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Panelists to Explore the Experience of Asian American Women Entrepreneurs at June 28 Queens College Business Forum Breakfast

-- Two Queens College Students to Receive Investors Foundation Scholarships --

A discussion on the challenges and obstacles faced by Asian American women entrepreneurs, the resources available to them, the importance of mentorship, and Asian American women entrepreneurs in a global context. Panelists will also explore the impact of the “model minority” stereotype on Asian American women as leaders and business owners, as well as their experiences of gender bias in the business world, and the future of Asian American female entrepreneurship.

Investors Foundation, sponsor for the June 28 forum, will present Queens College students Iris Fang and Hazel Hernandez with a $2,500 scholarship each. Fang, a Flushing resident who will graduate in December 2019, is majoring in accounting and information systems and minoring in economics. She is an active member of Ascend and a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. She also holds a BA in East Asian Studies and Chinese from Queens College.

Hernandez, who resides in Elmhurst, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting and information systems. She is on the Dean’s List, and is a recipient of the Dr. Robert Bloom Accounting Scholarship Endowment and a Presidential Scholarship. Hernandez is the treasurer for Ascend and participated in the college’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).

Both honorees are involved in campus recruiting and professional development events for current students.

Please register for this event by calling (718) 570-0625. Members of the media will be provided with complimentary parking and reserved seating.

Panelists are Tammy Mooney, associate state director for Operations and Finance at the New York State Small Business Development Center; Christina Seid, second-generation owner of Chinatown Ice Cream Factory; and Hanah Tran, founder of FHH Group, a Tokyo-based global agency that strategically invests in and incubates portfolio startups and utilizes machine learning to innovate cross-border commerce.

Moderated by Jennifer Rambarran, director in the Regulatory Risk and Quality Control Group of Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

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Launched in 2005, the QC Business Forum brings together the business community, local government, academia, and students four times a year for discussions on finance, health, media and entertainment, and beyond. Influential leaders from a number of fields serve as keynote speakers at its breakfast and lunchtime lectures, touching on issues vital to the local business community.

Speaker Bios

Tammy Mooney
Tammy Mooney is the associate state director for Operations and Finance at the New York State Small Business Development Center (NYSSBDC). She is responsible for oversight of program-wide financial and regional center operations, reporting, internal controls, and compliance with federal and state rules. Mooney joined the NYSSBDC in 2006 as the assistant director of Finance and was promoted to her current position in 2017. She came to the SBDC from the SUNY Learning Network, where she held several positions in system administration, culminating in the title of associate director of Business and Operations. She has a BS in Education from SUNY Plattsburgh and an MS in Education from Russell Sage Graduate School.

Jennifer Rambarran
Jennifer Rambarran is a director in the Regulatory Risk and Quality Control group of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, where she works directly with the firm’s issuer audit engagement partners, their teams, and PwC leadership. She has 17 years of experience in a wide array of roles including relations with audit firm regulators, external audit, internal audit, and tax. Rambarran actively recruits Queens College students to the firm and works with the Queens College Center for Career Engagement to advise students on résumé building, presentation skills, and the cultivation of a professional brand. She holds a BA in Accounting from Queens College with a minor in the BALA program, and is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs.

Christina Seid
Christina Seid is the second-generation business owner of Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (CICF), founded by her father. The shop has served ice cream and brought smiles to New York City locals, celebrities, and tourists for over 40 years. Seid recently expanded the CICF brand to include the Flushing Ice Cream Factory and will also be opening the Lower East Side Ice Cream Factory in Essex Crossing. She has a long history of community activism and has served on dozens of committees and boards, such as Chinatown Youth Initiatives, Asian Women in Business, and New York Cares. Her accolades include the Neighborhood Leadership Award from the New York Women’s Foundation and The Annual Founder’s Award from the Chinatown YMCA. Seid holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester and an MA in Education from Queens College.

Hanah Tran
Hanah Tran is the founder of FHH Group, a Tokyo-based global agency that strategically invests in and incubates portfolio startups and utilizes machine learning to innovate cross-border commerce. Tran has 13 years of experience in the finance sector working with such investment banking firms as Goldman Sachs, Ernst & Young, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. In 2017, she was named an International Innovator by the International Innovators Initiative of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, CUNY, and the City of New York. Tran has also been a recipient of the New York University Reynolds Social ChangeMaker fellowship. She holds an MA in Economics from Kobe University in Japan.

About Investors Bank
Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $23 billion in assets and a network of more than 150 retail branches, Investors delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors’ banking services include complete deposit, loan and cash management products for consumers and businesses. Investors Bank. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.


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