NAAAP Kicks off 2017 Leadership Convention in Chicago this month!

Largest Annual Gathering of Asian American Professionals 

Chicago (August 2017) – From August 17-19, several hundred Asian American professionals from across the country will gather together for the 2017 Leadership Convention, ERG Summit and Recruitment Expo at the Swissotel in Chicago.

This conference is the largest annual gathering for the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) and boasts several dozen breakout sessions, four all-star keynote speakers, a Saturday night awards gala honoring influential leaders in the Asian American and Pacific Islanders community, and a recruitment expo offering job opportunities for the local Chicago professional community. Attendees will learn about the latest diversity and inclusion trends, advice from women in leadership, and opportunities for mentorship and growth from more than 25 educational workshops.

On Thursday, August 17, NAAAP will host its annual ERG Summit during a one-day conference that catalyzes the formation and performance of Asian Employee Resource Groups and Business Resource Groups (collectively referred to as ERGs). The summit will feature relevant topics for those involved in ERGs including increasing engagement, collaboration of internal partners, and talent development. On Friday from noon to 6:00 p.m., the Recruitment Expo will feature more than 12 companies actively recruiting candidates and complimentary professional headshots.  Entry is free; pre-registration is available on the website.

Providing inspiring industry remarks and insights at the convention include:

Friday, August 18 Breakfast Keynote: Kunal Kapoor, CEO of Morningstar

Friday, August 18 Lunch Keynote: Gil de las Alas, Chief HR Director of Uline

Saturday, August 19 Lunch Keynote: Kimberly Papillon, attorney and speaker on the neuroscience of decision-making

Saturday, August 19 Evening Gala Keynote: Khizr Khan, attorney and Gold Star parent

This year’s event will also feature NAAAP Chicago’s 30th anniversary with a “Taste of Chicago” social event at the Chicago Cultural Center on Friday evening. Signature tastes of the Windy City will include Chicago hot dogs, deep-dish pizza and popcorn with entertainment by Northwestern Bangra dance. On Saturday night, NAAAP’s highest award, the NAAAP 100, will be presented to the most influential leaders who have made significant contributions to their profession and to the Asian community. Tickets for evening events can be found on the Leadership Convention website.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Asian American professionals from around the country to experience all that Chicago has to offer. The speakers from this event are top-notch executives with so many nuggets of wisdom for our attendees. Also, the recruitment expo, Friday and Saturday night events will be great opportunities for professional development and to network,” said NAAAP Chicago chapter president and member of the convention leadership team Rose Olea. “This premier annual event is one no professional should miss.”

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