5:00 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles Salon, Level 5
As one of the most diverse regions in the United States, Southern California has seen inspiring efforts by governments, businesses, and non-profits to embrace and promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) to strengthen society as a whole. While there are still challenges and unfinished works ahead, many new and ongoing projects are a source of inspiration. In this timely in-person and off-the record program, a panel of prominent leaders in Southern California discussed the evolution of DEI initiatives in the region, identified key goals and challenges, and proposed new strategies for collaboration among various communities and businesses. The speakers also shared their personal experiences as to how they have overcome their respective challenges and created successful outcomes, as well as their thoughts on the important work that still lies ahead.
This program was the first of the JHLAF-MUFG Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Series. The second one will be held in the holiday season, and the third, in March 2023 (dates TBD).
Chief Executive Officer (retired)/ County of Los Angeles
Sachi A. Hamai was the Chief Executive Officer of Los Angeles County from December 2014 to August 2020 (Interim CEO December 2014 - October 2015). She was responsible for managing the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the nation’s largest municipal government, including the oversight of Los Angeles County’s $36.1 billion budget.
Her strong fiscal management led Los Angeles County to achieve the overall highest credit rating in its recorded history, including its most recent S&P Global Ratings increase to AAA, the highest possible credit rating available in the financial markets. Los Angeles County achieved a total of four credit upgrades under her leadership.
Chief Operating Officer of LAEDC and President of World Trade Center Los Angeles
Stephen Cheung is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of LAEDC and the President of World Trade Center Los Angeles (WTCLA). In his role as COO, he brings together the capabilities of LAEDC’s mission-delivery department areas, including: Business Assistance and Industry Cluster Development; LAEDC’s Institute for Applied Economics; Communications & Marketing; and Public Policy, into a single team that delivers the LAEDC’s critically important, public-benefit mission.
Lupita Sanchez Cornejo
Regional Vice President, External Affairs, AT&T California and Board Chair of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
A highly respected leader and business strategist — both in her executive role and among the boards and communities she serves — Lupita possesses a strong record of successfully navigating a highly regulated industry by adapting to and facilitating generations of technology advancements and innovation that are accelerating the speed of business.
Her reputation as a difference maker with outstanding ethical standards tightly align with her consistent delivery of increased revenue, shareholder value and end-user benefits. She leverages a unique ability to consensus build, negotiate, collaborate and communicate while keenly navigating complex political, legislative and corporate situations. She is consistently sought after to take on increasing level of responsibility and manage geographically and demographically diverse teams.
Herbert K. Hatanaka
Executive Director of Special Service for Groups, Inc
Dr. Herbert K. Hatanaka is the Executive Director of Special Service for Groups, Inc. SSG is a large non-profit, multi-service, multi-ethnic health and human service agency that has served the community since 1952. SSG is recognized as one of the most effective community-based providers in the areas of behavioral mental health, forensic services (justice involved), homelessness and a host of community development initiatives. With regard to the Asian Pacific Islander community SSG is one of the largest mental health and social service providers serving these communities in the nation.
Dr. Hatanaka and his colleagues are active vocal advocates for diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of government and public service. As an organization of over 1200 employees SSG strives to reflect those principles throughout it leadership and management structure and workforce.
LAPD SWAT Team Officer (retired)
Charles Joh is the first Korean American officer who was selected to the elite ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Special Weapons And Tactics. This team is the first group who “coined” the phrase SWAT and started the notion of an elite tactical team within a police department. It was formed in 1967 in response to the Texas tower shooting on a college campus in Texas and the ever increasing criminal violence throughout the city of Los Angeles.
Charles started his career as a high school teacher after college. After six years, He decided to pivot his efforts to give back to the community as a police officer instead. He worked a variety of assignments throughout his career before he applied to the elite SWAT team. He has been a trailblazer for Korean American officers to strive for previously unprecedented positions within the Los Angeles Police Department.
He has served 24 years with the Department with the last 12 years with the swat team before he retired to build his successful private training and security consulting company called Tricell USA. He now gives back to his community by training civilians and officers from all over the United States and abroad.