2017 Speakers

Dr. Aaron Bolin

Dr. Aaron Bolin

Dr. Aaron Bolin serves as the Director of Performance Management for Pay and Personnel Management at Navy Personnel Command. He also serves as a direct commission Human Resources Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He completed his doctoral work in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Northern Illinois University in 2002 and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB).

 
Wes Bush

Wes Bush

Wes Bush is chairman, CEO, and president of Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leader in global security. Bush previously served as the president and COO of the company. Before that, he served as the corporate VP and CFO, and earlier, as the president of the company’s Space Technology sector. Prior to the acquisition of TRW by Northrop Grumman, he had served since 2001 as president and CEO for TRW’s UK-based Aeronautical Systems. Bush joined TRW in 1987 as a systems engineer and served in engineering, program management, and business development roles. Bush earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also completed the UCLA Executive Management Program. Bush serves on the board of directors of Norfolk Southern Corporation and the boards of several nonprofit organizations.

 
Mariko Carpenter

Mariko Carpenter

Mariko S. Carpenter is the Vice President, Strategic Community Alliances at Nielsen. In this role, Mariko serves as a thought leader on Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) consumer data, sharing valuable insights to help brands, marketers and community leaders understand the impact and influence of Asian American Pacific Islanders in this country. Mariko brings to light the important trends and narrative behind the data on AAPI consumers in our increasingly multicultural, ever-changing digital world. Prior to joining Nielsen, Mariko was the Consumer Marketing lead at Condé Nast, responsible for driving consumer revenue for three iconic brands: GQ, Bon Appétit and Golf Digest. She holds a BA in Asian Studies and French from Vassar College and MS in Marketing from New York University.

 
Dr. Allison Chang

Dr. Allison Chang

Dr. Allison Chang is a technical staff member in the Air Traffic Control Systems Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. She completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University in 2007, majoring in applied mathematics, and joined the laboratory in 2012 after receiving her PhD in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where her dissertation focused on developing integer optimization algorithms to address machine learning problems.

Dave Chen

Dave Chen

Dave Chen is a Senior Engineering Manager at Google leading an infrastructure team in Play, Android’s app and digital content platform. Dave has spent 17 years in the industry and has held positions at Yahoo!, Lockheed Martin, and a startup. He has filed several patents. Dave has a MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a BS of Computer Science and Engineering from Ohio State University.

 
Julia Chu

Julia Chu

Julia Chu is the Program Director for Commercial Nuclear Systems in the Energy Line of Business at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. She has over 25 years with Lockheed Martin, working for five Business Areas in three locations. Throughout her career, Julia has held various positions in Systems Engineering and Program Management, and supported multiple customers in the Department of Defense and NASA. Julia has a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.

 
Rita Devassy

Rita Devassy

Rita Devassy, the founder of Deva Seed, brings eighteen years of technological leadership and experience in the dynamic field of telecommunications. With over a decade of contemplative practice, Rita helps business leaders create space for awareness that sharpens their leadership of people and organizations. Rita has bachelor's degrees in Business Management from Indiana University and Computer and Information Science from Purdue University; she also has a certificate in Authentic Leadership from Naropa University and is on the faculty for the Foundations of Authentic Leadership program.

 
John Harris
John Harris

John Harris is VP of Business Development for Raytheon Company and CEO of Raytheon International, Inc. Harris is responsible for Raytheon’s worldwide sales and marketing, international business, government relations and business strategy. He is also responsible for developing and leading the execution of Raytheon’s business strategy. Harris served as Raytheon’s executive diversity champion from January 2007 to December 2008, leading the Executive Diversity Leadership Team and providing strategic direction for the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

 
Dennis Hirotsu
Dennis Hirotsu
Dennis’ 35 year career in R&D at P&G spanned multiple businesses, geographies, and R&D functions. He worked on P&G‘s Baby Care, Feminine Protection, Household Cleaner, Adult Incontinence, and Hair Color businesses. His global experience includes two, six year assignments in Asia, and the launch of shaped and ultra-thin diapers into Europe. He has led various aspects of R&D including Products Management, Process Development, and Packaging. In his Vice President role, Dennis led work on identifying and scaling innovation structures, methods, and training across the company. He was also the sponsor for the Asian Pacific American ERG Team at P&G.  Dennis now serves as Executive Advisor for SASE Professional.
 
Aimin Huang
Aimin Huang
Aimin Huang has 25-year experience working in China and in the US. Starting as a chemical engineer in Shell Oil Company in Houston, she has taken many different roles as an individual contributor or for people management. In the past 5 years, she worked closely with Shell Asian Pacific business to drive business growth and develop Asian talents as Director of Shell (Shanghai) Technology, Limited. Currently, she supports Global Lubricants Supply Chain as a business advisor.
 
Dr. Serena Huang
Dr. Serena Huang
Dr. Serena Huang is currently the Leader of People Analytics and HR Operations at GE Transportation in Chicago. She partners with senior HR executives to develop data-driven talent strategies and provides consultative services to the C-suite. She is responsible for leading the use of people and financial data to optimize the decision-making process, including the development of predictive modeling algorithms. Prior to joining GE, Dr. Huang spent 4 years in consulting and assisted clients across diverse industries with data-driven business strategies. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics specializing in Labor Economics and Econometrics from the University of Kansas.
 
Jennifer Jao
Jennifer Jao
Jennifer Jao is an Information Systems Leader for Toyota Motor North America.  She joined Toyota in 1993 in Supply Chain and held positions of increasing responsibility.  She then joined Information Systems in 2011.  Currently, Jennifer is responsible of providing world class IT operations and IT solutions for all 60+ R&D, Manufacturing, Regional Sales Office, and Parts Logistics facilities throughout North America, enabling business objectives through IT innovation and partnership. She also served as SASE board member for 4 years.
 
Carolyn D. Jones
Carolyn D. Jones
Carolyn D. Jones is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Raytheon’s Global Business Development. She is responsible for both the ongoing implementation of a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy as well as driving D&I strategies and solutions that support global growth. Prior to Raytheon, Carolyn spent 10 years with Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Leader for Diversity and Inclusion and was the Director of Training and Organization Development at the University of Pennsylvania. Carolyn attended Brown University where she received a B.A. in Urban Planning and Architecture.
 
Kristin Kagetsu
Kristin Kagetsu
Kristin Kagetsu is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Saathi, a social enterprise dedicated to providing an end-to-end solution for sanitary protection to women in India. Saathi has won the HBS New Venture Competition, Asia Society's Action Lab Grant, Asia Social Innovation Challenge, Circular Board's Pitch with Purpose event, 3M Young Innovators Challenge, and participated in MassChallenge. Kristin was a SASE Star, and worked to structure and expand the national collegiate team to better support over 60 collegiate chapters, as well as to develop SASE leadership in the Northeast. She was an MIT DLab ScaleUps Fellow, TEDx speaker, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Fellow and currently resides in India. Kristin received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
 
Dr. Anne Kao

Dr. Anne Kao

Dr. Anne Kao is an internationally recognized expert in text analytics who is a Senior Technical Fellow at The Boeing Company in Boeing Research & Technology. Dr. Kao is responsible for coordinating the company’s research and development in data analytics, creating an Intellectual Property strategy, leveraging data analytics as a key Boeing technology differentiator, collaborating with universities and laboratories world-wide, and building Boeing’s depth and breadth in the field to create business values for Boeing.

 
Eddo Kim
Eddo Kim

Eddo Kim is the founder and CEO of The Supply, a curriculum design nonprofit and one of the leading Asian-American social entrepreneurs in the international development space. A graduate of UPenn (B.A.), Columbia (M.A. in Education Leadership), and Harvard (Ed.M in International Education Policy), Eddo has made a commitment to solve some of the world’s largest challenges by re-thinking and re-designing today’s delivery and outcomes of education. Learn more at http://thesupply.org. @eddokim @thesupply

 
Agnes Chau Klucha

Agnes Chau Klucha

Agnes Chau Klucha is the Senior Director of Engineering, Sensors & Integrated Systems at UTC Aerospace Systems. During Agnes’ career at UTC, she has worked in progressively challenging engineering and management positions at UTC Aerospace Systems and Pratt & Whitney. Agnes received her BASc in Engineering Science - Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto and a MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Agnes completed the Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Virginia – Darden School of Business.

 
Dr. Prasanna Kondapalli

Dr. Prasanna Kondapalli

Dr. Prasanna Kondapalli is currently part of the Application Development & Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) team in Performance Materials Division in BASF Corp. Wyandotte, MI. His responsibilities include application development and CAE analyses of plastic components such as air intake manifolds, oil pans, cam covers, automotive seating, mounts, brackets etc.

 
Paul-Kuo

Dr. Paul C. Kuo

Paul C. Kuo, MD, MS, MBA, is the new chair of the Department of Surgery at University of South Florida and surgeon-in-chief at Tampa General Hospital. Previously, Dr. Kuo was at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago where he served as the John P. Igini professor and chair of the Department of Surgery since 2010. He was also Loyola’s associate chief medical informatics officer and headed its clinical analytics group, OnetoMAP. During his time at Loyola, Dr. Kuo joined the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps where he served in combat operations in Afghanistan. Dr. Kuo received his M.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and holds an MBA from the Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins University, M.S. in medical informatics from Northwestern University, and M.S. in predictive analytics from Depaul University. Dr. Kuo has consistently been named one of the “Best Doctors in America.”

 
Shweta Kurvey Mishra
Shweta Kurvey-Mishra
Shweta Kurvey-Mishra recently started as the the Vice President of Human Resources at Silver Eagle Distributors, a privately held, beverage distribution company based out of Houston, TX. She is a senior executive with over 13 years of Human Resources Leadership experiences. Prior to Silver Eagle Distributors, Shweta worked at Illinois Tool Works (ITW), a global, multi-billion dollar manufacturing company, for almost 10 years. She served in several leadership roles and drove business results through Strategic Business Partnership, Leadership Development, Talent Management and Diversity and Inclusion. Shweta completed her Bachelors in Commerce (Business) from University of Mumbai in India and earned her Masters in Organizational Communication and Masters in Human Resources and Labor Relations from Michigan State University. She has worked in several different environments, cultures and business structures that have required her to drive human capital strategies to make progress and deliver results.
 
Mike Lipski
Mike Lipski

Mike Lipski is the VP of Strategy for Ingalls Shipbuilding. Mike is responsible for supporting Washington operations’ strategy and alignment as well as market analysis, business capture teams and bid and proposal development and investment. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Science degree in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Mississippi.

 
Genesis Lung
Genesis Lung

Genesis Lung is a Research Associate II, Lab Manager, and EHS representative at the Broad Institute in the Cardiovascular Disease Research Initiative. He received his B.S. in Bioengineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2015. His experience is in bioinformatics, biodevice construction, and genetics. Genesis is working on characterizing novel cardiovascular drug targets in collaboration with Bayer, using both CRISPR independently and protein engineering in collaboration with CDoT.

 
Kiet Luong
Kiet Luong

Kiet Luong is a Manager, Computer Systems Quality Assurance, Global Quality Assurance in GSK focusing on assuring the quality and compliance of computer systems used in support of R&D’s regulated processes and activities. Kiet is a member and the Past President of the Mid-Atlantic Region Society of Quality Assurance (MARSQA). Kiet has 20+ years in quality and auditing as well as computer systems validation experience. Kiet is also the current lead for the AERG (Asian Employee Resource Group) in GSK. In this capacity Kiet also support the campus recruitment program within GSK as well as acting as a mentor and / or coach to members internally and students from various colleges and universities.

 
Mainak Mazumadar
Mainak Mazumadar

Mainak leads the Data Science organization for the Nielsen Company. This includes supporting new initiatives for the such as deploying RPD into US Local TV, launching Total Audience and globalize Digital Ad Ratings, ecommerce and AI. In addition, Mainak launched new competencies in Big Data, Machine Learning/ AI and Data Integration to deploy newer forms of methods in our business.

 
Sarah Moleski
Sarah Moleski

Sarah Moleski is currently a Transparency Reporting Analytics Analyst in the Controls Solutions & Operations team within the US Pharma Strategy Planning and Operations department for GSK Pharmaceuticals. Sarah has a BS in Biology and an MBA and joined GSK in 2001. She is on the steering committee of the Asian Employee Resource Group, the Career Growth Network, and is the conference lead of the Women’s Leadership Initiative. She currently resides in Springfield, PA with her husband and 3 children.

 
Jimmy Nguyen

Jimmy Nguyen

Jimmy Nguyen is a Human Resources professional with five years of HR experience with BASF, the world's largest chemical company. After graduating with a degree in Human Resource Management and Labor Relations from Rutgers University, he entered the Professional Development Program at BASF and gained experience in Compensation, HR Operations, Talent Management and Talent Acquisition. He now serves as a University Recruitment Specialist, helping recruit and manage new hires in the engineering professional development program.

 
Vik Panchal

Vik Panchal

Vik Panchal is an Intellectual Property (IP) professional with over fifteen years of IP industry experience, and just about three (3) years of experience with BASF, the world's largest chemical company. After graduating with a degree in Biochemistry from University of Illinois, he pursued the study of Law from Southern Illinois University. He now serves as Intellectual Property Counsel, helping BASF clients in matters involving: IP agreements, patents, IP legal opinions, and intellectual property matters.

 
Jillian Peralta

MAJ Jillian Peralta

Major Jillian Peralta was born in South Korea and received her U.S. citizenship in 1985 in Texas. Major Peralta first developed her leadership attributes volunteering as a school mentor for Communities in School (CIS), mentoring at-risk students. Her experience influenced her to be a professional leader and mentor in the United Stated Army. She graduated college and received her officer commission active duty as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Signal Corps in 2000. She served for three years with 5th Signal Command providing IT support for three major Army commands in Germany. Major Peralta currently serves as a Plans Officer for the United States Army Cadet Command stationed in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
 
Dr. Vu Pham
Dr. Vu Pham
As the Chair of Elevate, Vu H. Pham, Ph.D. works with dozens of organizations from the Fortune 500 to government and non-profit agencies. Elevate is a partnership with the Center for Executive Development at the University of California, San Diego's Rady School of Management, as well as Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside's Career Centers. The Elevate Program boosts people power, organizational performance and strategic effectiveness through interactive learning and data-driven research.

Dr. Pham and his work have been featured on national and international multimedia venues, such as CNN, MSNBC, the Associated Press, Voice of America, The Los Angeles Times, KSCI International Television, Diversity, Inc., Strategic Innovators, Asian Week and Radio Free Asia. He has given keynote speeches on numerous occasions and presented at many conferences internationally, and has written for both academic and mainstream publications. Beyond his professional work, Dr. Pham has participated in generating over a million dollars for non-profit groups and donates many hours to them.
 
Amar Rai

Amarjit Rai

Amar Rai is Director for Controls Engineering within the Electronic Systems sector of BAE Systems. He holds Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Amar leads the Controls organization to design, develop, produce, and support control electronics used in safety critical aircraft and ground vehicle applications. Amar is also focused on building a diverse and inclusive engineering organization which will meet and exceed the expectations of BAE’s global customers

 
Srinivas Reddy
Srinivas Reddy

Srinivas Reddy is currently the Director of Product Supply for P&G Global Grooming Business that includes some of P&G’s iconic brands - Gillette, Braun, Venus and The Art of Shaving.  Srinivas is responsible for Global Innovation and Supply Network Operations.  He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, where he serves as the Executive Sponsor for P&G Recruiting. He currently lives with his wife Aruna and two children in Boston.

 
Stacey Scharlatt

Stacey Scharlatt

Stacey Scharlatt is currently a GE Business Learning Leader in Chicago. Stacey is a member of Crotonville, GE’s Global leadership institute, and partners with HR Leadership in GE Transportation and GE Capital to develop strategic learning and development solutions; as well as partnering on culture transformation initiatives. Prior to this role, Stacey has held a number of progressive roles; including HR Business Partner, Staffing Leader and Organizational Talent and Development. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business. 

 
Ruth Ma Swilling

Ruth Ma Swilling 

Ruth Ma Swilling is senior counsel of Intellectual Property & Licensing for Raytheon Company. She provides strategic guidance to the Missile Systems business unit, as well as Raytheon UK and Raytheon Canada. Ms. Swilling also served as the Chief Intellectual Property Director for Forcepoint LLC. Prior to joining Raytheon, she served as VP and Assistant General Counsel of Intellectual Property at Cantor Fitzgerald. Previously, she worked in private practice at Fish & Richardson and Foley Hoag. Ms. Swilling graduated with honors from Rice University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and from the University of Virginia School of Law.

 
Lap V. Truong

Lap Truong

Lap V. Truong is a Manager of Programs for Northrop Grumman in the Cyber & Intelligence Mission Solutions Division and the Mobile Security Technical Fellow for Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Sector. Mr. Truong has 20 years of experience applying cutting-edge research to address critical enterprise systems challenges important to protecting our national interests. Mr. Truong earned his Masters of Science in Technology Management and Computer Science with Software Engineering concentration from George Mason University.

 
Dr. Tien Vu

Dr. Tien Vu

Tien Vu, M.D. is an Associate Professor and Pediatric Emergency Medicine subspecialist at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Children's Hospital Colorado, where she also serves as the Program Director for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program, and faculty in the Global Health program. Born in Viet Nam, Dr. Vu grew up in Colorado, completed her BA in English at Johns Hopkins University, and her M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

 
Sandra Vu Le

Sandra Vu Le, Esq.

Attorney, former cable TV host, and professional communications expert/trainer, Sandra Vu Le believes that there is so much more depth and richness to you than what appears on your resume or LinkedIn. You have a story. For over 20 years, whether in a courtroom, a conference room, or before a camera, Sandra has told countless stories to successfully inform, teach, and connect. Sandra returns to SASE in her 3rd appearance to help you find and tell your unique story for career success. Known for her special blend of practical tips, humorous stories, and conversational style, Sandra speaks and trains at conferences, companies and universities nationwide.

 

Dr. Anne Y. WooDr. Anne Y. Woo 

Dr. Anne Y. Woo is a senior manager and chief engineer in the Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Systems at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, Calif. In her current role, Anne is a senior member of the technical leadership team in ISRS where she works as a chief engineer for the Next Generation Overland Surveillance Radar product family and a lead systems engineer for Global Hawk. Anne has been featured in the Resonance magazine and in 2016, she was awarded the UIUC Young Alumni Achievement Award for her technical work in the defense and radar field and her work with students in STEM. 

Dr. Fe Bolivar WrightDr. Fe Bolivar Wright

Dr. Fe Bolivar Wright received her veterinary degree from the University of the Philippines in 1982. She served as a veterinary representative for Wellcome Phils, Inc. then came to America in 1986. Her extensive experience in interventional cardiovascular procedures made her a valuable resource for clinicians and investigators at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is an investigator and the lead echocardiography and ultrasound imaging expert within the US In-Vivo Bioimaging team, In-Vitro/In-Vivo Translation, R & D, Platform Technology Science at GSK. Dr. Wright co-leads the global Asian Employee Resource group at GSK.

 
S. Shariq Yosufzai
S. Shariq Yosufzai
S. Shariq Yosufzai is VP, Global Diversity for the Chevron Corporation, a position he has held since 2013. In his distinguished 43-year career, Mr. Yosufzai has had significant experience both as a Chair and board member of publicly-traded companies. He has served as president of several Chevron global businesses with year-to-year success delivering revenue, profit, and business growth at the second largest energy company in the U.S. and among the largest in the world.