On behalf of Council of Asian Pacific Americans, we cordially invite you to attend our first quarterly Simply the Best (STB): Asian Culture & Education Seminar Series.
CAPA hosts the quarterly Simply the Best: Asian Culture and Education Series #1 on “How Asian Can Excel” on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Fuji Japanese Buffet – Event Room located at 32153 John R. Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071. This program is sponsored by GM, DTE, Toyota, JBSD, MAPAAC, PAGE Honda & PAGE Toyota, 168 Asian Market and Fuji Japanese Buffet; and is supported by the In-kind Donors: D Asian Media and Vibe Credit Union. Read more >>>
How Asian Can Excel
Advantages of Asian Culture that leads you to the Top & Secrets to Success from the Dynamic Asian Americans
Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood
State Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood
Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood represents the 6th Senate District and is serving in his second term in the Michigan Senate. Senator Hopgood represents the Downriver and Western Wayne communities of Westland, Taylor, Romulus, Van Buren, Belleville, Sumpter, Huron, Brownstown, Flat Rock, and Rockwood. Prior to serving in the Senate, Hopgood represented the 22nd District in the Michigan House for three terms.
In the Senate, Hopgood has focused on education, energy and environmental issues. Hopgood serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Education Committee, Health Policy Committee, and the Energy and Technology Committee.
Senator Hopgood studied political science at the University of Michigan. Hoon-Yung was adopted by Diane (Chris) and the late Rollie Hopgood. Hopgood lives in Taylor, Michigan with his wife, Sunhwa, and their two children. Senator Hopgood is the first Korean American to hold state office in Michigan.
Angie Chin, CPA, CIA, CBA, CRP, CRMA, CCSA
Angie Chin is a retired Finance Executive from General Motors Company. She has 40 years of experience in governance, audit, risk management, controllership, strategic planning and business operations.
Angie served in an executive role for 30 years, including as the Assistant General Auditor and Regional Operations Director at the Fed, as Audit Director at General Motors Company, and as Controller & Chief Accounting Officer at GM do Brasil in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
During her career, Angie led many innovative projects. Her Asian heritage, discontent with the status quo, dare to be different, constant experimentation, and optimism helped her blaze new trails and achieve breakthrough results.
Angie has been featured in various professional journals. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. She is also a prolific writer and editor for publications on governance, audit and risk management topics. Angie now focuses on writing, developing innovative training solutions, mentoring young business leaders and serving on boards.
Angie has served as leaders and advisors in many professional and non-profit organizations. Her current and past Board experience include:
• Association of Chinese Americans (ACA): Treasurer, Audit Committee Chair, Legal Committee Chair, Executive Committee, Personnel Committee, and Nominating Committee
• The Global Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA): Board of Directors, Global Ethics Committee Chair, Audit Committee Chair, Certification Board, Professional Issues Committee, and Committee on Research & Education Advisors
• IIA – Chicago Chapter: Board Members and Annual Conference Chair
• Chicago Executive Club International Relations Committee
• Corporate Executive Board Audit Directors Senior Advisory Group
• Illinois Bankers Association Internal Audit School Vice Chair
• Eastern Illinois University Business School Advisory Board
• MBA Finance, DePaul University
• B.S. Accounting, with Honors, University of Illinois
Thanh Tran, Founder & CEO AccelerateKID
Thanh Tran is a serial entrepreneur that founded AccelerateKID to teach kids grades K-8 about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education and entrepreneurship including computer programming, game design, robotics and digital arts. In less than 4 years, the supplemental education, after-school startup has two teaching centers, nearly 50 partnerships including schools and libraries, and have taught over 5500 young students.
Thanh earned his Electrical Engineering Bachelors and Masters Degree from Michigan State University. He then worked for corporations like General Motors, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Eli Lilly & Company. After gaining experience in the pharmaceutical and health care industry, he co-founded tech startups including MentalNote, an electronic medical record system, and SchedFull, a scheduling software. He exited MentalNote in 2012 and sold his SchedFull shares in 2013 to start AccelerateKID.
Thanh is the recipient of the 2014 Salute to Excellence Award from the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce and 2016 Startup of the Year Award from the Eastern Michigan University’s School of Business. His AccelerateKID students won the 2014 Ernst & Young’s Youth Entrepreneurship Award and have spoken at TEDxDetroit.
He is an Advisory Board member for Schoolcraft College, the Oakland School Technical SW Campus, and the Michigan STEM Partnership. He founded the Detroit New Tech meetup in 2010 to support the local startup community and Accelerate4KIDS Foundation in 2016 to provide computer programming education to underprivileged communities and schools.
Thanh lives in Novi, Michigan with his wife and two children.
Moderator:Dr. Jamie C. Hsu
Dr. Jamie C. Hsu, Advisory Board
Dr. Jamie Hsu is currently Adjunct Professor of Management at the Lawrence Technological Univ, specializing in strategic management, leadership development, technology management, innovation, and global collaboration.
Prior to his current role, he served as Executive Directors of GM Global Technology Management, R&D Centers, and Advanced Manufacturing Center.
Dr. Hsu earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Solid Mechanics from Brown University, and B.S. in Civil Engineering from National Taiwan University.
He has served as leaders and advisors in many civic and technical organizations such as:
- Senior advisor: Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs
- Chair, Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC)
- Board Member, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC)
- Board Member, Henry Ford Health System – Health Alliance Plan (HFHS-HAP)
- Board Advisor: CAPA
- Founder and Strategic Advisor: NAAAP Detroit
- Chair, SAE Emerging Technologies Advisory Board
- NRC Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design
- MIT Leaders for Manufacturing Program Steering Committee
Dr. Hsu is a frequent speaker and blog-writer on topics ranging from Career Development, Entrepreneurship, Eastern-Western Cultures, and Leadership. At his spare time, he enjoys golf, jogging, and visiting the 4 grandchildren with his wife Tina.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Fuji Japanese Buffet – Event Room
32153 John R. Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071
5:00PM – 6:00PM Registration & Networking
6:00PM – 6:30PM Enjoy Asian Hors d’oeuvre and learn about Asian Culture
6:30PM – 7:00PM Meet “Who’s Who” among the APAs in Michigan
7:00PM – 7:45PM How Asian Can Excel – Panel Speakers and Moderator
7:45PM – 8:30PM Networking & Closing
FREE Admission by March 22, 2017. Seats are limited & register to attend!
Please save the date for upcoming 2017 STB series: 6/28/2017, 9/27/2017, 11/15/2017 @ 5:00-8:30 PM, registration starts at 5PM.
For all questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or CAPA Executive Director Ms. Ngoc Do.