August 2018 Newsletter

National ACE and CalAsian Chamber of Commerce Hosts Minority Women’s Business Conference

Join us as we bring together professional women throughout the State of California for interactive panel discussions featuring powerful entrepreneurial women of color in business and politics. Participate in our discussion on methods and strategies towards strengthening leadership skills in business, career and life from an entrepreneurial perspective. Network with a group of minority women business owners, political figures and community non-profit leaders all empowering one another.

For tickets, click HERE.

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018
Time:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Forager Creative Event Space
                420 South First Street
                San Jose, CA 95113

9:00 am – 9:30 am Registration
9:30 am – 10:45 am Exhibitor Tables Open
10:45 am – 11:00 am Welcoming and Opening Remarks

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Panel: Successful Women in Business
Moderator : Mariko Carpenter, Nielsen
Panelists : 
Jamie Chung, Walmart
Dr. Karen Eng, CSMI
Terrez Thompson, Coca-Cola

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Eleni Kounalakis, Candidate for California, Lt. Governor

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Conversation: Women in Tech
Samira Naraghi, IDT

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Panel: Successful Women in Political Leadership
Moderator :
Annie Lam, Lam Consulting Group
Panelists :
Fiona Ma, California Board of Equalization
Lily Mei, Mayor of Fremont
Betty Yee, California State Controller

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Exhibitor Tables Open & Closing Remarks


ACE MOU Partner ACEL Hosts Regional AAPI ERG/BRG Summit and Partners with National ACE, MBDA, and WHIAAPI
Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders hosted a Regional AAPI ERG/BRG Summit as a part of their Leadership Conference with National ACE, MBDA, and WHIAAPI. The goal of this partnership is to promote the growth and competitiveness of minorities in the corporate and business world. This summit brought AAPI Business Executives together to discuss and advocate for AAPI professional development and advancement. During this session,  we explored how AAPI Corporate and Government executives can support AAPI Business owners in their business development efforts including corporate and government contracts and grant opportunities. This was a great opportunity for participants to grow their leadership skills and learn about other’s professional success. Welcome remarks were provided by a video from Holly Ham, Executive Director of WHIAAPI. Board member Bill Imada also spoke about promoting growth and expanding networks with leadership development. Attendees participated in a networking session and had the opportunity to attend the ERG Leadership Development Panel: Transitioning into Executive Leadership, with speakers from Intel, Mayo Clinic, WebPT, and Ernst & Young.


National ACE Attends OCA National Gala Awards

On July 21, National ACE attended OCA’s National Gala Awards, the final event of OCA’s successful, multi-day annual convention. The 2018 OCA Community Advocate Awards were presented to Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center. This was a great night to celebrate the success, accomplishments, and collaborations of Asian Pacific Americans.

Small Business Roundtable Leaders’ Meeting

National ACE and the other members of the Small Business Roundtable (SBR) met on July 25 as part of their monthly meeting program.  The main topic of discussion was the recently introduced legislation that would create a White House Conference on Small Business (WHCSB) —the first since 1995. H.R. 6446, the “White House Conference on Small Business Act of 2018,” was introduced on July 19 by Reps. Rod Blum (R-IA), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Al Lawson (D-FL) and referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

SBR agreed to fully support H.R. 6446 and urges Senators to introduce companion legislation. This bill will lend a voice to the issues of small businesses and provide a focused platform for those issues to be heard within in policy discussions and by policy makers. An integral aspect of WHCSB will be to host state, regional, and national conferences which will allow wide representation of the diverse small-business community. National ACE is proud to support legislation that will give minority businesses a seat at the table. 

National ACE Hosts Press Event at San Jose MBDA Center
On July 30th, National ACE hosted a press event to promote the upcoming Minority Women’s Business Conference in Silicon Valley this September. There, we also met with the Global Monte Jade Science and Technology Association and signed an MOU Agreement.  We’re very exciting about this partnership and are well underway in planning future events that will have a direct, positive impact on our members. 

National ACE Attends Google Briefing
On July 24th, National ACE attended the Google briefing “Beyond Robots and Universal Income: Finding Bipartisan Solutions to Expand Opportunity for Everyone”.  Special remarks were provided by Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4), Chair of the New Democrat Coalition.  We also heard from Google Senior Vice President for Global Affairs, Kent Walker; as well as a panel of experts: Paul Winfree from the Heritage Foundation, Carrie Lukas from Independent Women’s Forum, Donald Marron from Urban Institute, and Cecilia Muñoz from New America.  They discussed potentials ways to expand economic opportunity and a soon-to-be released report from Google on exploring their approach to working with social innovators and and how policy ideas could help scale successful projects. 

National ACE Invited to Attend White House Briefing on the Economy

National ACE was invited to attend a White House Briefing on the Economy.  The speakers included Mercedes Schlapp, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications; Justin Clark, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Liaison; Stephen Munisteri, Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Public Liaison; Melissa Fwu, Associate Director of the Office of Public Liaison. During this briefing, they discussed economic growth, tax reform, and fair trade.

Reports on current economy status:
ECONOMIC GROWTH – In 2017, the United States economy saw 2.5 percent growth in real gross domestic product (GDP), up from 1.8 percent in 2016. Growth helped the United States economy add 2.2 million nonfarm jobs in 2017, as American workers saw the lowest unemployment rate since 2000 at 4.1 percent.
TAX REFORM – The CEA projects that President Trump’s corporate tax reform will lead to a $4,000 annual wage increase for American workers. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) reforms and cuts to the individual tax code will raise GDP by an estimated 1.3 to 1.6 percent over the next three years.
FAIR TRADE – American producers face higher barriers to selling their products abroad than competitors do selling products in the United States. President Trump is seeking to break down barriers to United States exports and crack down on unfair trade practices.