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EY Hosts Its Inaugural Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Executive Forum

Originally published at EY is a DiversityInc Hall of Fame company.


In these unprecedented and challenging times, it is important to remember that we are stronger together. This inspiring event brought together corporate executives, community activists and special guests to spotlight Pan Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, traditions and contributions that are impacting and shaping our communities and society at large.

On May 24, 2021, the EY Pan Asian Professional Network was proud to host this inaugural event in collaboration with our clients, corporate networks, and community organizations. We will continue to use our influence to provide access and advance a culture of inclusion and celebration of differences that allows people to feel valued, respected and supported.

View the event agenda below. To access the full replay of the event, click here.



Welcome and opening remarks

  • Kelly Grier – U.S. Chair, Managing Partner and Americas Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Jay Persaud – Americas Vice Chair, Risk Management and Pan Asian Professional Network Executive Sponsor


Executive insights on inclusive leadership and allyship

  • Kailesh Karavadra (Moderator) – Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Hayley Chan – Director, SoftBank Investment Advisors
  • Balan Nair – President and CEO Liberty Latin America
  • Padmasree Warrior – Founder, President and CEO, Fable


Being seen: an inspiring personal journey

  • President George W. Bush
  • Thear Suzuki – Global Client Service Partner, Consulting, Ernst & Young LLP


Small but mighty: Entrepreneurial courage on main street

  • Thear Suzuki (Moderator) – Global Client Service Partner, Consulting, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Andrew Chau – Co-Founder and CEO, Boba Guys
  • Suneera Madhani – Founder and CEO, Stax by Fattmerchant
  • Chiling Tong – President and CEO, National ACE


Executive fireside chat: reflections on social justice and cultural identity

  • Joe Cruz (Moderator) – Tax Partner and Americas Chair, Pan Asian Professional Network, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Nelson Chai – CFO, Uber


Humor + culture = authentic storytelling

  • Roger Park (Moderator) – Americas Innovation Leader, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Ronny Chieng –  Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Crazy Rich Asians


Closing thoughts

  • Jay Persaud – Americas Vice Chair, Risk Management and Pan Asian Professional Network Executive Sponsor, Ernst & Young LLP

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