The Summit coincides with the Harvard Alumni Association board meeting, the Harvard College Assembly, the Harvard College 45th Reunion and Freshman Parents weekend. Parents of high-schoolers, please note that the PSATs are being given that week; please click here to find out about your child’s testing schedule and possible alternate arrangements to make it work smoothly with your Summit plans.

Schedule at a Glance (program details below)

Friday, October 15, 2010
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Class Visits
1 – 3 p.m. Admissions Info Session and Tour for prospective college applicants and families (Agassiz House)
5 – 6 p.m. House Dinner (Winthrop House Dining Hall; fee required)
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Opening Reception (Radcliffe Gym)
Welcome by Drew Gilpin Faust,
President of Harvard University and Lincoln Professor of History. Remarks by Elaine Chao HBS ’79, former Secretary of Labor
8 p.m.-midnight Student-sponsored Film Showcase (Science Center)
10 p.m on Summit After Hours (Queen’s Head Pub)
Saturday, October 16, 2010
8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Registration (Faculty Club)
Registration will continue at Emerson after 1:15
8:30 – 10 a.m.
RE:CONNECT Networking Breakfast (Faculty Club)
10:15 – 11:30 a.m. Plenary Session (Emerson 105)
Where We Stand: The Changing Asian-American Experience at Harvard
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Gala Luncheon (Faculty Club)
Keynote Speaker: Chris Lu JD ’91,
Assistant to President Obama and Secretary of the Cabinet
1:30 –  2:40 p.m. Panel Sessions I
•Asia Rising: Opportunities and Risks (Emerson 105)
•Making Change: Social Entrepreneurship
(Fong Auditorium, Boylston)
2:50 – 4:00 p.m. Panel Sessions II
•The Road Less Traveled: Asian Americans in Atypical Careers (Emerson 105)
•Ask What You Can Do: Embracing Politics and Public Service (Fong/Boylston)
4:15 – 5:30 p.m. Politics and Public Service Reception (Ticknor Lounge, Boylston)
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Turning the Page: Authors Showcase, Featuring Gish Jen ’77 (Emerson 105)
5:30 – 7 p.m. Reception at the American Repertory Theater’s OBERON, with Authors Book-Signing
7 – 8 p.m. Dinner Reception with ELEVATE Pitch Competition Finalists and Judges (CGIS South Concourse)
7:15  – 8:15 p.m. Poker Master Class with Pro Bernard Lee ’92, ALM ’94 (CGIS South 050; fee required)
8 – 10 p.m. ELEVATE Pitch Competition Live Finals (Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South)
8 OR 10:30 p.m (choose) The Donkey Show, directed by Diane Paulus ’88, A.R.T. OBERON (ticket required)
10 p.m. on Dessert and Drinks (Noir, Charles Hotel)
Sunday, October 17, 2010
8:45 – 10 a.m. Closing Breakfast, by Flour Bakery + Cafe (all Sunday events in Boylston)
9 – 10:45 a.m. •Entrepreneurship Exposed: Launching Business, Creative and Non-Profit Ventures
10:15 a.m. –  11:15 a.m. •Rx for MD’s? Doctoring in 2010 and Beyond
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. •Reboot: Reinventing Media for the Digital Age
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. HAAAA General Meeting (open to all)

Event Descriptions

(please see the Speakers page for bios on each speaker)

Friday, Oct. 15

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Class Visits
Certain College classes will be open for Summit visitors in conjunction with Freshman Parents Weekend. No sign-up necessary; just drop in. Space may be limited, and visitor admittance is up to the professor.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | College Admissions Info Session and Tour
Admissions Visitor Center, Agassiz House, Radcliffe Yard (not the Quad!)
Summit participants and their children are invited to a one-hour information session led by an Admissions officer and featuring current Asian-American students. A one-hour campus tour will follow. Sign-up is not required.

5 – 6 p.m. | House Dinner
Winthrop House Dining Hall (additional fee; can pay at the door)
Word is the college food has greatly improved over the years! Find out if this is true by enjoying a nostalgic dinner at a House dining hall. Current students will join and tell you how else house life has changed.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Opening Reception & Summit Registration
Radcliffe Gym, in Radcliffe Yard (not the Quad!)
The Summit officially begins with a welcome by Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University and Lincoln Professor of History, at the beautiful Radcliffe Gym. The brief program, which also includes welcomes by John P. Reardon, Jr. ’60, Executive Director of the Harvard Alumni Association and Associate Vice President for University Relations, and former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao MBA ’79, will allow plenty of time for mingling with friends old and new. Music by pianist Andrew Chow ’14 and guitarist Jared Lopez ’14.
Sponsored by the Harvard Association of Asian and Asian American Faculty and Administrators and Yoshiko June Nagao ’96.

8 p.m. – 12 midnight | The Crimson Frame: A Film Showcase
Science Center D
From 8-8:45 p.m., Filmmakers Mynette Louie ’97 and Georgia Lee ’98 will speak about their award-winning film work and their Hollywood careers. Children of Invention, produced by Louie, will be screened at 8:45 p.m. Released in 2010, Children, about two Chinese-American children who find themselves left alone,  is “as close to cinematic purity as one is likely to see this year,” according to the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Red Doors will be shown immediately afterward, at 10:30 p.m. Directed by Lee and released in 2006, Red Doors relates the tale of a Chinese-American family with three daughters in the New York suburbs and their complicated, dysfunctional lives; the Wall Street Journal called it “hilariously funny and unbelievably revealing.”
Co-sponsored by Organization of Asian American Sisters in Service and Taiwanese Cultural Society.

10:00 p.m. till… | Summit After Hours
Queen’s Head Pub, Memorial Hall lower level
Continue mixing with Summit participants into the wee hours. Cambridge Queen’s Head is the student-run bar and social space established in the basement of Memorial Hall in 2006. Erase your memories of classes and finals in Mem Hall! No-host bar.

Saturday, Oct. 16

8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Summit Registration
Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, just outside Harvard Yard
Please check in as early in the weekend as possible, as you’ll need your name badge for entry to all Summit events and for special prices at our partner restaurants.

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | RE:CONNECT Networking Breakfast
Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street
Kick off the first full day of the Summit at this morning meet-up designed to help you build friendships, connections and a better understanding of the fields that interest you. Tables will be hosted by outstanding and outgoing alumni accomplished in their areas of expertise. The Hosts include Norman Bay JD ’86, director, Office of Enforcement, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Andrew G.W. Chung ’99, principal of Lightspeed Ventures; Jay Chen ’01, Board of Education, Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District; Leland Cheung KSG, councilmember, Cambridge; Jay Chyung ’99, MD/PhD ’06, medical director, Healthway; Ann Kim ’00 documentary film producer/director;  Michelle Kung ’03, reporter/blog editor, Wall Street Journal; Jennifer 8. Lee ’98-99, journalist/author; Yiting Liu ’03, managing director of Ray Shi Capital Group; Vivek Murthy ’98,attending physician and instructor, Brigham & Women’s/HMS, co-founder & chairman, Epernicus, LLC, co-founder and president, Doctors for America; Karen Tseng ’01, JD ’05, Assistant Attorney General, Massachusetts; Roopal Shah ’91, co-founder and executive director, Indicorps; Sam Sia PhD ’02, asst professor of bioengineering, Columbia University; Surat Singh MD HLS ’85, SJD ’90, chairman/managing partner, Dr. Surat Singh & Associates Bella Wong ’82, EdM ’91, superintendent of schools, Wellesley Public Schools; Derrick Wong ’76, non-profit advisor; Mark Wu ’96, assistant professor at Harvard Law School.

10:15 – 11:30 a.m. | Opening Plenary
Where We Stand: The Changing Experience of Asian Americans at Harvard

Emerson 105, Harvard Yard; please register for the Summit at the Faculty Club beforehand

Come meet alumni and staff who have played pivotal roles in shaping the Asian American experience at Harvard as they reflect on how the University has changed over the last four decades. This panel both engages provocative topics such as discriminatory admissions policies and celebrates the achievements of Asian Americans as leaders within the Harvard community. Panelists: Jane Bock ’81, staff attorney, Legal Aid Society; Eileen Chow ’90, assistant professor, East Asian Studies, Harvard; Athena Lao ’12, Co-President of the Asian American Association; Philip Lee JD ’00, EdD ’14, former Assistant Director of Admissions, Harvard Law School; William F. Lee ’72, managing partner, WilmerHale, and member, Harvard Corporation; additional panelists to be announced. Moderator: Liza Cariaga-Lo EdM ’90, EdD ’93, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity.

11:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Gala Luncheon
Faculty Club
The Summit Gala at the venerable Faculty Club will open with a welcome by Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance Founding President Eric Yeh AB/SM ’98, who will also present his vision for the development of HAAAA. The luncheon features Keynote Speaker Chris Lu JD ’91, Secretary of the Cabinet and Assistant to President Obama,
who will share his experiences on HLS classmate Barack Obama’s historic campaign, take us behind the scenes of the Administration and look ahead to the challenges and opportunities facing the White House and the nation.

Asia Rising: Opportunities and Risks
Emerson 105
Top alumni who have made their stamp in Asia offer their thoughts on where the region’s headed and discuss opportunities they see for Asian and Asian American alumni to contribute and work there—and pitfalls to avoid.
Panelists: Yiting Liu ’03, China private equity manager; Alice Young JD ’74, Partner and Chair, Asia Pacific Practice, Kaye Scholer LLP; Roopal Shah ’91, co-founder and executive director, Indicorps; Chuck Chai ’95, former U.S. Treasury Department official. Moderator: Anand Girid­haradas, current PhD candidate, columnist for New York Times and International Herald Tribune.
Sponsored by Byung-Kook Kim ’82.

1:30  – 2:40 p.m.| Panel Session I
Making Change: How Social Entrepreneurs Are Investing in a Better Future

Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall
As traditional philanthropy struggles in the faltering economy, social entrepreneurs are trying to encourage and facilitate change through innovative, market-based solutions to social challenges. We’ll hear from alumni in this area about their setbacks and successes, the outlook for future efforts and how we can contribute. Panelists: Sue Yun Chi ’01, portfolio manager, SeaChange Capital Partners; Richard Chin ’88 MD ’94, CEO, Institute for OneWorld Health; Michael Chu, MBA ’76, Senior Lecturer on Social Enterprise at Harvard Business School and Managing Director of IGNIA Fund; Roshan Paul MPP ’08, Senior Change Manager, Ashoka Peace. Moderator: Wendy Hanamura ’83, Vice President and General Manager, Link TV.

2:50  – 4:00 p.m. | Panel Session II
The Road Less Traveled: Asian Americans in Atypical Careers
Emerson 105
For these distinguished alumni, graduating from Harvard was just the beginning of their education. They share stories about how they followed their passions down non-traditional paths—and met with uncommon success. General discussion to be followed by smaller break-out sessions with each panelist.
Joanne Chang ’91, consultant-turned-chef, Flour bakeries and Myers+Chang restaurant; Bernard Lee ’92, professional poker player and ESPN commentator; Georgia Lee ’98, director of Red Doors. Joanne Chang’s new cookbook and Bernard Lee’s poker manual will be available for purchase and signing. Moderator: Jennifer 8. Lee ’98-99, journalist and author.
Sponsored by Jinhee Ahn Kim ’85 and Joseph Kim ’84.

Ask What You Can Do: Embracing Politics and Public Service
Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall
Join alumni at the epicenter of change on the campaign trail, in municipal leadership, and in Federal service. Explore such topics as, What drives people down this path? Have we entered a post-racial political era, or are we more divided than ever? Do Asian Americans matter in a majority-driven democracy? Plus, raise your own questions as these political leaders share their insiders’ perspective. Panelists: Norman Bay JD ’86, director, Office of Enforcement, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; David Chiu ’91 JD/MPP ’94, president, San Francisco Board of Supervisors; Mina Nguyen MBA ’09, former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Treasury and senior advisor for the Republican National Committee; Valerie Santos MBA/MPP ’03, deputy mayor, District of Columbia; Sam Yoon MPP ’95, founder, Asian Political Leadership Fund, former Boston City Councilor. Moderator: PJ Kim, MPA/MPP ’06, executive director, New York City’s Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, and 2009 candidate for NYC Council.
Sponsored by Tony W. Lee ’94.

4:15  – 5:30 p.m. | Politics and Public Service Reception
Ticknor Lounge, Boylston Hall
Our speakers who work in politics and public service will be the honored guests at a special reception for Summit participants interested in these fields. You’ll also connect with Kennedy School students and alumni, who can tell you more about Harvard’s offerings in this area.
Sponsored by the Asian Pacific American (APA) Caucus at the Harvard Kennedy School.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Turning the Page: An Authors Showcase, featuring Gish Jen ’77
Emerson 105
Gish Jen ’77 V.V. (Sugi) Ganeshananthan ’02 (Love Marriage) and Tania James ’03 (Atlas of Unknowns) will read from their critically acclaimed stories and unpublished works. Jen, whose first novel, Typical American, marked her as a breakthrough Asian-American author, will share and discuss her new book, World and Town, to be released in October, about a woman in midlife dealing with overwhelming loss and the challenge of starting over. Emcee: Deanna Lee ’84, VP, Communications and Marketing, New York Public Library. Harvard Book Store will sell works by these and other Summit writers at Emerson and afterward at the OBERON reception, where the authors will be available for signing.
Sponsored by The Asian American Writers Workshop.

5:30-7 p.m.| Reception at the American Repertory Theater’s OBERON
OBERON (corner of Mass Ave. and Arrow St.)
You’re invited by Diane Paulus ’88, artistic director and CEO of the A.R.T. and Tony-nominated director of the acclaimed Broadway revival of Hair, to wind down from the day’s sessions at OBERON, the A.R.T.’s cool theatrical club space. Acclaimed violinist and member of the Harvard Board of Overseers Lynn Chang ’75 will perform a quartet with his son Christopher Chang ’12, Bobby Chen ’14 and Saki Takahashi ’11. Summit speaker-authors Gish Jen, Tania James, V.V. (Sugi) Ganeshananthan, Darshak Sanghavi, Pauline Chen ’86
, Joanne Chang ’91, Jeff Yang ’89 and Jennifer 8. Lee ’98-’99 will sign their books, which you may purchase on site from Harvard Book Store.

8 p.m. or 10:30 p.m.| A.R.T. performance of The Donkey Show
OBERON (corner of Mass Ave. and Arrow St.; ticket purchase required, tickets will likely still be available at the door)
Stay at OBERON for The Donkey Show, director Diane Paulus’s smash-hit disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Summit participants may purchase tickets at a special Summit rate through the registration form. “With The Donkey Show, Diane Paulus has changed the face of A.R.T. in one fell swoop….It’s a great night out.” —Boston Herald

7:15 – 8:15 p.m. | Poker Master Class with Pro Bernard Lee ’92, ALM ’94 (sign-up and fee required)
CGIS South 050
Discuss expert strategy and analyze live hands with Bernard Lee, a professional poker player with over $1.35 million in career earnings and an instructor with the World Series of Poker Academy. Lee has written the Sunday poker column for the Boston Herald since 2005, and is also the co-host of’s weekly poker show, ESPN Inside Deal.

7 – 8 p.m.| Dinner Reception with Pitch Competition Judges and Finalists
CGIS South-Concourse (1730 Cambridge St., between Prescott & Felton)
Enjoy a light dinner with new Summit friends in preparation for the exciting finals of the ELEVATE Pitch Competition. Meet accomplished entrepreneurs, executives and venture capitalists, who may offer invaluable advice on your own ideas.

8 – 10 p.m.| ELEVATE Pitch Competition Finals
CGIS South-Tsai Auditorium (1730 Cambridge St., between Prescott & Felton)
Come watch the Live Pitch Finals of HAAAA’s first ELEVATE Pitch Competition, as the final contestants present their plans for business, social enterprise and artistic works to a panel of expert judges. Audience members will be able to vote by cellphone for the winner of the Audience Favorite Award. Judges: Melissa Lee ’95, host, CNBC’s “Fast Money”; P.Y. Nicole Chang ’89, vice president , New Business Development,  DFS Group Limited; Richard Chin ’88 MD ’94, CEO, Institute for OneWorld Health; David Eun ’89 JD ’93, president, AOL Media and Studios; Sheila Marcelo, MBA ’98, JD ’99, CEO,, former Matrix Partners Entrepreneur-in-Residence; Joseph Park MBA ’04, SVP, HarperCollins Consumer Digital Business.

10:00 p.m. till… | Summit After Hours
Noir, Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street (next to the Kennedy School)
Close Cambridge down one last time with fellow Summit participants as you discuss the day’s highlights and lay the groundwork for future contact and collaboration.
Co-sponsored by the Asian American Business Association and Asia Business Club of HBS.

Sunday, Oct. 17

8:45 – 10 a.m. | Closing Breakfast, catered by Flour Bakery + Cafe
Boylston-Ticknor Lounge
The famous sticky buns created by
Chef Joanne Chang ’91 are worth waking up for! Grab some coffee and get set for Sunday’s knockout final speakers.

9 – 10:15 a.m. | Entrepreneurship Exposed: Launching Business, Creative and Nonprofit Ventures—and Getting the Money to Make it Happen
Boylston-Fong Auditorium
So you’ve got a great idea: How do you get the capital to launch it? Veterans of the startup space—the venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and executives who’ve raised or given millions of dollars—will lead a 45-minute panel sharing their personal stories on building successful businesses and their advice on getting financing in this economy. Then they’ll break out into small roundtable discussions by industry—including arts/media/entertainment, social causes, medical, tech and cleantech—allowing you to ask questions and make connections. Panelists (more to be announced): Sheila Lirio Marcelo MBA ’98, JD ’99, CEO, (tech); Zen Chu, Business Development Director, Harvard-Wyss Accelerator fund (medical); Andrew Chung ’99, Principal, Lightspeed Venture Partners (Internet/cleantech); Chris Kao JD ’99, partner, Perkins Coie; Joseph C. Park MBA ’04, SVP, HarperCollins Consumer Digital Business (publishing/tech); Richard de Silva ’94 MBA ’00, General Partner, Highland Capital Partners. Moderator: Melissa Lee ’95, host, CNBC’s “Fast Money”

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. | Rx for MDs: Doctoring in 2010 and Beyond. A Conversation with…Pauline Chen ’86 and Darshak Sanghavi ’92
Boylston-Fong Auditorium
Renowned physician-author-columnists
Pauline Chen ’86 and Darshak Sanghav ’92i explore how medicine has changed since their Harvard days. How do the realities of practicing health care today compare with the ideals that led them into the field? What do they tell would-be med students? And what’s their advice for confused and fearful patients?

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Reboot: Reinventing Media for the Digital Age. A Conversation with…David Eun ’89 JD ’93
Boylston-Fong Auditorium
A candid take on the future of media by David Eun ’89 JD ’93, president of AOL Media and Studios and Hollywood Reporter‘s “Digital Power Player of 2010,” with reporter Sewell Chan ’98, economics reporter and former City Room bureau chief, The New York Times.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | HAAAA General Meeting (open to all)
Boylston-Ticknor Lounge
Please join the HAAAA board and officers, led by president Eric Yeh AB/AM ’98, to discuss plans for the Shared Interest Group’s future, including chapter expansion and new ideas for its activities around the world. Help maintain momentum from the Summit as we strengthen HAAAA’s global network and mission. An officers meeting will follow at 1:30, and is also open to members.