NAAAP is the premiere leadership organization for Asian professionals. We cultivate and empower leaders for professional excellence. We connect accomplished professionals for mutual success. We engage and participate with the community-at-large, and inspire leaders to make a meaningful difference in government, education, business, and society. We build leaders.
For over a year, we have focused on surviving. Day-by-day striving for tomorrow, we’ve survived the pandemic, adjusted to telework, and balanced home life. We’ve weathered tragedy, learned to listen, speak up, and ultimately find strength in one another. Here we are. Here we’ve survived. Now what?
It is time for optimism and hope, time to persist and overcome the pandemic and xenophobia, time to gather our courage to make progress. For this reason, the theme for the 2021 Leadership Convention is “Moving FWD:”
Over the course of five virtual summits in August, we will discuss what moving forward means to corporate, federal, nonprofit, and community leaders. Hear from pioneers, disruptors, and trailblazers across various industries including technology, medicine, finance, hospitality, and public policy. What have they learned in the last year and a half and what do they foresee on the horizon? Consider a career pivot and explore new opportunities through our virtual career fair and professional development workshops. Connect with diverse professionals across North America and build your professional network.
We’ve witnessed the uncertainty the future can bring. In 2021, we are wiser. We prepare for the unknown, strategize new tomorrows, and reimagine the future. Join us for the Leadership Convention and move FWD.
Network of Professionals
Years of NAAAP
History of NAAAP
What we now know as NAAAP, the National Association of Asian American Professionals, was founded 38 years ago, in 1982, in New York City. At first, the organization was called the National Association of Young Asian Professionals, the name was soon changed to embrace a broader range of Asian Pacific American (APA) professionals and to better reflect the rapidly changing demographic.
The brutal murder of Vincent Chin in 1982 had acutely raised awareness of the importance of activism, not only in the Chinese American community, but amongst all Asian Pacific Americans. Just as we needed civil rights activism, we also need to take our own professional destinies in our hands to overcome discrimination in the workplace and break the glass ceiling.
To make NAAAP available to a wider audience, beginning in 1997, NAAAP National encouraged the development of chapter start-ups. While some ventures grew slowly, other chapters expanded to 500 members. Today, there are more than 30 chapters across the United States, Canada, and China.
In 2012, NAAAP turned 30 years old. We celebrated our 30th anniversary with the NAAAP National Convention and Diversity Career Fair presented by Macy’s in the city of both organizations’ birthplace, New York City.
In 2017, NAAAP hired its first full time staff to organize administrative and standards for the national NAAAP programs and work with chapter leaders to do the same in respective 30 chapters that are proficient or refining their operations.
NAAAP’s ongoing commitment to professional and leadership development will help NAAAP and its partners continue to succeed in years to come. These successes do not happen without the enthusiasm, innovation and hard work of NAAAP’s members, stalwart volunteer leaders, and sponsors.
Be a part of NAAAP’s future as an active member, sponsor or officer, and help write the next chapter of NAAAP’s history!