Chapter Advancement Track
The Plan in Event Planning
Janny Leung is the current President of OCA Greater
Chicago chapter. She is actively engaged in promoting
cultural exchanges in Chicago and conducting networking
and communications events, such as the Asian American
Business Expo (9/6 at UIC Forum), monthly workshops, MAAP,
scholarship gala etc. Janny participates in the Hong Kong Club
and Associate Board of Asian American Coalition of Chicago.
Janny served as consultant to organizations doing business in
China in the form of cultural awareness seminars, personnel
training, presentation skills, translator and Project Management
etc. During Janny’s career with corporations such as IBM, Household Finance, DEC, she conducted many cultural awareness-training sessions and led multi-national teams. While at IBM, Janny co-founded the Midwest Asian American IBM Network group (MAAIN) as well as helping client corporation’s formulate similar groups within their organizations. Prior to moving to Illinois, Janny owned a translation and cultural events business in Nebraska. During that period, Janny provided services to Nebraskan companies that wanted to do business in China and helped them from initial sales to contract negotiations and operations. Janny is a native of Hong Kong and moved to the US to attend college. Cross- Cultural Communications fascinated her and subsequently, Janny completed her BA in Communications. During her studies, Janny conducted several cross-cultural projects on communication differences between Japanese, Chinese and English cultures. After obtaining her BA, Janny continued with a MBA and another degree in Computer Science.
Vicki Shu is the President and Founder of VS Planning,
a company that provides event and logistic planning services
to non-profit organizations and small businesses. Vicki
started VS Planning to combine her love of the restaurant
business with her support for non-profit organizations. Vicki
pursued her love of cooking by working for Bread & Circus
(now Whole Foods Market) in the restaurant of the company’s
first store in Washington DC. Vicki then went on to attend the
Culinary Institute of American, where she graduated with
high honors, had the opportunity to work at Les Celebrites
and Restaurant Daniel in NYC and for Donald Tober, Board
Member of the CIA and CEO of Sugar Foods, Inc. Vicki then went on to manage some of NYC’s most popular restaurants, including Blue Water Grill and Jane Restaurant. Bliss Spa recruited Vicki to develop training and sales procedures in their front end sales department at its SoHo flagship storeAs an event, logistics, and development consultant, Vicki brings together her intimate knowledge of non-profit organizations, her management skills and her restaurant experience. With the interest of her clients in mind, Vicki works closely with vendors to ensure that all aspects of each project are sensitive to the needs of her clients, and provides her clients with strategic fundraising and operations guidance. Vicki’s client list has included La Cocina, a food entrepreneur incubator; the Center for Asian American Media, which produces CAAMFest, the largest Asian American film festival in the country; APEX for Youth, The New York Asian Women’s Center, DRUM-Desi Up and Rising, and many more. Vicki has been involved with OCA since 1990, when she first served as an intern in Washington DC. Later, she joined OCA as its Legislative and Special Projects Manager. When she moved to New York City, Vicki served on the New York Chapter’s board, including a year as its Vice President and three years as President. During her tenure, Vicki led the chapter through numerous contentious campaigns, including the successful firing of radio shock jocks. Vicki continues to pursue her love of cooking by also working as a personal chef and caterer under a second company, Chef Vicki.
Ms. Mary Tom is the Immediate Past President (2013) of
the OCA-Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter, and through her
succession planning, she is currently serving as OCA-DC's
2014 Executive Vice President providing advisory support to her
successor, whom she had recruited and groomed toward
assuming the Chapter Presidency in 2014.Ms. Tom has served
in past years as VP of Community Outreach and Community Health
Outreach, as well as a Director of the National OCA Board.
She brings to OCA a diverse background in both private sector
and the Federal Government. Ms. Tom spent the first part of her
career in private sector serving as a Regional Personnel Administrator for a computer company supporting the HR needs of over 500 employees. She has had experience in Marketing and Account Executive work as well. Ms. Tom joined the Federal Government in 1993 in a variety of roles, i.e., HR Employee Relations Specialist, Program/Management Analyst, Public Health Analyst, and she now serves as her Agency's Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator assessing how staff with medical conditions/disabilities can overcome obstacles to perform the essential duties of their jobs. Ms. Tom has also served as Senior Project Officer overseeing community health centers in CA as well as Program Manager for the Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems in Hawaii.