Why aren't more Asian Americans making it to the top? What challenges do high-performing Asians face in building relationship capital in the workplace? Despite strong representation at elite universities and at junior and mid-management levels within a range of professions, Asians represent less than 2 percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions. What's keeping Asians from the top echelons of corporate America? This session will examine how sponsorship and advocacy are critical to success in large companies, and the implications for Asian professionals. What are the unwritten rules and strategies they need to understand to realize their full potential? Learn what sponsors look for in their proteges and how the sponsor-protege relationship plays a critical role at every career stage."
Subha Barry was most recently Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Freddie Mac where she reported to the CEO and served on the firm’s management committee. Subha was
responsible for Diversity & Inclusion, Supplier Diversity, Community Engagement and the Freddie Mac Foundation. Under her leadership, the firm launched the Executive Diversity Council, created customized Divisional diversity plans, launched an Autism Internship, built a
Women’s Cohort and structured the Employee Networks to align with organizational priorities. Previously, Subha was at Merrill Lynch for twenty
years, the first sixteen as a highly successful Financial Advisor, Branch Manager and Head of Multicultural Business Development and the last five a Managing Director and Global CDO. Subha is active in giving back to her community. She serves on the Boards of NCRW, Rice University, and Princeton Hospital, and as Board Chair of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Subha actively mentors women in her industry
and her community and has been recognized
for her leadership and accomplishments.
Sharda is a member of EY’s Private Equity Practice, serving major global clients. In her more than 29 years with EY, Sharda has held a variety of leadership roles focusing on global entrepreneurial initiatives and client serving roles. As the first CEO of EY’s award winning India Global Talent Hub in India, Sharda was instrumental in the development and implementation of the firm’s India strategy. Sharda is also an active mentor and sponsor in her community and at EY. In 1991, Sharda was the first female Partner of Indian origin at any of the Big Eight firms in the U.S. and the first female partner in the Stamford, Connecticut office. Sharda graduated as valedictorian from Sacred
Heart University with a B.S. in Accounting. She received the Gold Medal Award on the CPA Examination in 1982 in Connecticut and the Elijah Watt Sells award for being a top scorer in the U.S.
Ripa Rashid is Vice President, Global Workforce Diversity and Inclusion at Time Warner. Ripa works with leadership across the company to create and implement strategies that foster a culture of inclusion across Time Warner. Ripa serves as a subject matter expert on a wide array of diversity topics, including targeted talent and inclusion strategies for women, multicultural, LGBT and other diverse executives, and on the links between diversity, innovation and corporate performance. Ripa collaborates closely with partners across functions and divisions at Time
Warner on planning and tracking talent inclusion programs and initiatives. Ripa holds an AB cum laude in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Harvard University, an
MA in anthropology from New York University and an MBA from INSEAD. Ripa is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs. In
addition, she is a member of the Conference Board’s Global Council on Diversity and Inclusion, and the INSEAD Alumni Association’s Women’s Network.
P. Anthony Sammi
P. Anthony Sammi concentrates his practice on litigating intellectual property cases, particularly high-technology patent cases, at the trial level. With a background in electrical engineering and physics, Anthony has litigated a broad range of
matters involving software, hardware, business method and e-commerce patents as well as computer source code copyrights and trade secret misappropriation actions. His practice also includes counseling both U.S. and multinational clients on evaluating, licensing and protecting intellectual property portfolios. Representative technologies that Anthony has litigated include: digital electronics and hardware; computer software and source code (HLASM, C++); mobile telephone and VoIP technology; blood centrifuge devices; satellite on-board computer
stability systems; medical implant devices; sporting equipment; pharmaceuticals; cosmetics; MPEG video technology; Ethernet connectivity
hardware; and digital imaging and storage systems in the financial industry. Representative clients include: JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Bank One Corporation; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Motorola, Inc.; Virgin Mobile USA, LLC; Rocket Software, Inc.; AstraZeneca PLC; Benetton Sportsystem USA, Inc.; Compaq Computer Corporation; Viewpointe Archive Services L.L.C.; Trish McEvoy, Inc.; and Infra+ S.A.