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  1. 1. 9th Annual Conversity Awards Reception & Fundraiser Event “Spreading Seeds of Peace....” Program Book April 1, 2010 ProgramBookFinal.indd 1 3/29/2010 12:54:17 PM
  2. 2. The Gas CompanySM applauds the Asian Pacific American Dis- pute Resolution Center (APADRC) for its outstanding work and for giving back such positive energy to Southern California. We share APADRC’s commitment to the community. For more than 140 years, we’ve been committed to providing safe and reliable energy to the communities we serve to enhance the quality of life for us all. 9th We’re proud to be a part of this year’s 8th Annual Conversity Awards Reception and wish the APADRC continued success. © 2009 Southern California Gas Company. All copyright and trademark rights reserved. ProgramBookFinal.indd 2 3/29/2010 12:54:18 PM
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  4. 4. SponSor LiSt peaCe Maker equalitY Jeff Kichaven California Teachers Association Greenberg Traurig LLP JustiCe Sempra Energy / The Gas Company CoMMunitY Sidley Austin LLP Asian Pacific American Legal Center Southern California Law Department Gil Tong Union Bank of California Pat Brown Institute AgendA Mistress of CereMonies : Suzie Suh opening perforManCe : Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians invoCation : Rabbi Nicole Guzik, Sinai Temple WelCoMe : Olivia Samad, Board Chair thank You’s : Charles Chang, Executive Director Client storY : Dr. Wayne Chen sCholarships : Ashlee Sandoval Susan Lee Kierra Keshon Washington aWards : Excellence in Education – California Teachers Association Corporate Leadership in Diversity – Union Bank & Tisa Jackson Excellence in Mediation – Jeff Kichaven raffle draWing : MC Closing : William Tran, Board Vice-Chair ProgramBookFinal.indd 4 3/29/2010 12:54:18 PM
  5. 5. ApAdrC BoArd olivia saMad, esq., Chair gil tong, treasurer Courtney Chai, esq. Southern California Edison Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Greenberg Traurig LLP WilliaM tran, esq., viCe-Chair lily BaBa, seCretary Jyoti nanda, esq. Sidley Austin LLP Pat Brown Institute/ CSU, LA UCLA School of Law Masoud MahMoud, pe, leed ap Ken yin steWart KWoh, esq. M2 Strategic Morgan Stanley Smith Barney APALC ApAdrC StAff Charles Chang Kent Zhu eunJi Bang Executive Director Assistant Program Director Development & Program Coordinator Min Kyung suh Josephine Ferreiro Administrative Director Program Coordinator MiStreSS of CereMonieS: Suzie Suh Suzie Suh was born in South Korea, raised in Orange County and went to school in San Diego. She considers herself a true “So-Cal girl” at heart, and really learned that “there’s no place like home” while moving around the country for her job. Before joining the CBS2/KCAL9 News Team in Los Angeles as a General Assignment Reporter, Suzie worked as a reporter/fill-in anchor for the CW affiliate in Las Vegas. She also spent a few cruel but beautiful winters in Northwestern Montana where she ‘one-man-banded’ for an NBC affiliate. Suzie’s passion for broadcast journalism is rooted in two things: learning something new everyday and meeting the people who teach her those new things. From wildfires to wild car chases, she says every work day is like taking a field trip. When she’s not telling a story, Suzie enjoys spending time with her family, hip-hop and hula dancing, going to the beach, trying to golf, and eating ice-cream. Suzie is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association. ProgramBookFinal.indd 5 3/29/2010 12:54:19 PM
  6. 6. exCeLLenCe in MediAtion AwArd Jeff kiChaven, Mediator For the first time, APADRC is awarding the Excellence in Mediation Award. It was created this year to distinguish those in mediation that exemplify the best of what mediation can do for people. There are many people in different levels that practice mediation, but few have the vast knowledge and experience in mediation as well as embody its transformative power like Jeff Kichaven. Jeff ’s reputation in the mediation field and in the community makes him the ideal person to receive the Excellence in Mediation award. Jeff Kichaven is an internationally recognized speaker and writer on mediation. He is a leading voice on the ways lawyers and mediators can, and must, work together to serve clients better. He has addressed audiences of lawyers in the United States, Canada, and England for six sections of the American Bar Association (Business Law, Dispute Resolution, Family Law, Law Practice Management, Litigation and Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice). He has also addressed the Practicing Law Institute, ALI-ABA, the State Bar of California, the Texas Association of Mediators, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Wisconsin Association of Mediators, the California Center for Judicial Education and Research (“Judges’ College”), the USC Insurance Law Institute, California Continuing Education of the Bar, the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations, the national seminar series of the Negotiation Strategy Institute and many other organizations. Several of his recent articles, including the widely published “Mediation is Not for Sissies,” are included in his website. exCeLLenCe in eduCAtion AwArd California teaChers assoCiation In a dark period when funding for education is being cut at all levels, the California Teachers Association promotes the value teachers hold in the education of our children. Without all the remarkable teachers who have shaped our leaders, innovators, healers, artists and community servants, our world would lack the infrastructure to evolve and become better than the previous generation. The Excellence in Education award is given to the California Teachers Association for continuing to nurture the people who educate and support those who will shape our world tomorrow. The California Teachers Association (CTA) is California’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 325,000 public school teachers, counselors, psychologists, librarians, other non-supervisory certificated personnel, and Education Support Professionals. CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association. More than 1,100 chapters or local teachers associations are chartered as CTA affiliates. Two unique CTA Chapters are “statewide” affiliates: The California Faculty Association, the bargaining agent for professors in the California State University system and the Community College Association, representing members in 42 chapters who work in 72 community college districts across the state. ProgramBookFinal.indd 6 3/29/2010 12:54:21 PM
  7. 7. CorporAte LeAderShip in diverSity AwArd union Bank The Corporate Leadership in Diversity award is being awarded to Union Bank for promoting diversity as the best practice in banking and the corporate world. Diversity is promoted within the leadership of the bank as well as by creating policies that will allow people from all communities to access Union Bank. Tisa Jackson is the Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at Union Bank and she provides leadership in establishing diversity throughout all levels of the bank. Business - Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service commercial bank providing an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank has 340 banking offices in California, Oregon, Washington and Texas, as well as two international offices. Culture - Union Bank is guided by 2 overarching core values: Ethics and Valuing Diversity & Inclusion. It is Union Bank’s commitment to living these values while serving its clients, working with its vendors and growing its employees that keeps the bank strong even in turbulent economic times. Global Family - Union Bank is a member of a global financial institution as the primary subsidiary of UnionBanCal Corporation. The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. owns UnionBanCal Corporation and is a part of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. one of the world’s largest financial organizations. To learn more about Union Bank visit tisa JaCkson Vice President, Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Union Bank, N.A. A passionate visionary leader, Tisa Jackson found her calling more than 16 years ago and believes being a leader in diversity and inclusion is a privileged obligation. She was recently selected as one of “The Most Powerful and Influential Women in California” by the California Diversity Council. The list recognizes fifty women from the state for their contributions in their respective fields. Throughout her career Tisa has been a key architect in the creation and transformation of diversity and inclusion functions and programs within the financial services, high tech and non-profit industries for Global 100, Fortune 100 and mid-size companies including: Deloitte, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), and the Y.W.C.A. Her work has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Diversity Journal. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior and Political Communications from Emerson College in Boston, MA. ProgramBookFinal.indd 7 3/29/2010 12:54:21 PM
  8. 8. youth SChoLArShipS susan lee Susan Lee is a senior at University High School. At the age of 12, Susan’s family immigrated to America. However, living in a new country and culture without the loving support of a family system to guide her during hard times was a tremendous challenge. Her family is separated because her father continues his work in Korea to financially support her family’s livelihood and educational endeavors in America. Susan’s mother had many hardships to balance and sacrifices to make in order to give her what she never had. Susan’s mother instilled in her a strong sense of self- worth and pride with a focus on education. As the years moved on, she learned to love and understand the diverse international culture of Los Angeles which gave her new expectations and aspirations. Her family has given her the best opportunities for freedom, education and spirituality here in the United States, and supported her in all her endeavors, allowing her to be the best she can be. Susan will be attending UCLA in the fall to major in Biology. “I believe Peer Mediation serves a great purpose to fellow peers. I was able to help mediate issues that many teachers who were a lot older were unable to relate to. It is a great tool to help students because it is easier for a peer to understand what another peer is thinking. This program benefits not only peers, but teachers as well because it allows them to focus on teaching instead of adolescent issues. Through this experience, I have learned that by listening to people’s situations, I have shown respect toward their opinions.” ashlee sandoval Ashlee Sandoval is 17 years old and is a senior at University High School. She is involved in many school activities such as Track and Field, Varsity Soccer, Leadership, the Peer Mediation Program and being Co-Editor and Business Manager for Yearbook. Outside of school she is in the Los Angeles Police Department Explorers Program where she learns some police basics and participates in tactical training. She enjoys the program because she has the chance to meet new people, learn new things and keep in shape. She plans on attending a college where she will learn everything necessary to prepare her for her future career; she would like to become a police officer or a kindergarten teacher so she can protect citizens or help children at the beginning stage of their education. “Before I knew who mediators and mediations were, I would get in trouble in school, many times. At one point a teacher got upset and sent me to the dean’s office. From the Dean’s office they sent me to mediation with Mrs. Crowley, the Peer Mediation Coordinator. She explained to me how it could be an option from being suspended and put down in my records, so I volunteered to the mediation. After the mediation was done I asked her how I could make a difference in myself and she asked me if I was interested in joining the mediation program, and since it helped a lot, I would join. From that moment on I was fascinated by the program and I continue on till this point in my senior year. The program helped me open my eyes to a better way to live my life and how to help others do the same. I turned from an emotional trouble maker into a mature responsible individual. I appreciate the help I received and what I will give in my life.” ProgramBookFinal.indd 8 3/29/2010 12:54:23 PM
  9. 9. youth SChoLArShipS Continued Kierra Keshon Washington Kierra Keshon Washington is a senior attending King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science. Throughout her high school career she has been involved in over 12 different organizations, but Peer Mediation by far has been one of her unique and favorite esperiences. This is because she had the opportunity to directly help students whom she sees everyday and is close in age with. Kierra will be graduating this June and will be off to college in August. She received acceptances to thirteen various colleges, but has not made a final decision as of now. She plans to go to medical school and be a doctor in sports medicine. Her senior year and work as a Peer Mediator is coming to an end, and she feels she had an awesome experience and gained skills that she will always remember as well as skills that will benefit her throughout life. “Our community has more than enough violence, and by doing all that I can as a peer mediator to stop violence within my school, I am also helping these students to realize they can remain peaceful and don’t have to result to violence outside of school as well. Peace, respect and harmony are all things our community lacks, but is a goal that needs to be met. I know bigger steps will be needed to bring peace to all of Los Angeles, and ultimately the world, but through peer mediation, I am taking one step closer to spreading peace and accomplishing that goal.” entertAinMent Fernandeño tataviaM Band oF Mission indians Pukúu Cultural Community Services In honor of American Indian Heritage Month, the Department of Cultural Affairs awarded Pukúu Cultural Community Services a grant to host a MusicLA program for the City of Los Angeles. For this program, Pukúu offered 10 music classes to students of American Indian, Latino, Caucasian and mixed ancestry. During these free sessions, elementary, middle, and high school students learned how to make their own gourd instruments to sing and dance to the traditional birdsongs of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians. Through Pukúu and the MusicLA classes, the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians helped spread cultural awareness and foster an important sense of Los Angeles’ rich native history. ProgramBookFinal.indd 9 3/29/2010 12:54:24 PM
  10. 10. MonetAry donAtionS paCiFiC asian Counseling serviCes sharon BoraK Karen & alan pyenson traCy l. allen Willian & sandra goodgliCK alan s. rutKin sharon & alex BasKin olivia goodKin dale sChatZ leonard & Joy Baxt Janet r. halBert Martha and stuart sChMitZ gordon & elaine BerMan MiChael & Maria hornaK teresa yang MarK & shirley BilField Myrna oKen JiM & diane Berliner John phillips in-kind donAtionS BradFord renaissanCe portraits Westin Bonaventure hotel and suites roWley portraiture espaCe design and ConstruCtion, inC. ZiMMer Children's MuseuM golF n’ stuFF opi produCts, inC. oMni los angeles hotel gold's gyM los alaMitos raCe Course John Cassese- "the danCe doCtor" WarsZaWa polish Cuisine Martha JaMeson- uCla dept oF athletiCs dave and Busters Craig springer- Cerritos Center real Mex restaurants elio's Fitness For suCCess the CheeseCaKe FaCtory Brent's deliCatessen & restaurant pinK's FaMous hot dogs the CoMedy & MagiC CluB yard house dandy don's iCe CreaM the los angeles dodgers MuseuM oF toleranCe tasty garden restaurant Japanese aMeriCan national MuseuM staples Center Foundation santa MoniCa yoga san antonio Winery la Mirada theatre For the perForMing arts eilat BaKery sKirBall Cultural Center iMprov thAnk you.... Assembly member ted lieu for supplying certificates for all our awardees and scholarship recipients. suZie suh for taking time out of her busy schedule to continue to MC our event. asian paCiFiC aMeriCan legal Center for allowing the use of the Community Room for our event. Our fantastic interns without whom we could not exist. ProgramBookFinal.indd 10 3/29/2010 12:54:25 PM
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  12. 12. Jeff, Congratulations on this well-deserved honor. f I am proud to call you my son-in-law. Sylvia Rubin ProgramBookFinal.indd 12 3/29/2010 12:54:25 PM
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  14. 14. Dear Jeff, Congratulations on receiving the Excellence in Mediation award. Your wisdom, understanding and compassion enrich our community. We treasure our friendship. With love, Laurie Levenson and Doug Mirell Susan Jacoby Stern and Joel Stern ProgramBookFinal.indd 14 3/29/2010 12:54:26 PM
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  20. 20. Congratulations to our friend Jeff Kichaven from Bill & Anna Tenenblatt Regina Stagg & Joel Feuer Congratulate Jeff On This Wonderful Award. (We also thank him for his great services as a fantastic basketball coach!) ProgramBookFinal.indd 20 3/29/2010 12:54:32 PM
  21. 21. Jeff- Congratulations on CONGRATULATIONS a very well-deserved honor. Ilyanne Mike With Love, Gregory The Sacher Family Jeremy Manny & Suzanne Congratulations to CONGRATULATIONS Jeff Kichaven, TO JEFF KICHAVEN a skillful, persistent, insightful & articulate promoter irene C. Warshauer of excellence in attorney * Mediator * arBitrator mediation. 60 East 42nd Street - Suite 3403 New York, New York 10165 Deborah Rothman, Esq. Phone: 212.695.1004 Mediator & Arbitrator ProgramBookFinal.indd 21 3/29/2010 12:54:33 PM
  23. 23. The California TeaChers assoCiaTion is proud To supporT APADRC The asian paCifiC ameriCan dispuTe resoluTion CenTer aT Their ninTh annual ConversiTy awards reCepTion honoring California TeaChers assoCiaTion Excellence in Education jeff kiChaven Excellence in Mediation union bank Corporate Leadership in Diversity CTA/NEA represents more than 325,000 educators in California public schools, colleges and universities ProgramBookFinal.indd 23 3/29/2010 12:54:34 PM
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  25. 25. Southern California Edison is proud to support the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center 9th Annual Conversity Awards Reception and salutes APADRC’s dedication to improving relationships in the community. SCE congratulates the 2010 award recipients. ProgramBookFinal.indd 25 3/29/2010 12:54:35 PM
  26. 26. is a proud sponsor of the APADRC’s Ninth Annual “Conversity” Awards Reception and congratulates all of tonight’s honorees The Sidley Austin Foundation is funded solely by Sidley Austin LLP, an international law firm, to further the firm’s commitment to the community and to public service. ProgramBookFinal.indd 26 3/29/2010 12:54:35 PM
  27. 27. You are an inspiration. You are quick to reach out to those in need. You selflessly give of your time. You make a positive difference in our community one kind act at a time. For your inspired example, we salute you. Union Bank is proud to sponsor the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center. Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Tisa Jackson, Vice President, (213) 236-5318 ©2010 Union Bank, N.A. Visit us at ProgramBookFinal.indd 27 3/29/2010 12:54:35 PM
  28. 28. With Thanks to My Friends at APADRC Jeff KICHAVEN “The Way Mediation Ought To Be” 888-425-2520 ProgramBookFinal.indd 28 3/29/2010 12:54:35 PM