Toni Ko, Keynote Speaker
Toni Ko led the first act of the conference with her keynote presentation. In her presentation, she spoke with great insight over the lack of female executives and the choices that face many young female professionals who are currently progressing through their careers now. Ko focused on the "secret sauce" of past female executives, debunking the myths that are associated with rising female leaders as well as the challenges she faced along the way.
Against All Odds Panel
Building off the momentum of Toni Ko was the Against All Odds Panel featuring a line up speakers beyond the worlds of Finance and Accounting. The panelist focused on their own challenges and struggles as they rose through their careers, and the risks that faced them as they were progressing in their careers.
Moderated by Giselle tongi, Host of Kayabayan Today, and Joseph Cruz, Tax Partner at EY, LLP, the panel captured the attention of the audience and invigorated them with passion.
David Tupaz, Haute Couture Designer
Founder of Las Vegas Fashion Design Council
Mia McLeod, Founder of McLeod & Associates
Honorable Mark Pulido, Council Member
Former Mayor of the City of Cerritos
ISFFA, in cooperation with the AICPA, awarded $10,000 of merit-based scholarships to four outstanding students who showed great potential of becoming certified public ACCOUNTANTS> ISFFA has provided over $35,000 in scholarships since its inception, and provided opportunities to over 30 students to attend the annual AICPA Leadership Conference.
Recipients (Left to Right)
- Gracie Tirado, Cal State Long Beach
- Tien Dang, Cal State Long Beach
- Hank Hsiao, Cal State Northridge
- Kyla Tamondong, Cal State Long Beach
Presented by Dr. Winterhalter (Far Left), ISFFA National Chair 2016-2018 and Clarizza Mullins, ISFFA Scholarship Coordinator
Investing Advice from Doug Foreman
Doug Foreman, CFA, is the Chief Invesetment Officer for Kayne Anderson Rudnick, with a career that has lasted over three decades. For those of us interested in getting involved with investing as well as those of us who have, Doug Foreman shared with us investment advice from the lens of his career in investing, debunking myths from the latest headlines and the forecasts to watch out against.
Why Mentoring and Networking Matters
Vivian Ramos, Director of Factset Research Systems, brought the conference together with a workshop focusing on mentorship and networking. The idea of a "Mentee Driven" relationship was pointed out by Ramos, wherein the Mentee is the one that determines the speed at which they experience growth opportunities. Building off the idea of mentorship, Ramos also shared a couple of tips on how to build relations in formal networking settings and informal situations.
Benel Se-Liban, Moderator
“Mentorship or leadership has nothing to do with number or can be evaluated. It is all about a total of who you are, who you will become, and what type of leader you can be.”
Janelle So, Moderator
The afternoon programming featured a panel rich in seasoned executives. Focusing on career aspirations as well as how they got there, the panelist shared stories on how they were, and still are, mentored. How they started relationships with their mentors and how mentors weighed in on challenging and tough decisions were some of the highlights from the panelists.
The panel was moderated by ISFFA Founder Benel Se Liban, Partner at Vasquez & Co, and Janelle So-Perkins, Producer, Entrepreneur, and Media Pioneer - So Janelle.
Panelists Kathy Lai, Vincent Ofrecio, and Miguel Sangalang
(From Left to Right) The Mentoring Circle Panel was presented by
Moderator Benel Si-Liban - Partner, Vasquez and Company
Panelist: Kathy Lai - Audit Partner, Crowe Horwath
Panelist: Vincent Ofrecio - Vice President, AIG Japan
Panelist: Miguel Sangalang - Executive Officer, Budget & Innovation – Officer of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Panelist: Catherine Rodriguez - Chief Financial Officer, County of Ventura
Panelist: Philomena Pena - Assistant Director of Treasury, Universities of California
Moderator Janelle So-Perkins - Filam Media Pioneer, TV Host, Producer, and Entrepreneur
THE SECOND NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Was met with resounding success, bringing together the Filipinos and friends of the community in to one large hallmark. We thank all the sponsors for their support, participants for their patronage, and the volunteers who helped make the event a reality.
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CERRITOS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Our event was hosted at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, a venue that caters to large spectacles including conferences, musicals, theater, and more.