Speakers & Awardees


Brigadier General Mark Toy is Commander and Division Engineer of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division since August 2016. He is responsible for leading a professional workforce of more than 4100 people operating in a seventeen state area with infrastructure valued at over $80 billion. With an annual operating and construction budget exceeding $2 billion, missions include planning, construction and operations of navigation structures and flood damage reduction, hydropower, environmental restoration, water conservation, recreation and disaster assistance.

Brigadier General Mark Toy previously served as South Pacific Division Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from June 2014 to August 2016. He was responsible for leading a professional workforce of more than 2,300 military and civilians, managing a $1.5B military and a civil works program. Key missions included defending and protecting our nation, responding to disasters, managing the nation’s water resource infrastructure for economic growth and environmental sustainability, and building USACE for the future.

Previously, Brigadier General Toy served as the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he was the key integrator for focusing the efforts of the HQ staff, nine Major Subordinate Commands/Divisions, 43 Engineer Districts, and two Centers and Laboratories to best accomplish the Commander’s Intent.

Prior to this, he was Commander and District Engineer for the Los Angeles District, where he led 844 military and civilian personnel operating throughout a 226,000 square mile area of California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. He controlled in excess of $1 billion annually.

Before this, he was Commander of the 84th Engineer Battalion “Never Daunted” at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Learn more. His Battalion was awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation, and Brig. Gen. Toy was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

Brigadier General Toy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Operations Research. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from Boston University (1991), a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles (1996), and a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (2010). He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the states of Arizona and Virginia.




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About the Community Award – AAPA recognizes, honors and celebrates the outstanding contributions and achievements of community leaders who have made a significant and positive impact to Asian American professionals and the community through political, professional, social and business influence.

About CAPE: CAPE champions diversity by educating, connecting, and empowering Asian American and Pacific Islander artists and leaders in entertainment and media. As one of the first diversity-focused groups in Hollywood, CAPE is proud to celebrate 25 years as the longest-running, largest, and most influential meeting place for AAPIs in the entertainment industry. The Board of Directors is comprised of 18 active and successful film, television and digital professionals. 

CAPE continues our founders’ mission to create a community where positive, like-minded people can support and empower one another both personally and professionally – and continue advancing diversity in entertainment. CAPE was founded by television producer and executive Wenda Fong (second to the right), publicist Fritz Friedman (far right), and film producer and executive Chris Lee (far left) in 1991. They saw a need in the industry for AAPIs to regularly connect and support each other.



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About the Corporate Award – AAPA recognizes, honors and celebrates the outstanding achievements of corporations, organizations and non-profits that showcase excellence, leadership, and commitment to a diverse and enabling workplace culture.

About Edison International –  Edison International, through its subsidiaries, is a generator and distributor of electric power and an investor in infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy. Headquartered in Rosemead, California, Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. Edison builds teams that are collaborative, strategic, and agile. Not to mention competitive for the future. For 125+ years, Edison has succeeded because of values like integrity, excellence, respect, continuous improvement and teamwork, and these values still guide the business today.




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About the Emerging Leader Award – The Emerging Leader is chosen for their demonstrated committed to advancing the growth and leadership of other professionals, and who has gone above and beyond to enhance the lives of others in the community. He/she also has the potential for rising to the highest levels with substantial influence to make a lasting impact in the business world and community.

About Elizabeth Yang – Ms. Yang is the founder and owner of the Law & Mediation Offices of Elizabeth Yang, with over a decade of experience in Intellectual Property Law, Business Law and Family Law.  Previously, she worked for Raytheon Company as an electrical engineer and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab on the Mars Exploration Rover. 

Ms. Yang is currently the national President of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), Treasurer of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA), and on the Board of the Mt. SAC Foundation, the Board of Governors of the City Club of Los Angeles and the Monterey Park Design Review Board Commission.