2018 National AAPI Business Summit with MBDA and WHIAAPI
This year’s AAPI Business Summit hosted by MBDA, WHIAAPI, and National ACE was a success in bringing together the AAPI community to celebrate their achievements and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Amar Shokeen, Chairman of National ACE and business owner, provided welcoming remarks to the participants who came together as a community to celebrate APA heritage month. Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Karen Dunn Kelley, delivered the keynote address, followed by discussions on cultural awareness, traditions and values, federal tax reform, partnerships, and best practices for procurement. Lunch was presented by National ACE and WHIAAPI where attendees participated in power networking sessions on various topics.
Among the many panels included National ACE NextGen on the successes and challenges of starting their own businesses. Ian So moderated the panel with speakers Amrit Chaudhuri, CEO of Mass Innovation Labs; Rebecca Lee, Chief Marketing Officer of DAWN Design Studios; and Andrew Chau, Co-Founder of Boba Guys. Guest remarks were provided by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Congresswoman Judy Chu, and Acting National Director for MBDA Edith McCloud.
National ACE Board Member, Bill Imada, also moderated a panel on successful partnerships and best practices of suppliers and corporate procurement officers. Ranging from private to public sectors, speakers came from Toyota, JKL Technologies, Comcast, Commercial Furniture Interiors, TransPacific Communications, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They discussed ways in which to work in the procurement space, especially to help newer, smaller businesses.