Southern California Edison (SCE) held its 12th annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) celebration on Thursday, May 4, during which it awarded business and community partners for their contributions to energy efficiency and the greater Asian American community.
The three awards given honored Diamond Wipes International, Inc., a disposable wet wipes manufacturer based in Chino, California, with the energy efficiency participation award; the Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP), a non-profit organization, with the community partnership award; and Red Kite Business Advisors, a marketing consulting firm, with the diverse business enterprise award.
The event was emcee’d by Bill Imada, chairman and chief connectivity officer of IW Group, Inc.
Ryan Patel, a global executive who has worked at startups to publicly traded companies and is an expert in scaling businesses worldwide, served as the keynote speaker. He recently served as the vice president of global development for Pinkberry.
“At one point, someone said ‘you can’t do this’ or maybe…it comes to who’s in the room, [their] ethnicity and age…,” Patel said. “I don’t get caught up in ‘I was the only person in the room that was of this decent…I looked at it as an opportunity to prove to myself and everyone else that my ideas were good no matter what it was.”
He shared the importance of diversity, gender equality and philanthropy within businesses.
He added, “I look at heritage months as two things: the celebration of the past — it’s really important to learn from those who have done this, the pioneers — but I’m also here to tell you that don’t take this month for granted. It’s also [about] the future, how are you going to lead the next generation?”