2019 Conference Co-Chairs
Dr. Henry has over 30 years of both hands-on and senior-level clinical
research experience in large pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and contract
research organizations. She served as a statistical consultant and Data
Monitoring Committee member and has vast experience in communicating
with the FDA for design and statistical issues. Dr. Henry has also made
great contributions in drug development.
Dr. Henry received her Economics Master’s degree from Soochow University, Taiwan and
Biostatistics Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Columbia. In 1998, she founded HHI Clinical
Research, which was later acquired by inVentiv. She co-founded H2O Clinical Research, which
acquired Pharma Start in 2016. Dr. Henry also served as head of Biostatistics and Data Management at Pfizer for Clinical Pharmacology and Experimental Medicine and at Novartis for Medical Affairs.
During her career, Dr. Henry received many professional awards, including the Top Ten
Entrepreneurs Women Award from Global Federation of Chinese Business Women Association, the Emerging Business of the Year award from Oracle in 2015, the Outstanding Achievement Award from GE Healthcare, and the Rising Star Award from the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. Dr. Henry has also devoted extensive personal time and money to support local community organizations. She founded the Paiping Foundation, which promotes Chinese Language learning and culture, in order to continue her father’s devotion to education. In doing so, she hopes to provide more opportunities for Chinese children in the United States. To date, over 100 students have received scholarships from the Paiping Foundation. Due to her contribution to her local community, Dr. Henry received not only the Humanitarian Award from Baltimore County, but The Towson Times Best Principal award while at the Chinese Language School of Baltimore.
Ms. Patty Yan founded the Cando travel agency in 1990 and later established
her new business, US Food Chain, where she is serving as Vice President. She
is also currently the Chairwoman of International Leadership Foundation’s
Orlando Chapter and Kissimmee American Chinese Center. She is very
active in serving her community.
She joined the Florida Chinese Business Association in 1996 and was later elected as Director,
Secretary, and Vice President through 2011. She was Board Director of the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of Greater Orlando from 2003-2006, Treasurer from 2006-2008, Vice President of the board from 2008-2011, President from 2011-2012, and has been serving as an advisor since then. She was also the Director of the North American Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce from the years of 2008-2012.
Master of Ceremonies
Kenny Chen is the Executive Director of the Partnership to Advance Responsible Technology (PART), a nonprofit think-tank that applies cross-sector, multi-disciplinary insight toward supporting the responsible
development and governance of artificial intelligence and data-driven technologies. In his role, Kenny works with a global network of expert stakeholders from public, private, academic, and nonprofit backgrounds to create unique and collaborative solutions to complex problem areas.
To complement his work at PART, Kenny serves a variety of additional roles in organizations where
technology meets social impact. He is the Founder of Pittsburgh AI, Outreach Committee Member
for AI Commons, Curator for Global Shapers Pittsburgh, XPRIZE Ambassador, and Techstars
Community Leader. He also serves on the boards of the Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs Forum, Social
Venture Partners Pittsburgh, and Locally Grown.
Before founding PART, Kenny was the Innovation Director at Ascender, a Pittsburgh-based
economic development lab that simultaneously functions as a startup incubator, coworking space,
community hub, and producer of the annual Thrival Innovation + Music Festival. At Ascender,
Kenny regularly worked with students, entrepreneurs, investors, nonprofits, and elected officials
to drive positive outcomes for the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and build strategies for
catalyzing Pittsburgh’s opportunities around emerging technologies.
Kenny’s experiences as an ILF Fellow in 2011 and as a Coro Fellow in 2014-2015 were galvanizing forces in shaping his career.
Letitia Wu was an ILF Fellow in 2009 and worked as a White House Intern in the Office of Vice President Biden. She graduated from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and received a M.A. in Security Studies with a focus in U.S. National Security Policy under Georgetown University’s Security Studies program in May 2016. Ms. Wu also attended The College of William & Mary and studied Chinese language and culture at Middlebury College and Tsinghua University. Ms. Wu has a deep interest in international development and service. Ms. Wu is married to Alex Wu, former ILF John B. Tsu Fellow. They are the proud puppy parents to Rey Wu.
Special Leadership Awardee
Mr. He Daofeng
Founder, Daofeng and Angela Foundation
A successful entrepreneur, economist, and policy researcher, Daofeng He deeply believes in the social reform of China and is an advocate of philanthropy and social self-governance. Born in 1956 in Yunnan, China, his reform work has been influenced by his childhood on his
farm. Mr. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Fudan University in Shanghai. In the 1980s, he played a crucial role in China’s rural land reform program through various leadership positions at the Research Center for Rural Development of The State Council of China. In 1994, Mr. He founded the Human Resources Development Center of the Western China to work with the World Bank to increase labor mobility from inland rural areas to developed coastal areas in China. This project successfully resettled 600,000 workers from impoverished counties and reskilled them to perform factory jobs or find other employment.
Following his government posts, Mr. He continued to serve the public good. In 1999, he became acting president of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) but refused to take a salary. Under his helm, CFPA became China’s first national, independent NGO and a major organization for domestic and international humanitarian relief and development. Mr. He’s introduction of market rules and business management methods cut down bureaucracy and inefficiency, and grew CFPA’s annual revenue from US$2.5 million to over US$90 million between 1999-2016 Its number of beneficiaries also rose from 80,000 in 1997 to over 1.85 million today. CFPA’s success established Mr. He’s innovative methods as a leading model for the emerging Chinese philanthropic industry, fueling its ability to lead international aid, self-regulation. Mr. He also initiated the Microfinance poverty Alleviation Project, which grew into the well-known corporate operation called CD Finance. Currently, the company has become the largest social enterprise in China. CD Finance has annually made small loans worth US$2 billion to near 500,000 rural women. From 2014 to 2017, Mr. He also acted as chairman of the China Foundation Center to promote transparency, self-regulation, and increased collaboration amongst Chinese foundations.
In 2014, Mr. He was awarded the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize for his remarkable leadership, and creativity in developing philanthropy for progressive social change in emerging market countries. In 2016, Mr. He stepped down from his various leadership roles and relocated to Maryland with his wife Angela He, where they established the Daofeng and Angela Foundation. Dedicated to strengthening civil society and humanitarian assistance, on top of an accumulated donation of US$7 million, his Foundation has donated US$2 million to the Brighter Future Program and the international leadership capacity building program for China’s NGO leaders since 2016. Now, Mr. He is continually donating a US$8 million scholarship to Peking University Law School for leadership training. Today, Mr. He continues to work towards positive social change through philanthropy and writing.
Public Servant and Rising Star Awardees
Public Servant Award
Dr. Clarence Lam is a state senator representing District 12 (Baltimore and Howard Counties) in the Maryland General Assembly, where he serves on the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee. He is currently one of only three physicians in the Maryland legislature. He previously served in the Maryland General Assembly as a state delegate from 2015-2019 and was assigned to the House Appropriations Committee and the Environment & Transportation Committee.
He serves on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as an assistant scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management. He leads the school’s preventive medicine residency program as its program director and practices clinically as a co-medical director at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Dr. Lam is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in political science and biology. He earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland and his Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his residency training at Johns Hopkins, where he
also served as chief resident and is board-certified in preventive medicine.
Rep. for House
Oklahoma City, OK.
Rising Star Award
Daniel Pae currently serves as the state representative for House District 62. Before he was elected to the state legislature, Daniel worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Lawton City Manager’s Office. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with two majors in economics and political science, two minors in history and international area studies, and a master’s degree in public administration. Daniel served as OU’s Student Body President, along with volunteering his time with The Oklahoma Group,
Loveworks Afterschool Leadership, and Generation Citizen. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a 4.0 grade point average. He was named the recipient of the 2017 Carl Albert Award, which is the most prestigious award given to a student by the OU College of Arts and Sciences
based on academics, moral force of character, and promise of future service
to the state and nation.
In his hometown, Daniel serves on the Young Professionals of Lawton Board of Directors and Marie Detty Youth & Family Services Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, graduate of Leadership Lawton Fort Sill Class 28, and current member of Leadership
Oklahoma Class 33. Daniel attends services at Dayspring Community Church.
Judge Jerry Tao
Court of Appeals
Las Vegas, NV
In 2015, Judge Jerry Tao was appointed to the Nevada Court of Appeals, becoming the first Asian-American to ever serve as an appellate judge in the State of Nevada, and in 2016 he was re-elected to the position in a landslide with 70% of the vote. Previously, Judge Tao was the first Asian-American to
ever serve as a trial judge in Nevada when he served as a District Judge for the 8th Judicial District Court of Nevada from 2011-2015.
Prior to joining the bench, he served at various times as a Deputy District Attorney, Chief Deputy Public Defender, and civil litigation attorney. Off the bench, Judge Tao is an active member of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, the American Law Institute, the American Inns
of Court, teaches law as an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Boyd School of Law, and helped author the Nevada Appellate Practice Manual. Judge Tao received his J.D., with honors, from the George Washington University and a B.S. from Cornell University.
San Francisco, CA
Jason Chan is a Director of External Affairs for AT&T, where he leads AT&T’s national Asian American and Pacific American Islander (AAPI) engagement. He works to launch grassroots, high-impact campaigns that promote AT&T’s point of view in regard to federal and state legislation and regulation. He partners with the California and Federal External Affairs and Policy teams to develop strategies for third party campaigns and ensure strong cohesive messaging to communicate policy initiatives. Jason also works to ensure AT&T is an admirable corporate citizen by strengthening the relationship with the AAPI community.
With over a decade of experience in AAPI advocacy, Jason has been instrumental in developing the company’s investment in the community. Prior to joining AT&T, Jason held multiple government appointments with the City and County of San Francisco and served as the Political Director for the Ed Lee for Mayor Campaign. Jason holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University.
Ms. Linda Han is an entrepreneur who has made a significant contribution to empower women and minority owned businesses and Korean immigrants. In 2006, she became a founder and the first President of the Korean American Women’s Chamber of Commerce to create a greater opportunity for women and immigrant entrepreneurs. She was subsequently elected to the 37th President of the Korean American Association of the Washington
Metropolitan Area. As the President of this Association, she organized voter registration drives to increase participation of Korean Americans in politics, Town Hall meetings with elected officials to address concerns of the Korean American community in the Greater Washington area, and KORUS events to promote better cultural understanding between different races and different ethnic communities.
For her contribution to the community, she received various community service awards, including the Maryland Governor’s Citations for Community Service, Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Chris Van Hollen, and Dongbak Presidential Medal from a Korean President. She was also appointed as Commissioner of Maryland Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. She is currently President of Global Minority Women Empowerment Organization.
Mrs. Jefferson’s journey began during World War II, when her family fled the family farm in China’s Shandong Province to the Korean Peninsula. Shiou Yun Wang was born in 1948, in today’s North Korea, and the family again fled to what is now South Korea after the outbreak of the Korean War. Mrs. Jefferson grew up on the family farm and was part of her family’s first generation to attend college at Normal University in Taipei and then earned her master’s in
education at Kinki University in Japan.
She immigrated to the United States in 1977, was married, started a local restaurant and other business ventures, and had a son, Joe Jefferson. She raised Joe as a single mother while struggling to keep the businesses afloat and attained tremendous success, earning the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chamber of Commerce. The Twin Dragon Restaurant is now in its 42nd year and has been named Denver’s Best by countless publications. Mrs. Jefferson lived the American Dream and is now focused on providing opportunities for her son and Asian American youth that face similar difficulties to those she encountered. She has been awarded the Model Mother award by the local Chinese community and is affectionately known as “Mama Shiou.” She has challenged the next generation to be leaders and her son Joe has served as Council Member, Mayor, and now as Presiding Judge in Englewood, Colorado.
Founding Partner Ms. Yu is a Founder and General Partner of Sunwater Capital, a private equity firm investing in real estate, healthcare, and information. She is the founder of Greencourt Group, a Shanghai based private real estate and
investment company and the controlling shareholder of Shanghai Greencourt Investment Group Co. Ltd. (A600695, B900919), a Shanghai-listed asset management company. Ms. Yu has developed more than 36 million square feet of residential, commercial, and retail property in China and the United States.
She is the founder of ViiNet Inc., an online wealth management company for Chinese investors investing in US assets. Ms. Yu is an active member of the Chinese American community, serving as Chairman of the Chinese American
Real Estate Association and Chairman of the International Leadership Foundation’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Committee. Ms. Yu received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in economics from Fudan University where she remains engaged as a visiting professor, a board member of the School of Economics, and CEO of the School of Economics’ alumni association.
Principal, Westland Associates Living with Quality
Bob Yeh was born in Taiwan in 1950 the youngest son of two teachers. They taught him great life lessons: 1) to be a teacher you needed to set a good example; 2) success is measured not by what position you achieve, but the obstacles you overcome to get there. This is the foundation for his life. Mr. Yeh believes this ethic was forged in the hardscrabble days of the 1950’s and 1960’s, when Taiwan blossomed from the post war damage to become the economic powerhouse it is today. Everyone had to work extra hard and prove they were efficient. Taiwan was a great environment to grow up in; it gave him stronger life skills and the passion and focus to succeed despite any hardship. Mr. Yeh graduated with a BA in Journalism in the mid 1970’s. He worked for one of the leading construction firms in Taiwan, and learned from the ground up how to build high rise buildings. This construction firm was extremely successful during the late 1970’s, Taiwan’s booming era.
In the early 1980’s, Mr. Yeh emigrated to the United States and settled in Seattle. He worked as a construction manager while studying at the University of Washington where he earned a Civil Engineering Degree in the late 1980’s. After graduation he immediately started his own business as a builder and developer. His firm has built, bought and remodeled many large and small projects. They currently have a portfolio of about 1200 apartment homes. Their philosophy is to provide the best quality place with a very reasonable price.
Charles T. Ku
For over forty years, Dr. Charles Ku has used his work in the field of dentistry as a means to serve those around him. As a small child, Dr. Ku and his family left China in 1949 and eventually made their way to Taiwan. There, Dr. Ku grew up learning about the provision and care of the Lord from his parents, Dr. Hsein Ting and Ruth Ku. In 1967, Dr. Ku left Taiwan for Baylor University. After completing his undergraduate degree, he and his wife, Mary, moved to
Dallas to begin his education at Baylor College of Dentistry. Four years later in 1974, he opened up his general dentistry practice in Lewisville.
He was appointed by Governor Clements to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners from 1987-1993 and served as chair in 1990. He was also appointed by Governor George W. Bush to the Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council from 1997-2003, and was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to the Federal Commission on Apprenticeship from 1991-1997.Since 2001, Dr. Ku has been a member of Dallas Baptist University Board of Trustees, and from 2004-2005 and 2018-2019, he served as chairperson. He has been member of Board of Trustees for Baylor University Medical Center since 2012, and Board member of Crow Museum of Asian Art since 2015. He is also on the University of North Texas College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Advisory Board since 1998.
Mrs. Xiaoming Wu was born in mainland China and raised in Hong Kong. After earning her BA in business, she joined the staff of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1985. In 1992, she became Secretary-General of the university’s Global Overseas Alumni Association.
Upon arrival to the United States, Mrs. Wu not only became an active member in serving her local Chinese community for over 30 years, but also helped develop successful professional and public service programs. In 1994, she became President of Philadelphia Intelligent Development Chinese School, before becoming the VP of Pennsylvania Mingde Chinese School in 1998. Later in 2003, she became the VP of Washington International Chinese School and also CEO of the Huayin Performing Arts Group.
Mrs. Wu has utilized her outstanding leadership, organizational, management, communication, entrepreneurial, and networking skills in various leadership positions. In recognition of her efforts and services, she has been awarded the prestigious Gold Level President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2015, 2017, and 2019. Currently, she serves as a member of ILF Seattle National Advisory Board.