About the Convention

The Leadership Convention, presented by NAAAP, is a three-day conference on all aspects of developing, connecting, and celebrating leaders.  The conference is an exciting time to hear inspirational speakers, learn about corporate best practices in diversity and talent management, connect with entrepreneurs and innovative small businesses, make new friends and renew old friendships, and recognize Asian leaders at every level: lifetime achievement, community unsung heroes, emerging changemakers, and NAAAP leaders.

While the attendees are typically Asian and Pacific Islanders and those who support the API community, the conference welcomes people from all ethnic, cultural, and professional backgrounds.   This year’s Leadership Convention will be led by a Convention Director, hosted by the NAAAP DC chapter, and held at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC from Thursday August 20 to Sunday, August 23, 2020.  The theme for this year’s convention is: “2020: Visionary Leadership.”  

On Thursday, August 20, the conference begins with an all-day ERG Summit for corporate Employee Resource Groups and with an API Summit for community leaders in the Asian and Pacific Islander community.  That same evening, a Welcome Reception with attendees for the ERG Summit, API Summit, and other Convention attendees will be held.  On Friday, August 21, several tracks of leadership programming begins, with keynotes, panels, seminars, and workshops.  A Diversity Career Fair also features over 50 companies looking to hire and connect with individuals from all backgrounds.  The Friday evening includes multiple receptions focused on different networking audiences.  On Saturday, August 22, the conference continues with more leadership programs and a signature gala and awards ceremony for the NAAAP 100 awards & Inspire awards, presented by United Airlines.  On Sunday, August 23,  opportunities to sightsee, dine, and network continues, with the conference wrapping up until the next year.

The Convention Theme

This year’s theme is 2020: Visionary Leadership.  As we enter a new decade and journey into a time of uncertainty and unprecedented challenges, having a clear and focused vision for the future is more needed than ever. 


The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP, www.naaap.org) is one of the oldest, largest, and fastest growing Pan-Asian organizations in North America.  As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, NAAAP aims to inspire and cultivate Asian and Pacific Islander (API) leaders through leadership development, professional networking, and community service.  NAAAP has thousands of leaders and members across its national administration, national board of directors, and over 30 chapters located in metro areas like Washington, D.C. Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Toronto.  

NAAAP’s tagline is “We Build Leaders.”  Our Vision is that “NAAAP is the premier leadership organization for Asian professionals.”  NAAAP’s Mission is: 1) Cultivate and empower leaders for professional excellence, 2) Connect accomplished professionals for mutual success, 2) Engage and participate with the community-at-large, and 4) Inspire leaders to make a meaningful difference in government, education, business, and society.  NAAAP’s values are to LEAD: Leadership: Develop, inspire, and connect leaders, Education: Excel at lifelong learning, Accountability: Honor commitments to deliver value, and Diversity: Embrace a culture of inclusion and innovation.

NAAAP has several programs for professional development.  NAAAP hosts an annual Leadership Academy, typically in February or March, where NAAAP’s national and local leaders learn and coordinate on the aims and work of the organization.  In August or September, NAAAP hosts a Leadership Convention that offers panels, workshops, and seminars on topics important to API professionals and the API community. NAAAP national has programs focused on employee resource groups (NAAAP ERG), women (Women in NAAAP, or WIN), the LGBTQ community (NAAAP Pride), mental health and overall wellness (NAAAP Self-Care and Wellness), and other special interests of API professionals.

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