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Ascend & NACD NorCal: Leveraging The Silicon Valley Asian Talent for Innovating Boards
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There is only 2,5% Asian representation on Fortune 500 Boards, with the large Silicon Valley Corporations having few or no Asian Board members. The panel will discuss and share insights on how to leverage the Silicon Valley Asian talent, and explore strategies for Innovating Boards with this talent. Enjoy networking with search firms and experienced corporate directors, including nominating and governance committee members.

When: May 26, 2015
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Where: Marvell
5488 Marvell Lane
Santa Clara, California 
United States

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NACD and Ascend Pinnacle Member Price: Complimentary 
Non-Member Price: $30



There is only 2,5% Asian representation on Fortune 500 Boards, with the large Silicon Valley Corporations having few or no Asian Board members. The panel will discuss and share insights on how to leverage the Silicon Valley Asian talent, and explore strategies for Innovating Boards with this talent.  Enjoy networking with search firms and experienced corporate directors, including nominating and governance committee members.

Event Co-Sponsors:

Ascend is the premier and only North American membership organization focused on the advancement and development of business leaders in the Pan-Asian community. Established in 2005, Ascend has grown to serve professionals and corporations across various professions and across multiple industries. Ascend spans 17 professional and 30 student chapters across the United States and Canada, reaching over 60,000 people.

Ascend Pinnacle is our nationwide initiative to network, leverage and support Pan-Asians currently on Corporate Boards and develop candidates for future Board service. Ascend has hosted numerous Pan-Asian corporate director events in New York, Northern California and Washington DC and is partnering with all members of Alliance for Board Diversity, as well as NACD and Stanford's Rock Center for Corporate Governance. Membership includes Fortune 100 and other publicly traded companies.

National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
Founded in 1977, NACD is a national nonprofit membership organization dedicated exclusively to serving the corporate governance needs of corporate boards and individual board members. NACD’s 15,500 members and customers represent companies ranging from Fortune 100 public companies to small, over-the-counter, closely held, and private firms.

NACD promotes high professional board standards, creates forums for peer interaction, enhances director effectiveness, communicates and monitors the policy interests of directors, conducts benchmarking research, and educates boards and directors concerning traditional and cutting-edge issues.


Location and Time



5488 Marvell Lane 
Santa Clara, CA 95054

5:00pm - Registration Check-in; Networking/Reception

6:00pm - Welcome; Introductions; Program

7:30pm - Closing Remarks; Program Concludes 








Speaker Spotlight


Don Yee 

Don Yee


Board Member

Don Yee is a veteran business builder, having served as the CEO of several businesses ranging from founding Eyefinity, a healthcare technology company, to building multi-billion dollar enterprises at United Healthcare and VSP. He is currently the CEO and Board member of Kids Care Dental, a private equity sponsored company. He also serves on the boards of Blue Diamond, DITTO, and NACD Northern California. Don is a former Management Consulting Partner at Ernst & Young. He is also an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. 

Susan Wade 

Susan Wade


Board Member, Cirrus Logic, Premier Inc, Nektar Therapeutics

Susan S. Wang retired from Solectron Corporation in 2002 after 18 years, having served as Executive Vice President for Corporate Development, Chief Financial Officer, and Corporate Secretary. She oversaw Solectron’s initial public offering and subsequent growth from a $40M to a global corporation with more than $12 billion in revenue. She currently serves on the Board of Directors and is Audit Committee Chair for Cirrus Logic, Nektar Therapeutics and Premier, Inc. 


Joe Griesedieck


Vice Chairman & Co-Leader, Board & CEO Services, Korn Ferry

With more than 30 years in the executive search profession, Mr. Griesedieck is considered to be one of the industry’s premier leaders. His focus includes Board and CEO recruiting engagements for both public and private companies across multiple industries. Mr. Griesedieck was recently named to the “2010 Directorship 100”, the most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom. He is on the Board of SP Consulting, a Washington, D.C.-based business services company. 


Mohan Gyani


Board, Member Blackhawk Networks, Safeway, Union Bank

Mohan Gyani is currently a private investor and advisor. As former President and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Wireless Mobility Services, he played a key role in the $10.6 Billion IPO of AT&T Wireless in 2000. Mohan sits on the Boards of U.S. public companies Audience , Blackhawk Networks, Ruckus Wireless, Safeway (until January 2015) and Union Bank. He has been on the Board of several other organizations such as IDEA Cellular, Jasper Wireless, Jibe, Keynote Systems, Mobile Telesystems (MTS – Russia), RingCentral, and Roamware, 

Loo  Wade Loo


Board Member, Kofax

Wade Loo is a Board member and Audit Committee Chair for Kofax Limited. He is a retired KPMG audit partner, working with companies in both local and international environments. Prior to retiring from KPMG, he served as the Senior Partner in Charge of Audit for the Northern California Business Unit. In addition, he led KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute (ACI) in Silicon Valley. He is currently Chairman of the Board of JobTrain and is on the Board of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

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