Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.
Assistant Majority Whip
California State Assembly
Guest of Honour
ICAS Summer Symposium
ICAS Reception & Dinner
The Korean Diaspora
Challenges facing The Korean-/Asian-American Community (KAAC)
August 14, 2010 Saturday
9:30AM - 4:30 PM
6:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Montgomery County Community College
Blue Bell, PA 19422
DoubleTree Guest Suites
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
We are pleased to share with you that The Honourable Mary Chung Hayashi will
be Guest of Honour at the ICAS Summer Symposium Reception & Dinner on August 14, 2010 and
receive ICAS Liberty Award for her distinguished achievements
and important contributions to the ideal of promoting humanity.
speakers include Sang Kim Community Bank President, Wells Fargo's Delaware
Valley North region) and Ryung Suh (Suh, Ryung, President and Chief Executive Officer,
Atlas Research LLC). In addition, Winner-Qualifiers of the ICAS Youth Fellowship Award
Contest Invitational 2010 will present and defend their papers.
Mary Hayashi was
elected to the California State Assembly in November 2006, representing the 18th
Assembly District. She is an award-winning author and is among this country's most
accomplished advocates for expanding the delivery and coverage of health care.
since Mary came to the Legislature, health care has been her top priority. Mary
has authored a number of bills focused on health care reform. Among her bills that
have been signed into law is AB 108, which prohibits health plans and insurers from
rescinding an individual health insurance policy, protecting consumers from losing
their health care coverage during the times they need it most. She also authored
AB 235, a mental health parity bill which requires insurers to cover treatment for
psychiatric emergencies without prior authorization. In addition, Mary's groundbreaking
bill, AB 509, served as the catalyst for establishing California's first Office
of Suicide Prevention.
Mary is a member of the leadership team for Assembly Speaker
John Pérez, serving as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions
and Consumer Protection. The committee's primary purpose is to protect consumers,
with oversight of the Department of Consumer Affairs occupational licensing and
enforcement boards. She serves on the Assembly Health Committee and is Chair of
the Assembly Select Committee on Community Colleges. Mary is also Vice Chair of
the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.
Prior to serving in the California
State Legislature, Mary advised the nation's top policy leaders, and established
unprecedented partnerships in support of social causes that previously had no financial
or public backing. She served as the Alameda County Coordinator in the winning campaign
to pass Proposition 63, which provides increased funding for a broad continuum of
prevention, early intervention, and treatment services in county and statewide mental
health programs. Mary is a Commissioner on the California Mental Health Services
Oversight and Accountability Commission, which was created to monitor the implementation
of Prop 63.
Previously, Mary was the former California Director of the American
Public Health Association, and served as a lead consultant for the Foundation Consortium
for California's Children and Youth on their child welfare services redesign project.
She advised former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher on his national campaign to
eliminate health disparities, and has contributed her expertise to a number of other
Mary served as a member of the California Board of Registered
Nursing and as Chair of the Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Political Action Committee.
She was also a board member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition and Research!America,
which successfully doubled the federal budget for the National Institutes of Health.
As a featured speaker, Mary also contributed to the development of the first White
House Conference on Mental Health.
Mary's remarkable journey from her childhood
in Korea to prominence as a health care leader is documented in her book, Far From
Home: Shattering the Myth of the Model Minority. She has been honored by a diverse
range of organizations for her work on behalf of families and communities, from
Redbook Magazine and Ladies' Home Journal, to Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
and the Center for Elder Independence.
Mary has been named Legislator of the Year
by the California Medical Association, and received the Distinguished Public Service
Award from the Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club. In addition, she received
the National Public Policy Award from the American Association of Suicidology, and
the Leadership Award from the Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center.
earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics from the University of
San Francisco, and her Master in Business Administration degree from Golden Gate
University. She lives in Hayward with her husband, noted public interest attorney
Dennis Hayashi, who now serves as a Superior Court Judge for Alameda County.
Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President