Connect Asia 2017

Connect Asia 2017, IAM’s annual event organized in Partnership with Best Buy was a roaring success story of great networking, encouraging mentors, a powerful speech by the keynote speaker Asheesh Saksena, Chief Strategic Growth Officer, Best Buy, as well as an enthralling panel discussion about diversity within the corporate climate and culture. The event was sold-out with over 220 people and represented by more than 50 corporate and non-profit organizations.

Connect Asia, a unique platform organized by IAM, aims to bring together Corporate Employee Resource Groups and Asian Organizations under one umbrella to promote Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity in Corporate leadership.


Held at the sprawling Best Buy Corporate Campus on Penn Avenue, Richfield, Connect Asia 2017 also celebrates the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. This year, our overarching theme was “Diversity: the art of thinking independently together” – a quote by the famous American entrepreneur Malcom Forbes. The event kicked off with a Social Hour, followed by the Keynote Speech, Panel Discussion, a fascinating story-telling skit by the renowned artist Zaraawar Mistry and Dinner.

The keynote speaker’s speech focused on the diversity of though – every person is a new door to a different world he said. The myriad differences a team brings to the table guarantees success. The panel focused on corporate culture and had some great tips and advice for the folks in attendance – speak up and don’t wait to be asked, get out of your comfort zone and if you are a leader, try to know more about your colleagues and don’t make decisions based on fear.

The panelists included Yone Dewberry, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Land O’Lakes, Veena Lakkundi, Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at 3M, Meghan Condon, Managing Director at Accenture and Hitesh Patel, Vice President, Technology at BestBuy.

The Panel Discussion was moderated by Dr. Bruce Corrie, faculty member, Associate Vice President for University Relations and International Programs at Concordia University.

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