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Entrepreneur Tran Tran builds employment with award-winning business, startups with Dynamics of Leadership conference

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When Tran Thi Huyen Tran immigrated to the United States in 1975, her own business was not yet in sight. At the time, she was a young child who had just fled Vietnam with safety, but very little else. But she would quickly learned English, later earning her degree in business communication from Cal State Long Beach.

Fast forward 26 years from her first day in the U.S. and Tran would establish Axis Employment Services, a highly successful company that provides staffing solutions to job seekers and businesses. Since 2001, the company has changed lives for many in need of careers, whether temporary or full-time.

On July 8, Tran will be bringing her expertise to the ACEL's 2017 Dynamics of Leadership conference to change the lives of budding business owners, as well. Alongside a panel of other successful entrenpreneurs, she will discuss the best strategies behind "Initializing Your Startup," and how to deal with failures and the unknown.

Tran's journey into entrepreneurship has earned her company Top 25 Minority Business Awards through the Phoenix Business Journal since 2006. In addition, Axis Employment Services has been named a Top 10 Minority Owned Company by Republic Media from consecutively from 2013 to 2016.

She is the proud mother of two sons, Harrison and Bennett Appell, and the wife to her wonderful husband, Glenn.

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Early Bird Before 5/31/2017


General Registration After 5/31/2017

Conference Kickoff Reception (Fri, July 7, 7-9pm) | Keynote Speaker: Svetlana Kim, Author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee

$30.00


$40.00

Gala reception, dinner, and event (Sat., July 8, 6-9pm)

$100.00


$120.00

DAY PASS: Saturday Conference (Sat, July 8) | Access to 12 workshops/seminars, breakfast, lunch & Dinner Gala

$200.00


$290.00

DAY PASS: Sunday Conference
(Sat., July 9) | Access to 6 workshops/seminars & breakfast

$95.00


$120.00

ALL-INCLUSIVE PASS: Best Deal!** (Friday, July 7 - Sunday, July, 9) | Full Access to Reception, Conference and Gala Event

$250.00


$400.00

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Attire: Business professional/Semi-formal.
All tickets are non-refundable. All payments must receive by 4 p.m. on July 1st, 2017 to guarantee your seat.

Attending our #‎DynamicsOfLeadership2017, but need a hotel?

We have you covered when you reserve a room with Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.

Special pricing is available for our event, $69/night +tax for a Standard 2-bed room.

Reserve your room by June 16th 2017 to guarantee the special pricing.

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Dynamics of Leadership speaker Elizabeth Greene proves anyone can create positive cultural change

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As the force behind company culture, Elizabeth Greene can aptly be described as a mover and shaker in the field of law. On July 8, Greene will bring her proven expertise to ACEL’s 2017 Dynamics of Leadership Conference, where she will discuss “Building a Strong Organizational Culture.”

For the past two years, Greene has served as the assistant director of human resources at Fennemore Craig, P.C., a regional law firm for businesses. There, she focuses on building a team-based culture in a company in a field where time is often seen as money — a perception that she said makes her extra passionate about making a difference.

“Time not working on a client matter is time wasted,” Greene said of the law industry’s predominant culture. “They’re not making money. So how do you create a culture of compassion and commitment in an environment where we run on every minute as a dollar? I am actively working toward creating a greater sense of compassion for people versus the time.”

With learning development being a relatively untouched resource for law firms, Greene is paving the way for new opportunities in communication. Enhancing culture, she said, will enhance the future of law businesses.

“The culture sets the tone, in my mind, of how you’re going to operate externally and how you’re running internally,” Greene said. “To me, it’s an exciting topic because I’ve been a part of so many types of industries and I’ve seen different types of culture.”

At the conference, Greene said she hopes attendees take away one major point: everyone has a voice in a company’s culture.

“You have the power to create change,” Greene said. “You might be in an environment where you’ve got a culture of compliance… I want to provide examples and have some direct application of things that you can do whether you’re at the ground level and you feel like you don’t have a say, or you are in charge.”

With her talk, Dynamics of Leadership attendees will gain valuable knowledge on how to actively build collaboration through culture — even if it has to be from scratch.

“People do listen,” Greene said. “It’s just coming at it in the right way.”

Greene holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies and a master’s degree in business administration. She has 15 years of experience in learning development professions, including international positions within Cold Stone Creamery and Make-A-Wish Foundation, and a wealth of knowledge in human resources.

Greene is currently involved in ACEL’s Mentorship Program and has been a wish-granting volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for eight years.

For more information about the event, please email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit http://acelphoenix.org/blog/453-registration-is-now-open-2017-dynamics-of-leadership-regional-conference-

Conference Registration

Early Bird Before 5/31/2017

General Registration After 5/31/2017

Conference Kickoff Reception (Fri, July 7, 7-9pm) | Keynote Speaker: Svetlana Kim, Author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee

$30.00


$40.00

Gala reception, dinner, and event (Sat., July 8, 6-9pm)

$100.00


$120.00

DAY PASS: Saturday Conference (Sat, July 8) | Access to 12 workshops/seminars, breakfast, lunch & Dinner Gala

$200.00


$290.00

DAY PASS: Sunday Conference
(Sat., July 9) | Access to 6 workshops/seminars & breakfast

$95.00


$120.00

ALL-INCLUSIVE PASS: Best Deal!** (Friday, July 7 - Sunday, July, 9) | Full Access to Reception, Conference and Gala Event

$250.00


$400.00

Group Discount is Available, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information 

All conference registrations must be purchased online with a credit or debit card. Once you RSVP through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , an email with a PayPal link for payment will be sent to the address that you provide when you RSVP. Your registration will be confirmed by an email sent to the same address after we receive your payment. Please ensure that your email address is correct when registering.

Attire: Business professional/Semi-formal.
All tickets are non-refundable. All payments must receive by 4 p.m. on July 1st, 2017 to guarantee your seat.

Attending our #‎DynamicsOfLeadership2017, but need a hotel?

We have you covered when you reserve a room with Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.

Special pricing is available for our event, $69/night +tax for a Standard 2-bed room.

Reserve your room by June 16th 2017 to guarantee the special pricing.

We have locked in that special pricing at $69/night!! This link will be available until July 16th, 2017. Make sure to book your room today!!!

Use this direct link provided by Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino:

https://reservations.travelclick.com/75936?groupID=1763179

Or call 1-800-946-4452 and mention ACEL special pricing.

Click here to become a member today!

For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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ACEL's vision is to be the proving ground for Asian American Professionals, forging leaders of tomorrow through professional development, cultural awareness, community service and mentorship. To learn more about our member benefits or if you would like to join the ACEL family, you can visit http://www.ACELeaders.org

 

 

Executive Turned Entrepreneur Rebecca Okamoto Will Show You How to Turn Your Pitch Into a Tell Me More Moment at ACEL Conference this July

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Rebecca Okamoto climbed high on the corporate ladder of success with consumer goods giant, Procter & Gamble, as the first Asian American woman to reach a senior manager level at P&G in the Supply Chain and the first woman of Japanese descent to run a supply chain in Japan. However, at what would appear to be the height of her career, she made a drastic shift and launched Evoke.Pro, a virtual mentorship and leadership development consultancy. When asked about what prompted that pivot, she replied, “I know it may appear to be a drastic shift on paper, but in my mind I just really focused on people – and that’s always what I’ve been passionate about.”

Armed with a passion for mentorship (especially for Asian Americans, and women), Okamoto delivers talks and workshops for companies and community groups, inspiring her audiences to be tenacious while in pursuit of their goals.

As she reflected on her own path to success, Okamoto described how a former manager and mentor helped transform her from an unremarkable manager, to a great leader. “He gave me a job I did not want, he put me in charge of safety for a plant with over 650 staff members. It was a difficult job, and he gave me a nearly impossible goal. But within a year, I not only met that goal, I exceeded it,” she recalled. “He helped me unlock my potential, and led me to see the impact I had on the lives of others.” She sees her role as mentor and leadership coach as but one way to pay that gift forward, by helping others to unlock their potential, and helping others to overcome barriers.

As a 3rd generation Japanese-American (Sansei), Okamoto recalls that her parents and extended family had always modeled strength and resilience. Her mother, a physician, was one of the first female doctors in Japan, and also a Hiroshima survivor; her father was the first Japanese American Lutheran minister and had the first Japanese mission church in Los Angeles; she also mentioned how distant relatives were interned in camps during WWII, and how that history set the precedence for deeply entrenched values of courage, grit, and tenacity. “They taught me how important it is to fulfill our potential, in order to help others fulfill theirs. I was always taught to never give up,” she said. “While I was always timid, I was raised not to be a quitter; failure was not an option.”

“It’s important for Asian-Americans to understand that it’s possible to be vibrant, and humble at the same time,” she said. “When you choose to speak up and do the right thing, you stay true to your values, and you’ll rise in your career at the same time.”

For more information about the event, please email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit http://acelphoenix.org/blog/453-registration-is-now-open-2017-dynamics-of-leadership-regional-conference-

Conference Registration

Early Bird Before 5/31/2017

General Registration After 5/31/2017

Conference Kickoff Reception (Fri, July 7, 7-9pm) | Keynote Speaker: Svetlana Kim, Author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee

$30.00


$40.00

Gala reception, dinner, and event (Sat., July 8, 6-9pm)

$100.00


$120.00

DAY PASS: Saturday Conference (Sat, July 8) | Access to 12 workshops/seminars, breakfast, lunch & Dinner Gala

$200.00


$290.00

DAY PASS: Sunday Conference
(Sat., July 9) | Access to 6 workshops/seminars & breakfast

$95.00


$120.00

ALL-INCLUSIVE PASS: Best Deal!** (Friday, July 7 - Sunday, July, 9) | Full Access to Reception, Conference and Gala Event

$250.00


$400.00

Group Discount is Available, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information 

All conference registrations must be purchased online with a credit or debit card. Once you RSVP through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , an email with a PayPal link for payment will be sent to the address that you provide when you RSVP. Your registration will be confirmed by an email sent to the same address after we receive your payment. Please ensure that your email address is correct when registering.

Attire: Business professional/Semi-formal.
All tickets are non-refundable. All payments must receive by 4 p.m. on July 1st, 2017 to guarantee your seat.

Attending our #‎DynamicsOfLeadership2017, but need a hotel?

We have you covered when you reserve a room with Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.

Special pricing is available for our event, $69/night +tax for a Standard 2-bed room.

Reserve your room by June 16th 2017 to guarantee the special pricing.

We have locked in that special pricing at $69/night!! This link will be available until July 16th, 2017. Make sure to book your room today!!!

Use this direct link provided by Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino:

https://reservations.travelclick.com/75936?groupID=1763179

Or call 1-800-946-4452 and mention ACEL special pricing.

Click here to become a member today!

For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

###

ACEL's vision is to be the proving ground for Asian American Professionals, forging leaders of tomorrow through professional development, cultural awareness, community service and mentorship. To learn more about our member benefits or if you would like to join the ACEL family, you can visit http://www.ACELeaders.org

 

 

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