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CAAEN Press Release 05/19/2006

posted Dec 17, 2009, 10:14 PM by Crystal Kung

Senior Executives from Bay Area Employers To Address Asian Pacific American Employees

San Ramon, CA – The CAAEN (Corporate Asian-American Employee Network) and AT&T recently sponsored an executive panel discussion based on the theme, “Enhancing Leadership Image Through Confident Communication Styles”.  Approximately 250 guests attended the third annual event.  This was the first time the event was held at the AT&T grounds in San Ramon. Last year’s event was held in San Jose at the Intel headquarters.
The lively and open discussion about how employees of Asian Pacific American descent can succeed professionally and personally in today’s challenging workplace placed particular focus on professional image and the impact of effective communication skills.  This third major CAAEN sponsored event united Asian Pacific American employees from throughout the Bay Area.
Serving as guest speaker was Professor Preston Ni of Foothill College and senior executives serving as panelists, included:
Debbie Barba, Vice President – General Manager, AT&T Orange/Riverside Market Area
Kailesh Karavadra, Partner, Ernst & Young
Teddy De Rivera, Executive Vice President, Head of Online Customer Service Wells Fargo Company
Despite significant advances in education, where 44 percent of Asian Pacific Americans, 25 years and older, have secured a bachelor’s degree or higher compared with only 26 percent of the total U.S. population, there are only a few executives of Asian American descent within Fortune 500 companies and governmental agencies.  CAAEN is committed to promoting personal and professional development of Asian Pacific American employees through networking, sharing of best practices, community service and celebrating diversity.