2008 Corporate Asian Women's Leadership Conference
Born to Lead: Corporate Asian Women Making a Difference
Speaker Bios

June 17, 2008


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Alina Cho

Alina Cho is a New York-based correspondent for CNN/U.S. She joined the network in February 2004. For one of her recent assignments, Alina provided rare, live coverage from inside North Korea for CNN. She was part of the official press delegation traveling with the New York Philharmonic for the orchestra's groundbreaking concert in Pyongyang. She also provided a personal look at the division of North and South Korea through the eyes of her parents, who are survivors of the Korean War.

Alina was also part of the Peabody and Emmy award-winning CNN team that covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans.

Before joining CNN, Alina was an anchor and correspondent for ABC News. During her tenure with ABC, she was a regular substitute anchor for World News Now and World News This Morning. She also served as the network's online correspondent for ABC News Live and as a correspondent for NewsOne, the network's affiliate news service. Alina reported from the United Nations during the months prior to the war in Iraq and covered the sniper attacks near Washington, D.C., in 2002.

Prior to ABC News, she was an anchor with CNBC where she covered a variety of national and international stories including leading the network's coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Prior to joining CNBC, she held several posts with the ABC affiliate WFTS in Tampa, Fla., including morning and weekend anchor and reporter. During her tenure with the affiliate, she earned a regional Emmy award for her reporting on the 1996 St. Petersburg riots. Before joining WFTS, she was with Chicagoland Television where she worked as a reporter for the news network.

Alina earned a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and an undergraduate degree in communications from Boston College.


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Barbara Adachi
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Barbara Adachi leads Deloitte Consulting LLP's Human Capital Practice for the West region. She is responsible for operations, financial performance, sales, and delivery of human capital consulting services across the region. She started the Bay Area Human Capital practice in 1990 and specializes in total rewards and benefits strategy and plan design.

Barbara is also the National Managing Principal for Deloitte LLP's award-winning Women's Initiative (WIN) and serves on the board of Deloitte Consulting LLP. She has been named one of the "100 Most Influential Women in Business" by San Francisco Business Times from 2003 through 2008.

Barbara also serves on the boards of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Santa Clara University HR Leadership Advisory Board, Professional Business Women of California Advisory Board, and Blue Cross of California Consumer Relations Committee. She was chair of the 2007 American Heart Association (AHA) Go Red Luncheon for San Francisco and continues to be active with the AHA.

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Amy de Rham
Senior Client Partner
Korn Ferry International

Amy is a Senior Client Partner, Sector Leader-Asset Management and Wealth Management for North America. She has extensive search experience across functions with a specialty in investment related positions for the buy and sell-side. Her clients include global financial services companies, money management and specialty alternatives firms, endowments and foundations and fund of funds.

Amy began her career at Spencer Stuart, where she was a member of the firm's Global Financial Services and Diversity practices, and then joined Korn/Ferry as a Senior Client Partner, focusing on Asset Management. She rejoined Korn/Ferry most recently from a specialty boutique firm. Prior to Spencer Stuart, Ms. de Rham was a managing director and senior research analyst at Banc of America Securities, LLC, formerly Montgomery Securities, in San Francisco. Prior to Montgomery Securities, she served as a senior equity research analyst and then portfolio manager at MFS Investment Management in Boston. At MFS, she managed a third of the flagship Mass. Investors Trust (MIT), a growth and income equities fund.

Amy has an AB cum laude from Princeton University and an MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, where she is a member of the MBA Advisory Board. She is a Trustee of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and the National Trust property, Filoli. For Princeton University, she is a Steering Committee member of Women In Leadership and has served as Chairperson for the Committee to Nominate Alumni Trustees.

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Maykin Ho
Goldman Sachs

Maykin is a biotechnology analyst and head of US Healthcare for Global Investment Research. She joined the firm in 1992 and became a managing director in 1998 and a partner in 2002.

Maykin Ho has been ranked the First or Second Team in Biotechnology by Institutional Investor since 1995. Previously, she was with Dupont-Merck Pharmaceuticals and Dupont De Nemours & Company.

Maykin serves on the board of The Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center and the Investment Committee of the Society for Neuroscience. She is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Association of Immunologists. Maykin also served on the Biological Chemistry Advisory Council at Harvard Medical School.

Maykin was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School from 1980 to 1982. She earned a PhD in 1980 and a bachelor's degree in 1975 from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center.

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Aru Kulkarni
Jones Apparel Group

Aru Kulkarni is currently at Jones Apparel Group as President of Sales of the Better Sportswear Division. She joined Jones Apparel Group in May 2008. Prior to that she was at Liz Claiborne Inc.

Aru joined Liz Claiborne in 2000 as Vice President, General Manager of Liz Casual Sales, and then held several positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently Aru was the Chief Customer Officer of the Partnered Brands Division, responsible for Liz Claiborne, Monet, Licensing and International Alliances. She led strategy development and oversaw all customer relationships for the division.

Previously, Aru held executive positions in sales and marketing at Warnaco and Maidenform Inc. She began her career in retail at Joseph Horne's in Pittsburgh.

Aru attended the University of Pittsburgh where she earned her Master of Science in Economics.


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