh

CEO & Co-Founder
Mirapath

Doris Li Yeh is the CEO and Founder of Mirapath, a Datacenter Critical Infrastructure Total Solution Provider. . In her role, Doris drives growth strategy for the company using Mirapath’s four core values: relationships matter, commitment to excellence, results driven, and strive for innovation and excellence – while having fun and enjoying the journey together. She is passionate about leadership development, women empowerment and cutting-edge technology related to platform development in the data center and IoT space paired with AI and Automation.


Mirapath ‘s was #54 fastest-growing women-owned business. In 2017, the company was on the Fast 100 Asian American Business by USPAACC, the CRN Fast Growth 150, and the CRN Solution Provider 500, as well as the #6 Biggest Minority-Owned Business by Silicon Valley Business Journal.


Doris holds a BSEE from the University of São Paulo and graduated in 2018 from the prestigious Harvard Business School Owner President Management (OPM52) program. She was nominated Silicon Valley Women of Influence in 2018 by Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2018 Enterprising Women Award, 100 Fast USPAAC Company and Infrastrastructure Mason IM100 2020 Recipient . She is a proud Platinum member of Women President Organization, Co-Chair USPAAC WISE ( Women Initiative for Strategic Empowerment) and advisory boartd of USPAAC-West. Doris is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Portuguese.

CEO & Co-Founder Mirapath
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Carolyn Joshua

Carolyn Joshua

President & CEO
Trilyon, Inc.

Carolyn Joshua is the President and CEO of Trilyon, Inc., a leading content management, documentation, and technology services provider for Fortune 500 companies. Under Carolyn's exceptional leadership, Trilyon has earned notable recognition, including the esteemed 2023 Fast 100 Asian American Business Award from USPAACC. Her outstanding achievements have also been acknowledged through the prestigious Enterprising Women of the Year Award in 2023. Furthermore, she has been honored as one of the Top 50 Women Leaders of San Francisco for 2023 by Women We Admire, highlighting her significant contributions to the business community.

In addition to her role at Trilyon, Carolyn holds a board position at the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC West), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering economic growth and promoting diversity through leadership, education, and business networking. Carolyn also plays a pivotal role as the Co-Chair of USPAACC WISE (Women Initiative for Strategic Empowerment), spearheading initiatives that empower and advance women professionals in the business world.

Carolyn serves as a General Partner at Early Equity Capital Advisors, specializing in late-stage technology startups. Additionally, she contributes to How Women Invest as an LP, a venture capital firm focused on promoting women-led companies and advancing women leaders within the venture capital ecosystem. Carolyn's commitment to diversity and inclusivity is further exemplified through her role as a global advisor for the Women Leaders for the World Fellowship Program. This transformative leadership training program empowers social change innovators and industry disruptors to create positive impacts on society.

President & CEO Trilyon, Inc.

Speakers

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Ann Anjali Ramakumaran

Ann Anjali Ramakumaran

Founder & CEO
Ampcus, Inc.

Anjali Ann Ramakumaran, Founder and CEO of Ampcus Inc. (Ampcus), is a technology savvy entrepreneur with more than 15 years of contribution towards the design, development and delivery of leading edge Technology Solutions and Human Capital Management across the globe. Under her leadership she has cultivated Ampcus into a fast growing Consulting and Professional Services firm. For eight consecutive years (2009-2016), she has been recognized as a top Asian American owned business by the USPAACC. In addition, for the past seven consecutive years (2010-2016), she has been honored as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned Businesses in the CONUS by the Women Presidents Organization. Under Ann’s leadership, Ampcus has made the Inc. 500/5000 list and has been recognized as a Top Diversity Business for the past 7 years (2010-2016). Ann was also awarded Women in Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by WIT and most recently received the Chairman’s Award for Inspirational Leadership from the CRMSDC. Ampcus has also received the Global Growth Award from Astra Women’s Business Alliance, Supplier of the Year Award from the GMSDC and the Top Asian American Business Award from the USPAACC-SE.

Ann works closely with her Advisory Board, whose advice/input on strategy and direction helps her drive the company to attain its vision of being one of the largest and most successful high performing Professional Services companies globally. She has been actively involved in executing a consultative methodology to define, qualify and quantify Ampcus’ target clients, determine their strategic IT and business objectives and from this developed solutions which proactively address their current and evolving demands and needs.

Ann serves on the CRMSDC Board of Directors, WPEO Leadership Committee and the USPAACC Scholarship Committee. She has been a speaker at numerous National and Local Procurement and Diversity Conferences. In addition, Ann has mentored several women and minority start up’s in an effort to help them grow their business. Ann holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business and Commercial Management from India and has completed Executive Management from the Robins School of Business, University of Richmond Virginia and an Advanced Management from the Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University Illinois.

Founder & CEO Ampcus, Inc.
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Jennifer Rasing

Jennifer Rasing

Global Lead of Pan Asian Network (PAN)
Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS)

Jennifer Rasing is a passionate scientist and leader who has spent a career of over 20 years dedicated to the biopharmaceutical industry. She currently leads the Pan Asian Network (PAN) People & Business Resource Group for Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS).

As Global PAN Lead, Jennifer is committed to championing an inclusive workplace that welcomes, values, and elevates diverse voices.

Beginning her journey at BMS in 2004 as a research scientist, Jennifer’s extensive experience in cell-based and immunological assays was key to the approval of multiple marketed products. Since then, she has held various roles in the clinical trial space, managing key global Immuno-Oncology clinical trial studies as a Senior Project Manager and Senior Auditor.

Throughout her tenure at BMS, Jennifer has taken meaningful steps to drive equitable advancement and outcomes for all. To provide a safe culture where colleagues can bring their authentic selves to work and fostering inclusion and ensure every colleague — across diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences — is valued, respected and feels a sense of belonging.

Spending many years as a scientist in clinical trials, Jennifer recognizes that to drive a more just and equitable society, we must address health disparities and the social determinants of health in communities around the world.

Jennifer is a change champion, promoting PAN and awareness of Asian and Pacific Islander issues by speaking and driving the development of groundbreaking programs throughout the organization. Her commitment to an inclusive workplace that values diverse viewpoints has led to key initiatives, spanning across many facets of BMS culture. She has spoken on behalf of Bristol Myers Squibb on topics on Inclusion & Diversity, health equity and social justice in the AANHPI community and led initiatives to elevate and advance Asian talent across BMS. In addition, Jennifer has mentored aspiring future Asian leaders in the company.

Jennifer holds a BS degree in biotechnology from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Global Lead of Pan Asian Network (PAN) Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS)
Vivian Young

Vivian Young

Vivian Young

Global Head of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs
JPMorgan Chase

Vivian Young has over 15 years of leadership experience in the financial services industry. In her current role as global head of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs for JPMorgan Chase, Vivian is responsible for developing a leading a global, unified strategy to advance equity and inclusion for the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community. Key focus areas include driving opportunity and progress through increased cultural understanding and collaboration; raising awareness about cultural identity and the challenges faced by underserved individuals and communities; supporting API communities globally through public advocacy, economic inclusion and community development.

Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Vivian spent 7 years at Charles Schwab Advisor Services, where she was responsible for strategy, execution and management of the Family Office and Investment Consultant client segment. She also served as business lead on new product initiatives for trust products, ETFs, mutual funds and separately managed accounts. Previous to Charles Schwab, Vivian was a relationship manager and team lead at U.S. Trust Company of New York providing financial planning services to high net worth individuals and families in the Wealth Management division.

Vivian Joined JPMorgan Chase in 2012 leading strategic initiatives for the Product and Platform team in the Private Bank and J.P.Morgan Wealth Management. She was responsible for product management, development and expansion of Trusts & Estates services, donor advised fund, and financial planning tools. She most recently was global head of Bank Product Marketing in Asset & Wealth Management, developing strategies to deepen client relationships and drive business growth. Working in partnership with Product leadership in banking, lending, mortgage, annuities, trusts and estates, and cyber and fraud, Vivian lead the content development and implementation of strategic marketing programs.

Vivian received a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.

She resides in New York City with her husband and two children.

Learn more about Vivian:

⦁ Office of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs at JPMorgan Chase https://www.jpmorganchase.com/...

⦁ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vi...

⦁ Bringing a cultural lens to her community: Women on the Move podcast

https://open.spotify.com/episo...

Global Head of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs JPMorgan Chase
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Jenny Zhu

Jenny Zhu

Founder & CEO
Lush Decor Home | Triangle Home Fashions

Jenny Jing Zhu is an award-winning entrepreneur, business pioneer and motivator-in-chief who inspires a diverse, powerhouse team to create, produce, market and deliver unique home decor that customers love.

As Founder and CEO of Triangle Home Fashions (THF) and its signature brand, Lush Décor, Jenny’s visionary perspective earned her opportunities a less keen eye would have missed. Armed with a degree in textile and surface design from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and a few years’ experience in the home textile category, Jenny envisioned a better way of doing business – one where the company delivered more than what was expected.

In 2008, driven by her love of design and passion to create affordable luxury home décor. Jenny founded THF determined to be a game-changer in what was then a still fledgling e-commerce market. Jenny invented a company culture of leadership and innovation that not only originates impeccably detailed, accessible home decor for every room, every lifestyle and every life stage, but one that also manages global production, comprehensive warehousing and a direct distribution network for fast delivery.

Vibrant e-commerce growth and the expansion into brick-and-mortar stores led Jenny to launch Lush Décor in 2013. As the company’s signature brand, Lush Décor is crafted in a range of aesthetics and styles, inspiring consumers to create a home that is unique and personalized to their space, lifestyle and life stage. In 2023, with plans to expand the Lush Décor platform, THF began operating as Lush Décor Home.

An innovator with a heart, Jenny not only wants to do good work but do good work that matters. This led to a first-ever licensing partnership with Make-A-Wish America where 5% of all net sales from the Make-A-Wish Collection by Lush Décor are donated to the organization to help fulfill the wishes of children with critical illnesses.

Jenny attributes her success and the success of the company to the strength and shared vision of her team – or family as she calls them. The THF family is more than 60% female, hails from 8 different countries and collectively speaks 11 languages.

In 2019, Jenny’s hard work and focus earned her EY’s New Jersey Entrepreneur of the Year Award and a national nomination in the consumer category. And, in 2021, Jenny was named an Enterprising Woman by Enterprising Women media. In 2021 and 2022, the company was named one of the Women Presidents Organization’s 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned/Led Companies. Inc. Magazine named Triangle Home Fashions | Lush Décor a 2022 Top 500 Fastest Growing Company.

According to Jenny, “Clear vision, top performing teams and nimble execution are what motivates us and what drives success through today’s complex business terrain.”

Founder & CEO Lush Decor Home | Triangle Home Fashions
5:30 - 7:30 pm PT

Business Networking

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WISE Co-Chair

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Doris Li Yeh

Doris Li Yeh

CEO & Co-Founder
Mirapath

Doris Li Yeh is the CEO and Founder of Mirapath, a Datacenter Critical Infrastructure Total Solution Provider. . In her role, Doris drives growth strategy for the company using Mirapath’s four core values: relationships matter, commitment to excellence, results driven, and strive for innovation and excellence – while having fun and enjoying the journey together. She is passionate about leadership development, women empowerment and cutting-edge technology related to platform development in the data center and IoT space paired with AI and Automation.


Mirapath ‘s was #54 fastest-growing women-owned business. In 2017, the company was on the Fast 100 Asian American Business by USPAACC, the CRN Fast Growth 150, and the CRN Solution Provider 500, as well as the #6 Biggest Minority-Owned Business by Silicon Valley Business Journal.


Doris holds a BSEE from the University of São Paulo and graduated in 2018 from the prestigious Harvard Business School Owner President Management (OPM52) program. She was nominated Silicon Valley Women of Influence in 2018 by Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2018 Enterprising Women Award, 100 Fast USPAAC Company and Infrastrastructure Mason IM100 2020 Recipient . She is a proud Platinum member of Women President Organization, Co-Chair USPAAC WISE ( Women Initiative for Strategic Empowerment) and advisory boartd of USPAAC-West. Doris is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Portuguese.

CEO & Co-Founder Mirapath
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Carolyn Joshua

Carolyn Joshua

President & CEO
Trilyon, Inc.

Carolyn Joshua is the President and CEO of Trilyon, Inc., a leading content management, documentation, and technology services provider for Fortune 500 companies. Under Carolyn's exceptional leadership, Trilyon has earned notable recognition, including the esteemed 2023 Fast 100 Asian American Business Award from USPAACC. Her outstanding achievements have also been acknowledged through the prestigious Enterprising Women of the Year Award in 2023. Furthermore, she has been honored as one of the Top 50 Women Leaders of San Francisco for 2023 by Women We Admire, highlighting her significant contributions to the business community.

In addition to her role at Trilyon, Carolyn holds a board position at the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC West), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering economic growth and promoting diversity through leadership, education, and business networking. Carolyn also plays a pivotal role as the Co-Chair of USPAACC WISE (Women Initiative for Strategic Empowerment), spearheading initiatives that empower and advance women professionals in the business world.

Carolyn serves as a General Partner at Early Equity Capital Advisors, specializing in late-stage technology startups. Additionally, she contributes to How Women Invest as an LP, a venture capital firm focused on promoting women-led companies and advancing women leaders within the venture capital ecosystem. Carolyn's commitment to diversity and inclusivity is further exemplified through her role as a global advisor for the Women Leaders for the World Fellowship Program. This transformative leadership training program empowers social change innovators and industry disruptors to create positive impacts on society.

President & CEO Trilyon, Inc.
7:30 pm PT

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