Rosalynn Carmen, president of the Asian Heritage Society, took the cumulative experience of simultaneously producing four radio shows and channeled it into co-founding the first English language pan-Asian publication in Southern California – ASIA, The Journal of Culture & Commerce. Under her leadership, the publication received more honors than any other ethnic-centric publication in San Diego, including awards in photography and design, while the Asian Heritage Awards, which she co-founded in 2004, has been recognized by the White House, U.S. Congress, the California Legislature, San Diego County and the San Diego City Council as an important force in bringing together the diverse ethnicities that make up the Asian and Asian American communities of San Diego. Her vision for The Asian Heritage Society, which she co-founded with Leonard Novarro, has been a tool for a collaborative gathering of Asian-American talent to benefit all society. In 2011, she created the BOOST-STEM mentorship program as a vehicle to inspire middle school girls to careers in science and technology and how they may combine that with entrepreneurial skills as they prepare for the future in a fast-changing global landscape. Rosalynn Carmen has held the belief that America as the best place to create, innovate and do business. It was this belief that catapulted her to create Make It In America, a gathering of innovators and entrepreneurs from Southern California and overseas to collaborate on creating new jobs to match growing technological change. “For 200 years America has taught the world how to build things and build them cheaper. We can wait for the standard of living and incomes in these countries to rise so that it’s less expensive to do it here again, or we can evolve to the next stage by building a platform that combines the diligence and tenacity of Asia and the freedom and creativity of America. That’s the paradigm shift that our ‘Make It In America’ conference is all about. A master practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Design Human Engineering (DHE), Ms. Carmen studied under Dr. Richard Bandler (The International Institute of Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and Dr. Tad James to become a certified neuro-linguistic trainer, applying her training in therapeutic knowledge to assist inmates at the California Institution for Men adjust to life after prison.
Leonard Novarro and U.S Congresswoman Susan Davis
Leonard Novarro is an award-