C-Circle – Mentoring – Key Steps to Elevate Employee Performance

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time: 8:00am-10:00am
Location: Aricent
Altran Group
3979 Freedom Circle
First Floor Conference Room
Santa Clara, CA 95054

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ACG Silicon Valley’s C-Circle, now in its eighth year, proudly announces that it has attracted a following of approximately 400 CEOs and C-level executives and achieved a regular attendance of 35 executives per session.


Mentoring – Key Steps to Elevate Employee Performance

Mentoring is a proven approach to drive rich learning and development for both mentees and mentors. In this era of intense competition for great talent, employee acquisition and turn-over is expensive and disruptive. Accordingly, companies should be mindful that mentoring is a great tool to increase employee performance, retention, promotion rates, and satisfaction. Formal mentoring programs have been proven to increase promotions for mentors and mentees five to six times more than non-participating employees. Unfortunately, most mentoring programs languish through inattention and inertia.

Please join our discussion on using mentoring programs to elevate employee performance and satisfaction as we discuss the following questions.

  • Should a company have a mentoring program?
  • Under what circumstances should a company elect not to have one?
  • How does one measure a successful mentoring program?
  • What should be the goal of a mentoring program?
  • What role should the company play?
  • Should participation be mandatory or voluntary?
  • What employees should participate?
  • What are the best ways to match mentors and mentees?
  • What should mentees expect from mentors?
  • What should mentors expect from mentees?
  • Should the mentor and mentee set their own ground rules or should the company set them?
  • How can companies best prepare mentors and mentees?
  • What type of training, if any, should be offered?
  • Should the company track activity and progress?
  • How long should the formal mentor-mentee relationship last?
  • How can a company’s mentor program address nuanced issues such as race, gender, age?
  • What are the risks of a bad mentoring program?


Guest Experts


Julian Chu

Director, People Operations

Julian Chu is currently director of people operations at Google, responsible for optimizing our internal talent mobility to fuel Google’s future growth. Prior to his current role, Julian led technical services for Google, responsible for digital advertiser engagement and learning to help them maximize business results via Google ads products. He previously led efforts in digital commerce including payments and shopping. Julian started his tenure with Google in leading sales operations effort aiming at maximizing revenue growth of the company.

Prior to joining Google in 2010, Julian held multiple leadership roles in companies including Enova Financial, Discover Financial Services, GE, and McKinsey & Company. Julian spent his early career days in financial risk management for Ford Credit, and product engineering for Ford Motor Company.

Julian is a board member of Alliant Credit Union, a seventh largest credit union by asset in the United States. He serves on their asset and liability management committee, and compensation & talent committee. He has been instrumental in leading their digital transformation effort in driving mobile first, branchless expansion, in repositioning Alliant to be the premiere financial institute for digitally inclined customers. He is also vice chair of NOVA, a federally funded employment and training agency addressing workforce needs of Silicon Valley.

Julian earned an MBA and a master’s in aerospace science from the University of Michigan. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in physics from the Hong Kong University.


Kim Le, CPA, CIA

Founder & CEO

Kim came from very humble beginnings. She was born in Vietnam. In 1978, she, her mother and brother were among the “boat people” who escaped to a refugee camp in Malaysia where they lived under a plastic tarp. She supported herself through college and worked in public accounting with Arthur Andersen until the firm imploded in May 2002. At that time, Kim was eight months pregnant with her first child and had a professional identity crisis. In 2003, Kim took the entrepreneurial plunge while five months pregnant with her second child and founded A2Q2 to help two friends get their work visas.

A2Q2 is a Special Ops team of CPAs specializing in data analytics, NetSuite & accounting processes, and internal controls & SOX compliance. Its clients include Silicon Valley high growth and public companies including Airbnb, Stanford University and Verifone.

Kim’s recognition and community involvement awards include:

National Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award – Financial Executives Intl (2017)
Female CEO of the Year- California by Corporate Vision Magazine (2016)
California Society of CPAs Women to Watch Trailblazer (2015)
100 Most Influential Women by Silicon Valley Business Journal (2013)
President’s Award by Ascend Leadership (2012, 2013)
Board of Directors of MidPen Housing (midpen-housing.org)
President of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange (2018) (svdx.org)




James C. Chapman


Jim is a partner at Rimon P.C. where he focuses his practice on securities law, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and international business transactions. He counsels publicly traded and privately held clients on public offerings, private placements, debt financings, venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and related transactions. Jim also represents venture capital firms, angels, and family offices in their investments. With 30 years of experience in corporate and securities law, he has represented clients in over 300 mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions.

Although he has been involved in transactions all over the world, Jim was also an early pioneer in representing companies in cross border transactions between the US and China. These transactions include both assisting Chinese companies investing and raising capital in the U.S. and helping U.S. enterprises acquire Chinese companies, transfer technology, enter into joint ventures and operate, in China. Jim has also been involved in negotiating resolutions to some of the most high-profile disputes involving US companies operating in China.

Jim’s US-China experience extends to a wide variety of industries including media, mobile, software, semiconductor, alternative energy, nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals. He has been recognized by Finance Monthly Global Awards, ACQ5 Global Awards and Corporate Live Wire as “China Investment Attorney of the Year” for 2015, 2016 and 2017 and by Corporate Intl Legal Awards and Global Law Experts as “China Investment Attorney of the Year- California” for 2015 and 2016. Prior to joining Rimon P.C, Jim was a partner with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, a leading international law firm.