When

Friday, February 18, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST
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Where

TQL Stadium 
1501 Central Pkwy
Cincinnati, OH 45214
 

 
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Contact

Leo Chan, Executive Director 
Midwest USA Chinese Chamber of Commerce 
513-501-3087 
leo@china-midwest.com 
 

Lunar New Year Gala by M3C, Feb 18, 2022 

This momentous event is our opportunity to celebrate the most important holiday in Asian culture together. We want to bring the business community of Midwest USA (and beyond) together to mix, mingle and enjoy a fine evening of Chinese cultural celebration.

  • Registration & networking 4:30 pm
  • Prelude - Lion Dance 5:00 pm
  • Opening remarks 5:05 pm
  • Keynotes 5:10 pm
  • Performance #1 6:00 pm
  • Chamber presentation 6:10 pm
  • Performance #2 & dinner serving 6:30 pm
  • Awards & recognition 6:40 pm
  • Performance #3 7:00 pm
  • Raffle round #1 7:10 pm
  • Slide show & sharing 7:15 pm
  • Raffle round #2 7:30 pm
  • Performance #4 7:35 pm
  • Raffle round #3 7:45 pm
  • Closing remarks 8:00 pm

Master of Ceremony: David Winter

David Winter is an award-winning journalist with nearly two decades of reporting experience. He has reported and anchored television news in Montana, Nevada, Texas, Illinois, Michigan and San Francisco, where he was reared.

He graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Journalism. After receiving investigative, spot news and hard news awards from the Associated Press, the National Association of Broadcasters and the Radio Television News Directors Association, David left journalism to work in advertising, marketing, public relations and technology. He traveled extensively in Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia. David says all of these experiences gave him perspective for his return to the Fourth Estate, his greatest passion.

Keynote Speaker: Jeff Berding

Jeff Berding (born February 8, 1967) is an American sports executive and politician. Since 2015, he has served as the president of the FC Cincinnati, a Major League Soccer franchise. He is also a Democratic politician, having served on the Cincinnati City Council from 2005 to 2011. From 1996 to 2015, he worked as an executive for the Cincinnati Bengals. Berding is currently serving as board chair of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Keynote Speaker: Lee Wong

Lee Wong was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2005, taking office for his first term in January 2006. He has a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and is now retired from the United States Army after 20 years of active duty service having served as a Special Agent for the Criminal Investigation Division.

Keynote Speaker: Erika Moritsugu

Erika L. Moritsugu, currently the Vice President at National Partnership for Women & Families has spent her career in the federal government and politics fighting for social justice and the empowerment of communities and individuals. She served as the Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at the Department of Housing and Urban Development under the leadership of Secretary Julián Castro in the Obama Administration after being confirmed by the Senate in 2014.

Moritsugu was recently appointed as the Vice President of a newly formed Congressional Relations team to lead an enterprise-wide advocacy strategy across all of the Partnership’s program areas, including economic justice and health justice. Prior to her work at the National Partnership, Moritsugu led the Government Relations, Advocacy and Community Engagement team at the Anti-Defamation League, a leading anti-hate organization that was founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry.

Moritsugu has diverse and deep experience on Capitol Hill and within governmental agencies. Moritsugu served as the General Counsel for Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, for whom she provided legislative and political strategic counsel and managed the Senator’s AAPI outreach and judiciary, civil rights and economic policies. She was the Deputy Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs at the newly-established Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Deputy Legislative Director for Senator Daniel K. Akaka of Hawai’i focused on economic policy and health issues; and held several different roles at the Senate Democratic Policy Committee under Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, including Acting Staff Director and Policy Director and economic policy advisor. She previously worked at the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, the Prosecutor’s Office for the City and County of Honolulu, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division. Before recommitting to a career in public service, she practiced international trade, legislative, and immigration law at Hogan and Hartson and managed grassroots and coalition-building campaigns at The Wexler Group.

Keynote Speaker: Leila Kubesch

Leila Kubesch committed her career as an educator to serving diverse in communities. She is a public speaker, advocate for social change, and founder and director of the not-for-profit organization Parents 2 Partners (P2P). P2P was established to proactively engage vulnerable parents, including those with limited English, to develop cultural understanding of the US school system and collaborate with schools. Through this non-profit, she empowers school leaders, educators and service providers with essential skills for culturally responsive family outreach and works to support schools in developing meaningful connections for the success of all students. Kubesch has spent two decades working with diverse youth, families and educators to remove cultural barriers and promote equity and overall student well being.
 
Her work with students has been driven by her desire to help youth develop their own leadership skills, become global and civic-minded, and break away from limiting beliefs by guiding them to rise above challenges and advocate for community change.  Her latest project, Chow & Tell, a teen cooking show she led her students in creating after they expressed a desire to learn life skills during the pandemic, was recently named “2021 Best of the City” by Cincinnati Magazine. 
 
She holds a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Purdue University and a Master of Arts from Ball State University in Secondary Education. She is certified in Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Yoga for Trauma through the Kripalu School of Yoga, is a TEDx speaker and a professional member of the National Speakers Association. She is the 2020 Ohio Teacher of the Year, 2020 Toyota National Family Teacher of the Year, and 2021 NEA Horace Mann Awardee.