(Phoenix, Arizona) -- Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders (ACEL) is proud to announce Mr. Richard Lui will be our keynote speaker at the upcoming Dynamics of Leadership Conference opening reception on Friday, July 8th at the Hilton Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort (Map).
Richard is a media content and digital-social specialist with 30 years of experience in television, technology, and business.
Currently, he is a journalist and news anchor for MSNBC and NBC News, and before that, news anchor at CNN Worldwide, where he became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily national news broadcast in the U.S. Most recently, Lui reported on the ground on the Paris and San Bernadino Terror Attacks and in Ferguson and Baltimore during heightened racial unrest.
Often referred to as a renaissance man of sorts, Lui is also a technologist with a wide-reaching business background, going back to the 1990s. He launched five technology brands over three technology cycles, most recently an artificial intelligence company in Silicon Valley in 2016. While at Citibank Singapore, he co-founded and patented a Visa-like payments backbone and was a management consultant at Mercer for an IBM joint venture. Lui sits on four boards of directors, and advises in spaces ranging from international relations to artificial intelligence and is a 2016 Governance Fellow for the National Association of Corporate Directors.
A first generation Chinese and Polynesian American, Lui has a unique twist in his background. His grandfather, an undocumented immigrant, filed false "Paper Son" documents to enter the U.S., (Lui’s real last name is Wong). His background affords him a unique perspective, where he applies his observations as both reporter, and at times activist, advocating for awareness on key issues such as immigration reform, gender equality, human trafficking, and civil rights. He is a Policy Fellow at the University of California, Riverside, a UN Spokesperson, U.S. State Department Traveling Speaker, and an ambassador for the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and several NGOs focusing on gender equality and human trafficking. Lui has received civil rights awards from national organizations, including the National Education Association, Advancing Justice, Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), and Who’s Who in Asian American Communities (WWAAC).
Lui graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA Honors Rhetoric, and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan with an MBA.
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