june 2021

10jun12:00 pm1:00 pmWomen Lead: Asian Women in Leadership Share Their Paths to Success12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET Online Event Organized By: Forté Events

Event Details

Women Lead Webinar Series

This webinar is free to all Forté members!

What is it like to be an Asian woman in business right now, and what insights can Asian American executives offer on overcoming stereotypes and stigmatization?

Forté has invited three women leaders of Asian heritage to join us for a live panel discussion on how their cultural backgrounds have influenced their career experiences. Over the course of this engaging hour, our panelists will share personal stories, wisdom, and advice.  Listen in as they compare notes on the paths they took to their current roles, the challenges they’ve faced as Asian American women at work, and what they’ve learned along the way.

This session will cover:

  • How to thrive in the current environment
  • Bringing your authentic self to work
  • Managing racial/ethnic identity challenges
  • The importance of developing a strong, diverse network

And more!

The webinar is presented by:

Moderator: Ana Duarte McCarthy, Senior Director, Corporate Partners, Forté

Ana Duarte-McCarthy has more than 30 years of experience as a subject expert and thought leader, dedicated to fostering equality, respect and ensuring individuals can achieve their full potential. Most recently, Ana was Managing Director and Chief Diversity Officer, Citi, from 2002 through 2016, and led the development and integration of Citi’s global workforce diversity strategy for hiring and developing diverse talent, fostering an inclusive work environment and ensuring management accountability. During her tenure as Managing Director and Chief Diversity Officer at Citi, Ana established a framework of policy and practices that advanced the organization’s recognition as a top company for diversity and inclusion. Ana joined Citi in 1995 and held previous roles within global diversity.

Jennifer Chow Bevan, Principal, Next Step Partners

Jennifer Chow Bevan is a Principal with Next Step Partners, a leadership development consultancy.  As an executive coach and facilitator, Jennifer partners with leaders to grow their leadership capabilities starting from the inside out – by helping leaders build self-awareness, challenge internal assumptions, experiment with new mindsets and behaviors, and create inclusive and high performing teams that thrive in complexity. Jennifer has worked with hundreds of senior leaders across diverse industries. Select clients include Facebook, Instagram, Kite Pharma, Gilead Sciences, NBC Universal, Murad Corp, MasterClass, A.T. Kearney, and Bain & Co.

Jennifer is committed to bringing a DE&I lens to her coaching to help leaders build teams and cultures that foster trust, inclusivity, and psychological safety. She is also deeply committed to supporting women, BIPOC, and Asian American leaders to unlock and elevate their authentic leadership. Since 2015 Jennifer has co-facilitated Women LEAD, a senior women’s leadership program at Facebook, Inc. and is a Guide & facilitator at, a private network for senior women leaders. She earned her MBA from The Wharton School.

Sumona De Graaf, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Republic Services

Sumona De Graaf is the SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer at Republic Services and oversees Republic’s Human Resources organization. She is responsible for driving the Talent Agenda and ensuring that Republic continues to be the place where the best people come to work. Prior to her current role, Sumona was a Principal Consultant at ghSMART, a leadership advisory and consulting firm where she helped companies drive value creation and business results by transforming their approach to people. She specialized in hiring practices, inclusion and diversity, and talent and leadership development, and worked on multiple projects with Republic over the last several years.

Prior to that, Sumona spent nearly a decade at Bloomberg working in various hands-on roles across HR, including learning, talent development, workforce analytics, and career development. Before her time at Bloomberg, Sumona worked in human capital management at American Express and Goldman Sachs. She has also served as adjunct faculty at The University of Georgia, teaching Masters-level courses on leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and human motivation. She earned her PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology from The George Washington University.

Janet Huang, Senior Assistant Dean for Career Management and Corporate Relations – Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, UT-Austin McCombs School of Business 

Janet Huang is the Senior Assistant Dean for Career Management and Corporate Relations for undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of Texas at Austin – McCombs School of Business. Her career has been built on developing new teams, launching new solutions, and transforming businesses across a variety of industries—energy, healthcare, financial services, and technology. She currently directs a staff of 50+ and career support efforts for 7,000+ McCombs students, as well as all corporate recruiting relationships for BBA, MBA, and 5 other degree-granting specialty Master’s programs.

Before joining Texas McCombs in 2015 to fulfill a lifelong passion for higher education, Janet led the launch of non-profit technology company Blackbaud’s new cloud-based solutions, transitioning the company’s largest legacy products to the cloud. Her prior career experiences also include product marketing strategy for digital, social, and predictive analytics solutions at American Express; business development at Boston Scientific; and operations management for ethylene/propylene production at ExxonMobil. Janet earned her MBA from Harvard Business School.

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