May Asian Heritage Month
The C-Factor: Leveraging your bi-cultural identity to succeed in America's business eco-system
In Seeking the Power of Different, Robert prefers to refer to the US as a “stir-fry” instead the "melting pot" cliche, as he believes we should retain our individual cultural identities while combining them into a synergistic personality and business acumen. His thirty year journey led by curiosity and passion for all things Asian has transformed him from a Southern Californian Chef into a world citizen, award winning author, TV show host and successful global entrepreneur. Along the way he has become a colorful mixture, retaining his US identity while incorporating life lessons and cultural attributes from his family and friends around Asia. Robert will share his thoughts on how you can retain your authentic personal culture while adapting and excelling in American business culture.
5.30 pm – 6:00 pm: Registration and networking
6:0 0pm – 6:30 pm: Keynote Speaker
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Panel Discussion
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Networking and hors d'oeuvres
Chef Robert Danhi
Chef Robert Danhi
Curator of Cultures Chef Robert Danhi’s current mission is to curate, code, archive and share the world’s culinary cultures. Robert co-invented the Flavor360º suite of apps and Flavor Portal used as tools by the Food & Beverage industry’s Marketers, R&D Chefs, Operators, Product Developers, and Food Scientists to curate, document, archive and share the 360 degree flavor experience at every stage of the R&D process. Their first release is Flavor360 EXPLORE, maximizing the ROI on food tours & trend treks, it guides your culinary investigation, and takes all those great ideas and creates a queryable database for your organization. Robert is also owner of Chef Danhi & Co. Consulting, the author & photographer of the James Beard Finalist book Southeast Asian Flavors and wrote Easy Thai Cooking. Chef Danhi hosted a 26-episode docu-series: Taste of Vietnam, a delicious journey through nineteen provinces from north to south. He was also a weekly judge on Top Chef Vietnam-Season One.
Principal in KPMG's Economic and Value Services Practice
Rui Fan is a principal in KPMG’s Economic and Valuation Services practice, leading the Pennsylvania transfer pricing and complex valuation teams. She has 16 years of experience in advising multinational companies on transfer pricing, valuations, business restructuring, intellectual property planning, and other tax and financial related issues in the United States and Asia-Pacific region. Rui is a chartered financial analyst, and has two master degrees: one in Management Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University and one in Economics from Michigan State University.
Principal in KPMG’s Innovation and Enterprise Solutions practice and KPMG’s National Leader for Healthcare & Life Sciences (HCLS) Data Analytics
Bharat Rao is a principal in KPMG’s Innovation and Enterprise Solutions practice and KPMG’s National Leader for Healthcare & Life Sciences (HCLS) Data Analytics, and is leading the digital transformation of KPMG’s entire HCLS practice. Bharat has 25 years of experience using analytics for clinical, financial, regulatory and operational improvement for HCLS organizations. He is an internationally recognized expert in artificial intelligence, big data, clinical analytics, medical devices and precision medicine. He has received multiple innovation awards, including the highest lifetime award in data analytics and is a frequent speaker and a highly published author with 62 granted patents, 100+ publications and one book. Prior to joining KPMG, Bharat served in various leadership positions for 20 years at a global engineering and electronics conglomerate, including General Manager of the Healthcare Analytics and Business Intelligence Division, Leader of the Precision Medicine Program and Head of the Health Services Center for Innovations. Bharat has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a Bachelors of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India.
Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Campbell Soup
Diego Palmieri joined Campbell in July 2018, as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the U.S. Meals & Beverages businesses and is responsible for all of the marketing and the brand businesses. Diego’s career includes 25 plus years in marketing and selling consumer products in the United States and abroad. He has served as a general manager in both Latin America and China as well as over a decade in marketing roles in the U.S. Diego’s experiences include working for SC Johnson, The Caldrea Company, Mrs. Meyer’s, SANYO Electric Co. and Nestlé. Diego received his undergraduate degree at the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology in Argentina and graduated summa cum laude from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business MBA program.
Vice President, Procurement Business Operations & Strategy, Campbell Soup
Roma McCaig was named Vice President-Procurement Business Operations & Strategy in April 2018. She is responsible for driving sourcing excellence and managing procurement’s core processes, performance metrics, and technology. Roma joined Campbell in January 2017 as Vice President-Operations and Continuous Improvement, Integrated Global Services. Prior to joining Campbell, Roma held leadership roles at Uber Technologies, Citrix Systems, Kaiser Permanente, The Clorox Company, and Bechtel Corporation. Roma earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications and Advertising from the University of Tennessee and her master of business administration in Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.