Voices of the Outstanding 50, “Being a Mentor: Benefits and Pitfalls”
It’s been well recognized that mentorship is an important contributor to the success of young professionals. AABDC is introducing the Business Mentorship Network to create a pathway for talented Asian Americans to connect with, and learn from, other Asian Americans with a proven track record of success.
As part of its Voices of the Outstanding 50 series, AABDC is inviting past honorees with extensive professional experiences to share their insights on mentoring with members of the Outstanding 50 Network who have signed up to be mentors and with potential mentors.
Join us for an evening of insightful conversations on mentoring and learn more about the Business Mentorship Network.
1) How does a successful mentorship program empower an organization and its employees?
2) What are the challenges an organization could face internally in building a successful mentorship program?
3) How will AABDC’s Business Mentorship Program extend the benefits for both mentors and mentees while helping to steer away from pitfalls?
To create a dialogue on what an effective mentorship program looks like to create pathways for talented Asian Americans.
To provide advice and testimonies from successful mentors and mentees.
To provide an overview and guidelines to mentors participating in the Business Mentorship Program.
Gather inputs and answer questions from the BMN mentors.
(Retired) Vice President, IBM
Advisor/Coach, IBM and r4 Technologies
At age 16, Lucy left Hong Kong – alone – for Saskatchewan, Canada, to pursue her education. Upon graduation, she began a remarkable 36-years career with IBM Corporation. She held leadership positions in product design and development, complex systems integration, professional services, sales and business development.
In the mid 90’s, she led a first-of-a kind project to design, build and deploy the first digital television broadcast distribution system for Warner Bros. It earned IBM its first Emmy. IBM also gave Lucy an Outstanding Technical Achievement Award.
In Sales, Lucy developed strategic ties by embracing future vision, creating an environment of excellence and innovation and infusing a culture of partnership. In 2013, she was elected to the IBM Industry Academy, an elite group of experts who drive industry and influence growth inside and outside IBM.
Lucy is among the first IBM executives to go to Ghana to work with government, business and NGO stakeholders to promote more efficient revenue management. She is on the Board of Advisors, Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), and on the Board of The Possibility Project.
In 2006, The Asian American Development Center named Lucy one of 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business. In 2015, Girls Inc. of Westchester gave her its Power of the Purse Award. In 2016 she was Honoree of the Year of the Chinese American Planning Council.
In October 2015 Lucy retired from IBM as a Vice President in IBM Financial Services, but rejoined IBM in May 2016 as an advisor/coach. She is on the Leadership Council of an early-stage artificial intelligence company which mission is to drive profit growth for its global clients.
(Retired) Tax Partner at PwC, Chinese Business Network
Deborah Lee is a respected partner of the Chinese tax practice in the Los Angeles office of PwC. Her clients count on her vision to navigate the complexities of multinational business in both China and the US. Her more than 20 years experience gives her the depth of experience her clients trust to deliver U.S. domestic and international income tax services to corporations, partnerships and individuals. Deborah specializes in cross-border investment consultation, international tax and structuring planning for Chinese Corporations’ investment in the United States as well as U.S. Corporations’ investment in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. Deborah advises her clients on strategy and tax planning on the cross-border transactions including mergers and acquisitions, US and China joint ventures, transfer of intangible property ownership, transfer pricing, US real estate investment, and international estate and gift tax. She assists her clients in negotiating with the tax authority on income tax audit, appeal, advance pricing agreement and
ruling request in the US. Deborah received her Bachelor of Laws from National Taiwan University and Master of Professional Accounting from University of Texas at Arlington. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Board of Directors of Sino-American Certified Public Accountant Association. Deborah serves on the Women United Cabinet of United Way, Los Angeles Chapter. She is the Executive Vice President of Ascend, Los Angeles Chapter, a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of Pan-Asians in management and leadership via mentorship. Deborah is admired for not only how she leads her high growth business but for her work in the community in creating pathways out of poverty for those that she serves.
Chief Financial Officer
Stoli Group Namita Malik is a finance executive with 20 years of experience in alcohol beverage industry in US and globally. She is a passionate, authentic leader with proven track record of driving sustainable results, delivering organizational transformations and shaping business culture. She has led businesses ranging from $500M to $4.5Billion. She is currently global CFO of Stoli Group since Dec 2018. Stoli Group is a company that is fast expanding its footprint from a vodka company to a premium alcohol beverage company with rapid innovations and acquisitions across tequila, rum, bourbon and wine. Namita is passionate about nurturing and developing talent with extensive mentoring experience. “I couldn’t have got to where I am in my professional career, without the support, advice, encouragement and inspiration from many individuals along the way. I can only hope to give back to others in the same way. I strongly believe mentoring is a two-way street – beyond the satisfaction of helping others, the mentor stands to gain as much through experiences and perspectives gained through these interactions”. Outside of work, Namita is a busy mom of 2, who balances her love for her family and work with a love for the outdoors. She is an avid global traveler and a newly minted triathlete who completed her first Half IronMan (70.3 Miles) race last year. She is also the Recipient of 2019 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business award.