Professional Development and Networking event at Aurora Healthcare

You’re invited to a Networking event for Milwaukee Asian Professionals – Becoming a Leader

National Association of Asian American Professionals – Milwaukee Chapter 
presents    Becoming a Leader
Professional Development & Networking Event

Please join us for a Networking & Professional Development event sponsored by Aurora Health Care in partnership with NAAAP Milwaukee. This is an excellent opportunity for Milwaukee-area professionals to connect and network, and is free for NAAAP members.  Lunch will be served. Registration is mandatory to allow for capacity planning.

Presentation Information and Speaker Bios


   Risk Taking : Jackie Timm

Head of Business Operations



Collaborative, strategic leader with a rare combination of intuitive and technical abilities, known for the ability to comprehend complex situations and distill them to the vital few things that matter, I turn ambiguity and challenges into consumer and brand-centric outcomes by facilitating teams through strategic planning, market and product launches, channel development, continuous improvement, learning and development.


Branding Yourself for Success : Arvind Kaushal

Vice President – Power Solutions Johnson Controls


Arvind joined Johnson Controls in 2014 and currently serves as Vice President, Strategy and Market Intelligence for Power Solutions. In this role he is responsible for establishing and implementing a best-in-class market intelligence capability as well as playing a central role in the coordination of the company’s global business strategy. Prior to joining Johnson
Controls, Arvind was a Vice President for Booz & Company, Chicago. He also worked for IBM in India directly after completing his Engineering degree. He received his BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.


Theories of Leadership – Praveen Rao
CXO Advisor, Strategy and 
Analytics Practice lead at IBM


Praveen has over 20 years of industry experience in aligning Technology with Business needs to improve business Efficiency, Effectiveness and Governance. He is a seasoned leader with progressive experience in leading Technology, Operations, Performance Improvement strategies and programs for global companies. He has expertise in envisioning & leading large programs focused on Technology, Cognitive computing and Business Transformation. He has led multi-million dollar initiatives involving cross-functional global teams and demonstrated ability to build peak-performing teams and achieve business objectives.

Praveen is currently working as IBM’s Strategy, IoT and Advanced Analytics Practice lead and is responsible for Industrial products sector of the business. Prior to joining IBM he has also worked with other leading management-consulting firms and has been a founding member of LeadStrong Corporation. 

Praveen has graduated with a BS, MS and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. His hobbies include reading, motivational speaking, playing Ping-Pong & Cricket. He is currently living in Milwaukee with his wife and two daughters.





Leading Your Culture to Amazing Results – Bob Pothier



Culture management is the most under-utilized leadership skill in the world. In this session I will present two models that, combined, form the basis for leaders to understand and start managing their organizations’ cultures to move beyond their current results. This dynamic and interactive session is designed to help participants immediately start to use these models to apply to real business issues. Leaders will walk away with a short list of “to dos” that they can start implementing.

This keynote session is based on the two best-selling books, “The Oz Principle” and “Change the Culture, Change the Game”.

Bob Pothier serves as a Director for Partners In Leadership and brings a wealth of experience that has helped clients create greater accountability and implement culture change initiatives. Bob spent nine years as an executive at General Electric Company where he worked on mergers and acquisitions for GE Healthcare. At GE he worked on over 100 global acquisitions, equity investments, and divestitures and helped lead the strategic planning and execution of GE’s integration process.

Prior to GE, Bob worked for Koch Industries in its Koch Capital group, working on mergers and acquisitions, but focusing primarily on Koch Ventures, its private equity division.

Bob also is a co-author of the book The Happiness Journey and serves as Chairman of the Board of Hapacus, a wellness company.

Since joining Partners In Leadership, Bob has worked with many notable organizations such as Abbott, Baird Capital, Bechtel, Comcast, Genomic Health, Genzyme, Kawasaki, Monsanto, Petronas and US Foods.

With a JD in International Law and Legal Studies from Georgetown University Law Center and a Master of Science in international business from Georgetown, Bob has spent most of his career on business strategy and working with cross-cultural teams. He has worked with both large and small organizations and has consulted, taught and trained hundreds of people in his career as he has helped grow these businesses.

Currently, Bob contributes to the Partners In Leadership column for Inc. Magazine and serves on the board of directors of several non-profit organizations. In addition, Bob has been an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at Baker University (MBA program) and Marquette University Law School.


 Shary Tran

Diversity and Inclusion Director at Froedtert


 Shary Tran is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Health System. Her work focuses on Workplace and Workforce initiatives with the ultimate goal of ensuring a quality healthcare experience for everyone who chooses Froedtert for their care. Shary specializes in strategic recruitment, education and development of quality staff for the health system. This work is accomplished through cultivation of key partnerships with internal departments and community organizations.

Before joining Froedtert Health, Shary spent over 13 years working in the field of Diversity and Inclusion for Fortune 500 companies such as Briggs & Stratton and Johnson Controls where she developed and coordinated the implementation of workforce diversity and compliance strategies. Shary holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University and a Bachelor of Administration – International Business from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.


Becoming a Leader

Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017

Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Venue: Aurora Conference Center, 2920 W. Dakota St., Milwaukee, WI 53215


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Registration & Networking 

9:00 AM

9:45 AM

Welcome and Intro to NAAAP  

9:45 AM

10:00 AM

Risk Taking (Panel) – Jackie Timm

10:00 AM

11:00 AM


11:00 AM

11:10 AM

Theories of Leadership – Praveen Rao

11:10 AM

11:40 AM

Diversity: Asset to Leadership – Sherry Tran

11:40 AM

12:15 PM

Lunch & Networking

12:15 PM

1:00 PM

How to Manage your Culture to Support Your Result
– Robert Pothier

1:00 PM

2:00 PM


2:00 PM

2:15 PM

Branding Yourself for Success – Arvind Kaushal, Johnson Controls

2:15 PM

3:45 PM


3:45 PM

4:00 PM


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