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A Reflection on AAPI Leadership- Leading and Igniting Change By sharing Culture


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A Reflection on AAPI Leadership- Leading and Igniting Change By sharing Culture

Celebrating Global Asian and Pacific Islander Identities

When it comes to leadership, cultural identity isn’t a hindrance, it’s a strength. In this talk with Dr. Man Chon (Kevin) U, VP of Enterprise Data Technology & Augmented Intelligence (EDTAI) at American Express, he’ll outline how his cultural values have made him a better leader, mentor, and business partner, and his hopes for the future of the AAPI community.

Tags: AAPI leadership

Dr. Man Chon (Kevin) U

Bridget Finkeldey

Dr. Man Chon (Kevin) U is currently the Vice President, Enterprise Data Technology & Augmented Intelligence (EDTAI) in American Express. In this role, Dr. U has been leading multiple enterprise strategic capabilities, to enable large solutions that create innovative and unique experiences for AmEx colleagues and customers through data and intelligence technology. Prior to this, Kevin held different leadership roles in Enterprise Architecture, and Global Servicing Group Technology (GSGT).

Before Amex, Dr. U was leading Global Data Science practice in the Travel & Hospitality industry, solving business problems across international markets to ensure their global business stays ahead of the highly complex digital and market trends. His career covers multiple roles in different industries spans large corporations and startups, with focus on data, technology, and AI/ML.

In addition to his day job, Dr. U also contributes to AmEx growth by supporting and sponsoring various Mentorship programs and DE&I initiatives within AmEx that drive culture and learning. Externally, Dr. U serves at different Advisory Boards to contribute back to the community. Outside of work, Kevin enjoys food, movies, basketball, traveling, and connecting with family & friends.

Thaida Masters

Sanmaya Mohanty

Thaida is an experienced HR Professional who is passionate about helping others to take a step closer to their career goals. She is a Budding Entrepreneur - founder of SweetAD'signz and Luxury Intimates & Cosmetics. She is also a Self-Published Author, where she writes/creates low content books such as children's activity books, journals for all ages, coloring books for all ages, puzzle books for all ages and more. Thaida can be found spending time with her family or working on a design/book and is also known as a nature lover.

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