WASHINGTON, DC – February 22, 2019 – The country’s largest and most established business-to-business conference convened by Pan Asian Americans – CelebrAsian 2019 Business & Procurement Conference – will be chaired by Angie Klett, senior vice president IT CFO and chief procurement officer at Nationwide.
CelebrAsian 2019, the national flagship conference of the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC), will be held on June 5 – 7, 2019 at the Hilton Americas-Houston in Texas. USPAACC will hold the pre-conference innovation competition, the semi-final round of What’s Your Pitch: Innovation Meets the Market, at Rice University on June 4.
Conference theme “Be Unique, Ignite Leadership, Deliver Exceptional ResultS = BUILDERS” of the American Dream, aims to help Pan Asian American entrepreneurs to create a brighter and more prosperous future for themselves by learning corporate and government procurement processes, forming strategic partnerships with minority and diverse businesses; and acquiring knowledge and skills to reach the next level of achievement.
“We are honored and delighted to have Nationwide’s Angie Klett serve as Chair of this year’s conference,” said Susan Au Allen, USPAACC National President & CEO. “Angie joins a long and impressive roster of business and industry leaders who have chaired our flagship event for over 33 years. More important, her role shines the spotlight on the significant transformative impact of emergent technologies on procurement in today’s global marketplace.”
Klett is also the Chair of the USPAACC CPO Council, one of the organization’s high-profile initiatives that brings together a select group of CPOs from various industries to create peer-to-peer thought leadership, promote astute assessment of the procurement landscape, gain new insight into international business trends, and make informed decisions about the current and future state of supply chain management.
As Nationwide’s CPO, Klett leads strategic sourcing and procurement for the company. As CFO, she serves as a strategic business partner to the firm’s CIO, providing financial planning and reporting on the IT budget – a tight link between the company’s technology spend and the amount sourced externally from suppliers.
Nationwide is a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio and is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the United States.
Founded in 1984 in the nation’s Capital, the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) is the most established and effective national nonprofit nonpartisan organization representing all Asian American and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services. Our mission is to promote and propel economic growth and job creation by opening doors to business and professional opportunities for Asian Americans and their partners in corporations, government at the federal, state and local levels, and the small, minority and diverse business communities. For 35 years, USPAACC has served and will continue to serve as the unified voice for equal opportunity in business for Asian Americans, as the gateway to corporate and government contracts, to Asian American suppliers, and information about Asian Americans and the Asia-Pacific and Indian Subcontinent markets.
Our signature annual thought-leadership programs include: College Hallmark Scholarship Program that began in 1989, One-on-One Prescheduled Business Matchmaking Meetings in 1998, Supplier Diversity & Procurement Leadership Caucus in 2004, Federal Contracting Town Hall Meetings in 2005, Fast 100 Asian American Businesses in 2008, Business Executive Coaching: ReadySetGrow in 2011, Chief Procurement Officers Forum in 2011, What’s Your Pitch Innovation Competitions in 2015, Chief Technology & Information Officers Forum in 2017, and Corporate Employee Business Resource Group Leadership Caucus in 2017.
Headquartered in Washington DC, USPAACC reaches Asian American businesses nationwide through regional chapters in California, Texas, New York, Georgia, Illinois and the Washington DC-Maryland-Virginia National Capital Area.
Businesses can be nominated or apply for the innovative national award program that recognizes the robust growth of 100 leading Asian American-owned businesses“We celebrate the fastest-growing difference makers, risk takers, and boundary breakers powering America’s economy,” says USPAACC National President and CEO Susan Au Allen
SD Champions provides tools to nurture corporate, government, and large nonprofit supplier diversity programs, while also encouraging and supporting the certification and development of the small and diverse businesses that make these programs a reality.
The SD Champions program advanced by USPAACC represents a purposeful shift away from awards solely based on a corporation's ability to spend and moves toward a new emphasis that encourages transparency, innovation, inclusion, impact on the community, and integration in supplier diversity programs.