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 (The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to improving Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) images and representation through media and entertainment. In partnership with industry sponsors including NBCUniversal, The Walt Disney Company, Oriental DreamWorks, Amazon Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Starz, HBO, CBS, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Lionsgate, Final Draft, and The Black List, CAPE’s signature programs include the CAPE New Writers Fellowship, CAPE Leaders Fellowship, #IAM Campaign, educational panels, and networking mixers targeting emerging and established entertainment industry leaders and creative talent.

CAPE was founded in 1991 by television producer and executive Wenda Fong, publicist and executive Fritz Friedman, and film producer and executive Chris Lee. Today, its Board of Directors is comprised of distinguished industry professionals and it is supported by an Advisory Council consisting of Ang Lee, Dan Lin, Dean Devlin, Janet Yang, and David Henry Hwang, among others. CAPE continues the mission of its Founders to champion diversity by educating, connecting, and empowering AAPI artists and leaders in entertainment and media.



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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, as well as a provider of energy services and technologies, including renewable energy. Headquartered in Rosemead, CA, Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities.  Edison International demonstrates its commitment to corporate responsibility across a broad range of our activities, including the transparency with which we operate, and our commitment to diversity and inclusion in our workforce. Its company’s activities and accomplishments include public safety awareness, electric service reliability, environmental protection, customer service and empowerment, community involvement employee volunteerism, workforce and supplier diversity, and technological innovation, among others.



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About the Diversity and Inclusion Award – AAPA recognizes, honors and celebrates the outstanding achievements of corporations/organizations that foster leadership and commitment and embrace diversity and inclusion across the community.  The awardee is a distinguished leader dedicated to promoting a culture of inclusion and enhancing opportunities for employees of diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences.

About Kaiser Permanente: Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. They currently serve 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Their world-class medical teams are supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, care delivery and chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente exists to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. They are trusted partners in total health, collaborating with people to help them thrive and creating communities that are among the healthiest in the nation.



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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.