How do you understand your ethnic identity? While 'Asians' are often referred to as one demographic, in reality there are more than 20 Asian ethnicities in the U.S. with a diverse breakout of countries of ancestry. With this diversity, there is a wide range of identifiers: 3rd Generation Asian American, Immigrant, International Student, American-born Asian, or 1.5 generation Asian. Any of these can be a valid descriptor for how Asians in America might identify themselves. How does your identity drive how you interact with others? How do stereotypes and perceptions affect career mobility and success? We will explore cultural gaps that emerge in a diverse workforce as well as discuss the impact of Asian APA identity and level of acculturation on career mobility."
Vincent A. Eng
Vincent Eng is the founder of the VENG Group, a leading government relations and communications, firm in Washington DC and Los Angeles. For over a decade, Vincent has been a leader in the Asian
American and civil rights community and served as the Deputy Director of the Asian American Justice Center. Before founding the VENG Group, Vincent was at the Raben Group, where he led the Asian American practice. Vincent started his career at the U.S. Department of Justice and served as a managing editor at a large publishing firm. He currently teaches at Columbia Law School. Vincent has written and edited over ten books on various legal and political matters—including a law school casebook on sentencing. Vincent received his B.A. from Brandeis and his J.D. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from American. In 2007, he was recognized by the NAPABA as a Best Lawyer Under 40.
In his role as Senior Vice President, Jazz is responsible for driving Pfizer’s information technology strategy to meet the goals of all of Pfizer’s Business Units. He also oversees the Pfizer Digital Engagement and Mobile Solutions
Team, a key area of innovation and investment. In addition, he is responsible for improving the efficiency of the organization, including balancing
purchased vs. built solutions, balancing
internal vs. external resources, and balancing spending on operations vs. innovation. Prior to this, Jazz held the position of Vice President R&D Business Systems & Strategy at Wyeth. He was responsible for developing the strategy to meet the goals of Wyeth’s global
R&D productivity models, as well as its plans for regulatory filings and approvals. Jazz was also responsible for the Document Management Center of Excellence, the Wyeth Web Development Center, and the Business Process Management and Application Integration group. In addition, Jazz led the International Information Services and Global Systems organization at Wyeth, where he directed the information
technology program for Wyeth affiliates
in Europe, Mid-East and Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Canada. Prior to that, he led the e-Business technology group at Wyeth and served as the program lead for a Pan-European
ERP system implementation. Jazz holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Stern School of Business, New York
University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Ramapo College, New Jersey. Jazz was born in Mumbai, India and moved to the U.S. for his undergraduate studies. Jazz has also lived and worked in Europe.
Rajan Vig is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Shared Services division, based in New York. He is the
Global Head of Product Control Technology
and the Regional Americas Head of Back Office Technology (covering CFO, Operations, Risk, LCD and Human Resources IT). Rajan is the Chair of the IT Americas Asian Network, which has 700+ members, and also regional lead for the Line Manager Job Family community.
Rajan joined Credit Suisse First Boston in April 1998 in London and transferred to New York in 2001. During this time, he has worked in a variety of roles within CFO IT. Prior to this, Rajan
spent seven years at JP Morgan Chase in both the Private Bank and Investment Bank divisions, working in the UK and Singapore. Rajan holds a B.Eng in Computer Engineering from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.