ERG Summit

2016 ERG Summit: Leave Nothing to Chance

And already, the reviews are in!  

Caroline Ceniza-Levine, a Forbes contributor, praises the NAAAP ERG Summit. [Aug. 14, 2016 article]

NAAAP’s ERG Summit is the premier event that helps executives and Asian Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) across North America elevate their companies by taking their ERGs to the next level.  Executive speakers, ERG leaders, and participants will provide practical insights into expanding the ERGs’ membership, programs, reach, and results.

Now in its third year, the 2016 ERG Summit will include an Executive Panel Session, Best Practices for ERG Leaders, Breakout Discussion on Key Issues with ERGs and more.  The ERG Summit focuses on Asian ERGs band is open to ERGs with diverse members and at various stages of development.

WHEN:  Thursday, Aug. 11, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

WHERE:  Caesars Palace, Emperor’s Level, Palace Ballroom

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  ERG leaders, corporate officers interested in the impact of ERGs, and NAAAP chapter leaders

ORGANIZER:  Farzana Nayani, NAAAP Director of ERG Relations






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10:00 AM   Registration and Networking
10:30 AM   Welcome Remarks
  • Farzana Nayani, Director of Client Engagement | Language and Culture Worldwide AND National Director of ERG Relations | NAAAP
  • Opening Speaker:  David W. Reid | Executive Director, Global Talent Initiatives | Asia Society
11:30 AM   Lunch is served
12:00 Noon   Executive Luncheon Panel:
  • D.A. Abrams, CAE | Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer | United States Tennis Association
  • Donald Fan | Senior Director at the Global Office of Diversity | Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Regina Ford | Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion | Caesars Entertainment Corporation
1:30 PM     Networking Break
2:00 PM     ERG Leaders Panel: Taking Risks: Making Your Mark with ERGs
  • Elaine Chang | Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Applications and Services Group | Chair, Microsoft Asian ERG | Microsoft
  • Sue Gilbert | Senior Project Manager and VP Asian BRG | The Coca-Cola Company
  • Vanna Tran | Director, Multicultural Center of Excellence | Co-Lead Asian Affinity Link (AAL) Employee Resource Group, Southwest Region | Nielsen
  • David K. Lee | Project Manager for Configuration and Data Management, ERG Leader | Northrup Grumman Corporation
  • Saleem Usmani | Senior IT Analyst Architect & Lead for Asian Inclusive Resource Team.| Herman Miller
3:00 PM    Refreshments and Networking Break
3:30 PM    ERG Case Study and Group Breakout
  • Rhom Erskine | Director, Diversity & Inclusion | McKesson Corporation
  • Amanda Ma | CEO & Founder | Innovate Marketing Group

4:40 PM    Summary and Closing Remarks

5:00 PM    ERG Summit ends

6:00 PM    Community Reception presented by MillerCoors


Confirmed Speakers

D.A. Abrams
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at the United States Tennis Association
Elaine Chang
Chair, Microsoft Asian ERG
Rhom Erskine
Director of Diversity & Inclusion at McKesson Corporation
Donald Fan
Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion of Wal-Mart Stores
Regina Ford
VP of diversity and Inclusion, Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Sue Gilbert
Senior Project Manager and VP Asian BRG, The Coca-Cola Company
David K. Lee
Project Manager for Configuration and Data Management at Northrop Grumman Corporation
Farzana Nayani
Director of Client Engagement, Language & Culture Worldwide
David Reid
Executive Director, Global Talent Initiatives, Asia Society
Vanna Tran
Director of Multicultural Growth & Strategy at Nielsen
Saleem Usmani
Senior IT Analyst Architect, Herman Miller