Thu, May 27, 2021

6 PM – 8 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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It’s 2021. The USA APA/AAPI community is at a crossroads -- disproportionately suffering through the Corona pandemic as victims of a 164% surge in anti-Asian hate crimes while overall hates crimes are down 7% over the same period. This is the opportunity to wake up and meet the moment. Our community is called to take a stand in the fight against racism and #Stopthehate.

Join the IE North America Alumni community for this interactive Teach-In in celebration of Asian and Pacific island Heritage Month. This event is open to all, no matter your location or origin.

As the fastest growing racial group in the US and 23mm strong, the cultural, economic, and political influence of this community can not be ignored: "Companies started by AAPI founders helped this country get through the pandemic. Eric Yuan connected us with Zoom. Tony Xu, Stanley Tang and Andy Fang kept us fed with DoorDash. Hisao Kushi and Yony Feng kept us in shape with Peloton. Niraj Shah made us comfortable at home with Wayfair. And Steve Chen entertained us with YouTube."

We will use story to inspire us all to become informed and influential in moving the country and world forward. Although the reflections will be told through a North America lens, it is one with global repercussions – both through the direct relevance of American politics and through the parallel stories of racism that shape many countries.

The approach is dynamic – part watch party, part teaching, part training. We will see a cross section of diverse Asian voices across ethnicity, mixed race, age, gender, sexual orientation and class while sharing personal reflections and expressions.

Agenda (all times in Eastern Time):
6 PM - History & Solidarity
6:40 PM - Alumni Narratives & Ally Tools
7:30 PM - Meetup Breakouts


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Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño

President – IE University

Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño is the President of IE University and a recognized influencer in global higher education. Iniguez is also the Vice-Chairman of Headspring, a company owned by the Financial Times and IE Business School providing custom education programs for companies worldwide.

Iniguez is the former Dean of IE Business School and has played a leading role in business education. He was portrayed by the Financial Times as “one of the most significant figures in promoting European business schools internationally”. He was the first European appointed as “Dean of the Year” by Poets & Quants (2017).

He serves on the boards of EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), Renmin University Business School (China), Antai Business School (Jiao Tong University, China), LUISS Business School (Italy), Mazars University (France) and FGV-EASP Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (Brazil). He is a past Chair of the Board of AACSB.

He is the author of “The Learning Curve: How Business Schools Are Reinventing Education” (2011), “Cosmopolitan Managers: Executive Education That Works” (2016), and “In An Ideal Business: How the Ideas of 10 Female Philosophers bring Values, Meaning, and Innovation to the Workplace” (forthcoming 2020), as well as co-editor of “Business Despite Borders: Companies in the Age of Populist Anti-Globalization” (2018), all published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Iñiguez is a regular speaker at international conferences and frequently contributes in different journals and media on higher education and executive development. He is one of the 500 Global LinkedIn Influencers.

Iniguez is Professor of Strategic Management. He holds a Degree in Law, a Ph.D. in Moral Philosophy and Jurisprudence (Complutense University, Spain) and an MBA from IE Business School. He was a Recognized Student at the University of Oxford, UK.

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Gina Lam

GinaDreamsInColor Founder – Formerly P&G Head of Prestige LATAM Mktg – Colombian Chinese

Gina Lam is the founder & principal strategist of GINADREAMSINCOLOR - a launch & license consultancy for artists-led brands and artist-centered ventures. She was formerly the regional VP of LATAM beauty licenses for GUCCI, D&G, HUGO BOSS, and BURBERRY. Her sales and marketing fundamentals are P&G born & bred across 15 years and 3 continents – NA, LA & Europe. With two decades of billion dollar brand experience, new business development, and acquisition integration, Gina has expanded the global footprint and lovemark of both Fortune 50 and luxury fashion brands into new geographies and categories. Her award-winning expertise is in luxury licensing, merchandising, retail design, event production, and LATAM distribution models. Gina is a bicultural Miami-based native New Yorker with East meets West Chinese Colombian heritage as featured on Despierta America & Working Mother. She serves on several advisory boards and as faculty at Istituto MARANGONI School of Fashion, earned her MBA from IE Business School in Madrid and her undergraduate degree as a Rufus Choate Scholar from DARTMOUTH College.

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Aliya Somani

IE University Canada Office Director

Aliya Somani has led the IE Canada office since 2015. As Director, her role focuses on student recruitment, branding, and community engagement in the region. Aliya has over 17 years of international experience working in marketing, communications, branding and entrepreneurship across diverse sectors including education, healthcare, and consumer goods. She earned her MBA at IE Business School in 2009. Aliya has lived in 6 countries and is currently based in Toronto, Canada.

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Christina Reyes

CHRISTINA REYES - MTR Marketing Head Strategist – Filipina Puerto Rican

Christina Reyes is the SVP of Strategy at MTR Marketing, a member of the Inbound Labs family: MTR is a top 10 global Diamond Tier Hubspot Partner agency. An internationally experienced and results-driven marketer with over 15 years of experience, she is a graduate of IE’s Masters in Management and Digital Marketing program. Born in the Philippines, Christina spent her childhood in Southeast Asia, between the Philippines and Okinawa.

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Doan Trang Nguyen

IE NA Senior Manager – Vietnamese American

Doan Trang Nguyen is Vietnamese-American, born in Ho Chi Minh City and raised in Berkeley, California. She is a first generation college graduate with a BA from Colby College (Maine). She earned her MBA at IE-SMU. She has spent 8 years working in Higher Education in the USA, Asia, and Europe. After over a decade living abroad, she has returned to the US to take up a leadership role on the IE North America team.

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Pendar Khosravi

Coca Cola Strategy & Planning Manager – Persian American

Pendar Khosravi is a first-generation Persian American living in Atlanta, Georgia. His professional experience spans various industries, including sports media, early-stage startups, and aviation catering. He currently works for The Coca-Cola Company in Global Strategy and Planning. He is passionate about food experiences that bring people of different cultures together.

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Richard Yang

GLOBAL OEM International Marketing & Sales Director – Taiwanese American

Richard Yang serves as the Sales & Marketing Director for Global OEM Corporation, an import/export company for plumbing hardware products. He leads supply chain and logistics: production, quality, and delivery of merchandise from China & Taiwan to wholesalers across their United States operations. LA-born & Chicago-bred, Richard is fluent in English, Mandarin, Taiwanese (and making strides in Spanish). Bridging Asian & Western cultures, he's a fierce advocate of creating cross-cultural understandings. He earned his MBA at IE Business School and his Undergraduate & Masters' degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in Technical Communication at the University of Wisconsin.

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Terry Huang

Firefly Innovations Founder – CUNY Chair of Dept of Health Policy – Taiwanese American/Canadian

Dr. Terry Huang is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management, Director of the Center for Systems and Community Design, and Co-Director of the NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center (CDC-designated) at the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Previously, Dr. Huang played a leading role at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the integration of systems science and public health. Dr. Huang has had a long history of research and policy leadership in the area of obesity and chronic disease prevention. In addition, he is passionate about systems-oriented community health, design for health, public health entrepreneurship, and strategies for collective impact. Dr. Huang has lectured and published extensively on these and other topics. In addition to his varied academic research endeavors, his current work also focuses on innovations at the intersection of business, design, and health, including the development of a new global public health entrepreneurship platform, Firefly Innovations ( Dr. Huang received the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Innovation Award in 2010 and the NIH Director’s Award in 2011. In addition, he received the National Cancer Institute Award of Merit in 2012 and was named Distinguished Scientist by the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2013. Dr. Huang holds a PhD in Preventive Medicine and an MPH from the University of Southern California, an MBA from IE Business School (Madrid, Spain), and a BA in Psychology from McGill University (Montreal, Canada). He is Board Certified in Public Health (CPH) and is Fellow, Councilor, and Past Program Chair of The Obesity Society. He is also VP North America and a trustee of the executive board of the World Obesity Federation.

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Cyra Akila Choudhury

CYRA AKILA CHOUDHURY – Professor of Law @FIU – Georgetown JD – Columbia MA in Political Theory – Bangladeshi American

Cyra Akila Choudhury is a professor of law at FIU College of Law in Miami, Florida. Her scholarship focuses on religion and property, international and comparative gender, human rights, and legal theory. Her scholarship has been published by leading law reviews and her book Islamophobia and the Law, co-edited by Khaled A. Beydoun, was published in 2020. In addition to her scholarly work, Professor Choudhury established and runs a series of workshops and roundtables on feminism, race, and academia that brings together top scholars from around the globe to discuss the most important issues of our time.

Professor Choudhury graduated with a J.D. (cum laude) and and LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center. She received an MA in Comparative Politics from Columbia University focusing on women, religion and South Asia. She earned her Bachelors in Political Science from The College of Wooster where she won the Frank Miller Prize in Comparative Politics, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and graduated second in her class. Prior to joining the FIU faculty, Professor Choudhury worked for The National Academies advising the federal government on international labor standards and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, one of the largest international law firms in the world, in their corporate finance practice. She returned to Georgetown Law Center in 2005 as the Future Law Professor Fellow for the 2005-2007 term focusing her research on comparative family law and critical legal theory. She is a board member of the US-Bangladesh Advisory Committee, a nonprofit that provides policy recommendations to business and Congressional leaders.

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