Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - Unlocking The Power of Your Voice

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Event Details:

Date: Thursday May 28, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 1:15 PM EST

Webinar will be conducted via Zoom.  Detail information will be emailed to you upon registration


Join us to celebrate Asian Heritage Month through a panel discussion on Unlocking the Power of Your Voice.

Keynote: My Personal Journey: From Refugee to Tech Exec

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Denise Broady

Chief Operating Officer, Workforce Software

As the COO for WorkForce Software, Denise oversees the global marketing and communications organization and is also responsible for the end-to-end customer experience including product strategy, product launch, customer operations, customer success, global support along with training and enablement. 

Prior to WorkForce Software, Denise was the Global COO of the Industry Cloud organization at SAP running go-to market, strategy, marketing, communications, and operations. She also worked at TopTier (a start-up acquired by SAP) and spent time in consulting at Clarkston Group.

A true advocate of innovation engrained in her from her refugee roots, she has spent the majority of her career as a change agent, exercising her ability to be a true business athlete with a cross functional skillset. 

A self-proclaimed foodie, Denise enjoys cooking and a glass of red in her free time. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Panel: Identifying and Cultivating Your Personal Competitive Advantage


Panel Moderator:

Sumit Luthra

General Manager, Campbell Soup, Canada

Sumit Luthra joined Campbell Company of Canada in March 2018 as the Vice President, Marketing and was subsequently named General Manager of the Canadian Retail business unit of the Campbell Soup Company in October 2018. 

Sumit leads the Canadian Retail organization, setting the strategic vision, overseeing the operating plan & P&L and building engagement & culture. Over the last two years, Sumit led the business unit through significant change and transformation while delivering strong performance on topline, bottom-line and market share. 

In previous roles, Sumit has led growth and innovation agendas for last 20 years in Canadian CPG/Food industry. This included sales, marketing and general management experiences at Proctor & Gamble, Nestle, Mars and Weston Bakeries. Prior to joining Campbell, he worked in the start-up industry for three years, providing strategic and operational leadership on several projects in the food industry. 

Sumit earned his M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India and his B.Eng. from the University of Delhi in India. 

Outside of work, Sumit is an avid supporter in community programs including volunteering at the Daily Bread Food Bank. He also plays an active role in mentoring start-up ventures in India.



Jessica Blazer

Partner, KPMG

Jessica Blazer is an audit partner in KPMG’s Federal Audit Practice in Washington, DC. She has more than 18 years of experience serving clients in this industry as well as commercial clients.  She is also involved with KPMG’s Federal Advisory practice.


Jessica is actively involved in Inclusion and Diversity initiatives, serving on the board of directors of the Greater Washington Ascend Chapter and as a “Partner Champion” for KPMG’s Asian Pacific Islander Business Resource Group in the Washington DC areas. Ms. Blazer received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Richmond.  She is a CPA in Virginia and the District of Columbia and is a member of the AICPA.



Linda Lee

Chief Marketing Officer, Campbell Soup

Linda Lee is an avid podcast learner, a pragmatic optimist, and a Peloton junkie.  As a leader for 25 years in CPG R&D, Consumer Insights, Innovation, Marketing and General Management, she is known for creating and inspiring teams to think Big and act Small by bridging the strategy, insights, and processes of Big with the passion, decisiveness, and scrappiness of Small. 

She has successfully created and launched two $100m+ brands (Good Thins in US and Stride in China), developed new brand strategies, innovation pipelines, and campaigns for Ritz, Triscuit, and Stonyfield, and fully turned around a $400m brand.  


Linda joined Campbell in December 2019, as Chief Marketing Officer for the U.S. Meals & Beverages businesses and is responsible for all of the marketing and brand businesses.  Prior, she held roles at Procter & Gamble, General Mills, Cadbury, Kraft Foods and Mondelez.  Linda graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Chemical Engineering.



Maria Macuare

VP Data and Analytics, Campbell Soup

Maria Macuare is the VP, Data & Analytics at Campbell Soup Company, and has over 17 years of experience in the Analytics field. Prior to starting at Campbell Soup in January of 2018, she began her career with P&G in 1999, and had a number of international assignments, including Venezuela, Japan, China, Panama and the United States.

Maria has an extensive skillset in the field, that includes: Analytical Strategy & Vision; Predictive Analytics; Optimization Visualizations and Story Telling; Strategic Revenue Management Data Mining; Trade Analytics; and she is a Data-Based Trusted Advisor that is highly skilled in recruiting, training and retaining high performing analytics teams.


Maria was born in Venezuela, is married and is a mother of two wonderful children. She is a crafter and an obsessive travel planner.



Ping Yu

Managing Director, KPMG

Ping serves as the Co-President for the Ascend New Jersey chapter.  He is a Managing Director in KPMG’s Advisory Services practice with twenty plus years of consulting and auditing experience.  Ping is a seasoned advisor with experience and knowledge about regulatory, operational and financial challenges in the healthcare industry.  

Ping is active in KPMG’s Mentoring program.  He serves as a mentor to a number of professionals within KPMG.  Ping also leads KPMG’s Inclusion & Diversity Network for Asian Pacific Islanders in the Short Hills New Jersey office.  

Ping received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Bernard Baruch College.  He is a Certified Public Accountant in the states of New York and New Jersey. 


Ping is married, with a son.


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Watch the recording below:

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