The Auditorium @ The New School (66 West 12th Street – btwn 5th & 6th Aves)
9:30AM – 10:45M | Women’s Breakfast
11:00AM – 5:00PM | Giving Summit™ Program
ABOUT THE GIVING SUMMIT™ & WOMEN’S BREAKFAST
The Giving Summit™ explores and celebrates giving in its myriad forms, including volunteering, philanthropy and social enterprise. It brings together Asian American community trailblazers, experts and supporters with innovators in philanthropy and social impact and others seeking ways to make a difference, especially in the lives of the most vulnerable among us. Through a day of learning, we will examine how our collective giving power can help create meaningful change.
The Summit will also feature a Women’s Breakfast, organized with the support of the Associate Board, which will take place in the morning, prior to the Summit Program. Please join us for this special opportunity to meet other women and learn how they live their giving values through their professional work and through partnerships with organizations and individuals. Exemplary speakers will share their stories, and you’ll have time to connect with the other remarkable women in the room.
Featured Giving Summit Speakers
Author, Activist, Fulbright Scholar
Author of Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution
Program Officer, Philanthropy, Ford Foundation
President, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Executive Director, Levi Strauss Foundation
Women’s Breakfast Speakers
Moderator | Sejal Shah Gulati, VP/GM Global Commercial Services Marketing, American Express
Sejal Shah Gulati is currently the General Manager and Vice President of the Global Commercial Services Global Marketing Hub, which powers the commercial marketing distribution engine at American Express by delivering compelling B2B content, ensuring customer-centricity, and achieving optimal efficiencies. Prior to this role, Sejal was based in Bangalore, India, where she was President and Managing Director of Time Inc. India for 10 years, and, more recently, the CMO of Ezetap, a mobile payments platform. Sejal started at Time Inc. in New York as the Business Development Director for Money magazine and later the Marketing Director for Real Simple and InStyle magazines. Sejal holds a BA from Princeton and an MBA from Harvard Business School. When she’s not in the office, she spends her time with her husband (Mukul) and two daughters (Mira and Alia) and cycling on her new Peloton bike.
Karen Elizaga, Executive Coach, Forward Options & Board Chair, Womankind
Karen Elizaga, a top executive coach, works to inspire, motivate and empower clients to achieve optimal performance and success in their business and personal lives. Karen started her career as a corporate lawyer in New York, and moved on to the executive teams of two technology start-ups in London, England. Karen supplements her work with her book, Find Your Sweet Spot, an insightful and supremely helpful guide for achieving excellence in one’s work and personal life. She is also the Board Chair of Womankind, an organization committed to ameliorating the lives of survivors of violence, particularly in the Asian communities. Most recently, Karen signed on as an executive producer of Yellow Rose, an independent narrative film that tells the story of an undocumented 17-year old Filipina dreamer who aspires to be a country music singer, and as an investor in the new Broadway show, Hadestown.
Trea C. Yip, CEO, TY Commercial Group, Inc.
Trea C. Yip is the CEO of TY Commercial Group, a real estate investment and management firm she founded and has built into a major international enterprise. A dedicated community leader, Trea firmly endorses the fundamental principles of equality and justice for all, especially for women and girls and our planet. This fuels her passion for strategic, innovative and impactful giving, powerful advocacy, and personal involvement, which has earned her the recognition as a visionary philanthropist. Recently, she and her husband, Richard Yip co-chaired and completed the Texas Women’s Foundation’s $50 million campaign. Trea’s current community involvement includes her service on the Boards of Directors of North Texas Public Broadcasting (KERA), and on the Advisory Boards of the Texas Women’s Foundation, and the Women’s Leadership Council at Texas Women’s University. Trea lives in Dallas. She has three grown children, Ben, Monique, and Christy, and a grand-daughter, Avery.
Summit Session Speakers
Ernabel Demillo, Reporter & Host of Asian American Life
Ernabel Demillo is a veteran New York City broadcaster and journalism educator. For 10 years, she worked as a reporter and anchor on the Emmy-award winning FOX morning news show, “Good Day New York.” She currently hosts and reports for CUNY-TV’s 7-time Emmy-nominated program “Asian American Life”, a magazine-style show focusing on the tri-state’s Asian American community. She is an award-winning journalist, cited by the Governor of New York for her service and contributions to the Asian American Community and was honored with a Folio Award for Best Environmental Reporting. She also made Buzzfeed’s list of 34 Epic Filipinos in the United States for her work as a journalist and educator and was featured in the recent book: Filipinos in New York. Her stories have focused on hard-hitting AAPI issues from the growing political influence of AAPIs to Asian American parents and their LGBTQ children. Ernabel received her B.A. in Journalism and International Relations from the University of Southern California and her M.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Mae Hong, Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Mae opened the Chicago office of RPA in 2009 and is responsible for serving individual donors, families, foundations and corporations throughout the Midwest. In addition to providing high-touch, custom services to help clients manage their charitable giving, develop effective strategies, and discover joy in their philanthropic journey, she is also a frequent speaker and writer about issues, trends, and ideas in philanthropy. With nearly 20 years of nonprofit and philanthropy experience, she previously served as Program Director at the Field Foundation of Illinois. Her funding expertise includes children, youth and families; poverty alleviation; women and girls’ issues; and advocacy. She has also been actively involved in RPA’s leadership on the issue of diversity in philanthropy. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, she worked in the publishing industry for several years. Mae currently serve as the board chair of Illinois Humanities. She completed her graduate work in social service administration at The University of Chicago, and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Andrew Kung, Photographer
Andrew Kung is a commercial, editorial, and documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. He was born and raised in San Francisco and attended business school at UC Berkeley before working as a strategy & operations analyst at LinkedIn. Two years into photography, he has photographed for clients like Beats by Dre and Google and has had his documentary photo series, “The Mississippi Delta Chinese” published in both The New York Times and Huffington Post. Outside of photography, he’s passionate about investing in relationships, basketball, and mentorship.
Robert Lee, Co-Founder & CEO, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine
Robert Lee is a Gates Millennium Scholar who graduated cum laude from New York University. At NYU, Mr. Lee worked on a club called Two Birds One Stone (now part of the Food Recovery Network!) that delivered leftover dining hall food to homeless shelters. Over the four years that Mr. Lee was a part of this organization, he learned best practices of operations in delivering food, fostered relationships within the industry, and honed volunteer management skills. After graduating, Mr. Lee worked at JPMorgan Chase & Co. before resigning to continue his passion of helping the hungry and reducing food waste by working full-time at Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc. Mr. Lee has been honored as a CNN Hero, Forbes 30 Under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship, NYC Food Policy 40 Under 40, and Youth Action Net Fellow.
Jenny Xia, Founder and Co-CEO of FreeWill
Jenny Xia is the cofounder and co-CEO of FreeWill, whose mission is to move $1T into high-impact charities. She was previously at Bain Capital, where she helped start the impact investing fund, and McKinsey. She was also a cofounder of Paribus, a fintech company that exited to Capital One. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harvard, where she studied applied math and economics and got her first taste of “nudging for good”. She is a Stanford MBA, and was recently named Forbes 30 under 30. She is passionate about increasing diversity in positions of power, education and healthcare reform, and international development. She is curious about how to make a two-career household really work, and is really bad at small talk.
Summit Ticket Only $125
Summit Ticket + Women’s Breakfast $150
Only for Current Connectors and those working in nonprofits:
Current Connector / Nonprofit Staff Summit Ticket $70
Current Connector/ Nonprofit Staff Summit + Women’s Breakfast Ticket $80
Student Scholarships: KACF has a limited number of scholarships available for college students. If you are interested please CLICK HERE to apply. The provision of the scholarship fund upholds one of the primary goals of KACF, which is to nurture a culture of giving among all generations of givers. These scholarships are made possible by our generous Summit sponsors.
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SPONSORS & LEADERSHIP (In formation)
David K. Park
Hajin Lee & Michael Chung
Sonja & Jay Kim
Sonja & Jay Kim
Sunhee Kim & Rich Park
Lisa Lee & Jun Choi
Hee-Jung & John Moon
David H. Lee
Ginger L. & Robert M. Chang
Eun Sun Chun
Hannah Yang & Michael K. Chung
Laura & Mun K. Hong
Sonja & Jay Kim
David H. Lee
Theresa Choh & H.J. Lee
Jennifer K. Park
Yoon Soo & Dju Hyun Park
Sunhee Kim & Rich Park
Irena Choi Stern
Cathy Oh & Mike Tran
Katherine & S. Steven Yang