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Asian American Leader selected for Valley Leadership Institute (Class 36)

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(PHOENIX)-- Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders is proud to announce that Ms. Khonnie Silivongxay, member of the ACEL leadership team, was selected for the Valley Leadership Institute Class 36.

Ms. Silivongxay was chosen after a competitive interview and application process for the nine-month leadership program that selects 56 Phoenix-area business and civic leaders. Many Valley corporations and organizations view the institute as an affordable and highly effective leadership development program for their best and brightest employees—those who they see as the future leaders within their organizations.  New this year, participants will get extensive executive leadership training developed by the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, designed to help graduates thrive at the highest levels of their careers.

As the chairwoman of ACEL Mentorship Committee, Ms. Silivongxay knows the importance of developing and improving professional skills. Under her leadership, the ACEL mentorship program pairs up mentors with mentees who are committed to helping each other get to the next professional level.

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ACEL’s vision is to be the proving ground for Asian American Professionals, forging leaders of tomorrow through professional development, cultural awareness, community service and mentorship.  To learn more about our member benefits or if you would like to join the ACEL family, please visit http://www.ACELphoenix.org

 

Mary Le & David Kim are receiving ACEL Pacesetter Awards on July 11, 2014

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The Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders (ACEL) is proud to congratulate our youth group members, Mary Le & David Kim, graduated from 2014 Scottsdale Public Safety Teen Academy on June 6, 2014

Established in 2007, the Scottsdale Police and Fire Departments offer teens ages 14-18 the opportunity to learn more about future careers in law enforcement and the fire service at the Public Safety Teen Academy each year. This academy provides for a total public safety experience, including exposure to police and fire training and job duties. The action-packed week is held at the Police Training Facility and features hands-on learning and demonstrations. Activities include firefighting skill stations, AED and Hands-only CPR awareness, basic first aid and triage, crash victim extrication and vehicular crime investigation, police riot control techniques, decision shooting scenarios, criminal investigations and tactical demonstrations. The students have the opportunity to learn from expert fire and police instructors, who will present the dynamic topics. The academy provides a better understanding of Public Safety and the opportunity to try on careers in law enforcement and fire services!

Mary & David's accomplishments will be celebrated at the annual Asian American Pacesetter Awards Ceremony and Reception. The ceremony will feature speaker, Mr. Nobu Hara, Sr. Vice President of Human Capital for Goodwill of Central Arizona, an awards ceremony, and local VIPs. Light refreshments will be served.

Asian American Pacesetter Awards Ceremony & Reception

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 5:30pm

Crescent Crown Distributing

1640 W Broadway Rd, Mesa, AZ 85202

5:30 p.m. Registration/Reception; 6:30 p.m. Program Begins

General Admission: $25.00

 

Attire: Business professional/Semi-formal. All tickets are non-refundable.

 

More information available on our website:

http://www.naaapphoenix.org/events/event/17-2014-asian-american-pacesetter-awards-ceremony-a-reception


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Youth Leadership in Philanthropy participants will be recognized at Pacesetter Awards Ceremony on July 11, 2014

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The Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders (ACEL) is proud to announce that two of its youth group members participated in Youth Leadership in Philanthropy, a youth development program provided by Valley Leadership, on April 30, 2014. Congratulations to Viona Wong, and Sabrina Kwak on completion of the program!

Youth Leadership in Philanthropy is a highly interactive and innovative learning opportunity offered annually for high school students throughout the Valley. Students convene for three workshops in which they learn about philanthropy and its significance to the community.  The teens are also led through the grant making process from beginning to end, including the design and review of grant applications and the unique opportunity to award funds to a community group(s) of their choice.

Viona & Sabrina’s accomplishments will be celebrated at the annual Asian American Pacesetter Awards Ceremony and Reception. The ceremony will feature speaker, Mr. Nobu Hara, Sr. Vice President of Human Capital for Goodwill of Central Arizona, an awards ceremony, and local VIPs. Light refreshments will be served.

Asian American Pacesetter Awards Ceremony & Reception

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 5:30pm

Crescent Crown Distributing

1640 W Broadway Rd, Mesa, AZ 85202

5:30 p.m. Registration/Reception; 6:15 p.m. Program Begins

General Admission: $25.00

All payments must receive by 4pm on July 8, 2014 to guarantee your seat.

Attire: Business professional/Semi-formal. All tickets are non-refundable.

More information available on our website:

http://www.naaapphoenix.org/events/event/17-2014-asian-american-pacesetter-awards-ceremony-a-reception

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  • Gaggle by Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz, 07/24/14

    Private Residence
    Los Angeles, California 

    10:33 A.M. PDT

    MR. SCHULTZ:  Thank you all for joining us.  I'll just have a brief announcement at the top that the President later today will deliver remarks at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College, where he will again call for our nation to rally around economic patriotism that says rather than protecting wasteful tax loopholes for a few at the top we should be investing in things like education and job training that grow the economy for everybody. 

    Specifically, the President will highlight the need to close one of the country’s most unfair tax loopholes that allows companies to avoid paying taxes here at home and will call on Congress to close it immediately.

    With that, I will take your questions.

    Q    Eric, can you settle the question of what the President did last night at the hotel?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  Sure.  As I mentioned yesterday, the President had a full day of events.  You were with him at each of them.  In fact, you filed 17 pool reports tracking each one of his movements.  (Laughter.)  Last night, the President didn’t have any public events or leave the hotel.  If he had you would have been with him.

    Q    Was he meeting with anyone for dinner?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  Again, he didn’t leave the hotel.  And if he would, you would have been with him.  And he didn’t have any public events. 

    Q    The Speaker’s office put out a bit of prebuttal to the President’s speech today.  They say that these companies aren't taking advantage of a tax loophole to move overseas.  They say it's not a loophole, but they’re doing this because of the high tax rate.  What’s your response?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  To quote Josh Earnest, I don't think that claim withstands scrutiny.  Right now, a few big corporations are shifting their residence for tax purposes outside the country to get out of paying taxes even though they keep their headquarters and most of their business inside the United States.  These transactions are known as inversions.  And the President today will call on Congress to take action to close this specific loophole immediately.

    Q    Democrats are divided over whether to take action on inversions.  On Capitol Hill, we have reports saying that today. What is the White House going to do to convince members of their own party to take action?  How likely do you all think legislation is?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  Sure, I'd say a few things.  One, we support congressional proposals that have been proposed recently that would make the effective date for action retroactive to early May 2014, given the significant upsurge in activity in this area to date.

    As you know, Senators Wyden and Levin and Congressman Levin and Van Hollen have supported legislation to address this abuse of our tax system and make it retroactive.  The President today will call on Republicans in Congress to do what they did 10 years ago when the Republican-led Congress cracked down on corporations moving to offshore tax havens like the Cayman Islands and do it again.  I'll note that that happened in 2004 and signed into law by a Republican President.

    Q    Will the President accept campaign contributions from companies or executives, companies that practice corporate inversions or complete those kinds of mergers?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  Again, the President today is calling on Congress to close this tax loophole.

    Q    Does he believe that there’s any realistic chance of it happening, given the track record with Congress?  Or is this another thing that the President proposes and doesn't actually happen?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  Isaac, you’re so cynical.  (Laughter.)  I understand the basis for the cynicism, but we do believe that this, again, is an issue that has garnered bipartisan support in the past and we don't understand why it wouldn’t again this time.

    Q    Eric, apropos having a basis for cynicism, the reason we were pressing you yesterday and today about the President’s plans last night is because the last time we did this, he had dinner with Jeffrey Katzenberg.  Is there a reason you can't just tell us what he did in his hotel, even though it wasn’t a pool movement that we were involved in?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  Again, I understand the interest here.  Our obligation to you is to let you know when there is a public movement or even a private meeting you are often -- you often join us for.  There was no public events, and he stayed in the hotel after a long busy day last night.

    Q    -- economic patriotism, is he suggesting that the CEOs that do these transactions are unpatriotic?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  We believe that this is a loophole -- let me back up.  The middle class in this country, the President believes, is the engine for economic growth.  And we believe that we should be supporting businesses and working people who contribute to that cause here at home.  That's why when companies are using loopholes to take advantage and reduce the tax base, we believe that should be something addressed; that should be something addressed immediately; that has garnered bipartisan support in the past from Democrats and Republicans, signed into law under a Republican President.  We don't see any reason why that can't happen again.

    Q    Does he agree with Senator Reid’s characterization that these are corporate citizenship scams?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  I have not spoken with the President about Senator Reid’s statements on this.  But I do think the President has made clear these companies are essentially renouncing their American citizenship by shipping their profits overseas to avoid paying taxes, even as they benefit from all the advantage of being here in America.  That's precisely what we mean by economic patriotism.

    Q    Do you have any more on the meeting tomorrow with Central American leaders?  Is there anything you can tell us about what precisely the President is going to ask of them, and any development that might come out of that?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  I don’t have a readout of a future meeting yet, so as soon as we have more guidance on that, I will get that to you.

    Q    Eric, I just wanted to know about the White House’s developing guidelines on corporate drones -- on privacy rights on drones -- can you talk a little bit about that?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  I have seen that story, but, unfortunately, I don’t have any comment right now for you.  What we have said on this issue in the past is that the interagency continues to develop and review policies concerning the domestic use of unmanned aircraft systems, and that remains that case.

    Q    Just a quick sanctions question.  The EU is coming out with a sanctions list.  Is the U.S. going to add to that?  And what’s your take on the EU sanctions?  Are they sufficiently severe?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  Thank you, Lisa.  We welcome reports that the EU is likely adding additional names to its sanctions list today, but I don’t have any details for you at this moment.  We also understand they’re continuing discussions to impose further, more significant measures.  I know those preparations continue for more robust measures.  We anticipate some of their names will overlap with those already sanctioned -- that we have already sanctioned, and we will look closely at that list when it comes out. 

    Q    Eric, can we go back to economic patriotism for a second?  Are companies that are not doing what the President wants here and people who are not supporting that legislation not economically patriotic?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  I appreciate the question, Isaac.  I would just again reiterate that when companies are renouncing their American citizenship by shipping their profits overseas to avoid paying taxes even as they benefit from all the advantages of being here in America that raises significant questions.  And that’s something that can be addressed very quickly by Congress, as they did in 2004, again signed into law by a Republican President. 

    Q    Can you tell us what the administration is doing to make sure that the supplemental gets passed?  It sounds like some Republicans are saying the White House is not actually actively pursuing or working to get that passed.  And it sounds like it’s not going to happen before the recess. 

    MR. SCHULTZ:  I’m not going to prognosticate, but I will tell you I take issue with the characterization that the White House isn’t working aggressively on this.  We sent a letter a few weeks ago outlining our request.  We’ve heard a lot of concerns expressed by Republicans in Congress.  We hope that those concerns are backed up by action, because we need to surge resources to the border in order to address the problem.

    Q    And if it doesn’t happen by the recess, will you guys transfer funds to cover the period until Congress returns to provide more resources?
    MR. SCHULTZ:  Again, our belief is that Congress must act. 

    END  
    10:42 A.M. PDT

  • Gaggle by Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz, 07/24/14

    Private Residence
    Los Angeles, California 

    10:33 A.M. PDT

    MR. SCHULTZ:  Thank you all for joining us.  I'll just have a brief announcement at the top that the President later today will deliver remarks at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College, where he will again call for our nation to rally around economic patriotism that says rather than protecting wasteful tax loopholes for a few at the top we should be investing in things like education and job training that grow the economy for everybody. 

    Specifically, the President will highlight the need to close one of the country’s most unfair tax loopholes that allows companies to avoid paying taxes here at home and will call on Congress to close it immediately.

    With that, I will take your questions.

    Q    Eric, can you settle the question of what the President did last night at the hotel?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  Sure.  As I mentioned yesterday, the President had a full day of events.  You were with him at each of them.  In fact, you filed 17 pool reports tracking each one of his movements.  (Laughter.)  Last night, the President didn’t have any public events or leave the hotel.  If he had you would have been with him.

    Q    Was he meeting with anyone for dinner?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  Again, he didn’t leave the hotel.  And if he would, you would have been with him.  And he didn’t have any public events. 

    Q    The Speaker’s office put out a bit of prebuttal to the President’s speech today.  They say that these companies aren't taking advantage of a tax loophole to move overseas.  They say it's not a loophole, but they’re doing this because of the high tax rate.  What’s your response?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  To quote Josh Earnest, I don't think that claim withstands scrutiny.  Right now, a few big corporations are shifting their residence for tax purposes outside the country to get out of paying taxes even though they keep their headquarters and most of their business inside the United States.  These transactions are known as inversions.  And the President today will call on Congress to take action to close this specific loophole immediately.

    Q    Democrats are divided over whether to take action on inversions.  On Capitol Hill, we have reports saying that today. What is the White House going to do to convince members of their own party to take action?  How likely do you all think legislation is?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  Sure, I'd say a few things.  One, we support congressional proposals that have been proposed recently that would make the effective date for action retroactive to early May 2014, given the significant upsurge in activity in this area to date.

    As you know, Senators Wyden and Levin and Congressman Levin and Van Hollen have supported legislation to address this abuse of our tax system and make it retroactive.  The President today will call on Republicans in Congress to do what they did 10 years ago when the Republican-led Congress cracked down on corporations moving to offshore tax havens like the Cayman Islands and do it again.  I'll note that that happened in 2004 and signed into law by a Republican President.

    Q    Will the President accept campaign contributions from companies or executives, companies that practice corporate inversions or complete those kinds of mergers?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  Again, the President today is calling on Congress to close this tax loophole.

    Q    Does he believe that there’s any realistic chance of it happening, given the track record with Congress?  Or is this another thing that the President proposes and doesn't actually happen?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  Isaac, you’re so cynical.  (Laughter.)  I understand the basis for the cynicism, but we do believe that this, again, is an issue that has garnered bipartisan support in the past and we don't understand why it wouldn’t again this time.

    Q    Eric, apropos having a basis for cynicism, the reason we were pressing you yesterday and today about the President’s plans last night is because the last time we did this, he had dinner with Jeffrey Katzenberg.  Is there a reason you can't just tell us what he did in his hotel, even though it wasn’t a pool movement that we were involved in?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  Again, I understand the interest here.  Our obligation to you is to let you know when there is a public movement or even a private meeting you are often -- you often join us for.  There was no public events, and he stayed in the hotel after a long busy day last night.

    Q    -- economic patriotism, is he suggesting that the CEOs that do these transactions are unpatriotic?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  We believe that this is a loophole -- let me back up.  The middle class in this country, the President believes, is the engine for economic growth.  And we believe that we should be supporting businesses and working people who contribute to that cause here at home.  That's why when companies are using loopholes to take advantage and reduce the tax base, we believe that should be something addressed; that should be something addressed immediately; that has garnered bipartisan support in the past from Democrats and Republicans, signed into law under a Republican President.  We don't see any reason why that can't happen again.

    Q    Does he agree with Senator Reid’s characterization that these are corporate citizenship scams?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  I have not spoken with the President about Senator Reid’s statements on this.  But I do think the President has made clear these companies are essentially renouncing their American citizenship by shipping their profits overseas to avoid paying taxes, even as they benefit from all the advantage of being here in America.  That's precisely what we mean by economic patriotism.

    Q    Do you have any more on the meeting tomorrow with Central American leaders?  Is there anything you can tell us about what precisely the President is going to ask of them, and any development that might come out of that?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  I don’t have a readout of a future meeting yet, so as soon as we have more guidance on that, I will get that to you.

    Q    Eric, I just wanted to know about the White House’s developing guidelines on corporate drones -- on privacy rights on drones -- can you talk a little bit about that?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  I have seen that story, but, unfortunately, I don’t have any comment right now for you.  What we have said on this issue in the past is that the interagency continues to develop and review policies concerning the domestic use of unmanned aircraft systems, and that remains that case.

    Q    Just a quick sanctions question.  The EU is coming out with a sanctions list.  Is the U.S. going to add to that?  And what’s your take on the EU sanctions?  Are they sufficiently severe?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  Thank you, Lisa.  We welcome reports that the EU is likely adding additional names to its sanctions list today, but I don’t have any details for you at this moment.  We also understand they’re continuing discussions to impose further, more significant measures.  I know those preparations continue for more robust measures.  We anticipate some of their names will overlap with those already sanctioned -- that we have already sanctioned, and we will look closely at that list when it comes out. 

    Q    Eric, can we go back to economic patriotism for a second?  Are companies that are not doing what the President wants here and people who are not supporting that legislation not economically patriotic?

    MR. SCHULTZ:  I appreciate the question, Isaac.  I would just again reiterate that when companies are renouncing their American citizenship by shipping their profits overseas to avoid paying taxes even as they benefit from all the advantages of being here in America that raises significant questions.  And that’s something that can be addressed very quickly by Congress, as they did in 2004, again signed into law by a Republican President. 

    Q    Can you tell us what the administration is doing to make sure that the supplemental gets passed?  It sounds like some Republicans are saying the White House is not actually actively pursuing or working to get that passed.  And it sounds like it’s not going to happen before the recess. 

    MR. SCHULTZ:  I’m not going to prognosticate, but I will tell you I take issue with the characterization that the White House isn’t working aggressively on this.  We sent a letter a few weeks ago outlining our request.  We’ve heard a lot of concerns expressed by Republicans in Congress.  We hope that those concerns are backed up by action, because we need to surge resources to the border in order to address the problem.

    Q    And if it doesn’t happen by the recess, will you guys transfer funds to cover the period until Congress returns to provide more resources?
    MR. SCHULTZ:  Again, our belief is that Congress must act. 

    END  
    10:42 A.M. PDT

  • Message to the Congress -- Amendment Between the United States and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:

    I am pleased to transmit to the Congress, pursuant to section 123 d. of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, the text of an amendment (the "Amendment") to the Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defense Purposes of July 3, 1958, as amended (the "1958 Agreement").  I am also pleased to transmit my written approval, authorization, and determination concerning the Amendment.  The joint unclassified letter submitted to me by the Secretaries of Defense and Energy providing a summary position on the unclassified portions of the Amendment is also enclosed. The joint classified letter and classified portions of the Amendment are being transmitted separately via appropriate channels.

    The Amendment extends for 10 years (until December 31, 2024), provisions of the 1958 Agreement that permit the transfer between the United States and the United Kingdom of classified information concerning atomic weapons; nuclear technology and controlled nuclear information; material and equipment for the development of defense plans; training of personnel; evaluation of potential enemy capability; development of delivery systems; and the research, development, and design of military reactors.  Additional revisions to portions of the Amendment and Annexes have been made to ensure consistency with current United States and United Kingdom policies and practice regarding nuclear threat reduction, naval nuclear propulsion, and personnel security.

    In my judgment, the Amendment meets all statutory requirements.  The United Kingdom intends to continue to maintain viable nuclear forces into the foreseeable future. Based on our previous close cooperation, and the fact that the United Kingdom continues to commit its nuclear forces to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, I have concluded it is in the United States national interest to continue to assist the United Kingdom in maintaining a credible nuclear deterrent.

    I have approved the Amendment, authorized its execution, and urge that the Congress give it favorable consideration.

    BARACK OBAMA

  • President Obama to Deliver Remarks at Young African Leaders Presidential Summit

    WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, July 28, President Obama will deliver remarks at the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Presidential Summit in Washington, DC.

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