Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Overcoming Asian Stereotypes, Embracing Asian Heritage
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue: Hungry's Rice Village - 2nd Floor Terrace, 2356 Rice Blvd., Houston, TX 77005
Admission: Student (Members / Non-Members) $10 I Professional Members $15 I Professional Non-Members $20
The price of admission includes food only - there will be a cash bar available for purchase.
Attire: Business Casual
There’s a common misconception that all Asians are the same. In various professional fields, there are also stereotypes that exist about Asians in the workplace - who they are, how they work, what their careers should look like. But given the different cultures and upbringings of Asians in all industries, molds are broken both professionally and culturally. Come hear from our 4 speakers about their experiences in navigating their industries (in both corporate America and not) and their cultural backgrounds in pursuit of their passions.
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Check-In / Networking
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM - Speakers
7:15 PM - 7:40 PM - Panel Discussion
7:40 PM - 8:00 PM - Open Networking
Founder, SYB Solutions
Sincia Shi is the founder of SYB Solutions LLC, specializing in Executive Consulting, Coaching and Leadership Training. Her passion is in inspiring and developing future business leaders, with special interests in women and minorities. She currently also serves as an Advisor for Tsinghua University Global MBA Program.
Prior to founding her own company, Sincia was an executive with Baker Hughes, a global technology and services leader in the energy industry. She served many senior leader roles with the company over the years, including Product Line Executive, Vice President of Supply Chain Global Materials and a member of Enterprise Supply Chain Council; Vice President of Russia Caspian owning large P&L and had around 1800 employees under her leadership. Earlier in her career, Sincia was also Director of Global Marketing & Business Development, Director of Operations, Director of Application Engineering. She has strong business and commercial acumen, a critical and strategic thinker good at solving complex challenges, passionate about continuous improvement, human capital strategy and situational leadership. Sincia holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tsingha University, and an M. B. A., with distinction, from Duke University.
Market Diversity and Inclusion Leader
Renu Sachdeva is the Market Diversity and Inclusion Leader for the Greater Texas market at PwC. She works with all lines of service in her market to advance the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy. She is a strategic adviser to her market leaders, and she serves as the lead consultant for the market’s Employee Resource Groups. As a certified professional coach, Renu provides professional coaching to diverse staff in her market to help them build leadership skills and attain their own personal definition of success. Renu graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in MIS and Business Honors and a minor in English, and she received her MBA from the University of Houston in 2015.
Willet Feng has over 10 years of experience cooking in a wide range of restaurants: large scale and small scale; fast casual and fine dining; modern American and Asian. He graduated from Le Cordon Bleu with a perfect GPA, and he did pretty well at Rice, too.
Chef Willet has lived in Singapore, Brunei, and Malaysia (although he did not cook back then). He has, however, headed a pork-centric restaurant called "The Grumpy Pig" in Shanghai, China. Currently, he is the co-owner and chef of burger-chan.
Cloud 10 Creamery
Chef Chris Leung discovered his passion for cooking when he enrolled into culinary school on a whim, while taking a sabbatical from his studies. His first kitchen job was Pastry Cook Helper at the Houston Country Club. He worked his way up to Assistant Pastry Chef within his first year. He went on to be the Pastry Chef at a restaurant called Bootsie’s Heritage Cafe in Tomball. During his time a Bootsie’s, he was awarded the Rising Star Chef from Starchefs.com and the restaurant was a James Beard Semifinalist for Best New Restaurant. Chef Chris then worked as a Consultant Chef for Kata Robata while starting Cloud 10 Creamery with his business partner in 2012. Chef is the operating partner/executive pastry chef of Cloud 10 Creamery and has won numerous local and national awards. Chef Chris was awarded the first Culturemap Tastemaker: Pastry Chef of the Year Award in 2014. Cloud 10 Creamery currently has a state of the art production kitchen and 3 scoop shops.