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Linda Akutagawa

Linda Akutagawa is the Sr. Vice President of Resource & Business Development for Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP). She develops and implements LEAP’s marketing & sales strategy for it’s programs and services. She also manages and maintains relationships with LEAP’s diverse constituents ranging from Board members, program alumni, community organizations, corporations, student organizations, universities and employee network groups. Ms. Akutagawa speaks and presents nationally on topics such as leadership, Asian Pacific American issues, employee network groups, diversity and networking and relationship building to a range of audiences such as corporations, student groups and community and professional organizations. Previous to joining LEAP, Linda was the Marketing Manager for Japan and Orient Tours, a tour operator specializing in Asia and the Pacific. In her 16th year at LEAP, Linda received her B.S. in International Business with a minor in Economics from California State University at Los Angeles.




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Marjorie Singer

Marjorie Singer has extensive experience as a trainer, cross-cultural facilitator and coach in a variety of organizations in both the U.S. and abroad. She has facilitated workshops on topics such as: Time Management, Customer Service, Presentation Skills, Training Techniques, Emotional Intelligence, and Myers- Briggs Type Indicator. She was a Diversity Trainer, Research Associate and Program Coordinator at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); managed an HIV research program on-site in Kenya for UCSF; coached in American business cultural literacy for Korean Motorola executives; served as a Cross-Cultural Liaison for Japanese Executives from Procter & Gamble; was the Program Coordinator for a national public health leadership training program; and was a Medical Staff Trainer at Kaiser Permanente. She has 12 years experience in related fields and has extensive experience living and working in North America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caucasus. Her website is www.marjoriesinger.com

As an independent trainer for the past seven years, Marjorie works with both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. In addition, she is a certified coach working with employees at all levels in a variety of organizations who either come to her on their own or are sent to her by their organizations. She holds a Masters degree in International and Intercultural Management.

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Panney Wei

An award-winning writer, broadcaster, behavioral scientist, and motivational speaker on women’s issues, empowerment, and leadership, Panney Wei is a community activist and leader in the Asian Pacific community, newly elected as the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Statewide Secretary for the California Democratic Party and serves on the Board of Directors for influential organizations such as the American Women in Radio & Television, the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) National Senior Advisory Council, the National Association of Asian American Professionals – Orange County and San Diego, the National Asian American Artists Project, and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, volunteering her time and energy towards organizations that are making a positive impact on society. She is host-producer of the hit radio show “Positive Changes with Panney Wei” on KCAA 1050 AM, an NBC News Affiliate and “Goddess Radio” on USwebtalkradio.com, featuring interviews with NY Times Bestselling authors, experts in various fields, Hollywood luminaries, and the unsung heroes and leaders in our community with inspiring stories. Panney is also a popular TV-Radio host with appearances on NBA TV China, Discovery Channel, and Lifetime, and her show “Positive Changes with Panney Wei” is broadcast to nearly one million listeners in over 240 countries and ranked TOP 100 Best Podcasts on ITunes for Spirituality.

As the daughter of Chinese immigrants and descendant of politicians including her maternal grandfather, Albert Liu who served as a Senator for Taiwan, and one of China’s greatest military heroes and politicians, General Tso Tsung-Tang (1812-85), who ended the Taiping Rebellion and now immortalized in pop culture for the famous Chinese cuisine, General Tso’s chicken, activism runs in Panney’s blood. She is passionate about making a difference and being a positive change agent in the world. Panney is also a Certified Hypnotherapist and Life Coach, finishing a Doctorate in Naturopathy from Clayton College of Natural Health. She is the CEO of Positive Changes Consulting™, her private practice and consulting business providing professional development programs that empower the community with success strategies to create effective leaders in the world and achieve greatness in their personal and professional lives.

Much of her work is grounded in her American and Asian American heritage, leveraging the wisdom and virtues of both cultures, where her extensive travels contribute to her global view of achieving the human potential and shooting for your stars! She is the author of several audios, articles, an upcoming self-book on attracting the love of your life, and a novel. Her website is www.panneywei.com

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Timothy M. Dayonot

Timothy M. Dayonot has served three Governors, first as an aide to Governor Jerry Brown, then as the Director of the CA Dept. of Community Services for Governor Davis, a post he also held for two years under Governor Schwarzenegger.  During his six years as Director, he administered nearly $1 billion in state and federal funds.  He was the first Fil-Am to work for a California Governor and the first Fil-Am director of a California state department.

Since 1998, he has taught negotiations at U.C Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, also teaches at U.C. Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, and has taught at U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt Hall Law School.  He served as the Gov’t Relations Manager for the United Way of the Bay Area, Gov’t & Community Relations Representative for UCSF and Gov’t Affairs Manager for the S.F. PUC.

His previous civic posts include, Chair, Contra Costa Human Relations Commission; member, State Bar of CA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; Chair, Low-Income Oversight Board of the CA PUC; and member, CA Board of Accountancy.  Active in state politics, he is the N. Chair of the Fil-Am Democratic Caucus of the CA Democratic Party.  Aside from teaching, he runs a negotiation training/consulting firm, where his clients have included Northrop Grumman, Amgen and Expedia.  He holds a MPA from Harvard University and a law degree from the USF.

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