2016 Presenters

Farook Sait
(Keynote Presenter)
M. Farook Sait worked for 40 years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and retired in 2012. Originally from India, he came to the U.S. as a student in June 1963. He is a graduate of Washington Adventist University, Takoma Park, Maryland and Howard University School of Law, Washington, DC. He has received numerous awards from the Department of Agriculture, Howard University School of Law and community organizations for his performance and dedicated service. He has a foundation that raises funds for needy students and works withmany schools in India to provide leadership training to students. He lives in Florida and devotes time and effort on civil rights issues.
Kristina Allen
Lieutenant Kristina Allen received her B.S. Geological Engineering and M.S. Environmental Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology. After three years as a civilian engineer, she received her commission in the Navy and has served as a Seabee company commander deploying to Afghanistan, a facility manager at Naval Hospital Rota, Spain, and a construction manager at Quantico. Lieutenant Allen is a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer, Acquisition Level II certified and an Engineer in Training.
Jim Bagnola
Jim is an International speaker, executive coach, corporate educator and an adjunct professor. He is the author of “Becoming a Professional Human Being: How to Enjoy Stress Free Work and Personal Happiness using the Mind/Body/Work Connection.” He has a Doctor Honoris Causa in Management, an MA in Human Development (Vedic Science) and an MA in Applied Psychology. He was awarded a CSP, a Certified Speaking Professional. His clients include Honeywell, Oracle, Motorola, Shell Oil, Microsoft, and Hitachi.
Kelley Barber
Before joining the University Recruitment Team in 2015, Kelley had six years of recruitment experience specializing in manufacturing, mortgage and telecommunications. She previously served as a Direct Sales Recruiter/Generalist at DISH Network where she developed recruitment strategies and streamlined the recruitment process. Prior to DISH Network, she worked as an Onsite Recruiter for Aerotek/Quicken Loans. Her responsibilities consisted of high volume recruiting and developing strong client and candidate relationships. Kelley also held the title of Human Resource Specialist at Cardinal Staffing Services where she managed an onsite client of 50-125 manufacturing contractors. In her current role, she supports the Engineering Professional Development Program by recruiting, training and managing the high performing program participants. Kelley earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bowling Green State University and an MBA in Business/Human Resources from The University of Toledo.
Ishani Baruah
Cross-cultural subject matter expert and facilitator, originally from India, Ishani has lived, worked and raised a family in the US, the UK and France. Her passion for research and development in intercultural learning continuously challenges her to incorporate new ideas into the programs she designs and delivers for global workforces. An esteemed member of the DiversityWealth team, Ishani has been integral to the development and customization of the Translating Diversity with Cultural Agility™ training series.
Tasnim McCormick Benhalim
Tasnim is founder of DiversityWealth, a company focused on empowering engagement and productivity. She offers 20+ years of experience as a popular speaker, trainer, consultant and coach. Recognized for her effectiveness in creating environments that build trust and communication across diverse populations – Tasnim has worked with clients such as the Dallas Galleria, British Petroleum, Komen for the Cure, the US FDA, the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Foreign Language Teaching Press of China, the National Security Administration (NSA) and Maersk.
George Carroll
After graduating with a Communication Degree from Northern Colorado, George Carroll moved to Denver and excelled in corporate sales and management, but he was left unfulfilled. He resigned from a comfortable 6-figure salary knowing something greater was possible. He turned to the personal development industry and as a result of his own personal growth, his passion to empower others was ignited. George travels around the country speaking to high schools, colleges and corporations.
Julian K Chang
Julian has 30 years of aerospace experience. He started his career at McDonnell Douglas Corp. in 1987 with seven years of actual in-flight, flight test engineering experience; followed by eight years of aircraft components and electronics system product development as a Product Development manager at TRW. In 2002, he returned back to Boeing to work electronics/electrical system integration, electronics equipment and new emergent technology applications in both military and commercial airplanes. He held several US design patents and received a Boeing Special Invention Awards in 2009. Julian is currently an Associate Technical Fellow of the Boeing Commercial Airplane division specializing in optics and electronics.
Dave Chen
Dave Chen is a Senior Engineering Manager leading Google Play Engineering Productivity. He has been working in the industry for 16 years and manages a team of 100 engineers. He loves mentoring and growing people, technology, building and scaling organizations. Combining these things, his goal is to grow individuals and scale teams working on world-class products and services. He initiates, program manages and facilitates several leadership training programs for engineers designed to grow skills critical for those in positions requiring influence.
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 BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Dr. William Cohn
William E. Cohn, M.D. is Director of the Center for Technology and Innovation; Associate Director of Laboratory Surgery Research in the Center for Cardiac Support; and Director of the Cullen Cardiovascular Research Laboratory at the Texas Heart Institute. He is also a professor of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and an adjunct professor of Bioengineering at both Rice University and the University of Houston. His major research interests include the development of new technology for decreasing the invasiveness of cardiac and vascular surgery and development of the continuous-flow totally implantable artificial heart.
Donna Cole
Ms. Cole founded Cole Chemical & Distributing, Inc. in 1980. Customers include: BP, ExxonMobil, Lockheed Martin, Procter & Gamble, Shell, Toyota and United Airlines. ICIS ranks Cole Chemical 122 in the world. Ms. Cole serves on the boards of the U.S.-Japan Council, Houston Minority Supplier Development Council, the Center for Asian Pacific American Women. Between 1991-1993, she served on President George H. Bush's Export Council. She attended Pan American University, The Amos Tuck School of Business Minority Business Executive Program and graduated from the Manpower Business Training Institute of Technology. In 2015 Ms. Cole was named one of Houston Chronicle’s Woman of Distinction. She is also Co-Founder of Pantheon of Women producing movies to entertain, engage and empower people for the greater good.
Carlo Cruz
Following an atypical career development path, his past experiences focus on continuous iterations of discovery and reflection. Carlo spent time as an organic synthetic chemist in both academic and government environments. Now, he currently focuses on applying research methodology to new technology within Toyota Production Engineering. Along with his corporate career, Carlo maintains several passion projects focused on South Asian culture and media development at both the local and national scale.
Trang Dang-Le
Trang is one of three owners of DFW iRealty, a growing real estate brokerage in the greater DFW area. Since its conception in 2012, she has been busy helping families realize their American Dream. She enjoys helping her clients understand the tax advantages, financing alternatives and investment benefits of homeownership. Trang is a family oriented community advocate and businesswoman who gives back to her community by serving and volunteering in various organizations.
Carlo Domaoan
Carlo has been working for Pratt & Whitney since 2012 as a Design Engineer for the Bearing and Seals Design Team in Mechanical Systems. He then moved to work in Externals supporting the Next Generation Product Family programs including Bombardier, Mitsubishi Regional Jet and Embraer. Carlo received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Material Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is currently pursuing his M.S. degree in Manufacturing Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
James Eng
James Eng serves as a Senior Director for Old Capital and is actively involved in financing commercial real estate. Before joining Old Capital, Mr. Eng underwrote over $750MM in loans for the acquisition or refinance of commercial properties at GE Real Estate. Prior to his work at GE Real Estate, he completed GE’s Financial Management Program (FMP) at GE Capital. He received his undergraduate finance degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
Laura Fonville
Laura Fonville has a lifelong background and interest in developing the physical form into art. She was introduced to yoga in 2004, and began teaching in 2008 with some local certifications. In 2009, she completed a 200-hour teaching certification with her teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra. In 2010, she completed a 300-hour teaching certification with her teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life in the Jivamukti method. After years of working, studying and refining traditional methods, Laura completed a teacher training certification with Sage Rountree that focused on teaching yoga to athletes. This aids her in serving students who come to yoga as a complement for an underlying training regimen. It also built upon her earliest training certifications from The Cooper Institute of Dallas in biomechanics of weight training, personal training and aerobics.

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George Hakim
A designer with a strong understanding of science and engineering, George has traveled the world in search of good design and visual communication. Aside from his experience in the chemical and automotive engineering sectors, he also spent over a year in Shanghai, China teaching English. George is currently working in Toyota Production Engineering and in his free time, creating a card game that teaches basic chemistry concepts to K-12 level students.
Ratanak Heng
Ratanak Heng currently serves as the Manager of Regional Capacity Planning for Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (BGE), a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation. He is responsible for leading an organization of engineers to manage the expansion and reliability of Maryland’s largest electric distribution system. Ratanak earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Maryland, College Park, where he is also pursuing a master’s degree in Business Administration. Born and raised in Cambodia, Ratanak enjoys visiting Southeast Asia to visit his relatives and perform community service.
Susan Hodge
Susan is an experienced financial executive who leads with a passion for developing people. As a former Treasurer of Shell Oil and VP within Royal Dutch Shell, Susan has led global teams in multicultural environments. Founder of Women Leading Together, Susan coaches women to identify their unique value and develop the skills they need for a fulfilling career. She is an adjunct professor teaching leadership at the University of Houston Downtown.
Jonathan Holton
Lieutenant Jonathan Holton is a Florida native and received his commission in 2010 after graduating from the University of Florida with a mechanical engineering degree. Upon completion of nuclear training in 2013, LT Holton was assigned to the submarine USS Wyoming (SSBN-742) in Kings Bay, GA. He served as the Electrical Assistant, Main Propulsion Assistant, and Tactical Systems Officer. LT Holton is currently the Nuclear Program Accessions Manager at Naval Recruiting Command in Memphis, TN.
Josh Hurtley
Sergeant Josh Hurtley is a Scientific Applications Specialist currently assigned to the Air Force Technical Applications Center’s Innovation Lab at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. During his career, SSgt. Hurtley has not only worked extensively in the Department of Defense, but also with civilian organizations such as Walt Disney, to share important innovation techniques that can benefit all parts of our society.
Abhi Ingle
Abhi Ingle currently serves as Senior Vice President of Marketing, AT&T Business Solutions. He has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, consulting and technology solutions. Before joining AT&T, Ingle held the CMO role at technology startups, and spent several years at McKinsey and Company advising clients on strategy, marketing and sales. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Computer Science and Mathematics from Oberlin College.
Carolyn D. Jones
Carolyn D. Jones is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Raytheon’s Corporate Business Development / Raytheon International. In this role, Carolyn is responsible for driving the ongoing implementation of a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy as well as driving D&I strategies and solutions that support business success. Carolyn has more than 25 years experience in multiple industries, and is adept at working with multiple levels of organizations to address change management and diversity and inclusion initiatives. Prior to Raytheon, she spent ten years with Booz Allen Hamilton. She held numerous positions including leading the firm’s Global Women’s Agenda, which promoted the development and advancement of women. In addition, Carolyn worked in higher education for fifteen years at the University of Pennsylvania. She attended Brown University where she studied Urban Planning and Architecture. She also holds professional certifications with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the National Training Laboratory Institute (NTL).
Ellen Kapoor
Ellen Kapoor is responsible for providing leadership and support for ITW’s talent management, leadership development, and talent acquisition programs with the purpose of enhancing the leadership pipeline for key positions. Ellen’s 12-year career in human resources and talent management landed her at companies such as Dyson, AON Hewitt and McGraw-Hill. Ellen earned her Bachelor’s from the University of Illinois and her Master’s from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Irma Kusuma
Irma Kusuma is the VP of Development for the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce (GDAACC) and its foundation, the MEED Center (Multi-Ethnic Education and Economic Development). She is in charge of garnering support from the various ethnic communities in the North Dallas area for the Chamber’s programs and activities. Irma organizes multiple cultural festivals, fundraising events and mixers throughout the year.
Bob Lamse
Bob Lamse, President of Talis, has a diverse financial background that allows him to tailor unique investment plans to meet specific needs and goals. Prior to joining Talis, Bob gained five years of valuable experience as a CPA and CFP® for E&Y. With 15 years as the CFO for two very successful companies, Bob oversaw large investment portfolios for his companies and this led him to become an avid proponent of the fee-only fiduciary approach.
Binghui (Bing) Li
Binghui (Bing) Li has been a Senior Chemical Engineer at Shell for over 14 years. Bing holds a Ph.D. from Tulane University. His 25 year career spans university teaching, R&D, refinery and chemical plant operation and process techno-economic evaluation. He is actively involved in mentoring, volunteering, employee networks and SASE. He is a campus recruiter and interviewer. As an accomplished Toastmaster, he regularly conducts trainings, facilitates workshops and gives seminars, which in turn help him to further improve his communication and leadership skills.
Michael Mau
Michael Mau is an Executive Staff Officer with 25 years of service in the Central Intelligence Agency.  He is presently the Chief, Diversity Program within the Talent Acquisition Group.  Michael is a member of the Asian American Government Executives Network, coaches APA National High School Scholars and serves as a mentor to junior CIA APA officers.  He also served in the US Air Force and is a graduate of San Diego State University.
Francis Mesina
Francis was named the 2006 Illinois Advisor of the Year and awarded the 2010 Partner of the Year. He accepted a Managing Director role, where he was the recipient of the 2014 Presidential Citation Award, with the nation’s top three Managing Directors. Francis is an itinerant speaker, licensed pastor and FINRA Arbitrator. He delivers talks for universities, corporations and the U.S. Government – demystifying financial topics, and teaching families to break from cycles of poverty.
Thomas K. McCloud
Thomas McCloud is the Director of the Autonomous Systems Software for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems, and advanced technologies critical to our nation’s security. In this role, Tom is responsible for providing software engineering people, processes, and tools to all Autonomous Systems Software programs, and for the successful performance of the software teams on those programs. Tom holds both a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and a Master’s (MSCE) from USC.
Ryan Namata
Ryan Namata is the Sr. Specialist for Chief HR Executive Engagement at HR People + Strategy, part of the Society for Human Resource Management. He has 15 years of experience as an HR professional. He is currently the President of the National Association for Asian American Professionals, DC, Voices of SHRM Toastmasters club and Intelligence Community Heritage Council Liaison. Ryan Namata is a graduate of Maryland, and is also a certified Global Professional in HR and certified SHRM-Senior Certified Professional.
Mark Neice
Mark Neice is the Executive Director of the Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS). DEPS fosters research and development in Directed Energy, to include high-energy laser and high-power microwave technologies for national defense and civilian applications, through professional communication and education. Mr Neice is twice retired from the federal government; the last time in December 2012, after 37 years of military and civilian service. He previously retired from the US Air Force, as a Colonel, in October 2004.
Han Oh
Han Oh is the NA Babycare GTM Program Manager at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. His current focus includes driving robust risk management, enabling initiative readiness and developing excellence in GTM leadership. In the 20 years Han has been with P&G, he has worked across Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Materials Development and Engineering spanning across regional Manufacturing operations to Global Front End Innovation programs.
Sage Onderdonk
Aptly named, Sage Onderdonk has been fashion-wise since she was a little girl styling her friends’ dress-up sessions. Today, this New York-trained fashionista is the men’s senior styling director at JCPenney, where she mixes the latest trends with emerging street fashion to give the guys a unique signature look. What’s her favorite part of being a JCPenney stylist for the past 15 years? It’s helping people show the world who they are and what they stand for through their clothing choices.
Huei-Ren Pan
Huei-Ren Pan was born in Taiwan, raised in the United States and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. He started his professional career working offshore as a geophysicist and has worked on six continents in technical, safety, M&A and human resources positions, and across businesses, in operations, research, engineering and manufacturing. H.R. Pan is currently the Global Director of Human Resources for Schlumberger Land Rigs, a division of Schlumberger Oilfield Services.
Gautam Subbarao
Gautam leads product development for GE Oil & Gas’ portfolio of digital solutions, and is based out of San Ramon, CA. He has been with GE for 14 years and has worked in their Healthcare, Appliances and Oil & Gas businesses at global locations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Curtis Swisher
Curtis Swisher is an executive coach, career strategist and author. During 30 years at Dow Chemical, he had roles in Leadership Development, HR, Six Sigma and R&D. He earned master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and Education, and is a Registered Corporate Coach®. He’s addressed audiences in nine countries and served clients in oil & gas, chemicals, aerospace and non-profits. Curtis has been married 33 years to Giovanna. Their son and daughter attend Texas A&M University.
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U.S. Air Force STEM
Outreach Leadership
Bryan Stevens is an operations research analyst at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), where he develops and applies mathematical modeling techniques in areas such as workforce forecasting, corporate minority recruiting, and marketing/branding initiatives. Edwin Bujan is the Air Force Liaison for the Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program that provides full scholarships and employment to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in STEM disciplines. Together, Bryan and Edwin are critical to advancing the United States Air Force mission by supporting Airmen development, providing technology to the war fighter and integrating operations at home and abroad.
Tony Webster
Tony Webster is an ex-Marine with a BSME and MBA.  His experience includes 25 years in Engineering and Operations management with Fortune 100 companies.  Since his Lean and Six Sigma certifications, Tony has taught and deployed both methodologies in industries ranging from cell phone manufacturing to nuclear submarine controller assembly.  His current work as a change leader involves working with a wide spectrum of GE business leaders to facilitate the journey to operational excellence.