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Join us for a kickass panel discussion with some of the most badass Asian American founders in the New York startup world. They're ready to dish out the real deal on their mistakes, missteps, and missed opportunities - and the hard-earned lessons they learned along the way.

No BS, no fluff - just raw, down-to-earth insights from people who've been there, done that, and crushed it. So what are you waiting for? Register now and let's get real about entrepreneurship!


Event Details

Dates: March 23 

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: The Yard in Columbus Circle: 33 W 60th St, New York, NY 10023

BYOB, Free Admission for entrepreneurs and RSVP ONLY


Panel Lineup

Alex Chester-Iwata | Co-Founder & CEO at Mixed Asian Media

Alex Chester-Iwata (she/her) is an actor and the Co-Founder/CEO of Mixed Asian Media - an online media platform for mixed Asian Pacific Islanders. Recognized by the Nielsen Consumer Report on Asian Americans MAM is the leading platform for sharing stories of the mixed API experience. Alex is a board member of ACE Next Gen's NYC Chapter and a member of Gold House. @AlexFChester @MixedAsianMedia


Nhu Le| Founder & CEO at Finding Ferdinand

Nhu Le is the Founder and CEO of Finding Ferdinand, a beauty brand specializing in custom cosmetics. Having previously worked in product development for a tech startup, Bazaarvoice (went public in 2012), Nhu is dedicated to combining tech and beauty to help customers create their own beauty one-of-a-kind products.


Robert Lee | Founder & CEO at Rescuing Leftover Cuisine

With a Bachelor’s degree at the Stern School of Business at New York University and a career in finance at various Wall Street firms, Robert Lee left finance to grow Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLC). RLC has been providing food rescue services since 2013 and is headquartered in New York City. RLC was incubated by Blue Ridge Labs @ the Robin Hood Foundation and since then has expanded across the nation. In addition, Mr. Lee has been honored as a CNN Hero, Forbes 30 Under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship, NYC Food Policy 40 Under 40, and Youth Action Net Fellow.


Savio Chan | Agency Director of Asian Market Development at Mass Mutual

Savio Chan is an award-winning serial AAPI entrepreneur, bestselling author and a Cornell Mentor. He was a highly sought-after speaker and consultant for brands like Louis Vuitton, Montblanc, Piaget and Tourneau. His bestseller, China’s Super Consumers, was number one on Amazon and selected by Air France Club China as one of the must-reads books on China. He was Chairman of Ascend Charity Golf Outing and co-founded Asian American Authors Book Club.


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Special Thanks

The Yard is a company built to inspire and cultivate success. Featuring private offices and coworking in New York, Philadelphia, and D.C., the company has been instrumental in establishing growing businesses and motivating large companies across the U.S.