2022 Asian American Pacific Islander Leadership Summit
Richard Lui’s 30-year career sits at the intersection of politics, journalism, technology, filmmaking, publishing, and finance. Currently he is news anchor for MSNBC and NBC News and formerly at CNN Worldwide. In 2007 he became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily national news broadcast in America. Lui is one of the rare AAPI speakers with authority and on the ground experience on the complex topic of race, driven by his journalistic experience. A civil rights reporter, Lui reported on the ground in Ferguson, Baltimore, and New York during heightened racial unrest, beginning with Rodney King in 1992 as a cub radio reporter. Following 2021’s Atlanta spa shootings, Lui directed and produced the documentary “Remember the Flowers: Atlanta Shootings 100 Days Later” for NBC Nightly News Films, sitting down with five of the victims’ families – the defining milestone for modern Asian American civil rights. Filmmaker, Author, Media Expert Richard is a bestselling author of Enough About Me: The Unexpected Power of Selflessness (HarperCollins Zondervan), which covers the big ideas of our time -- from caregiving to racial equity -- and challenges dominant thinking about self-focus in a way that's healthy for productivity at work and home. Richard is also the Director and Producer of two feature documentary films. His Academy Award® and GRAMMY® qualified directorial debut, Sky Blossom: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation (2021), on children caring for military veteran parents and grandparents with disabilities, was the year’s most widely distributed documentary, with broadcasts on PBS and MSNBC, and won the prestigious Christopher Award. His second film, Hidden Wounds (2022), profiles three families at the intersection of mental health and caregiving. 25 Years of Nonpartisan Reporting Covering every national election since 2004, Lui has interviewed hundreds of politicians, from Detroit Mayor to U.S. President. In the 2000s, Lui reported from Asia as two key Muslim countries and Taiwan experienced pivotal elections while at Channel NewsAsia, an English-only news network broadcast in 20 Asian countries and territories. Launched 6 Tech Brands over 3 Business Cycles Before journalism, Richard spent 15 years in business, launching six brands over three tech cycles, patenting a fintech model in 2003. He has held various board seats including audit committee for a fintech firm, advisory board chair for a Silicon Valley deep learning firm, and various non-profit boards. Business Insider named him one of 21 careers to watch and Twitter Counter ranks him in the top 1 percent in social media users. Community Leader Lui has spoken at 500 community events over the last 15 years and is seen as a reasoned voice on American society. He is on the board of Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and Freedom United. He is a Fellow at the National Association of Corporate Directors, one of 200 US State Department Traveling Speakers, a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund think tank,. He is ambassador for six NGOs focusing on gender equity, human trafficking, and family caregiving. Lui holds an MBA from Michigan Ross School of Business and is a graduate from UC Berkeley. A first generation Chinese and Polynesian American, Lui has a twist in his background. Because his grandfather, an unauthorized immigrant, filed false "Paper Son" documents, Lui’s real last name is Wong. Politics Roots Lui’s passion for politics started in the 70s, debating California’s controversial Proposition 13 on bus rides to school. That interest turned into a job at the age of 19: campaign manager for San Francisco College Board incumbent Alan Wong. After the election, Lui returned to college. His plan was to write on policy and the affairs of state, subscribing to the Washington Post when it had to be mailed to the west coast. In the 1990s, Lui reported for news radio KALX during a unique time in California politics. He was assigned to stories including Dianne Feinstein’s first successful U.S. Senate campaign and the Rodney King verdict and riots. Later in the 2000s, Lui reported during a heated international political climate. Two Muslim countries in Asia transformed – Indonesia’s Sukarno family was defeated after rule spanning over half a century; and Malaysia’s prime minister, after almost a quarter of a century handed over power. Lui also reported on Taiwan’s controversial election. He was at Channel NewsAsia, an English-only news network in 20 countries and territories.
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Zee Hussain is Senior Vice President – Industry Solutions, AT&T Business. An expert at defining vision, inspiring innovation and leading transformation, Zee is an experienced senior executive with over 20 years of operational and leadership success. In his current role, Zee is responsible for leading the enterprise sales teams focused on bringing AT&T products, services, and industry specific sales plays to customers in the Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Transportation industries. In addition, Zee oversees a new high powered, multi-channel and insights driven acquisition team. Zee brings a wealth of direct sales leadership experience along with a deep knowledge of indirect distribution strategies and solutions. Previously, Zee spent the past three years leading an enterprise sales team of over 1,000 to deliver AT&T products and services with a keen focus on improving revenue and organizational growth to customers in Finance, Healthcare, Sports, Energy and Professional Services. Zee optimized revenue of $5.5B on an annual basis by delivering services for Fortune 500 accounts, transforming the revenue base to high growth strategic and emerging services, resulting in a double-digit increase in sales volumes. Prior to this role, Zee oversaw three indirect channel programs under the AT&T Partner Solutions umbrella: AT&T Partner Exchange®, ACC Business, and AT&T Alliance Channel®. Under his leadership, Partner Solutions underwent a dramatic transformation. A swift rollout of revolutionary enhancements set the stage for rapid growth and success for solution providers and the channel. With this revitalized culture of enablement, exceptional customer service and expanded choices, Zee positioned indirect channels to join direct channels as an essential source of revenue and growth for AT&T. During his time as channel chief of Partner Solutions, Zee received several prestigious industry awards. These include CRN's 2019 Channel Chiefs: The 50 Most Influential, CRN’s Top 25 Disrupters Of 2018, CRN’s 2018 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs and Channel Partners’ 2018 Channel Influencer Award for Channel Innovator. Zee is a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion. He works with several AT&T employee resource groups to support a diverse company culture. He’s an ambassador for InspirAsian and OASIS, the company’s organization for Asian Indians. He also supports the Women of AT&T organization and plays an active role in leading the company’s young professional group, oxyGEN, assisting AT&T’s younger generation in their personal and professional growth. In addition, Zee works to promote AT&T business initiatives in community outreach programs such as the ASPIRE Mentoring Academy and the American Heart Association. Zee graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in economics. He lives in Dallas with his wife and three children.
Zaina Orbai is the Chief People Officer at The RealReal. She has led strategic initiatives in technology, retail and non-profit organizations through rapid change: high growth, merger & acquisition and global expansion. She led the People teams at Yelp and The RealReal through successful IPOs. Zaina is passionate about building sustainable companies and transforming workplace communities.
Chinten Parikh has over 25 years of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion leading diversity, inclusion and talent management functions for organizations in diverse fields, including global and fast growth companies. He has been responsible for establishing the strategic direction and execution of human resources strategies, including diversity & inclusion, leadership development, organizational design & development, succession planning, performance management and coaching & mentoring. Parikh is also active with community organizations, including the National Diversity Council. He has also provided strategic human resources consulting for organizations who are just beginning their diversity & inclusion journey. His unique background and experience enables him to quickly connect with diverse audiences and earn trust. Chinten’s over 25 years’ experience in human resources includes working at Rackspace Technology, Topgolf, University of North Texas System, Baylor, Scott & White, DFW Airport, Accor Hotels and the Job Corps National Training Institute. Chinten received a bachelor’s degree in organizational psychology from Louisiana State University and an MBA in organizational development from American Intercontinental University. He holds senior professional certifications from the Society for Human Resources Management and Human Resources Certification Institute; the certified diversity professional designation from the National Diversity Council, and is a certified harassment prevention trainer, diversity trainer and mentoring facilitator. In 2017, the Texas Diversity Council presented Parikh with the DiversityCHAMPIONS Award and the National Diversity Council awarded him the DEI Champions Award in 2021.
Van Nguyen (pronounced Von Winn) joined Schoolcraft College in 2018 and is currently the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer charged with developing marketing and communications strategies that promote the college’s mission and increase community awareness. Additionally, she chairs the college’s inaugural DEI task force, formed in 2020. Before joining Schoolcraft College, Van was the Director of Trustee Development overseeing 132 Beaumont Health Trustees in Southeast Michigan. She helped advanced the inaugural group to become health ambassadors in their respective communities. Prior to 2017, she was executive director of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC) in Livonia where she launched economic advancement programs in the minority business community. Van has more than 15 years of experience in the digital marketing industry; spearheading General Motor’s first “social command center” and also worked as an account director at Ogilvy & Mather where she managed a social marketing campaign for Ford Motor Company Van is active in the local community serving as an advisory board member for Shakespeare in Detroit and Southeastern Salvation Army – Adult Rehabilitation Center and board member and secretary at Gleaners Community Food Bank. She has been awarded with Corp! Magazine Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award, Crain's 40 Under 40 Class of 2015, Women's Leadership in Action Award and featured in the 6th Edition of DRIVEN Magazine for Diversity and Inclusion in the automotive industry for her efforts at APACC. Van received her Bachelors from Baylor University, Masters from University of Texas at Dallas and currently pursuing her doctorate’s degree at Ferris State University.