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B3: Emerging APA Professionals and Employee Resource Groups | Featured Speakers

High impact professional development workshops will be conducted to challenge the next generation of APA leaders from across the country to address leadership skills which are needed to be more effective in the community and workplace. We will explore understanding the value of diversity and the importance of relationship building in personal and professional growth in today's global economy through skills building, workshops, and inspirational speakers and panels. 


Defining Career Success

Leslie Moe-Kaiser,Corporate Public Affairs, manages State Farm’s relationships with national Asian American Pacific Islander organizations.  She partners with leaders to help create safer, stronger, and better-educated communities through teen driver safety, youth and adult leadership training, financial education and professional development offerings.

Leslie’s previous responsibilities include training, communications and Asian American marketing.  She also planned and implemented Asian communications and cultural patterns programming.  Prior to State Farm, Leslie founded a consulting firm that developed strategies for Fortune 500 companies entering the China market, and developed relationships with Japanese financial institutions to facilitate East-West trade.  Her first career was in academia specializing in Asian Art History and Asian Philosophies.

Leslie serves on the Business Advisory Council of OCA, National Advisory Council of the Asian American Justice Center, President’s Council of the Japanese American Citizens League, National Advisory Council of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, and is Board Co-Chair of The Center for Asian Pacific American Women.  She is a 2003 National Fellow of the Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute, and listed in Who’s Who in the Humanities, 1992-93.  She is president of OSF St. Francis Medical Center Women’s Services Advisory Board, Peoria; past-president of OCA-Central Illinois, and served on the Illinois Valley Mental Health Association Board.

She holds a PhD in Educational Administration of Higher Education from Illinois State University.  Her MPh and MA are in Asian Art History from University of Kansas; her BBA in Accounting from University of Hawaii.  She did post-graduate studies at Sophia University in Tokyo. She holds the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation and is a USPTA certified tennis pro. She and her husband Greg have a son, Kurt, and daughter, Kristine.

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Ken Lee is a former UPSer, having started as a part-time employee while he was in college. Ken retired in 2008 as the Vice President of Security for UPS’s U.S. Operations.  He was the first Asian Pacific American (APA) to attain the title of Vice President, and was one of the highest ranking APAs at UPS.  A leading activist for Asian community affairs at UPS, Ken served as a mentor and role model for other Asian employees, and served on UPS’s corporate diversity committee.

Ken currently is the immediate past national president of OCA, an Asian advocacy organization which UPS has had a long relationship with.  Prior to being elected President, Ken served in several other OCA capacities.  Additionally, Ken has served on the Diversity Advisory Council for Georgia Power, one of the nation’s largest generators of electricity and today serves on the Comcast NBC University Diversity Advisory Council. 

Due in part to his success in his career, his active role in the OCA, and his involvement with many community organizations in the Georgia area, Ken was selected by UPS to be the recipient of the OCA National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award in 1997.  Ken was also honored by "Who’s Who in Asian American Communities” 2006, Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business 2006 and LEAP’s Leadership Awardees in 2009.

Ken was born and raised in San Francisco, CA.  Ken’s parents and grandparents emigrated from the suburbs of Guangzhou, China in the early 1900s.  He now lives in Duluth, GA with Ashley and their daughter, Vincy.

Rhea S. Suh was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in spring of 2009 as the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Assistant Secretary Suh oversees the human capital, fiscal, business and budgetary management of the Department of Interior, with a $12 billion budget and more than 70,000 employees. She also provides policy leadership for Secretarial initiatives on land conservation, sustainability, international issues, youth engagement and employment and diversity.

Assistant Secretary Suh serves as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Human Capital Officer, and the designated agency official responsible for small and disadvantaged business utilization. In her role as CFO, Suh recently accepted the Association of Government Accountants’ (AGA) annual Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting award, the group’s highest form of recognition in Federal government management reporting. Of particular importance to AGA was Interior’s comprehensive, yet concise, high-level discussion of key performance measures, goals, results, and reasons for shortfalls and costs. This came on the heels of the Department being awarded, for the 14th consecutive year, a favorable audit opinion from KPMG LLP, an independent certified public accounting firm and the Department’s external auditor.

On the small business front, Suh recently announced that the Department has awarded $494 million in contracts to small businesses thus far in Fiscal Year 2011, representing over 50 percent of its contracting dollars, a level maintained for the past three years and almost double the average for other Departments. As part of that initiative, the Department’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization will host or participate in 46 outreach events this year throughout the nation and Puerto Rico, assisting small businesses seeking Federal contracts.

In addition to these duties, in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill, Suh has overseen the multi-million dollar natural resource damage assessment efforts and co-led the reorganization of the former Minerals Management Service, resulting in the creation of three new federal agencies. She also established the first ever Chief Diversity Officer and developed training, strategies and a network of diversity champions across the Department. And under her leadership she has developed an array of "good government” reform efforts, including a major reorganization of IT infrastructure which will create $500M in savings.

Prior to her current assignment, Assistant Secretary Suh served as a program officer and manager at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and as a program officer at the William andFlora Hewlett Foundation. In those positions, she planned and managed multi-million dollar conservation initiatives. Most notably, she led the successful effort to help protect 21 million

acres of coastal temperate rainforest, known as the Great Bear Rainforest, in British Columbia.

Her extensive work experience includes teaching high school-level Earth Sciences in the New York City public school system, serving as a consultant to the National Park Service in New England, and, during the Clinton administration, service as a senior legislative assistant on the staff of Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, where she worked on public lands management and regulatory issues affecting energy, air and water. Her efforts there included interacting with both political parties to negotiate collaborative approaches on legislation that directly affected the Presidio Trust, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation area. Assistant Secretary Suh has been a strong advocate of conservation issues throughout the United States. Her perspective is that the most durable and successful conservation policies are those that are created with broad public input and local involvement that promote both biological sustainability of natural systems and the economic vitality of local communities.

Suh is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, where she earned a Masters of Education, Administration, Planning and Social Policy. She was the recipient of both a Fulbright Fellowship and a Marshall Memorial Fellowship.

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Patrice Yao is a currently a full-time MBA student at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.  Prior to this, she spent 4+ years in management consulting, most recently as a Senior Consultant with Deloitte's Federal Practice based out of Washington, DC.  She specializes in the areas of human capital strategic planning, organization design, and telework implementation and has served clients across the Department of Homeland Security.

Prior to her career in consulting, Patrice received her Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations, and a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  As a previous career advisor, she has helped 400+ students with resumes, interview prep, cover letters, and general career advising.  She has spoken at several conferences on the topics of career development, personal branding, and social media. Patrice will be launching her own career advising business this summer and hopes to help young professionals find their "career best."

Michael Mau is an Executive Support Officer on the Director, Central Intelligence Agency staff and currently serves as the Asian American Community Outreach & Liaison Program Manager.   Mr. Mau was selected to create and implement the Asian American Community Outreach Program at CIA.  The primary goal of our Community Outreach program is to raise awareness and understanding of the agency’s work, increase visibility within diverse communities nationwide and to expand sources of mission critical talent.

Mr. Mau has over 20 years of experience with the CIA in the areas of; security, diversity outreach & recruitment.  Some of his previous assignments include serving as the Chief, Diversity & Regional Recruitment Program, as a Diversity Recruiter for the National Clandestine Service and as an Investigator.  He is also a past President of the Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers (MPACE).

Mr. Mau has volunteered his time to review scholarship applications for the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), serves as a mentor to junior Asian American officers at CIA and a coach to APA National Scholarship students (NSHSS).  He is a member of the Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN), the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) and the Asian Pacific American employee resource group within the CIA. 

Mr. Mau graduated with a degree in Chinese History and served in the U.S. Air Force.


Ashley Lee has been in the financial sector for over 18 years. Most recently Ashley was recruited to co-lead Citi Private Bank's newest location in Buckhead as Director of the Atlanta office.  Prior to joining Citi Ultra High Networth Group, Ashley was the Senior Vice President and Regional Partner for Wachovia Wealth Management.  Ashley was the first Asian American to have obtained the Partner status with Wachovia.  She has also served as the Regional Partner interacting with senior management in making decisions around compensation and leadership decisions.

 Ashley Lee is the first recipient of the Wachovia Wealth Management Director's Award in Georgia in recognition of her outstanding performance in the Million Dollar Club, her achievements as a strong role model for her colleagues and community, and contribution to the company’s Wealth Management's Diversity council.  Ashley co-chaired one of Wachovia Wealth Management's business segmentation referred to as the emerging market.  She helped create the first Asian business affinity group while in her role as a member of the diversity council.  Ashley was inaugurated into Who's Who in Asian American Communities in 2006 and has been featured in Wachovia Wealth Management's brochure along with the Atlanta Women's Magazine.

Ashley has participated in the local community board of OCA - Georgia as the VP of Finance, the Junior Achievement, Coca Cola Diversity Leadership Academy, and has served on her local PTA Board.  Ashley was a facilitator in the MAAP GA- sponsored by OCA and UPS.  She graduated with a B.A. in Risk Management & Insurance and then obtained her Executive MBA from Georgia State University. She's a member of the Certified Financial Planning Association and the Charter of Financial Consultants.  She currently lives in Duluth with her husband, Ken and daughter, Vincy.

Effective Communication Skills

Tom Hayashi currently serves as the Executive Director of OCA National Center in Washington, DC. Founded as "Organization of Chinese Americans” in 1973, OCA today is a premiere pan-Asian membership driven civil rights organization with a national network of over 80 chapters and affiliates. (He is the first openly gay OCA Executive Director of multi-cultural ethnicity.) Before joining OCA, Tom lead an organizational development firm by the name of Capacity Empowerment as its Principal providing services and counsel to over 80 nonprofit, government, and private sectors. He brings over 19 years of combined professional experience as a former health care provider/administrator, fundraising executive, educator, and community activist.

Clifford Yee, MSW, currently serves as the President of the OCA–San Francisco Bay Chapter and will also serve as the Vice President of Chapter Development for OCA’s Executive Council.  Cliff is a product of OCA’s programming as a participant in the summer internship program, APIA U: Leadership, JACL/OCA Leadership Summit, B3, and serving as a mentor in two Mentoring Asian American Professionals (MAAP) program cohorts.  Cliff’s passion and dedication to OCA has led him to get involved with the OCA-San Francisco Bay Chapter as a board member, Vice President, and President.  With the support of board members and past chapter and national Presidents, Cliff has played a role in leading OCA-San Francisco Bay Chapter to hosting the 2009 OCA National Convention, two MAAP program cohorts, and the upcoming 2013 Corporate Achievement Awards (CAA). 

 Cliff graduated with a Psychology degree at UC Santa Cruz and Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Michigan, where he specialized in community organizing with children and youth and interpersonal practice.  Cliff currently works for the North Beach-Chinatown Beacon Center, a community center based within Francisco Middle School.  As the Community Programs Manager, his responsibilities include developing and facilitating leadership and workforce development programs for middle and high school youth, coordinating family literacy activities for parents, and engaging local residents in community activities and events.  Before working for the North Beach-Chinatown Beacon Center, Cliff managed a Teen Pregnancy Prevention program at Asian Health Services in Oakland, California.

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