PKUAANC Career Development Forum Series/EnE Club Monthly Mixer: “Essential Leadership Skills”



PKUAANC Career Development Forum Series/

EnE (Entrepreneur and Executive) Club Monthly Mixer:

“Essential Leadership Skills”, 5/24/2011 6-8 PM

The PKUAANC Career Development Team, Entrepreneurs and Executives Club are very proud to present our distinguished speaker, Doreen Woo Ho, who is a board member of SF Port Commission, SF Opera, and C100 (Committee of 100), and the former President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of United Commercial Bank.

Ms. Ho will share with you her personal story, and discuss the essential leadership skills and how you can develop them. You will not want to miss this rare opportunity to have an interactive dialog with a very experienced leader and seek insights for the challenges you face in your career.

Target Audience:


Event Details:



Doreen Woo Ho


May 24, 2011  Tuesday  6-8 PM


6:00 – 6:30 PM: Registration & Networking

6:30 – 8:00 PM: Presentation & Q/A


Sidley Austin LLP

1001 Page Mill Road, Building 1

Palo Alto, CA 94304

(There are parking spaces in front of the building.)


This event is free. Due to limited seats, please use the following link to register by 5/23/2010.


Speaker’s Biography:




Doreen Woo Ho


Board Member of SF Port Commission, SF Opera, and C100 (Committee of 100)

Former President and CEO, United Commercial Bank

Retired President of the Consumer Credit Group, Wells Fargo & Company


Executive Summary


Doreen Woo Ho is currently a board member of the SF Port Commission, the SF Opera, C100 (Committee of 100) and APIASF (Asian Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund).  She is a retired seasoned executive with over 35 years of commercial and consumer banking experience.  She is the former President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of United Commercial Bank (“UCB”) and President of Community Banking  (2009).  Prior to UCB she was engaged by Wells Fargo & Company (1998-2008), serving as a member of the Wells Fargo Management Committee, the President of the Consumer Credit Group and EVP responsible for Enterprise Marketing, Student Loans and Corporate Trust.  Prior to Wells Fargo, she was a Senior Vice President with Citibank (1974-1998), holding multiple management positions in corporate banking, marketing, retail banking, consumer lending and small business banking. Before joining Citibank, Ms. Woo Ho was a correspondent for Time magazine and CBS Radio News based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from 1972 to 1973.


Ms. Ho was recently appointed by Mayor Ed Lee as a Commissioner of the San Francisco City Port Commission which oversees the maritime, commercial real estate, industrial and public service businesses of the San Francisco port and waterfront.  She also serves on the board of the San Francisco Opera.  She is also one of the founding board members of the national Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), which administers the Gates Millenium Scholarship as well as its own national scholarship program...


Ms. Ho is also a Vice Chair and Board member of C100, an organization of Chinese American leaders dedicated to improving US/China relations and promoting the full participation of Chinese Americans in American society.  She has co-chaired the Governance Committee, the 2010 Annual Conference for C100 in San Francisco, and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee. She also serves on the Smith College President's Council (2008-Present) to provide advisory input to President Carol Christ. 


Ms. Ho has also served previously on the board of the United Commercial Bank in 2009, a publicly traded company on NASDQ, and the boards of the Hamlin School (Treasurer), the SF chapter of the World Affairs Council, the International Institute of Education, Fort Mason Center and the San Francisco Zoo. 


Professional Experience


Doreen Woo Ho is the former President, CEO and Director of United Commercial Bank (UCB), a leading commercial and community bank in the United States serving the Chinese community in America and in Greater China with assets over $12 Billion. The bank served the retail and mass affluent consumers, small business, commercial real estate, construction lending and middle market commercial segments providing full commercial and retail banking services. The bank included 70 retail banking branches and commercial banking offices in six states as well as a branch in Hong Kong, a wholly owned bank in Shanghai and representative offices in Taipei, Beijing and Ho Chi Minh City. Ms. Ho was engaged with the bank from January 2009 until November 2009 when UCB was sold and merged with East West Bank.


Following UCB, in 2010 Ms. Ho acted an independent banking and investment consultant, traveling frequently to the Greater China region. Prior to UCB, she was the President of the Wells Fargo Consumer Credit Group and a member of the Wells Fargo Management Committee. During her tenure (1998-2008), she also oversaw the bank’s Enterprise Marketing Group, where she was responsible for global branding, advertising and marketing programs, as well as strategic oversight for consumer marketing across the bank. As the President of the Consumer Credit Group, Ms. Ho built one of the fastest growing and profitable asset groups within Wells Fargo from 1998 to 2007, from an initial portfolio of $11 Billion to over $103 Billion. As  the general business manager for the prime home equity product, she took Wells Fargo to number one in market share nationally in 2001. In addition, Ms. Ho was  responsible for other business lines, including personal lines and loans, student loans and a corporate trust business, servicing over $2.2 Trillion of securities.  Total number of employees managed exceeded 8000, and total portfolio managed under her leadership exceeded $103 Billion , generating over $1 Billion in net income for Wells Fargo,


Ms. Ho started her banking career with Citibank (1974-1998), undergoing international banking operations and corporate credit management training programs.  For the first ten years of her career with Citi, she engaged in corporate banking.  She subsequently moved to consumer banking and held multiple senior management positions in residential mortgage lending. She also held different management assignments covering multi-family lending, affordable housing, marketing, and business banking. Her career included responsibilities as the Chief Credit Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for Citibank Regional Banking in California.  She also built a de novo small business banking group in California and grew it to over $1 Billion in deposits and assets in 3 years.  Her last assignment with Citi was SVP/National Marketing Manager for Business Banking, covering California, Nevada, New York, Florida, Chicago and Washington DC.


Other Information


During her tenure with Wells Fargo, Ms. Ho was the highest ranked Asian American banker in North America among the top five banks.  In October 2007, Ms. Ho was ranked among the top five of the 25 “Most Powerful Women in Banking” by U.S. Banker magazine, recognition that she received consecutively for five years from 2003. The same year, she was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area's 100 Most Influential Women, an honor she has received every year from 2003 through 2009. Ms. Ho has received numerous honors and awards from the National Association of Asian American Professionals (2010), Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (2007), Asian Real Estate Association of America (2007), San Francisco Financial Women's Association (2004), Chinese Historical Society of America (2002), the Chinatown Community Development Corp (2003), and the Organization for Chinese Americans (2003 & 2007).


She has been a frequent speaker at various forums, including the National Association of Asian American Professionals, US Banker "Most Powerful Women in Banking", Consumer Bankers Association, Inman Real Estate Conference, the Thomson Mortgage Technology Conference and the Financial Women's Association of San Francisco. She has also appeared as a guest commentator on CNN FN, Bloomberg Radio, and CNBC's "Closing Bell" and "Squawk Box" programs.


Ms. Ho is a graduate of Smith College and Columbia University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree respectively in Chinese History and East Asian Studies.


Doreen is married to James K. Ho, President of the Board of Chinese Hospital and former Deputy Mayor of San Francisco.  The Ho’s have three children. 


About Committee of 100:


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About PKUAANC Career Development Team


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About PKUAANC EnE Club


The PKUAANC Entrepreneur and Executive (EnE) Club is one of the 9 PKUAANC Teams, led by Ray Su, Kelvin Long and Meng Yang. It evolved from Peking University Alumni Venture Club ("PKUAVC") of 2008. The EnE club is intended to be a close group of PKU alumnus (or close friends) who are entrepreneurs/intrapreneurs or corporate executives. We get together, exchange ideas, share experiences and help each other


Our flag-ship event is the monthly EnE mixer,  held on the third Saturday afternoon of each month, for sharing of best practices, lessons, industry & VC trends and exchanging new ideas.


If you are not a PKUAANC EnE club member, you can join the club at URL below to be notified about future events.


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PKUAANC thanks Sidley Austin LLP for its generosity in hosting this event.

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