2018 Conference & Gala

Leadership & Business Luncheon: The luncheon is co-hosted by the International Leadership Foundation (ILF) and the Coalition of Asian American Business Organizations (CAABO). Over 200 attendees are expected to attend, including APA elected officials, entrepreneurs, community leaders, international business delegates, international students, and ILF Fellows. The purpose of the luncheon and following networking session is to promote our own 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 will have a chance to learn about the legacy the leaders have established, and ILF Fellows will discuss how scholarships have impacted their life and career. Members of Congress Judy Chu, Ted Lieu, and Grace Meng, joined us as keynote speakers.

Luncheon Agenda:

Master of Ceremony: Soo Kyung Koo, Executive Director of ILF

Welcoming Remarks: Dr. Paul Hsu, Founder of HSU Educational Foundation, Chairman of ILF

Keynote Speakers: The Honorable Ted Lieu, The Honorable Grace Meng

About the ILF Civic Fellowship Program: Evelynn Bui Strumolo, Program Director of ILF

Special speakers: Xuan Nguyen, Executive Chairman of World Financial Group TransAmerica; Young Kim,  Former California Assemblywoman; Allan Fung, Mayor of Cranston; James Diossa, Mayor of Central Falls

  • Young Kim, Former Assemblywoman, California State Assembly (65th District)
    • The first Korean-American woman who served in the California State Assembly
  • Allan Fung, Mayor, Cranston, Rhode Island
    • The first Asian-American mayor elected in Rhode Island’s history

2018 ILF Civic Fellows Testimonials: Casey Wang, Georgetown University interning at the US Department of Commerce ; Stanley Shaw, U.C. Berkeley interning at the Environmental Protection Agency

Ted Lieu: “Last year a PEW research report from UCLA came out saying that by 2050, there will be more immigrants from Asia than any other region in the world. It’s important that this community continues to make sure that we are at the table for democracy, and it’s pretty clear to me that if you’re not at the table then sometimes government passes you by and things will be done to the community whether you like it or not.”

Grace Meng: “It’s so important that our voices are heard. There are so many times, as Ted knows as well, when we are in a room in a random, whatever, meeting we’re at, and Ted or I might be the only Asian-American who are sitting at that table or in the room.”

19th Anniversary Awards & Scholarship Gala: ILF annually celebrates successful completion of its Civic Fellowship program with scholarship beneficiaries and recognizes truly remarkable individuals and organizations at the Gala. Honorees are selected not only because of their tremendous professional achievements but also for their dedication to the improvement of the APA community. This year, honorees included Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Matthew Y.C. Lin, M.D.; Judge Chung Pak; Supervising Deputy Attorney General Linda Lin-Sun; Arizona State Majority Leader Kimberly Yee; Texas State Representative Angie Chen Button; Ponsang Chan, M.D.; Xuan Nguyen; Kai Yuan Wang; Dr. Elizabeth Xu; and En Zhang. The keynote speech was conducted by The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, 18th U.S. Secretary of Transportation and 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor.

Gala Agenda:

Presenting the Colors, Pledge of Allegiance:  Young Kim, former California State Assemblywoman 

Letter from White House: Holly Ham, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Welcoming Remarks: David Ho, ILF Washington D.C. Co-Chair

Sponsors & Host Agencies:




Daofeng & Angela Foundation Corporation

Chenco Investment, LLC


HSU Educational Foundation

Luke Charitable Foundation

YHEMOP, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service




Birdflower Foundation

Canmay Group


David Sen Lin Lee Foundation

KOBE Gov. Contracting Alliance

New York Golden Eagle Senior Corp

Pyramid Systems Inc.

Waitex Group



American 505 Anti-Aging Institute LLC & CAC Benevolent Association


Benefit Tomorrow

Capital Bank, N.A.

Capital Stone Holdings Inc.

Council for International Cooperation, Inc.

Edward and Charity Dong Foundation

First Commercial Bank

Foster Andrew & Co., Inc.

Gucci America, Inc.

LAM Group

MRMG t/a Popeyes’ Louisiana Kitchen

Pai Ping Foundation




Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association.

Color Marble Commercial Projects

International Financial Services, Inc.

J.P. Morgan

Lin Hau Powersports U.S.A.

Mega United Group

Merry Richards Jewelers

Remy Cointreau U.S.A.

Shau-Wai & Marie Lam Family Foundation

Sunwater I, LLC

Trispot, LLC

Trust Air Cargo (USA) Co. United Trade Logisticz, Inc.

Federal Partners: U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Human and Health Services, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Secret Service, Executive Office of the President, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. International Agency for Development

Leadership Awards:

Matthew Y.C. Lin, M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Chung K. Pak, Administrative Patent Judge at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Linda Lin-Sun, Supervising Deputy Attorney General at California Department of Justice

Dr. Ponsang Chan, Cardiology and Internal Medicine

Xuan Nguyen, Executive Chairman of World Financial Group Transamerica

Kai Yuan Wang, Fellow at Harvard University

Elizabeth Xu, Ph.D., Chief Technology Group and CP Group

En Zhang, Founder of Shanghai Chengmei Cosmetics Co., Ltd.

Public Servant Awards:

Kimberly Yee, Arizona Senate Majority Leader from the 20th District

Angie Chen Button, Texas State Representative for District 112

Keynote Speech:

The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, 18th U.S. Secretary of Transportation

“The progress made by Asian-Pacific Americans in mainstream America is a testament to the values our community holds dear, especially with an emphasis on family, hard work, and the value of quality education.”

Thanks to Comcast, AT&T, and the Federal Partners for their generous contributions, and for attending our event. With their support, ILF will continue to promote civic awareness, public service and economic effectiveness of Asian Pacific American (APA) community and develop young leaders in the U.S. and other Pacific Rim countries in the fields of public service, entrepreneurship and the international arena through a network of business and community leaders. On behalf of the International Leadership Foundation, we would like to thank everyone again for their support in making the International Leadership Foundation’s (ILF) 2018 program a huge success. Their participation and generosity truly makes an impact on developing the next generation of future leaders.