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Dear Friends,

We are pleased to share with you the thirteenth C100 Asian American Career Ceilings Initiative webcast that will feature a fireside chat on the topic of “Asian American Career Ceilings: Women in Corporations” featuring Deborah Liu, CEO of and Jenny J. Ming, CEO coach/mentor, Merryck & Co; former CEO of Charlotte Russe; and Co-founder and former President of Old Navy.


Peter Young, Chair of the Initiative and a C100 Member, will be the moderator. After the conclusion of the fireside chat, there will be a Q&A session during which members of the audience may ask questions. There will also be a 30 minute networking and meet the panelist period after the one hour panel ends. The webinar will be held on June 22, 2021, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm Eastern Time / 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Central Time / 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Pacific Time. There is no fee for the webcast. Please register at


We hope you will join us. Thank you!


Best regards,

Committee of 100


Committee of 100

Asian American Career Ceilings Initiative

June 22, 2021 Webcast


▦ Topic: “Asian American Career Ceilings: Women in Corporations”


▦ Speakers:

• Deborah Liu, Chief Executive Officer,

• Jenny J. Ming, CEO coach/mentor, Merryck & Co, former CEO of Charlotte Russe, Co-founder and former President of Old Navy (1994 -2007)

▦ Moderator:


• Peter Young, CEO, Young & Partners and C100 Member


This webinar will be the thirteenth in a series of events convened by the Committee of 100 that examine the challenges facing Chinese Americans and other Asian Americans with regard to barriers to advancement in a wide variety of professions in the U.S. The goal of this initiative is to contribute to the already significant efforts of organizations and individuals who have been tackling this issue.


Asian Americans have been successful in the U.S. in terms of education and overall economic progress, but they have been very underrepresented historically when it comes to leadership positions in the U.S. Although there has been improvement over time, there is still a significant gap that has not been closed.


This event will be a fireside chat interview of two Asian American pioneers in corporate America. They will talk their view of the Asian American Career Ceiling problem, with a focus on the special challenges facing Asian American women. Jenny Ming grew up in the world of retail and Deborah Liu has done the same in technology, so we will get a diversity of perspectives from two important sectors of the economy. In addition to sharing perspectives from their person experiences, they will also comment on what they have observed more broadly. They will also talk about what each person can do to overcome the obstacles facing Asian American women.


The interview will be conducted by Peter Young, Committee of 100 member and Chair of the Committee of 100 Asian American Career Ceiling Initiative. The webinar will be one hour long. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions during the last ten minutes of the webinar and to talk directly to the panelists and to network for 30 minutes after the panel ends.


There is no fee and you can register at:


▦ Speakers:


Deborah Liu

Chief Executive Officer


Deb Liu joined Ancestry in March 2021 as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining Ancestry, Deb was a senior executive at Facebook where she created and led Facebook's Marketplace, where millions of people buy and sell from one another. She also led the development of Facebook’s first mobile ad product for apps and its mobile ad network, in addition to building the company’s games business and its payments platform, including Facebook Pay.


Named by PaymentsSource as one of the most influential women in payments and one of Business Insider's most powerful female engineers, Deb has worked in the tech industry for over 18 years. Prior to Facebook, she spent several years in product roles at PayPal and eBay, including leading the integration between the two products.


Actively involved with promoting diversity and women in tech, she is the founder of Women in Product, a nonprofit to connect and support women in the product management field. Deb serves on the board of Intuit, and she’s a seed investor and advisor to several startups. She also holds several payments and commerce-related patents.


Deb received a BS in Civil Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She lives in California with her husband and three children, and she enjoys chronicling their family adventures in her Mommy School comic.


Jenny J. Ming

CEO coach/mentor, Merryck & Co

Former CEO of Charlotte Russe

Co-founder and former President of Old Navy


Jenny J. Ming is a veteran retail CEO with extensive board experience. A frequent speaker on the future and evolution of omnichannel retail. Ms. Ming was the President and CEO of Charlotte Russe., a fast-fashion specialty retailer of apparel, footwear and accessories for young women from 2009 to 2019.


During her 20 years at Gap Inc., Ms. Ming was co-founder of Old Navy in 1994, a $8 billion brand in the portfolio, and served as the first President of Old Navy from 1999 to 2006. Ms. Ming joined Gap Inc. in 1986, serving in various executive roles in the San Francisco and New York headquarters.


Ms. Ming served on the public boards of Levi Strauss & Co since 2014, Poshmark since 2019 and Affirm since 2021. She is a member of the Audit and Nominating & Governance Committees. Serving on the private board is Paper Source since 2016, and the Advisory Board of Gorilla Commerce since 2020. Previously Ms Ming was on the Board of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plans from 2007 to 2014, and Barneys New York from 2013 to 2016. In 2020, Ms. Ming joined Merryck & Co, a leadership development company, as mentor/coach to CEOs and Senior Executives.


Ms. Ming has been honored in Business Week’s Top 25 Managers, Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, and Wall Street Journal’s 50 Women in American Business. Ms. Ming is on the Advisory Board of The World is Just a Book Away, and is a member of the San Jose State University Tower Board, advising the University President. She is a member of the Committee of 100.


Ms. Ming received her Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising from San Jose State University. In 2012, San Jose State University presented her with an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.


▦ Moderator and Chair of the C100 Asian American Career Ceiling Initiative:


Peter Young

CEO and President, Young & Partners

Committee of 100 Member


Peter Young is CEO and President of Young & Partners, a boutique investment banking firm focused on the life science and chemical industries. He manages the firm and is actively involved in client transactions and financings. Under his leadership, Young & Partners has established and maintained its position as a highly regarded firm serving the corporate strategy, M&A, restructuring and financing needs of clients worldwide. He was previously head of industry groups at Salomon Brothers, Schroders and Lehman Brothers, a senior private equity executive with J.H. Whitney & Co. and a senior member of Bain & Co., the corporate strategy firm.


Mr. Young received a BA in Economics from Yale, an MS in Accounting from NYU, and MBA from Harvard Business School where he graduated as a Baker Scholar. He is a CPA and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He serves on a number of boards of directors, both corporate and non-profit and is President and board member of Société de Chimie Industrielle, a leading life science and chemical industry non-profit organization.





The Committee of 100


The Committee of 100 (C100) is a non-profit, non-partisan leadership organization of prominent Chinese Americans in business, government, academia, and the arts founded 32 years ago.

The Committee’s purpose is to provide leadership and act as a constructive force in the dual mission of:

• Promoting the full participation of all Chinese Americans in American society and acting as a public policy resource for the Chinese-American community;

• Advancing constructive dialogue and relationships between the peoples and leaders of the United States and Greater China.

To learn more about the organization, please go to You can reach the headquarters office at 212-371-6565.




COMMITTEE OF 100 | Ensuring Full Inclusion in America, Advancing U.S.-China Relations

257 Park Ave. South, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10010

T: (212) 371-6565 | F: (212) 371-9009




22 Jun 2021
8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT

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