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May Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Celebration Apologies and Beyond: The Path to Allyship



Join us to celebrate May Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. We will learn about recent apologies for historic Asian American racism and the positive path forward with Allyship.

Event Details




Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Time: 10:00AM - 11:00AM PT

Venue: Zoom Meeting

Admission: Free


​​10:00AM - 10:05AM   Welcome and Intros

10:05AM - 10:25AM   Recent Apologies & California History

10:25AM - 10:45AM   Allyship and Moving Forward

10:45AM - 10:55AM   QA / Chat

10:55AM - 11:00AM   Closing



Katlyn Graci

Vice President
Head of Commercial Bank Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Katlyn Graci is the Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Commercial Bank at J.P. Morgan Chase. In this role, she is responsible for developing goals and strategic priorities aimed at increasing diverse representation, getting to know and develop strong, diverse talent, promoting an inclusive work environment that enables all employees to perform at their best, and developing leaders to effectively motivate their teams and provide them with opportunities to grow. Katlyn works closely with senior leaders to execute the DE&I agenda for the Commercial Bank, which includes playing an important role as the advisor to the organization’s Black, Hispanic and Asian Leadership Forums.

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Chase, Katlyn was a Senior People Development Lead at ThoughtWorks, Inc., a global software consulting firm, where she advised account leadership teams on their people strategy, provided coaching to consultants, led organizational transformation efforts, and founded the Women’s Interest Network (WIN) for North America.

Previously, Katlyn held positions as HR Business Partner and Chief of Staff for Global Merchant and Network Services at American Express, and Senior Associate for Financial Services Advisory, People & Organization at PwC.

Katlyn graduated from New York University with a master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Katlyn lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter.

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Connie Young Yu

Chinese American Writer, Historian, Activist and Lecturer

Connie Young Yu, a fourth generation Californian, is an author and historian, who consulted with the City of San Jose on its official apology for past injustices toward Chinese. Drawing on the experiences of her pioneer ancestors, she wrote the book, Chinatown, San Jose, USA and was the co-editor of Voices from the Railroad: Stories by Descendants of Chinese Railroad Workers.  She has written for historical museum exhibits and made documentary videos, including “Digging to Chinatown”, on the archaeology of San Jose’s historic Chinatowns,  and “Detained at Liberty’s Door”, about her grandmother’s long detention on Angel Island.


Yu appeared in the 2020 PBS series, Asian Americans.

As an activist in the 1970’s, she was a member of the citizens group which saved the detention barracks on Angel Island, resulting in the designation of the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay as a National Historic Landmark. She was a founding member of Asian Americans for Community Involvement, Santa Clara County, inc.  (AACI).  She is a trustee of Hakone Foundation and board member emeritus of the Chinese Historical Society of America.


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Rich Deosingh

District President
Robert Half

Rich Deosingh is the District President for Robert Half Talent Solutions and the Executive Champion of Robert Half’s Asian Professionals for Excellence employee network group. He is also a senior mentor for Ascend.


Based in New York City, he is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations for Robert Half’s Professional Business Service lines of business in the company’s Midtown, NY office. He is a 21-year veteran at Robert Half, having started as Staffing Manager and holding various management positions throughout the years. He was recently named District President over the company’s New York City area offices in 2019.


He is a well-distinguished expert on the local and national job market and has been featured in high-profile outlets such as the New York Post, FOX 5, U.S. World & News and many others. He is actively involved in the local community, having volunteered time with the local Junior Achievement (JA) chapter. He is a graduate of St. John’s University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the Peter J. Tobin College of Business.

Watch Recording of May AAPI Heritage Month Celebration
Apologies and Beyond: The Path to Allyship

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