Announcing Our 2021 Corporate Achievement Award Honorees

T-Mobile and 7 outstanding Asian American leaders will be honored at OCA’s 30th annual awards gala on Oct. 15.

Each year, OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates recognizes AAPI achievement and leadership in the corporate sector through the Corporate Achievement Awards (CAA). Established in 1991 by OCA’s Business Advisory Council, the awards are the first of their kind to celebrate Asian American corporate excellence. Over the course of three decades, roughly 250 leaders and over a dozen corporate partners have received honors.

We cordially invite you to attend our 30th annual Corporate Achievement Awards on October 13–15 featuring two special panel discussions followed by our virtual gala on Friday. Together, we will celebrate T-Mobile and seven outstanding individuals for their dedication to serving Asian American communities.

2021 Honorees

Sean Wang — Director, Certification Programs, CTIA

Sean Wang is a first-generation immigrant to the United States from Taiwan, arriving in 2001 in pursuit of opportunity and educational advancement. He currently works with hundreds of member companies by managing 30+ industry working groups ranging from carrier device certification to cellular antenna development.

After securing and completing an internship at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as a graduate student, Sean started his career at CTIA in 2004 as an intern in the Federal Regulatory Affairs Department to assist its goal of advocating for the wireless industry before the FCC. Falling in love with wireless technology, he later joined CTIA’s Certification Department serving many global industry partners in the device certification arena and participating in the building of the industry’s globally recognized gold-standard certification programs.

During his years in the Certification Department, he originally started off as a Program Assistant and worked his way up through various capacities and positions. He now manages CTIA’s working groups providing the tools to help the global wireless industry to establish industry best practices.

He currently resides in Maryland with his husband Gregory of almost 19 years and their three cats Milo, Dharma, and Cody. Sean and Gregory met in graduate school in 2002 and have been together ever since, getting married as soon as same-sex marriage became legal.

Erwin Tan— Director of Thought Leadership — Health, AARP

Erwin J. Tan MD is a physician with fellowship training in geriatric medicine and integrative medicine. He is a nationally recognized thought leader on healthy longevity, volunteering and the health effects of perceptions on aging. He has held leadership positions in the academic, public and nonprofit sectors. Dr. Tan is the Director of Thought Leadership Health at AARP. In this role, he is leading work on racial and ethnic disparities in healthy longevity.

Erwin previously served as the Director of Senior Corps at the Corporation for National and Community Service. From 2004 to 2010, he served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he was an attending physician in the Division of Geriatric Medicine. He was also a co-investigator in the Baltimore Experience Corps Study. From 2003–2004, Erwin was a White House Fellow serving as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Before coming to the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, Erwin was a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, where he was the Medical Director for the High User Case Management Program and served as Geriatric Medicine Fellow and a Primary Care Medicine Resident.

Erwin was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves. He received a bachelor’s from Brown University where he attended the Tougaloo College exchange program. Dr. Tan graduated from New York University School of Medicine as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. While at NYU Erwin as the President of the Asian Students Union. Erwin was born in Indonesia and is a naturalized citizen of the United States.

Sonali Batra — Director of Digital Strategy and Brand Engagement, Walmart, Inc.

Sonali Batra is a Director of Digital Strategy and Brand Engagement at Walmart. Inc where she serves as a digital communications strategist for Walmart International, Global Responsibility and the Walmart Foundation. Her role is to facilitate company success by strengthening brand reputation by strategizing and executing campaigns through creative and compelling storytelling. She strives to deliver best-in-class content and distribution solutions with an end goal of building trust, engaging associates and helping drive growth. In addition, she serves as a Vice Chair on the Asian Pacific Associates Network Associate Resource Group where her focus is to elevate the AAPI voice and engage with stakeholders to smoothen the immigration journey for associates.

She began her corporate career at Walmart India in 2007. Prior to Walmart, she served as a Captain in the Indian Army for six years. Sonali is an MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune; is certified in Business Management from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon; and has a Bachelor’s in Science (Honors) from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University. Her ideal vacation begins with driving to a beach location and relaxing with a book by an Indian author.

Bao Hoang — Vice President, Branch Manager, Wells Fargo

Bao Hoang has 19 years of banking and leadership success. He is a proven leader with a track record for building and leading successful teams across Sacramento, CA. He is currently leading the biggest and most complex branch in Northern California.

Bao started his banking career in 2002 as a part-time teller for Wells Fargo and held various roles throughout his journey. He had the privilege of mentoring and developing many leaders for the organization. He fostered a positive work environment where team members are encouraged, motivated and developed to achieve their maximum potentials. This paved the way for additional work outside the branch such as community service and financial education seminars.

He graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Bao is passionate about serving the AAPI community by engaging fellow employees in the education of the various financial tools they can leverage to achieve generational wealth such as homeownership, running an efficient business, and planning for the future.

David Lin — Vice President of Public Affairs and Advocacy, IW Group, Inc.

David Lin currently holds the position of Vice President, Public Affairs and Advocacy at IW Group, Inc. in New York, NY. In this capacity, he advises his clients on a range of public affairs issues and he supports his clients’ business needs by lending his insights on Asian cultures.

Prior to joining the IW Group, David was a long-time veteran of AT&T. He was responsible for building and nurturing AT&T relationships with Asian American community-based organizations. While at AT&T, David also held other leadership positions across a variety of disciplines including consumer marketing, business sales, product management, finance and software development. David was involved with the Asian American employee resource group at AT&T — InspirASIAN and its predecessor organizations for over twenty years. David is the Founding and Past National President of InspirASIAN.

David is very active with a number of Asian American community-based organizations. He currently serves as the Vice President for Economic Development of OCA National, Vice President for Planning and Development of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and a Member of the OCA New Jersey Chapter Board. Previously, he served as National President of the Japanese American Citizens League (2012–2016), Chair of the OCA Business Advisory Council, Treasurer of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and a Board Member of the Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP). He is the recipient of OCA New Jersey Chapter’s Community Service Award in December 2011, the recipient of New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity Champion Award in September 2013 and Asian Business Association’s Advocate of the Year Award in September 2013 as well.

David was a School Board Member of Hillsborough, NJ from 2006 to 2009 and the Vice President of the School Board from 2007 to 2009. He also served on the Hillsborough Culture & Arts Commission, Hillsborough Public Library Advisory Board and the Hillsborough Education Foundation. David received a Masters degree in Computer Science, an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor degree in Mathematics, all from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He is also a graduate of the Program for Management Development Executive Education program from Harvard Business School.

Arun Mukherjee — Sr. Manager and Associate Director, RIS International Sourcing, Raytheon

Arun Mukherjee is currently the Sr. Manager for International Sourcing within SAS Supply Chain. In his current role, he is responsible for formulating and deploying a strategy in order to identify capable Supply Chain partners across major regions of the world where SAS has business needs.

His team is responsible for satisfying the Offset and Industrial Cooperation requirements from our International customers by forming Strategic Agreements with key suppliers around the globe.

Arun is also a Raytheon Six Sigma® Expert and well versed on the execution side of the business for suppliers. Prior to this role, Arun was the Department Manager for Advanced Products Center (APC). He was responsible for deploying the Six Sigma methodology across the SAS factories and Supplier base. In this role, he was responsible for leading DPU Reduction, Improving Yield at Suppliers, SPC Deployment, and Improving Perceptive Verification at SAS and RMS Suppliers. He has also been responsible for deploying the ZERO initiative within Supplier Quality which works with programs to ensure that we have zero escapes at Suppliers and SAS factories. He also advises various Raytheon programs on how to use the data to make improvement decisions, specifically around process control, variation reduction, and test reduction.

Arun started his career at Raytheon with SAS as a Design Engineer with the F-117 IRADS Program. He also worked with IDS at the McKinney CCA facility as a SME on Tin Whisker mitigation and has written several papers on Tin Whiskers. He then worked as Lead Auditor for RMS Supplier Quality and implemented a new methodology for conducting audits across the RMS Supplier base. He has worked as the Engineering Manager for a project in Ukraine, Russia and Azerbaijan with RTSC and has a lot of experience dealing with International Customers and Suppliers as well. Arun has travelled extensively with Raytheon and has served on several expatriate assignments with Raytheon.

2021 OCA Executive Excellence Award Winner

Karen Eng — President and CEO, CSMI

Dr. Karen Eng is the President and CEO of CSMI, an engineering firm. Initially a successful optometrist with a Doctorate from the New England College of Optometry, Dr. Eng surprised her family with her bold decision to switch careers and industries, and take over the family business.

She was committed to taking the company to the next level and expand it on a global scale. Her close work with the Food Drug Administration, MBDA, the International Trade Administration, and the Export-Import Bank of the United States has led CSMI to be one of the top engineering consulting services firm in both domestic and foreign markets.

Dr. Eng has used her professional success to support, promote, and mentor other girls, women, and minority business owners, particularly those in STEM-related industries. Her company is especially dedicated to developing and implementing an effective supplier diversity program, which serves the participation of Minority, Women and Disabled Business Enterprises (MWDBEs).

Dr. Eng is a member of several prominent Boards, including: Board of Trustees for the Illinois College of Optometry, Board for National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (ACE), and Board of Asian & Pacific Islander American Votes (APIA Votes). The Illinois State Treasurer has given her an award for Outstanding Service in Business in honor of Asian Heritage Month. In addition, she also has positions on the State of Illinois Business Enterprise Program Council and The Illinois Census Count Commission 2020.

2021 Outstanding Corporate Partner of the Year Winner

T-Mobile

The OCA Outstanding Corporate Partner Award is presented to a company who has been outstanding in its work with OCA and in its scope of support for the mission and goals of the organization. Established in 2001, recipients of this award exemplify good corporate citizenship and commitment to advancing the hopes and aspirations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the United States.

T-Mobile’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has grown to extend beyond the typical efforts within human resources. OCA has witnessed T-Mobile intentionally listen to the community and develop thoughtful resources and responses. Most notably, T-Mobile responded to the Homework Gap with their Project 10Million, which rolled out a framework for corporations to work together with community organizations, school districts, and families to get students hardware and broadband access.

OCA is proud to be a resource and partner to T-Mobile. Beyond sitting on OCA’s Business Advisory Council, T-Mobile launched an External Diversity and Inclusion Council that created yet another channel of communication directly between civil rights groups and the company, including OCA. T-Mobile was the first to reach out to OCA to engage on anti-Asian hate issues following the Atlanta tragedy. They recognized the need to engage with their external partners in order to bring in more resources for their employees’ professional and personal development.

OCA recognizes the strong initiative that T-Mobile has shown in recent years to be a better community member, and looks forward to the continued partnerships.

T-Mobile’s Vice President for Policy & Advocacy Clint Odom will accept this award on October 15.

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