Statement in Support of Secretary Elaine Chao

By December 23

On behalf of Leaders Forum, we wish to honor you and your legacy as a leader and trailblazer for all Americans. Among your many accomplishments, you were the first AAPI woman in U.S. history to be appointed to a President’s Cabinet. As both the current Secretary of Transportation and the former Secretary of Labor, under President George W. Bush, you have served your country with distinction and honor. 

The forum would also like to denounce the recent comments made about you and your Chinese heritage by a Republican candidate who ran for Congress in Maryland – and lost. Any and all disparaging comments against you and other Asian Americans which questions your loyalty to this country due to race or ethnicity is both deplorable and unacceptable.

Categorized in: Politics

Time to break a historical pattern of blame and harassment

By September 27

Daily Journal, 9/1/20

“A just society holds people accountable for what they do; it does not punish them for what they look like or where they may have come from.”

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Categorized in: Race and Civil Rights, Uncategorized

Leaders Forum Statement on Recent Strife in America

By July 7

In response to the significant strife and pain America is suffering at this time, Leaders Forum is committed to support the African American community, and in particular Black Lives Matter.  Leaders Forum will build on its community partnerships to address the challenges of racial and systemic injustice.  Through its work, our thought leader c-suite members will continue to create opportunities to make positive impact and to strengthen and sustain bridges of understanding.  Leaders Forum stands in solidarity with those on the front lines of struggle and recognizes the importance of unity, inclusion, and addressing racial injustice now and in the future.

Categorized in: Race and Civil Rights

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

By May 1

U.S. Department of Labor

“The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.”

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Categorized in: COVID-19

COVID-19 Daily Updates for Small Businesses

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Small Business Majority

“As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, we know many small businesses have questions about implications in the workplace and funding options to help bolster their businesses during this difficult time. We are compiling relevant tips and resources and information on new funding opportunities and policy developments that we are sharing on our website and through online presentations. We will be posting daily updates to this page with useful information about the ways small businesses can prepare for the impact of COVID-19 on their business and community.”

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Categorized in: COVID-19

Chinese-Americans, Facing Abuse, Unite to Aid Hospitals in Coronavirus Battle

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The New York Times, 4/5/20

“Although many have weathered racist remarks and some physical attacks over the virus, Chinese-Americans are tapping their deep social networks to procure medical supplies.”

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Categorized in: COVID-19

The financial risk to U.S. business owners posed by COVID-19 outbreak varies by demographic group

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PEW Research Center, 4/23/20

“The economic fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak has put the jobs of many American workers in jeopardy, but it has also put in doubt the economic fortunes of many of the business owners who employ them.”

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Categorized in: COVID-19, PEW

Boxed CEO Hopes to be Mentor to Johns Hopkins’ Young Entrepreneurs

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John Hopkins Technology Ventures, 12/26/19

“My first entrepreneurial venture wasn’t until I was 29, which isn’t the youngest entrepreneur on the block for a first venture … Even though I was always interested in business I hadn’t developed that entrepreneurial muscle,” he explains. After graduating, Huang went to Japan to teach English, then to law school, and to a firm in New York before entering the startup world. “When I graduated from Hopkins, I didn’t feel I had that startup community network available to me.”

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Categorized in: Uncategorized

Rep Lieu statement on PEW report that immigrates are 10 percent of U.S. 2020 Electorate

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Press Release, 2/26/20

“Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after Pew Research Center released their new report demonstrating that a record 10 percent of the nation’s electorate – 23 million Americans – are immigrants who will be eligible to vote in the 2020 elections. In their report, Pew outlines how the number of eligible immigrant voters has increased by 93 percent since 2000. Hispanic and Asian immigrants make up the majority of the immigrant electorate, comprising of 7.5 million and 6.9 million potential 2020 voters, respectively.”

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Categorized in: PEW

Co-Chair Nanci Nishimura and her partner help property owners by waiving rent for 65 retail tenants in Half Moon Bay

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The Daily Journal, 3/31/20

Joe Cotchett and Nanci Nishimura of Cotchett, Pitre, & McCarthy, LLP prominent lawyers and Half Moon Bay property owners are waiving two months rent for their tenants. Their generosity will help the local businesses during their long road to recovery. “We think it’s the right thing to do to give back to this community,” Cotchett said. During this crisis landlords have the ability to have a positive impact when tenants need it the most. “The crisis is devastating small stores up and down the coast and along our Main Street. They’re all getting hammered and landlords have to step up to the plate and share the loss.” Cotchett and Nishimura’s magnanimous actions remind us that solidarity and mutual support is the only way to get through this difficult time. This is just the beginning. They anticipate extending the rent waiver if the shelter in place order continues. Cotchett and Nishimura are also helping residential renters, and have been providing legal assistance to some of their tenants.

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Categorized in: COVID-19