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Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, May19, 2021

Time: 5:00PM - 6:30PM CT

Venue: Zoom Meeting


5:00 PM - 5:05 PM: Welcome and Introductions
5:05 PM - 5:50 PM: Panel Discussion
5:50 PM - 6:00 PM: Q&A
6:00 PM - 6:25 PM: DumplingDudez Demonstration
6:25 PM - 6:30 PM: Closing Remarks


With the many current events affecting Asian Americans, our Ascend Houston chapter is excited to take time and celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Our moderator will share recent research on Asian history and then facilitate a panel discussion with inspiring speakers to discuss strategies of influencing others while building relationships in association with their heritage. We'll then end with a fun and interactive dumpling making session with the DumplingDudez. 

We'll have 10 free giveaways of a virtual dumpling experience which includes a dumpling making kit ($50 value).



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Jennifer Kwoon

Organizational Psychologist
CivReCo (cofounder)

Jennifer is an organizational psychologist who specializes in designing and delivering compelling programs on leadership, multiculturalism, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is a cofounder of CivReCo, an organization that focuses on empowering businesses and individuals alike to promote happier, healthier, and more productive working cultures. Jennifer’s analysis and approach to resolving workplace issues is scientifically based on her decade of research on group dynamics and human behavior and also from her wide range of industry experience. She holds a PhD in Business Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is a frequent speaker at various events and institutions, including Cambridge, USC, and at nonprofit organizations focusing on social justice.




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Andrew Dao

Partner and Civil Litigator
Daly & Black

Andrew obtained his B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, before obtaining his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. Throughout his career, he has counseled individuals, small and mid-size businesses, and Fortune 500 corporations in a wide array of civil litigation matters.  His experience includes handling catastrophic injury and death cases, product liability cases, maritime and Jones Act cases, and commercial litigation disputes. Andrew also has experience in appeals, including arguing and prevailing at the Supreme Court of Texas. He has been recognized by various publications over the years, for his work on both the plaintiff and on the defense side.  

Outside of work, Andrew assists the University of Houston Law Center as a coach for its mock trial program, and he is also active in the community. He co-founded the Asians in Law podcast, which will release its first season of episodes this summer


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Renu Sachdeva

Leadership Coach
The Group Prism LLC

Renu Sachdeva is an accomplished Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) leader, speaker, facilitator, and coach. She works with the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston as an Adjunct Professor, where she develops curriculum and teaches courses on DEI fundamentals, strategy, and inclusive leadership. Renu also leads her own executive coaching practice, and she specializes in working with professionals in minority groups to help them define and navigate their unique path to success in the corporate environment, pursue careers with purpose, and bring their whole diverse identities to the workplace. As a DEI leader, she has facilitated numerous workshops on topics including intersectionality, unconscious bias, and inclusive leadership and belonging.

Renu previously worked with PwC for 17 years as a Forensic Technology consultant, Human Capital specialist, and Market Diversity Leader. She earned her BBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 and MBA from the University of Houston in 2015. She holds the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credentials.


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Chih Lin & Mike Dorsey

Business Owners / Chefs

We began with a leap of faith into a world we knew little about. Not to say we didn’t know dumplings, we worked in corporate America for the past 15 years. Climbing the corporate ladder was a thrill ride. Overcoming challenges and making lasting impacts to our companies led us to great heights and taught us many valuable lessons about ourselves. However, we were so busy building dreams for others, we forgot how to dream ourselves. We were comfortable, but we weren’t fulfilled. We wanted more out of life, and we were willing to risk it all to follow our dreams and pursue our passions. On April 1st, 2019, we did it! We both quit our jobs and DumplingDudez™ was born.

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