No longer relegated to middle management, Asian women are shattering stereotypes and making their mark on influential seats inside companies globally. Senior Asian women executives will share what they are doing inside their organizations to advance their careers, succeed in business, and impact the larger global community. Hear from the 'front lines' of leadership as they open up about their journey to the boardroom, unique challenges on their way to the top, and offer recommendations to organizations to prepare women for next-level leadership roles."
Vishakha N. Desai
Vishakha Desai is president and CEO of Asia Society, a leading global organization committed to strengthening partnerships among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the US. Desai sets the direction for the society’s diverse sets of programs, ranging from major US–Asia policy initiatives and national educational partnerships for global learning to groundbreaking art exhibitions and innovative Asian American performances. She has an international reputation for introducing contemporary Asian art in the US through critically acclaimed exhibitions and scholarly catalogues. Under her leadership, Asia Society has expanded the scope and scale of its activities, including opening new offices in India and Korea, the inauguration of a new center on US-China relations, and the development of new initiatives focusing on the environment, on Asian women leaders, and on partnerships among the next generation of exceptional leaders in Asia and the US.
Gloria W. Lio
Gloria is Global Head of Asset Services Operations. She also has regional responsibility for the Securities Operations Position Management team in the Americas, which includes Asset Services, Settlements and Stock Loan Operations. Gloria is also co-chair of the Operations Asia Professionals Network. Earlier in her career, she held various roles within Securities Operations. Gloria joined Goldman Sachs in 1996 and was named managing director in 2011.
Ida Liu is a Managing Director and Head of North America Asian Clients Group.
Ida focuses on providing strategic advice and tailored strategies to ultra-high net worth individuals and families. She has extensive global investment experience.
Michelle Scales is the director of Wells Fargo's Enterprise Diverse Segments group, a division that develops and implements business and marketing strate- gies across Wells Fargo's lines of business and distribution channels for African-Americans, Asians, Latinos, Women, People with Disabilities and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities. She joined Wells Fargo & Company in 2000 and is a 22-year veteran of the financial services industry.
Under Michelle's leadership since 2005, diverse markets are the largest contributors to Wells Fargo's double-digit customer acquisition and profit growth objectives.
Michelle is a frequent speaker on diversity, participating in forums held by Diversity, Inc., Time Magazine, and American Banker. She serves on the boards of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to underprivileged youth. She is also a founding member of the Council for Financial Services Innovation, which centers on meeting the financial needs of underserved consumers.
A native of Pakistan, Michelle has lived in the Middle East and England. She earned a bachelor's of science in Banking and International Finance from The City University Business School, London.