Taking Our Seats at the Tables of Influence

Dear Leaders Forum Consortium,

With this note, I would like to thank all those c-suite executive and founders who attended LFDC 2018 – Taking our Seats at the Tables of Influence. Your participation in representing some of the best and brightest in our community was invaluable.

To recap for those who could not join us – we started with an intimate lunch with 15 of us seated in the U.S. Senate dining room with Representative Stephanie Murphy, the first Vietnamese woman elected to Congress, and Representative Ted Lieu, who holds senior leadership positions in both the Democratic Congressional and Asian Pacific American Caucuses. We introduced them to new leaders from Chicago, San Francisco and Boston while discussing important LF goals including US cyber security, new job creation and paid family leave.

Several luncheon attendees in the Senate dining room foyer:

Several luncheon attendees in the Senate dining room foyer:
front row: Qing He, Congressman Ted Lieu, Gloria Pan, Sabrina Moyle
back row: Tejal Shah, Ankit Patel, Roger Nozaki, Tung Nguyen, Glen Fukushima, Joe Zhu, Gordon Liao, Lorna Randlett, Z Huang

Some of our members also met other senators and special guests like legendary recording artist Smokey Robinson.

After lunch we received an important briefing on the 2020 Census from John Yang who is the Executive Director of the Asian American Justice Center.

LF member Z Huang, Smokey Robinson and Leaders Forum guest Gordon Liao

LF member Z Huang, Smokey Robinson and Leaders Forum guest Gordon Liao

LF members Beesham Seecharan and Z Huang with John Yang of AAJC

LF members Beesham Seecharan and Z Huang with John Yang of AAJC

Here is why LF is focusing on the Census immediately:

  • The position for a United States Census director remains unfilled
  • 2020 will be the first year the Census moves largely online
  • Traditional door knockers for hard to reach communities will be cut in half
  • There will be only 5 AAPI languages translated in the census
  • A question about legal citizenship is scheduled to appear on the census form which is expected to negatively impact response rates from many communities including AAPIs

John also brought to our attention that roughly 1/5 of all AAPIs have come to the US in the last 7 years or less and therefore have never been through the Census process before.

Following our Census briefing, we sat down with Senators Durbin and Wyden for a salon discussion on not just the Census but also our core goals. This included job creation, cyber & election security and economic contributions/opportunities for AAPIs & women to the US.

LF member Beesham Seecharan, Senator Dick Durbin & Lorna Randlett

LF member Beesham Seecharan, Senator Dick Durbin & Lorna Randlett

Senator Ron Wyden discusses the future of the Gig economy and the need for a system of safety nets for Americans

Senator Ron Wyden discusses the future of the Gig economy and the need for a system of safety nets for Americans

Senator Ron Wyden greets LF members Z Huang and Joe Zhu

Senator Ron Wyden greets LF members Z Huang and Joe Zhu

Among other things, the senators were interested in our own AAPI stories of success as immigrants or descendants of immigrants.

The stories can be used to effectively inform future U.S. policy work.

If you would like to share your story of success and provide thought leadership on this project with other LF members please fill out our Immigrant Success Stories form.

Senate cupcakes

Senate cupcakes

We ended the day with intimate round table talks at the famous Charlie Palmer’s Steak House, sitting down with two of the nation’s most prominent reporters Ken Thomas of the Associated Press and Peter Nicholas of the Wall Street Journal. We discussed how we could increase both stories of importance and sources within the AAPI community.

Day two highlights included a tour of the US Capitol followed by an important sit down meeting with the heads of the internationally renown Pew Research Center. At Pew, we discuss our common goal of a new study on what AAPIs in the US think. The study is generally desired to be done every five years. However, it has been 7 years since the last time the study has been conducted. We will be working with the leadership of Pew to see how this goal can become a reality. Please let us know if you are interested in joining this important effort by clicking on the link above.

Artwork from inside the dome of the US Capitol

Artwork from inside the dome of the US Capitol

LF members on a private tour of the US Capitol

LF members on a private tour of the US Capitol

LF San Francisco members, Andrew Chau, Tejal Shah & Sabrina Moyle

LF San Francisco members, Andrew Chau, Tejal Shah & Sabrina Moyle

Some members also attended an event hosted by the highest ranking AAPI in the Trump Administration, cabinet member Elaine Chao, the Secretary of Transportation. The event also featured Linda McMahon, 25th Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao

Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao

Following the Secretary Elaine Chao event, some members sat down with Congressman Adam Schiff. He is the ranking member of the Congressional Intelligence committee. LF then had a reception at the stunning Penthouse of the Washington Post with the Asian Real Estate Association of America and Washington Post journalists. Leaders Forum is proud to have shared our thought leadership three years in a row with senior national reporters and editors at the Washington Post.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch

Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch

LF attendees Hanh Hua, John Hahn, Joe Zhu & Z Huang

LF attendees Hanh Hua, John Hahn, Joe Zhu & Z Huang

AREAA president Randy Char with AREAA members

AREAA president Randy Char with AREAA members

LF member Sabrina Moyle, founder of Hello Lucky, and LF attendee Gloria Pan of MomsRising

LF member Sabrina Moyle, founder of Hello Lucky, and LF attendee Gloria Pan of MomsRising

LF Member Qing He, talks to leadership of the Asian Real Estate Association of America

LF Member Qing He, talks to leadership of the Asian Real Estate Association of America

AAREA co-founder John Wong (foreground) and Washington Post Real Estate Editor, Dion Haynes talking with guests

AAREA co-founder John Wong (foreground) and Washington Post Real Estate Editor, Dion Haynes talking with guests

Washington Post White House reporter David Nakamura discusses coverage with LF members

Washington Post White House reporter David Nakamura discusses coverage with LF members.

This year LF plans to have upcoming gatherings in Chicago, Los Angeles and the SF Bay Area. We will also have a thought leaders resort weekend which will include significant others/families. Finally, we will return to DC later this year to deliver our Jobs in America & Women Set to Succeed thought leadership presentations to senators. Please keep your eye out for a meeting scheduling survey to mark your availability for our upcoming national events.

It is my hope you will join our consortium of humble leaders in helping drive impact in America for future generations. Please fill out the Leaders Forum Membership Application form if you are ready to join us.

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Many thanks and have a great summer!

Please contact me ([email protected]) or Michelle Graves ([email protected]) if you have any questions or comments.

The time to Lead is now!

Best Regards,
Lorna Randlett signature
Lorna Randlett
Founder & CEO, Leaders Forum



YEAR Event Title Agenda

Event Day 1 of 3

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

US Capitol Building
Senate Dining Room
Room S-110
Constitution Ave Entrance
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Luncheon in the Historic Senate Dining Room
Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL)
Leaders Forum attendees
RSVP Required
US Capitol Visitor Center
Room SVC-215
First St NE, Washington, DC 20515
2:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Senate Meetings
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Minority Leader
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Ranking Member, US Senate Finance Committee
Leaders Forum attendees
RSVP Required
Capitol Hill Dinner
Charlie Palmer’s Steakhouse
101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
5:15 PM – 9:00 PM
Cocktails and Dinner
Special Guests:
Ken Thomas
Associated Press
Peter Nicholas
The Wall Street Journal
Leaders Forum attendees
RSVP Required

Event Day 2 of 3

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

House of Representatives
Cannon House Office Building
27 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Exclusive Private Tour of the US Capitol
Starting point:
Office of Congressman Ted Lieu
Cannon HOB room 236
Leaders Forum attendees
RSVP Required
PEW Research
1615 L Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20036
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Pew National Research Center AAPI Luncheon Discussion
James Bell
Vice President of Global Strategy
Dan Morrison
Vice President of Communications
Mark Hugo Lopez
Director of Global Migration and Demography
Neil Ruiz
Associate Director of Migration and Global Demography
Leaders Forum attendees
RSVP Required
US Department of Transportation
West Building Atrium
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20590
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
AAPI Heritage Month Event
Hosted by
Elaine Chao (R)
Currently US Secretary of Transportation
Secretary Chao was the first Asian American Woman ever to be appointed to WH cabinet position as Secretary of Labor under President Bush
Leaders Forum attendees
RSVP Required
Optional Meeting with:
Rep. Adam Schiff
Location TBA
Must leave DOT event by 3:45 PM
4:15 PM -5:00 PM
Meeting
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Ranking Member – House Intelligence Committee
Leaders Forum attendees
RSVP Required
The Washington Post
West Penthouse, 12th Floor
1301 K. St. NW., Washington DC
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The Washington Post
Meeting and Discussion on AAPI Economic Impact, DACA & Census
Asian Real Estate Association of America
Washington Post reporters
Leaders Forum attendees
RSVP Required
W Hotel
POV Rooftop Bar
515 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Rooftop Reception
Cocktails & Heavy Appetizers
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick
House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, and Small Business (R-PA)
Leaders Forum attendees
RSVP Required

Event Day 3 of 3 (Optional)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

WHIAAPI Event
US Department of Education
Barnard Auditorium
400 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington DC 20202
9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
White House Initiative on AAPIs:
Heritage Month Official Event
Holly Ham (R)
Executive Director WHIAAPI
Leaders Forum attendees
RSVP Required