IAG Speakers

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Keynote Speakers

Linda SinghMajor General Linda L. Singh
Retired Managing Director, Accenture

Major General Singh was appointed as the 29th Adjutant General of Maryland effective January 21st, 2015. The Adjutant General is responsible for the daily operations of the Maryland Military Department which includes the Maryland Army National Guard, Maryland Air National Guard, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and Maryland Defense Force. Major General Singh serves as the senior advisor to the Governor for these state agencies and is responsible for the readiness, administration and training of more than 6,700 members of the Maryland Military Department. As the Adjutant General, she serves as the official channel of communication between the Governor and the National Guard Bureau and serves as a member of the Governor’s cabinet. Major General Singh also serves as the chair of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Advisory Council (SAPRAC) and as a member of the Army Reserve Force Policy Committee (ARFPC).

Prior to her current assignment, Major General Linda L. Singh served as the Assistant Adjutant General – Army for the Maryland Army National Guard and the primary advisor to the Adjutant General on Maryland Army Guard issues. As the Assistant Adjutant General – Army, she was responsible for supporting the formulation, development and coordination of all programs, policies and plans affecting the Maryland Army National Guard, a force of over 4,600 Soldiers. Major General Singh also provided guidance and supervision of all training, personnel, logistics and other matters in relation to the Maryland Army National Guard.

She recently retired as Managing Director in Public Safety Portfolio, Accenture Federal Services in Alexandria, Virginia in May 2016. She held responsibilities in the area of business operations for the Health and Public Service North America. Here she operated a unit that developed and managed all operational activities to include the financials, strategic business plans, quality programs, program delivery, human resource management, business approvals and sales activities for a budget that exceeded $3 billion dollars.


Young BangYoung Bang
Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Mr. Bang is a leader in the firm’s NextGen Analytics business within the Strategic Innovation Group (SIG) for Booz Allen Hamilton. In this role, he leads the NextGen Analytics initiative which is focused on developing and scaling state of the art Data Science, Big Data solutions and Advanced/Predictive Analytics capabilities. Mr. Bang drives the vision, strategy, investments, and delivery of NextGen Analytics across Defense and Intelligence Markets. He also provided leadership to Epidemico a wholly owned subsidiary to Booz Allen. He is a recognized expert in Data Science, technology strategy, architecture and design, systems development and health information technology.

Prior to assuming a leadership role in NextGen Analytics, Mr. Bang was a leader in the firm’s civil health business where he provided leadership support to drive the growth of the firm’s Health and IT business supporting clients including the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services (CDC, NIH, FDA and HHS HQ). Previously he provided IT leadership to clients in the MHS, Army, DLA, OSD and other DoD Agencies.

Mr. Bang is on the Board of Directors for the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE). SASE is a nonprofit organization that promotes the influence of Asians in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields and helps scientific and engineering professionals of Asian heritage achieve their full potential. Additionally, he is a member of the Executive Steering Committee for Booz Allen’s Asian Agenda. He is also a Board Member for Jool Health and teaches an undergraduate course in Health IT at Georgetown.


Art of Living: Achieving Personal Excellence

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Bhushan DeodharBhushan Deodhar, Speaker
Chief Executive Officer, Shankara, Inc

Mr. Deodhar’s leadership has furthered the development of multiple businesses and teams across the U.S. and abroad. Currently, as the President of Sumeru, a software consulting firm, and CEO of Shankara Skincare, an all-natural anti-aging skin care products company, he has expanded the reach and performance of these businesses. He also works as a faculty for the Transformational Leadership for Excellence workshop developed by the International Association for Human Values. Over the last six years, Mr. Deodhar has delivered leadership programs to executives and business school students at the World Bank, the United Nations, Shell Corporation, Coco Cola, Accenture, Boston Consulting Group, MIT Sloan School of Business, Harvard Business School, Kellog Business School, and many others. He is currently consulting with the World Bank Institute to develop a leadership program called ‘Greater Than Leadership’ specifically aimed towards public sector leaders from developing economies to help with various social reform initiatives. Prior to leading Sumeru and Shankara skincare, he worked at Nortel Networks and Oracle Corporation for more than 10 years in various management roles. Mr. Deodhar has a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas, Arlington.


Learning and Innovation: Stories from Around the World

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Kimo KippenKimo Kippen, Speaker
Vice President of Global Workforce Initiatives, Hilton Worldwide

Mr. Kippen, former Chief Learning Officer (CLO) and now Vice President of Global Workforce Initiatives at Hilton Worldwide, is responsible for creating lifelong learning alternatives for Hilton’s hundreds of thousands of team members. His accomplishments as a learning leader earned him recognition as the 2016 Chief Learning Officer of the Year in CLO Magazine. Mr. Kippen was recently selected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) of which Hilton Worldwide is a founding member. He has served as Chairman of the Board for the Association for Talent Development (formerly, American Society for Training & Development) in 2007, is a member of the organization’s Public Policy Council, sits on the board for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), and is actively involved with Business Champions as a representative for Hilton Worldwide. Prior to joining Hilton, he worked for Marriott International for 21 years and has served as Vice President of Human Resources for Renaissance Hotels and Resorts, North America. Mr. Kippen holds an M.S. in Career and Human Resource Development from Rochester Institute of Technology, a B.S. from the University of Hawaii, and is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland’s Post Graduate Program.


Leadership Talks: Emotional Intelligence, Is it still a soft skill?

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Winson HengWinson Heng, Panelist
Principal, Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Mr. Heng is a Principal in Deloitte’s Consulting Federal Government Practice. He has over 25 years of experience in government. He currently serves as a Client Engagement Partner for Deloitte’s Department of State and Millennium Challenge Corporation accounts. Mr. Heng has experience working in North America, Asia Pacific, and Middle East and North Africa regions. He serves on the Board of Directors of Ascend Greater Washington Area (GWA) Chapter and as the Deloitte Rosslyn Office Culture Champion. Mr. Heng has also served as the Partner Champion of the Deloitte GWA Asian Affinity Group from 2009 to 2014. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an M.B.A. degree in Finance from Oklahoma City University.


Sam MokHonorable Sam Mok, Panelist
Managing Director, Condor International Advisors, LLC

Mr. Mok is the Managing Member of Condor International Advisors, LLC, a Washington DC based management consulting firm. Condor International Advisors provides strategic and innovative relationship management and advisory services to domestic and international clients in both Federal and private sectors.

Mr. Mok served as the Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of Labor from January 2001 to May 2007. After being appointed to the position by President George W. Bush, Mr. Mok was confirmed by the United States Senate in January 2002. He previously serves as Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, appointed by former Treasury Secretary James Baker. Mr. Mok is one of the highest-ranking Asian Americans in George W. Bush Administration and is regarded as a leader of the Chinese-American community.


Diana StoltzfusDiana Stoltzfus, Panelist
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Ms. Stoltzfus is a Partner in PwC’s Banking and Capital Markets group, providing assurance and advisory services to large financial institutions. Diana is currently the partner on the Investments and Capital Markets segment of Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) and the lead partner on Navy Federal Credit Union. Her 12+ years of experience have primarily focused on external integrated audits of financial statements, internal controls over financial reporting, internal audit engagements, and system implementations.


Jay SukumaranJay Sukumaran, Panelist
Director, Alix Partners

Ms. Sukumaran leads talent management for the Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness (LOE) practice within AlixPartners. With over 15 years experience across professional services, automobile and pharmaceutical industries, she is a trusted business partner who specializes in helping clients translate their business plans into strategic HR operations with successful execution.

Ms. Sukumaran has an undergraduate degree in Law from University of Mumbai, and earned her Masters Degree in Human Resource Management (MHRM) from the School of Management and Labor Relations, at Rutgers University.


Wes HomWes Hom, Moderator
Former Vice President & Managing Director, IBM
Vice President of External Affairs, Ascend

Mr. Hom was formerly a Vice President in IBM’s Systems and Technology Group with global responsibilities for overall execution of IBM’s mainframe server investments, strategies, sales and emerging markets initiatives. Today, he advises on business development, diversity, and leadership development for Ascend’s global sponsors. Previously, Mr. Hom was based in Europe as Managing Director and IBM Vice President. He held a variety of challenging positions at IBM, including Vice President of Global Communications Sector and Vice President of the Capital Venture Group He also chaired IBM’s Asian Diversity group. Mr. Hom is a graduate of NYU’s Stern School of Business. He was a member of IBM’s Certified Client Director Profession through Advance Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is the co-developer of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Advanced Leadership Program.


Launch Your Career: Navigating the Professional World

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Liyao WanLiyao Wan, Speaker
Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Ms. Wan is a Manager in PwC’s Advisory practice. She specializes in data management, with significant time dedicated to leading large-scale, complex projects. She advises clients on the tactical construction and implementation of carve-out financial statements, big data analytics, data quality, fraud investigations, litigation support, claim management, tax provision, and preventive analytics. Ms. Wan’s experience also includes financial modeling, financial statement separation, data optimization, cleansing, transformation, and master data management. Her has extensive experience advising clients to use technology to meet deals and compliance objectives related to Mergers and Acquisition, AML/ BSA, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), tax provision, and other regulations. Ms. Wan received her Master in Engineering Management (MEM) from Duke University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Project Management Professional (PMP), Oracle Certified Professional (OCP), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).


Saguna AndersonSaguna Anderson, Facilitator
Recruiting Manager, Capital One

Ms. Anderson is a Talent Acquisition Leader, with areas of expertise to include full-cycle recruitment strategies, employment branding, and diversity networking. She has recruited all levels from interns and entry-levels to executives and firm partners, within the public and private sectors of management consulting, finance and accounting, legal, and technology industries. Actively committed to community service, Ms. Anderson is the former-President of the Greater Washington Chapter of Ascend and former-President of the UVA Club of Washington.


Build, Share, Grow: Eminence and Your Personal Brand

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Bonisha PandeyBonisha Pandey, Panelist
Manager, Ernst & Young (EY)

Ms. Pandey is a Manager in EY’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services with over 5 years of accounting experience. She currently serves as a regional Subject Matter Resources for the new revenue standard for EY Chesapeake market segment and she is also a member of a GAAP conversion solution group. Ms. Pandey is a CPA and has experience in various accounting services such as accounting for revenue, SOX control rationalization, accounting for debt refinancing etc. She has worked with public and private sector clients in industries such as information technology, construction and engineering, consulting, retail etc. Ms. Pandey attended Maharishi University of Management at Iowa where she received her MBA in accounting. She currently lives in Falls Church, VA with her husband, Pradeep, and daughter, Ashvi.


Robin ThottungalRobin Thottungal, Panelist
Chief Data Scientist, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Mr. Thottungal is the Chief Data Scientist/Director of Analytics at the US EPA and has multi-domain expertise in delivering solutions. He enjoys working on ambiguous problems to create unique solution using out-of the box thinking. Mr. Thottungal has a wealth of experience in driving cross-functional teams delivering solutions ranging from Strategy, Methods/Process Development & Optimization, Operations & Implementation. He has served as the Strategic Communication and Engagement Lead in Data Cabinet at the White House Office of Science and Technology and as the Chair for the Washington DC chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from State University of New York at New Paltz and Master of Science degree at John Hopkins University in Computational BioPhysics.


tonywongTony Wong, Panelist
Manager, Accenture

Mr. Wong is a Manager in Accenture’s Federal Services consulting practice where he has been for 6 years. Over the last few years, he has been focused on assisting federal clients develop and implement governance, risk, and compliance solutions for all aspects of Information Technology security. Mr. Wong also leads the Accenture’s Asian Pacific American Employee Resource Group (APAERG) for the Greater Washington area. Additionally, he serves as the VP of Community Outreach for Ascend’s Greater Washington chapter. Mr. Wong is a 3-time graduate of Johns Hopkins University with BS in Business Management, MBA, and MS in Information Technology.


Denise LewDenise Lew, Moderator
Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Ms. Lew is a Specialist Leader in Deloitte Consulting’s Federal Human Capital practice supporting healthcare quality, patient safety, performance improvement, and strategy projects as a subject matter expert in military health. Prior to joining Deloitte in 2011, she spent 26 years of service in the United States Air Force (USAF) as a healthcare administrator. Ms. Lew is board-certified by the American College of Healthcare Executives and is the sponsor and champion of the Deloitte Consulting Asian Business Resource Group for the Greater Washington Area in addition to serving as a board member for the National Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum and Chair of the Board for the USAF Medical Service Corps Officers’ Association.


Fail Fast: How Risk Is Tied To Innovation

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Kumar KolinKumar Kolin, Panelist
Principal, Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Mr. Kolin joined Deloitte’s Federal Technology consulting practice from Deloitte’s Information Technology Services (ITS) where he served as the Deputy CIO for the Deloitte US firms. In that role he managed a team of over 1600 spread across the US, USI, Ukraine, Argentina and Colombia. He also served as the Chief Architect and Chief User Experience Evangelist for ITS. In addition to his role as the Deputy CIO, Kumar served as the Digital Innovation Leader responsible for incubating and introducing disruptive trends, such as artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, Internet of Things (IoT), augmented and virtual reality, wearables, and big data into Deloitte. Prior to that, Mr. Kolin served as the Managing Director of Deloitte US-India (USI) responsible for India’s strategy and operations for Deloitte US. From 2003 to 2005, he served as the Deloitte’s Leader for Enterprise Applications and CRM in USI.


Sara AbiusiSara Abiusi, Panelist
Managing Director, Accenture

Ms. Abiusi is a Managing Director with Accenture Federal Services, where she is the Technology Civilian Lead. She holds various roles in Inclusion & Diversity: US Executive Sponsor of the Asian Pacific American Employee Resource Group, Inclusion and Diversity lead for the US Postal Service account, and the Women in Technology (WIT) DC program lead. Ms. Abiusi leads Accenture’s relationship with Ascend and serves on the Greater Washington Board of Advisors and is a member of the DC Corporate Executive Initiative. She won the 2015 National Ascend High Impact Leader Award and was a finalist for the WIT Technology Leadership Award this year [in 2016]. Ms. Abiusi graduated in 1996 from Johns Hopkins with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and serves on the University’s elite Alumni Council. In her personal life, Ms. Abiusi is married with two children: a nine-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son.


Javid BaigJavid Baig, Panelist
Global Senior VP, Sodexo

An executive with 20 years of operations, strategic management leadership, and development experience, Mr. Baig joined Sodexo in 1999 in positions ranging from Director of Strategic Planning, Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Sales and Division Vice President of International Large Accounts to his current role as Senior Vice President Strategy & Planning. In this role, he provides overall direction to the strategic planning functional area of the education market business focused on achievement of business growth in support of the enterprise strategic goals and as a dedicated resource to the Education Market. Mr. Baig holds a Master’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, in Ithaca, New York & ESSEC Business School in France. He has attended executive education programs at Harvard Business School, University of Chicago Business School and University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School.


Gloria ChanGloria Chan, JD, PCC, Moderator
Professional Coach, High I.M.P.A.C.T. Leadership

Ms. Chan is a leadership and diversity expert and award-winning author of Colorful Leadership: How Women of Color Transform Our World. She is passionate about inspiring social visionaries and change-makers whose personal, family, and community histories drive them to change the world. She helps people make powerful and authentic impact doing what they love. Prior to coaching, Ms. Chan spent seven years in Asian American and Pacific Islander national politics and held various executive positions in government and nonprofit sectors. She was the Executive Director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the President/CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies. Ms. Chan is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Swarthmore College.


Facing New Challenges: Defining Dexterity in the Workplace

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Vishal KapurVishal Kapur, Speaker
Principal, Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Mr. Kapur is a Principal in Deloitte’s Federal Financial Regulatory practice and has advised financial regulatory clients in several mission modernization initiatives. His areas of expertise include regulatory supervision and examinations, consumer protection, receiverships, and market research. Prior to his federal engagements, Mr. Kapur served in Deloitte’s commercial practice providing management and technology consulting services to clients in the automotive, retail, health, and public sector industries. As a technology professional, he has extensive experience in implementing enabling technologies spanning mobile, digital, advanced analytics and mission specific applications to support his client’s mission objectives. Mr. Kapur received a Master in Mathematics and Computer Science degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, India.


Sandra Vu LeSandra Vu Le, Speaker
Principal Attorney, FAM LAW, LLC

Ms. Le is a 20-year immigration attorney, cultural integration specialist, and the current cable TV host of MMC-TV “The American Journey” whose mantra is “to live a life full of possibilities.” She became the U.S. Senate Youth Ambassador to Japan at age 16 and was the first female, Vietnamese-American in Texas history to run for a state congressional seat. With a keen understanding of the cultural influences and unique developmental needs of Pan-Asians, Sandra is a sought after communications speaker and trainer at corporations, universities and a favorite at conferences. She is delighted to return to Ascend’s IAG to help participants be “agile, innovative, and bold” in living their own life. . . full of possibilities.


Sven DharmaniSven Dharmani, Speaker
Principal, Ernst & Young (EY)

Mr. Dharmani is a Principal in EY’s Global Supply Chain & Solutions practice where he leads Performance Improvement and Global Supply Chain solutions for the firm’s global Automotive and Transportation Sector. He focuses on developing strategies, re-engineering business processes, and implementing sustainable solutions. Mr. Dharmani has nearly 20 years of diverse experience in North & South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. He is a Certified Project Management Professional with a BS in Industrial Engineering from Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology and an MBA from Georgetown University.


Sanjay SubramanianSanjay Subramanian, Speaker
Principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Mr. Subramanian is a Principal in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Advisory Forensic Services helping clients respond to crises stemming from litigations, corporate disputes, regulatory actions, corruption, and data breaches. He is a lead inventor of PwC’s patented fraud detection capabilities and manages the DC, Philadelphia, and Bangalore Forensic Data Analytics practices. He specializes in the analysis of large disparate data sets of electronically stored information and has led numerous large-scale, multi-national investigations across various industries. Mr. Subramanian has led efforts at major clients to develop monitoring and compliance capabilities, leveraging data visualization and business intelligence technologies. He also has extensive experience helping clients implement risk management, as well as data security and management best practices.


Executive Presence: Are You Standing Out?

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Wes HomWes Hom, Facilitator
Former Vice President & Managing Director, IBM
Vice President of External Affairs, Ascend

Mr. Hom was formerly a Vice President in IBM’s Systems and Technology Group with global responsibilities for overall execution of IBM’s mainframe server investments, strategies, sales and emerging markets initiatives. Today, he advises on business development, diversity, and leadership development for Ascend’s global sponsors. Previously, Mr. Hom was based in Europe as Managing Director and IBM Vice President. He held a variety of challenging positions at IBM, including Vice President of Global Communications Sector and Vice President of the Capital Venture Group He also chaired IBM’s Asian Diversity group. Mr. Hom is a graduate of NYU’s Stern School of Business. He was a member of IBM’s Certified Client Director Profession through Advance Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is the co-developer of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Advanced Leadership Program.


Mentoring Roundtable

Abhi Bhadauria, Manager, Deloitte

Montoo Gandhi, Manager, XPO Logistics

Samuel Hwang, Director, PwC

Hong Kim, Senior Associate, PwC

Sathiya Krishnamoorthy, Manager, Deloitte

Nicholas Kwok, Senior Manager, Accenture

Roy Lee, Manager, Accenture

Denise Lew, Senior Manager, Deloitte

Mike Nie, Branch Chief, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Bonisha Pandey, Manager, EY

Prashanth Prasanna, Manager, Deloitte

Grace Quian, Senior Manager, Capital One

Eric Wu, Senior Manager, Accenture

Helen Xing, Manager, Tableau

Emilie Yeh, Manager, Accenture

Ying-Ying Yuan, Advisor

Li Zhang, Senior Manager, EY

Yanbin Zhang, Manager, EY