Bill Imada, Founder, Chairman and Chief Connectivity Officer of IW Group

Bill Imada is founder, chairman and chief connectivity officer of IW Group, a minority-owned and operated advertising, marketing and communications agency focusing on the growing multicultural markets. For more than 20 years, Mr. Imada has worked with some of the top companies in the U.S., including American Airlines, City of Hope, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Godiva Chocolatier, HBO, Lexus, McDonald’s, Southern California Edison, Verizon, Walmart Stores, Walt Disney Imagineering, Warner Bros. Pictures, and many others. His areas of expertise include advertising, branding, multicultural communications, marketing, crises management, and public relations.

Mr. Imada is active in the community and serves on several boards and advisory councils. His board service includes the Advertising Educational Foundation, California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, Center for Asian American Media and the LAGRANT Foundation. Mr. Imada also co-founded the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) more than a decade ago and established the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (ACE), an organization that is based in Washington, D.C. His efforts were recognized by The White House and he was invited to meet President Barack Obama with 12 other Asian/Pacific Islander American leaders. Mr. Imada was later appointed to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by President Obama.

In 2016, Mr. Imada co-founded the National Millennial Community, an organization comprised of NextGen leaders from 27 states and the District of Columbia, whose mission is to break the negative stereotypes that often define millennials in the U.S.

Mr. Imada is Vice Chair of the PBS Strategic Planning Advisory Group and serves on the Diversity Advisory and Nominating and Corporate Governance committees and on the PBS Foundation Board.  He previously was vice chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.  

Mary Cheyne, Founder of Magnetic Podium, 2009 Public Speaking World Champion 1st Runner Up

Mary began her career in software development and later discovered she had a passion for training and motivational speaking. During her 15+ years of experience training and speaking to over 15,000 people from more than 25 cities and multiple countries, Mary has learned one important thing:

To communicate and persuade effectively,the first person you need to convince is yourself.

Guided by this principle, Mary has devised tools and techniques to help you communicate and influence with impact.

Mary used these effective communication strategies to win the 2009 World Championship of Public Speaking 1st Runner-up Title. In this international contest Mary beat out more than 25,000 contestants from 14 countries.

Mary’s communications accolades have been featured in The Boston Globe. She has appeared on TV Shows in New York and Massachusetts.

Junaid Hoosen, Executive Director at Ernst & Young LLP

Junaid’s career has been focused on working closely with senior management and C-level executives to decompose complex business problems, facilitate the design of innovative solutions and improve business decision making.

As an Executive Director in EY's Advisory Services practice, Junaid focuses on helping organizations better manage and benefit from their risk practices in areas ranging from IT Risk Management to Cyber Security and Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Junaid has spent more than 21 years serving multinational companies in the technology, life sciences, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, real estate and a variety of other industries. Junaid’s information technology knowledge and experience within various industries have allowed him to effectively lead multinational teams in addressing issues of varying complexity and translating these into business opportunities and risks.

Manish Mandhwani, Manager in Advisory Services at Ernst & Young LLP

Manish Mandhwani is a Manager in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. He has over seven years of extensive experience in Risk-based internal audit, Process documentation and control testing for SOX requirements, Enterprise risk management, and Contract management services.

Raymond Yu, Integrated Brand Manager at Dunkin' Donuts

Raymond is Brand Manager at Dunkin’ Brands. He is a customer centric leader with broad range of consumer and trade marketing background with international brands including PUMA, Hallmark, Payless ShoeSource, Gap and Banana Republic.

Throughout his roles Raymond has liaised with product, digital, insights, supply chain and other internal and external agencies to develop integrated marketing campaigns that exceed demand and sell-through expectations. Pinnacle product launches include Girl Scout Cookie Inspired Coffees (Dunkin’ Donuts); FENTY Puma by Rihanna Apparel/Footwear (PUMA); Disney Frozen Shoes/Accessories (Payless ShoeSource).

He is a creative product marketer with experience in brand strategy, product development, category management, retail marketing, digital campaigns and experiential events. Raymond is also a curious foodie, photographer and jet setter who enjoys being inspired by others every day. 


Tamie Phan, Diversity Consulting and Sourcing Manager at State Street Corporation

Tamie is currently a Diversity Consulting and Sourcing Manager at State Street Corporation. Pulling from her years of experience in working across generations, she drives the strategy for sourcing and recruiting talent from college to AVP levels. With 9 years of starting new programs, she is a motivated self-starter, creative thinker, and problem solver.

Tamie identifies critical sourcing and pipeline needs by managing the strategic partnerships with external diversity organizations and universities. She also creates the branding strategy for State Street at national conventions, local fairs, and campuses. To ensure talent matches with current and future opportunities, she maintains the diverse candidates management and tracking process.


Kroll Fu, Product Selection Manager at Wayfair

Kroll is currently a Product Selection Manager at Wayfair. Originally from Melbourne Australia, his past experiences span strategy management and operations in banking and nonprofit sector. An innovative and passionate strategy and product professional, he has years of experience in design-oriented roles. Outside of work he oversaw the operations of a pro-bono consulting firm that provides services for non-profits in Australia.

Melissa Obleada, Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager at HubSpot

Melissa is helping grow HubSpot’s culture, with a specific focus on diversity and inclusion. Melissa is also a founding member of the LGBTQ and POC employee resource groups at HubSpot.


Tiet Tran, Account Manager at Care Au Pair

Tiet is an experienced Account Specialist working with corporate as well as individual clients. Coming from a journalistic background, Tiet uses his interviewing skills to push ideas forward. Tiet believes working with his clients at a partnership level in order to enhance innovation and strengthen his relationships.

Roger Guzman, Manager of Diversity & Inclusion - The TJX Companies, Inc.

Throughout my career, I've had a number of experiences in Leadership, Management, Strategy, People Development, Budget Creation and management, and, Training. My passion is people and community development. I love it when a plan comes together and many sectors of the community benefit from it. I know how to manage a national partnership developing win-win strategies.

10:00 AM - Keynote: Being Your Authentic Self

Bill Imada

“When you’re at an intersection, you don’t always have to be looking forward, sometimes you can look left or right to find the answer” 

10:40 AM - Virtual Doppleganger

Raymond Yu

According to CareerBuilder, 70% of hiring managers use social media to screen candidates before hiring. Managing your online doppelganger is key to establishing your credentials. What does your doppelganger say about you? How does your online presence market your brand?

10:40 AM - Technology Transformation

Junaid Hoosen & Manish Mandhwani

To what extent is technology transforming the way you work? Many companies are now allowing employees to work remotely; up to 50% of employees have reported this trend. How do you leverage technology to maintain work - life (yin yang) balance, while still advancing your career?


10:40 AM - Bridging the Generational Gap

Tamie Phan & Eleana Pham

By 2019 millennials are on track to take over the workforce. From entry level to C - Suite,  connecting across multi-generations becomes a reality and a challenge. Regardless of the generation you’re in, how do you work through hierarchical barriers?


2:00 PM - Diversity Brings Ideas Forward


In January, 2018, Forbes published the most recent finding on companies with gender and ethnic diversity see above average profitability of up to 33%. How is your diverse background adding value to your work, organization and your own development.

2:00 PM - Innovative Communication

Mary Cheyne

Communication IS innovation. As we progress in this digital age, the pace of communication will continue to accelerate. How can you develop interpersonal skills while maintaining 2 way interaction?

2:00 PM - Design Thinking

Kroll Fu

Design thinking is a problem solving method that combines an understanding of human problems and a iterative process to arrive at an innovative solution. In a fast-paced world, how can Design Thinking help you unleash your inner creative genius and accelerate your career

3:00 PM - ERG Panel Discussion

Moderated by Tiet Tran featuring Roger Guzman, Melissa Obleada and more!

How do we help each other become better employers? What steps do we, as corporations need to take in order to adopt a truly inclusive and diverse community? What steps have we taken to promote a culture where employees are encouraged to become their authentic and productive selves?