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Doris Ching

Former Vice President of Student Affairs 
University of Hawaii 

Doris Ching served the state of Hawaii for over 42 years as educator and University of Hawaii faculty and leader. She served as Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Hawaii from 1987 until 2005. Her previous positions include Assistant to the University of Hawaii President; Associate Dean of Education; Director of Teacher Corps; Associate Professor of Education; Chair, Education and International Division of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research; and middle school teacher.  Ching was the first woman of color and first Asian/Pacific Islander elected President of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and NASPA Foundation.

Her research and training grants brought millions of dollars to the University of Hawaii. She initiated numerous programs that improved student life at the university, including diversity programs, Regents and Presidential Scholarship programs, UH-Manoa Children’s Center, and Queen Lil’iuokalani Center for Student Services.

Ching currently is a commissioner on the Hawaii Judicial Selection Commission and member of accreditation teams of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  She previously served as commissioner of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) and member of Hawaii Veterans Memorial Scholarship Board of Trustees, American Red Cross-Hawaii Chapter Board of Directors, and other commissions, boards, and councils.

Ching received the EdD from Arizona State University and BEd and MEd from the University of Hawaii.  She recently co-edited Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education: Research and Perspectives on Identity, Leadership, and Success (2012).


Hines Ward

Former NFL Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers
Commissioner, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Hines Ward is one of the greatest wide receivers in Pittsburgh Steelers’ history, and many consider him the best blocking wide receiver in NFL history. Ward holds every receiving record in franchise history:  all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns; only receiver to surpass 1,000 receiving yards for four straight seasons; member of the Steelers' 75th Season All-Time Team.  A two-time Super Bowl Champion, including MVP of Super Bowl XL, Ward is a four-time Pro Bowler and only the eighth player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions.

Off the field, Ward was named the Steelers' “2008 Walter Payton Man of the Year,” featured as ABC's “Person of the Week,” and befriended two U.S. Presidents and two South Korean Presidents.  He is an honorary U.S. Goodwill Ambassador to South Korea, and has been appointed by President Obama to be a Commissioner with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  Ward has been featured on the cover of Newsweek, Time Magazine, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated, and was listed among GQ's 2009 “Men of the Year.”  His community accomplishments include founding and driving his Helping Hands Foundations in the U.S. and Korea.  Ward has spent several offseasons in South Korea on a mission to encourage social and political reform, focusing on the discrimination endured by mixed-racial children.  An active participant with numerous foundations, including the Caring Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Pearl S. Buck International, he also started his own afterschool education program in his home state, Georgia. Ward and dance partner Kym Johnson won Season 12 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.


Senator Vivienne Poy

Senator of Canada; author; entrepreneur; fashion
designer; and historian

An entrepreneur, author, historian, and fashion designer, Senator Vivienne Poy is the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Senate of Canada. She is Chancellor Emerita of the University of Toronto and the Chairperson of Lee Tak Wai Holdings Ltd.

Ms. Poy earned an Honours BA from McGill University, a Diploma in Fashion Arts from Seneca College, and an MA, and Ph.D. in History from the University of Toronto.

She founded Vivienne Poy Mode, enjoying great success in fashion design, manufacturing, and retail.

Ms. Poy is a historian who has authored five books, as well as countless publications.

Senator Poy introduced a motion whose passage was instrumental in having May recognized as Asian Heritage Month in Canada. She works closely with Asian Heritage Month Societies across Canada.

Her many volunteer positions include serving as Honourary Patron of the Chinese Cultural Centres of Greater Toronto/Vancouver, the International Centre of Winnipeg, as well as the Hong Kong Canada Business Association (Ottawa Chapter). She also works closely with Simon Fraser University's Chinese Canadian History Project, and has supported numerous leadership programs for youth.

As a result of her many achievements in politics, the community, and in education, she was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Immigrants in 2010, and has been designated as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network. Senator Poy has won numerous awards from Canada’s diverse communities, and received honorary degrees from universities in Canada and around the world.


Richard Lui

News Anchor, MSNBC and NBC News

Richard Lui is a journalist and dayside anchor on MSNBC.  Lui is also a rotating news anchor for NBC's weekendToday show and contributes reports for NBC News Investigative Unit and NBC Weekend Nightly News.

Lui was previously with CNN Headline News as the solo anchor of the 10 a.m. hour of Morning Express.  He led the morning political reporting during the 2008 Presidential election.  Lui also anchored and reported for CNN Domestic and CNN International.  When he joined CNN Headline News in 2007, Lui became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily, national cable news show in the U.S.  Mediaite has ranked Lui #101 in News Buzz on its Power Grid Influence Index of TV Anchors/Hosts.

In addition to his political and journalism work, Lui spent 15 years in business with Fortune 500 and technology companies. This included work at Oliver Wyman as well as patenting and launching the first bank-centric payment system in a Citibank carve-out he founded with fellow University of Michigan MBA alumni.

Lui has been active in community leadership for 25 years in Africa, Asia, and the U.S.  He leads pro bono strategy consulting teams and is a board member for non-profits in homeless and affordable housing.  He also speaks at events for the U.S. Department of State, Harvard, and the Aspen Institute.

Lui graduated from UC Berkeley, earned his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and is enrolled at Stanford University in its International Security program.


Ike Song

Vice President, Situational Awareness Systems, Northrop Grumman

Ike Song is Vice President of Situational Awareness Systems, Navigation Systems Division for Northrop Grumman Corporation, a world leader in the production of electronics for military and commercial applications. When it comes to the motivation that was instrumental in guiding Song’s future, an event in his father’s life proved to be a defining moment behind Song’s distinguished 27-year career.

His father was a 17-year-old English major at Korea University when the Korean War broke out. Recruited by a marine, he worked as an interpreter. As a reward, a colonel assured him immigration to the U.S. Unfortunately, the colonel was killed in combat, and the dream of a U.S. education died with him. After years of service to the U.S. embassy in Korea, Song’s father earned an invitation to bring his family to the U.S. Once there, they overcame financial challenges and bought a grocery store, where Song gained more real-world financial aptitude working alongside his father at the store than from his UCLA or Harvard MBA program.

His business management know-how enabled him to serve his community on a large scale. In response to the Los Angeles Riots, Song and his father established the African-American Korean-American Church Association, an organization devoted to reconciling the fractured relationship of the communities. His father fostered an appreciation for the African-American community, acknowledging them for paving the way for immigrants with respect to equal rights in the U.S. This framed Song’s perspective and enforced his sense of responsibility to the Los Angeles community.

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