Thursday, May 2, 2019
Ocean City Seafood Restaurant
3016 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR
Join API Forward for the 4th annual Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration. The event honors our diverse community and raises funds to educate local students and young professionals of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to become leaders.
Together, with your help, we can make positive institutional changes and ensure diverse voices and cultural experiences in decision-making processes.
In supporting future local leaders, you’ll have the opportunity to bid on amazing auction items, participate in a fun dessert dash and hear from students on how the Forward Leadership Program has impacted them.
WITH BILL IMADA
Bill Imada, Keynote Speaker
IW Group, Founder
Focus on Multicultural and Cross-Generational Markets
The highlight of the evening will be the keynote speech by Bill Imada, founder, Chairman and Chief Connectivity Officer of IW Group, a communications firm based in Los Angeles. Bill and his company served as advisors and specialists in the growing multicultural markets in the United States and abroad. Their clients include Bank of the West, Coca-Cola, Lexus, McDonald’s, Walmart, Walt Disney, Warner Bros, Wells Fargo and many more.
Bill was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Recently, he co-founded the National Millennial Community, a social movement to effectively “change the conversation” about millennials in the U.S. and abroad. In less than 2.5 years, students and alumnae from more than 38 colleges and universities met with more than 140 corporate, foundation, governmental and nonprofit leaders (all vice president and above) to engage in meaningful and civil conversations about the impact of millennial consumers both now and in the future.
He currently serves on the board of directors for:
He also serves in an advisory capacity for Nielsen, University of Florida, University of Southern California, and Western Connecticut State University.
Christine Pitawanich, Emcee
We’re also pleased to have KGW reporter Christine Pitawanich as the emcee. She is a reporter with KGW News who also fills in on the anchor desk. She came to Portland in 2015 and has covered everything from breaking news, to politics, to heartwarming stories of people helping people. Prior to KGW, Christine worked for KOBI-TV in Medford. While in Southern Oregon, Christine worked as a reporter and was also the 5pm and 6pm anchor.
Christine was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout her life, she has placed high value on diversity, inclusion, and equality. Christine’s favorite news stories to cover are the ones that show people a way to help others, amplify the voices of those who are frequently unheard, or help people gain a new perspective on an issue. She has a masters degree from Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, regarded as one of the nation’s leading communications schools.
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