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Professional and Leadership Development

The Road Less Traveled Panel Program

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TAP-Chicago’s Leadership & Professional Development Committee presents, “The Road Less Traveled” on the evening of March 2, a panel program featuring prominent Chicagoland Asian Americans in the fields of performing arts, law enforcement, politics, and the culinary arts.  The program will focus on the individual and personal stories of each of the speakers through a vibrant discussion and Q&A session where audience members will have the opportunity to further engage with guest speakers.

Moderated by 1871’s own Vanessa Yeh (Manager, Brand Experience), panelists of this program include:

Stephen Chung – Commander, 9th District, Chicago Police Department

Theresa Mah – Illinois State Representative, 2nd District, Illinois House of Representatives

William Song – Chef/Restaurateur, bopNgrill

Norman Yap – Actor, Chimerica

Cynthia Yeh – Percussionist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

This event is sponsored by 1871, Clarity Partners, and Mr. Pak’s.




Email them to Connie Yip at



Mr. Pak’s

Clarity Partners

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TAP Chicago in collaboration with Lunar Ball presents Lunar Ball 2017!


TAP-Chicago in collaboration with Lunar Ball cordially invites you to Lunar Ball 2017!

The 5th Annual Lunar Ball is Chicago’s largest charitable fundraiser for Asian American young professionals and friends. This year, we expect a crowd of 800+ of Chicago’s most accomplished and involved young professionals to fill the Wintrust Grand Banking Hall for an evening of fun, food, and networking.

The event will include tastings from Chicago’s top restaurants, open bar, adult beverages all night, performances, multiple DJs, raffle, and silent auction.

TAP-Chicago have a limited amount of discounted tickets! Apply the discount code:


Please go to Eventbrite to buy your tickets today!

All proceeds from Lunar Ball 2017 will benefit our community beneficiaries and charities.

For more information, please contact:

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MBE/WBE Certification


Ayenew Biru from Horizon Consulting will explain generally how public and private sector supplier diversity programs work, and the process of getting MBE/WBE (Minority and Women-owned Business) certification.

Horizon Consulting was founded in order to provide comprehensive MBE/WBE/DBE certification assistance to small and medium-sized businesses – from initial and re-certifications to expansions of commodity codes, annual reporting requirements and appeals of preliminary denials of applications.

Prior to founding Horizon Consulting, Ayenew Biru was a Certification/Compliance Officer with the City of Chicago Dept. of Procurement Services where he was responsible for reviewing certification applications, representing the City at various vendor outreach events and developing new processes and policies resulting in an increasingly efficient certification process.

Ayenew Biru studied Political Science and International Relations at Georgetown University and The Ohio State University and received his J.D. from the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State. When not assisting companies with their certification requirements, Ayenew is active in multi-family real estate investor and a member of various organizations such as the U.S. Minority Contractor’s Association and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

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Kellogg EMC Greater China Conference (TAP-Chicago Discount included)



TAP-Chicago and the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management cordially invites you to attend the Kellogg Emerging Markets Conference – Greater China on May 7, 2016. The event is one of the most important annual gatherings of professionals and academics interested in business in Greater China and the 2015 event attracted a record-high of 600 attendees.

In 2016, this event, delivered through keynotes, panels and discussions, will center on the following distinct components: Panel 1 (The Consumer); Panel 2 (Technology and Innovation); and Panel 3 (Policy). The event has a great lineup of speakers, which currently includes, but is not limited to the following:

George Zoghbi – COO, Kraft-Heinz
Niren Chaudhry – President, KFC Global
David Roman –Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Lenovo
Paul Christensen – Dir- Global Studies, KSM
Sanjay Khosla – Former President, Kraft International
Michael Zakkour – VP, China/APAC, Tompkins Intl.; Author, “China’s Super Consumers”; writer at FORBES, HBR, Beijing Review, CNBC
Sanjeev Krishnan – Managing Director, S2G Ventures

To register, please visit Use Promo Code “TAPCHICAGO” to get 10% off as a TAP member!

For more information about the conference, please visit


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TAP-Chicago exclusive Interview with Yani Tseng


TAP-Chicago had an exclusive Interview with Yani Tseng at Roy’s Chicago on April 4. Let us learn about Yani’s career aspiration, accomplishment, and her favorite Taiwanese Dish.

TAP-Chicago: What is your favorite personal accomplishment of your career and why?

Yani Tseng: That is a tough question. There are couples of my favorite accomplishments. The first one is my first British Open in 2011. On Sunday, I was nervous for the whole day. The last hole was 280 yards into the bunker and into the wind. I thought I would never get there. However, I hit my best drive of the day, hit into the bunker and I chipped out. It was an easy par five and then I won the tournament. It was my best memory every.

The other one is my first LPGA Tournament in Taiwan. There were thousands of people showed up. I was so excited that so many fans in Taiwan came to cheer for me. It was unbelievable. I was sitting on the tee and I cannot forget so many people were clapping and cheering for me. In addition, that was the time for me to realize that golf was getting popular in Taiwan and that people start to pay attention to golf sport. I was very happy to see that happened.

TAP-Chicago: What would it mean for you and your team to win the upcoming Crown International?

Yani Tseng: Golf is a very individual sport. This is the time we all get together and play for our country with our teammates. Last time we did pretty well. We defeated the American team in the first day with a score of 4:0. We lost the second day. We did not have a captain so we had to figure out whose game is better, who goes first, etc. So there are many strategies to be developed even thought, we had only four players. This year we will figure out the way to do better and bring the crown home.

TAP-Chicago: Good luck for that

TAP-Chicago: As an accomplished female athlete, what messages do your have for aspiring young females?

Yani-Tseng: “Dream Big” is very important. When I was 12, I dreamed to be the world NO1 golfer and I did it after 10 years. I didn’t know what’s is world NO1 and I didn’t know how tough it is either; It was just a dream. However, if you have a dream, you never know what will happen. A kid might think that he or she wants to be the President or, he or she wants to go to the space. If you move toward your dream, you might achieve it one day. Also, it is easier to get through the tough time when you think about how much you want it and what the dream means to you. It doesn’t matter what your dream is. If this dream doesn’t work out, you can change to another one. It is free to dream and you can think about whatever you want

TAP-Chicago: In this highly competitive environment, what do you do to manage stress or do for relaxation?

Yani Tseng: Managing stress is very hard. This is the toughest time in my career – I almost cry every day. It is tough because I know that I can win the tournament physically but my mental status is not ready when the tournament comes. When I step on the first tee, I just cannot pull the trigger. I was fearful to make mistake. I knew I have to push myself to fight in the golf course, to keep trying and never give up. I have many ways to relief stress: I like watching movies and drawing. Still, it is tough. The tournament is always different from the golf practice. The competition makes me nervous but I enjoy being nervous and having the pressure.

TAP-Chicago: What is your favorite Taiwanese dish?

Yani Tseng: I enjoy all kinds of Taiwanese dishes. If I have to pick, I will say Taiwanese Bento Box and Hot Pot.

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Lunch with Yani Tseng

Lunch with Yani Tseng

Join the LPGA and TAP-Chicago along with community partners CABA, CASL, KACC, NAAAP-Chicago, and TJCCC for an exclusive opportunity to meet world-renowned golf superstar Yani Tseng on April 4th at delicious Roy’s Restaurant in downtown Chicago. Yani is the youngest player to win five major golf championships, has 27 professional tournament wins, and was ranked #1 in the world from 2011 to 2013. Come for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to speak with and learn how to play golf from Yani.

You will enjoy an amazing lunch catered by Roy’s and have the chance to win free tickets to the UL International Crown Tournament at the Merit Club in Gurnee, IL from July 21st to July 24th. Register now! Limited space available for this great opportunity to meet and celebrate with a true Asian American superstar athlete.

Date: April 4, 2016

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Mingling and Putting Clinic With Yani
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM: Lunch and Q&A Session
12:45 PM – 1:15 PM: Mingling and Photo Opportunities

Location: Roy’s Chicago (720 N State St)
Served Lunch: Baby Greens Salad or Shrimp & Pork Gyoza for appetizer and Hibachi Grilled Salmon Salad, Roy’s Wagyu Beef Burger, Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi or Japanese Karaage Fried Chicken Donburi for entrée
Registration Fee: $15 per person (includes meal, beverage, tax & gratuity, partial sponsorship courtesy of the LPGA)
Registration Link:

The 2016 UL International Tournament will showcase eight teams, each composed of the four highest ranked players drawn from eight qualifying countries determined at the conclusion of the 2016 ANA Inspiration and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The purse is $1,600,000. Come watch as top-ranked South Korea battles second-ranked USA, third-ranked Japan, and fourth-ranked Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)! The Merit Club is ranked among the top 100 golf courses in the United States by Golfweek and Golf Magazine and previously hosted the 2000 U.S. Women’s Open. For more information, please visit

Any questions? Please contact Richard Hu at or Sabena Auyeung at

Sponsored by: Chicago Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP- Chicago) and the UL International Crown
Community Partners: Chinese American Bar Association, Chinese American Service League, Kac Chi, NAAP-Chicago, and TJCCC- Taiwanese Junior Chamber of Commerce Chicago

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Pioneers of our Generation: The Courtroom of Judge Edmond Chang

TAP Judge Edmond

Date and time: Feb 18th 6:00 -8:00 pm

Venue: Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, 219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago

THE SPEAKER: Join us on the night of February 18th in the courtroom of Judge Edmond Chang of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois as he speaks on his journey to the federal bench, including his experiences as a first-generation Taiwanese
American, the most exciting cases he has had, and the importance of Asian Americans in public service.

Judge Chang was born in New York City to immigrants from Taiwan.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan
in 1991 and his Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law in 1994. After law school, Judge Chang served as a law clerk for Judge James Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Judge Marvin Aspen of the U.S. District Court for
the Northern District of Illinois.  He also practiced law privately before becoming an Assistant United States Attorney (Deputy Chief of General Crimes and the Chief of Appeals for the Criminal Division).

Judge Chang is one of only 13 Asian American federal judges in the entire United States.

Complimentary Food and Beverages Will Be Served

Please register via Eventbrite link:

This event is proudly sponsored by Taft, Stettinius & Hollister,
LLP.  For more information, please visit

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Community Leading & Collaborative Learning: An Evening with Ernest Wong and You!


What makes someone a leader, and how do you become one? How can you, as an individual, make a difference in the community? Join us in a conversation and networking session with one Chicago’s leading architects and community leaders.

TAP-Chicago (Chicago Taiwanese American Professionals) is excited to work with Ernest Wong, Founding Principal and President of site design group, ltd., and a leader in the landscape architecture profession in the city of Chicago as we explore what makes a leader and how to create change in a community. It will also be a great chance to meet and network with other dreamers. When ambitious people get together, big things can happen!

This is also a great chance to check out the pop-up gallery space created by site design group in private, after doors are closed to the public!

Registration is free until Nov 8 and $5 afterward through Eventbrite:
Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

WHO: Ernest Wong (Community Leader and Amazing Architect)
WHAT: Networking and Discussion on Leadership
WHEN: Tuesday, November 10th, 6:30-8:30-pm
WHERE: 820 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
WHY: It’s a great opportunity to learn and network with good company! Plus, get a chance to check out site design group’s pop-up space after hours!

About the Speaker

Ernest Wong is the President and founder of site design group ltd, an urban design and landscape architecture firm based in Chicago. Due to his many professional achievements, the Chicago Tribune named Ernest as “2010 Chicagoan of the Year”. Mr. Wong was also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chinese American Service League (CASL), the largest social services organization in the Midwest serving Chinese Americans.

Ernest has directed many notable projects including the State Street City Lightscape, The Park at Lakeshore East, Ping Tom Memorial Park, and Mary Bartelme Park in West Loop. Ernest is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, the American Planning Association, and the Urban Land Institute.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Ernest served on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Transition Committee for Economic Development and Planning. He currently serves as a Commissioner on both the Chicago Landmarks Commission and the Commission on Cultural Affairs.

Questions? Contact Eric Kao or Ariel Yu at eric (dot) kao (at) tapchicago (dot) org | ariel (at) tapchicago (dot) org


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Supporting the 2015 Taiwan HiRecruit Job Fair


Looking for a job? TAP-Chicago is proud to be a community supporter of the 2015 Taiwan HiRecruit Job Fair. The Taiwanese Recruitment Mission delegation is coming to Chicago to hold a job fair and recruiting workshop. Come meet the leading international companies and research institutions in Taiwan! Employment opportunities are available both in Taiwan and across the Midwest. All talented professionals in the Chicago are welcome to attend FREE of charge! Please register online at Please contact the Taiwan Trade Center, Chicago to apply for free parking.

Walk-ins are welcome! We invite you to visit our website to schedule one-on-one interviews and to view the complete list of participating employers. We look forward to meeting you!

Saturday, October 17th 9:30AM – 2:00PM
DoubleTree Chicago (Magnificent Mile)
2nd Fl., 300 E. Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 819-7350
attn: Mia Liang

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