National ACE Co-Hosts the 2018 National AAPI Leadership Summit at the White House
On November 13, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAPPI), Minority Business Development Agency, and National ACE hosted the National Asian American & Pacific Islander Leadership Summit. It was held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and served to bring AAPI leaders from three sectors; Corporate, Federal Government, and the AAPI Business Community together to learn and advocate for each other. The goal of this year’s summit was to address the issues behind the “Lack of AAPI representation at the senior executive level” by engaging senior executives from private and public sectors to discuss strategy on how to overcome these challenges. The Summit allowed for break out discussions which focused on 1) Business and Workforce Development, 2) Education and Career Development, and 3) Civic and Community Engagement. National ACE’s Board Chairman, Amar Shokeen, provided welcoming remarks and Mariko Carpentermoderated the discussion on success stories and experiences from Federal government and corporate executives. Karen Eng also facilitated a large group discussion from each break out group and Shau-Wai Lam was also in attendance at the Summit. ACE NextGen’s Andrew Chau, John Victoria, and Kenneth Ma as well as our MOU partners, Asian Inc, Grace Lee, and My Lan Tran were also able to attend the summit. Also, in attendance was the Solicitor General, Noel Francisco. The keynote speaker of the Summit was Henry Childs, National Director at MBDA and panelist speakers included Victor Parker, Deputy Associate Administrator of SBA; Guo Xing Chai, Senior VP at HSBC; Madalene Xuan-Trang, President and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS).
National ACE Featured at Congressional Panel on Small Business
In November, National ACE was a featured panelist at a Congressional Panel on Capitol Hill with the other members of the Small Business Roundtable (SBR). Members were able to discuss the state of small business in America and unveiled the results of SBR’s post-election small business poll. Some questions on the poll included questions about demographics, small business policy, small business outlook, political outlook, and congressional changes impact. Key results from the poll include: healthcare is the #1 concern for small business owners, with 31% of respondents listing healthcare as the top policy issue they wanted to address in the new Congress. 50% of the respondents also believe that the new Congress will hurt their small business and 43% of respondents believe the results of the midterm election will have a significant impact on how Congress operates. The luncheon also allowed for attendees to engage the leaders of the Small Business Roundtable in a panel discussion. Notable guest speakers included U.S. Senator and Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD), U.S. Representative and House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH), U.S. Representative and House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), and Deputy Assistant to the President, Stephen P. Munisteri.