2016 Conference & Gala

International Leadership Foundation hosted 17th Leadership & Business Luncheon and Awards Gala


Over 200 guests, including Asian Pacific American (APA) entrepreneurs, community leaders, international business delegates and students, and ILF Fellows, joined the luncheon co-hosted by the Coalition of Asian American Business Organizations(CAABO). The luncheon and following networking session was to promote our own national network of Asian American Chambers of Commerce, business organizations and entrepreneurs dedicated to the economic empowerment and growth of APA businesses – nationally and internationally – and to connect them to each other. Including ILF Fellows, future national and global APA leaders had a chance to learn about the legacy the leaders have established and ILF Fellows discussed  how scholarships have impacted their life and career.

Date & Time: Wednesday July 13, 2016

Location: Capital Hilton 1001 16th Street NW DC 20036


Luncheon Agenda

Master of Ceremony: Soo Kyung Koo, Director & Chief of Staff of ILF

Welcoming Remarks:  Howard Li, CEO  & Chairman of Waitex Group

Opening Remarks: Doua Thor, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders


ILF Fellows Testimonials


Special Presentation : Betty Lo, Vice President of Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement of Nielsen

Panel Discussion –  Legacy of APA Businesses and Community Development

Betty Lo (Moderator): Vice President of Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement of Nielsen

Solomon Chen: CEO, Superior Communications

Ceyan Birney: President, Stone Mountain Properties

ILF Young Ambassadors Testimonials


Every year, ILF recognizes a select number of truly remarkable individuals and organizations at our annual Awards Gala. They are chosen not only because of their tremendous professional achievements, but also for their dedication to the APA community. Past Awards Gala honorees and speakers include The Honorable Norman Mineta, former Secretary of Transportation and Honorary ILF Chairman; the Honorable Elaine Chao, former Secretary of Labor and Honorary ILF Chairwoman; Senator Mazie Hirono; APA Members of Congress; Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff of the First Lady; international film start Jackie Chan; David Ho, prominent AIDS researcher; Yoshimi Inaba, Executive Chairman Toyota Motor Sales; and Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer.

2016 ILF Gala Flyer Download



Awards Dinner Agenda 

  • Color Guards
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Richard Sun, Vice Mayor of San Marino
  • Opening Remarks – Chiling Tong, CEO & Founder of ILF
  • Welcoming Remarks – Chair of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • Leadership Award

Aruna Miller, Maryland Delegate

Richard Sun, Ph.D., Vice Mayor of San Marino  (San Marino, California)

Christine Chen, Director of APIA Vote (Arlington , Virginia)

Ceyan Birney, President of Stone Mountain Properties (Houston, Texas)

Larry Lee, Vice Chairman of China Daily (Holding) Co. Ltd (Washington DC and New York)

Claire Wu, Chair of ILF Chicago Advisory Board from 2012 to 2015

Pedro Cheng, Chairman of Red Rock Asian Capital Investor Group (Miami, Florida)

David Jian, CEO & Marketing Director of World Financial Group (Atlanta, Georgia)

Hon Yuen Wong, Ph. D., Chairman of the Chinese Community Benevolent Alliance (Rockville, Maryland)

  • Public Servant Award & Acceptance Remarks

Congressman Ted Lieu

Congresswoman Grace Meng

  • Lifetime Achievement Award & Acceptance Remarks

Chairman of the House of Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Ed Royce

  • Inspirational Leader Award & Acceptance Remarks : Yumi Hogan, First Lady of Maryland
  • Introduction of Senator Mitch McConnell : the Honorable Elaine L. Chao, ILF honorary Chairwoman & former Secretary of Labor
  • Special Remarks : Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senator for Kentucky & Senate Majority Leader