Connect, Communicate, Network and Exchange ideas with fellow professionals of Asian origin at Connect Asia - Spring 2017.

Connect Asia is a unique platform organized by IAM that aims to bring together Corporate Employee Resource Groups and Asian Organizations under one umbrella to promote Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity in Corporate leadership. Through this event, we also celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

This year, our overarching theme is “Diversity: the art of thinking independently together- Malcom Forbes. The event will kick start with a Social Hour and follow with an address by our Keynote Speaker, Panel Discussion, a fascinating story-telling skit by the renowned artist Zaraawar Mistry and Dinner.



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Asheesh Saksena is the Chief Strategic Growth Officer for BestBuy. With more than 20 years of experience in creating and leading strategic growth, Mr Saksena served as the executive vice president of strategy and new business development at Cox Communications, one of the nation’s leading cable television providers.

Prior to that, he was the deputy chief strategy officer for Time Warner Cable. He has also held leadership roles at Accenture and Tata Group. Mr. Saksena holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from BITS Pilani (India) and an MBA from the University of Delhi.


Panel Discussion will address a wide variety of topics including Active Citizenship and Entrepreneurs as Role Models, Addressing Visa and Immigration Issues in today’s charged climate, Gender Diversity as well as Role of ERGs in fostering work culture changes.


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Hitesh Patel is the Vice President, Technology - Home, Connectivity, Geek Squad Services & Five Star China at BestBuy. In this role he has defined and implemented the Mobile Technology strategy across the USA, Canada and Europe for BestBuy Mobile and Carphone Warehouse. Prior to BestBuy, he has held executive roles in Carphone Warehouse, Glencore as well as Ernest & Young.

He holds an MBA from Birmingham University and a Computer Science degree from De Montfort University, Leicester



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Meghan Condon is a Managing Director at Accenture - from defining company strategies to business process design and implementation to large-scale, complex IT program delivery.

Meghan currently focuses on retail clients where she has worked in a number of functional areas - call center, marketing, and repair services. She has previous experience in telecommuncations with a focus on billing and account management. Meghan holds an economics degree from University of St. Thomas.


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Veena Lakkundi is the Vice President of 3M Compliance and Business Conduct and Chief Compliance Officer. She was most recently a Global Business Director in 3M’s Industrial business group and led the overall management of the Specialty Solutions tape business with operations in 70+ countries. Prior to taking on this role in 2015, she was the first female 3M Managing Director in Indonesia.

Her strong business acumen, people leadership style and customer first attitude have enabled her to succeed in a broad range of roles in Engineering, Technical Service, Sales and Marketing Management, Six Sigma and senior business leadership. Veena holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.


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Yone Dewberry is Chief Supply Chain Officer at Land O’Lakes. Prior to this role, Yone was the SVP, Supply Chain and Procurement of Land O’Lakes. Before joining Land O’Lakes, he spent 12 years traveling extensively throughout the world as a supply chain consultant and for 15 years working for fast moving consumer goods and chemical companies. Yone earned his MBA from Lehigh University and his bachelor’s from the University of Pennsylvania.



Panel Discussion will be moderated by Dr. Bruce Corrie and the goals for this Event include: Build a strong and cohesive community of professionals of Asian Origin Network & share best practices with Asian Employee Resource Groups Engage with Minnesota State Government agencies such as CAPM


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Dr. Bruce Corrie, a longtime faculty member, an Associate Vice President for University Relations and International Programs at Concordia University. Bruce works to build community and governmental relationship for university’s international programs. Bruce is well known in the community for his work on economic contributions of immigrants and minorities and his research has been featured in the national and local media.  Bruce earned a bachelors in Economics from St. Edmund’s College Shillong and Master’s in Economics from North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong. He earned his PhD in Economics from University of Notre Dame.



Panel Topics

  • Work life Balance

  • Professional Development

  • Networking

  • Unconscious Bias

  • Corporate Citizenship

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