After 18 years of active membership and board service at the local and national level, Rose continues to use her leadership experiences to guide the organization in all capacities as President for the Chicago chapter.
Rose led the establishment of a women’s leadership program, an initiative geared toward professional and leadership development of Asian American women in the workforce, and is now nationally known as Women in NAAAP. Additionally, Rose formed a consortium of Asian American Employee & Business Resource Groups, now known as the Asian American Group Leaders Program, and consists of over 40 corporate employee resource groups and affinity groups. Rose also co-chaired the 2005 NAAAP Convention in Chicago and was the first convention to feature three C-level executive keynote speakers: Indra Nooyi (Pepsico), Sanjiv Anand (Hewitt), and Rohini Anand, (Sodexo).
Professionally, Rose is a nonprofit consultant, but brings over 20 years of experience in a variety of industries – real estate appraisal, IT consulting, non-profit management, and market research.
Rose is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where she received her Bachelor of Science in Management with a minor in Labor Relations and Workforce Development.
Mike Valdez currently serves NAAAP at the National and Chicago Chapter levels. Mike is a Board Member and Treasurer for NAAAP Chicago. Mike served the Chicago Chapter as Director of Corporate Relations (2005 -2007); Director of Affinity Groups (2007 – 2008), Treasurer (since 2009) & Board member (since 2012).
At NAAAP National, Mike serves as Chief Business Development Officer responsible for oversight of sponsor management and fundraising (since 2015).
Mike was drawn to NAAAP through his involvement with his company’s ERG as he led the “Asian Leadership Business Resource Council” at Northern Trust Company from 2004 – 2015. It was that involvement that also let to the creation of the Asian American Group Leaders of Greater Chicago (AAGL), a NAAAP sponsored program with over 35 corporate ERG/BRGs throughout the Chicago & Suburban area participating to host up to two events each year. ( The Asian Heritage Month and the Corporate Leadership events. )
Mike holds a bachelor of arts from Elmhurst College and a master’s of business administration from Keller Graduate School. He currently is a Vice President with the Northern Trust Company. Mike is married to Karen Valdez and has two sons, Ethan & Harrison and lives in Crystal Lake, IL.
Board Member; Chair, Asian American Group Leaders (AAGL) Program
Kenneth Dorado is an Information Security Advisor at TransUnion and seasoned professional. He combines his collective experience from multiple industry verticals ranging from Healthcare, Financial Services and Information Technology.
Kenneth believes that at the center of every successful organization is a strong integration of Diversity & Inclusion. At TransUnion, a newly gathered team of driven and like-minded peers are spearheading the formation and development of a Networking Resource Group geared towards the various cultures of Asia. Kenneth is responsible for driving the success of the Asian Networking Resource Group as President and co-Founder.
His vision is to empower and enable employees at TransUnion through providing access and exposure into Asian cultures. He looks to make his vision reality through internal resource development and community outreach.
When he's at home, he enjoys spending time and making memories with his wife and son.
Creative strategist. Consumer Advocate. Champion of Gender Equity.
Brand marketer at Nike, Inc. with experience in elevating brands through strategic partnerships, vision casting, and consumer insights. Sarah currently works on the women’s business at Nike and is passionate about closing the gender gap, specifically in sport. She is driven by social impact, localized connections and cross-functional collaboration. Being part of NAAAP would allow Sarah to build its mission to enhance career and leadership development in the Asian American community.
Shilpesh Patel recently joined HUB International (Chicago, Illinois) as a Director, specifically within Mergers and Integrations. Prior to that he was engaged at HUB as a consultant. He has been consulting for over 23 years across multiple industries, save for a five-year period to lead the Messaging Architecture team for The Northern Trust Company.
Shil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and was awarded the Sydney S. Greenfield Award as recognition for his outstanding leadership and service while there. While achieving multiple Microsoft and IBM certifications across his career, he was recognized by The Northern Trust Company and awarded its Northern Trust Chairman’s Award.
Shil lives in Streamwood, Illinois with his wife and three sons, enjoys soccer and golf and has been volunteering as a soccer coach within the local park district for over 10 years. He is extremely passionate about leadership in both a personal and professional capacity, and has been affiliated with NAAAP and NAAAP Chicago for over a decade.
Tram Vo has over 19 years of banking experience. She is an Associate Managing Director, Data Intelligence Manager for CRA Strategy and Community Impact at CIBC Bank USA. Tram is passionate about diversity and inclusion. She leads the initiative of the Asian People Network at the CIBC in the US. Tram also serves as the as the Treasurer for the National Alumnae Board of alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, an international Asian-interest sorority. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Lewis University.
Tram is an entrepreneur at heart and always looking for the next best thing. Back in 2012 she started a mobile flip book studio to cater to brides and grooms who wanted something extra ordinary on their special day. She loves to read and follow current events. She resides in Woodridge with her husband and two children, Ellie (3) and Dash (1), as well as two canine kids, Roofie (12) and Mohinder (10).
Toni Ostrowski is an organizer for the Women in NAAAP Brunch Series. She has been working as a Graphic/Web Designer for 15 years and is currently working at DeVry Education Group as a Multimedia Developer. Her professional interests include instructional video production and HTML5 coding.
Toni’s educational background consists of a Bachelor of Science in Computer Programming from St. Xavier University in Chicago and a Masters in Information Systems Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.
On a personal level, Toni is an advocate of bringing education and food to all corners of the world and has a deep interest in recycling and sustainability. In addition, she enjoys dancing, fitness, art, and science. She lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband Jason, and has three sons: Ian, August, and Aiden, as well as one daughter-in-law and a small variety of pets.