Meet the Experts: APA Business
The OCA Asian Pacific American
(APA) Business Development Clinic will provide an opportunity for both emerging
and established entrepreneurs to tap the advice of the experts in legal issues,
finance, and marketing, including supplier diversity in a group of 15 to
20. Those who complete this track not
only would have accessed hundreds of dollar worth of free expert advice, but
will earn a certificate of completion in business development.
Plenary Session: Politics Powered by APAs
Turning Challenges to Opportunities in the 21st Century: Business Birth, Growth, and Wealth
John Tinpe has been
the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner of the Single Member District 2C01 since
January 2013. Prior to that, he served as Commissioner on Asian and Pacific Islander
Affairs from 1999 to 2013, including the position of Chair, from 2001 to 2007.
He has held Board member positions as Directors at Chinatown Cultural Center,
President of Chi-Am Lions Club, Board member of AQUA, and Board member of Miss
DC/America Pageant. He is the recipient of the APIA Heritage Award, Allied
Building Community Award and Kennedy King Award. He is a graduate of Bucknell University
and has been a resident of Washington, DC since 1991. He is a small business
owner, Burma Restaurant, in Chinatown. For leisure he enjoys Dragon Boat
racing. He also worked at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,
as Supernumerary in various Opera and ballet performances.
Financing the Growth of Your Business
Mui is a Global Business Consultant for the Global Business Unit of the
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).
As a global strategist, he provides business consulting services for
minority businesses in the area of international business development and
strategy with a keen focus on domestic and international partnerships that
provide access to global markets. Leveraging his extensive background, George
also facilitates several industry-specific networking groups and serves as the
Asian American business Liaison. George
is also a community volunteer with strong focus on Asian American advocacy.
Since joining MBDA in 2008, George has successfully created and implemented the
"Access to the Global Economy” program that provides formal training, export
resources, and global contacts to minority business owners across the country. In 2010, George received the MBDA National
Director Award for his innovative programs. In 2011, George received the
"Impact Award” from the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council for his
advocacy for minority business enterprises. George is recognized as the expert
is global business development and is currently serving on the City of Chicago
Office of New Americans to develop a Strategy for Global Economic Development.
Prior to joining MBDA, George Mui served as SBA’s
Small Business Development Center Director at the Asian American Alliance where
he provided consulting services to small businesses. He was also the president
of New World Connections, Inc., an independent consulting company specializing
in international business development and professional training He completed a
successful career at Lucent Technology that spanned 19 years as a software
engineer, network architect, project manager, and finally as the Product
Management and Marketing Director in the Data Communication Unit where he grew his business unit from 120 million to 400 million in 3 years.
George is a community
advocate with special focus on Asian American advocacy. He serves of the OCA
National Board and the OCA-Chicago board of directors. He has just completed
two successful years as the OCA-Chicago Chapter president. Under his
leadership, he initiated the OCA-Scholarship fund, OCA-Chicago Mentoring for
Asian American Professionals, and the Asian American Business Expo, all are
first in Chicago. He has also started the Asian American Executive Network – a
national wide advocacy group Asian American professionals and entrepreneurs.
George has been inducted to the Asian American Hall of Fame in Chicago for his
George has a Master and a Bachelor degree in
Computer Sciences from The Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. He
also completed two Executive Education programs at Stanford University.
Lisa Lee is Facebook's diversity program manager and
chairs the company's Asian American Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group.
Outside of Facebook, Lisa has dedicated her time to numerous causes
in the Asian American communities and issues facing girls and women.
From 2008 - 2011 she served as the pro bono
publisher of Hyphen magazine (www.hyphenmagazine.com), an award-winning publication and website that covers Asian
American arts, culture, and politics. In February
2011, Lisa co-founded Thick Dumpling Skin (www.thickdumplingskin.com), a community forum dedicated to discussing body image issues and
eating disorders in the Asian American community. The site was picked by Audrey
Magazine as one of the best blogs of 2011 and the duo was profiled in the April
2013 issue of Marie Claire in an article titled "The New Change Agents.”
During her spare time, she serves as the
communications co-chair for The National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
San Francisco Bay Area chapter and sits on the board of Asian Americans for
Civil Rights and Equality. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Lisa was
listed on Angry Asian Man's list of 30 Most Influential Asian Americans under
30 in 2009 and is the recipient of the 2011 San Francisco Emerging Leader Asian
American Heritage Award.
Read more about Lisa at www.misslisalee.com.