Join us every Friday in August

12pm - 4pm ET / 9am - 1pm PT

 

It’s apparent. This year is different! We’re interacting with you every Friday in August.

Choose a day/hour to attend based on your interest and career path or just attend them all!

Your purchased ticket gives you access to all of the days and sessions.

 

 

 

 

August 27, 2021 Leadership Summit and NAAAP Awards

This track is geared towards leaders of all industries. Come together with students, corporate or Employee Resource Group (ERG), entrepreneurial, government, community, and women leaders to attend valuable leadership sessions and celebrate this year’s NAAAP Award recipients.

Time Session Name Session Description Speakers
12:00pm – 12:30pm ET Day 4 Opening & Keynote Welcome to Leadership Convention Day 4, the final day! Join us for opening remarks and speeches from our keynotes Kevin Kreider, star of Bling Empire, and Arum Kang, CEO and co-founder of Coffee Meets Bagel. Hear about their challenging and inspiring stories, discuss leadership in the various sessions, and join us for honoring our API community leaders at our NAAAP Awards celebration!

Host Anime

Kevin Kreider, TV personality, Bling Empire

Arum Kang, CEO and Co-Founder, Coffee Meets Bagel

12:30pm – 1:20pm ET

(50 mins)

 

The Entrepreneur: How to Be Your Own Boss

(concurrent session A1)

How do you take an idea or passion and turn it into a business? In this panel of founders from the financial, military, and digital marketing industries, we will discuss how to find your niche and what it takes to survive and thrive as an entrepreneur.

Chanda Choun, Executive VP-COO of Crowbar Security Solutions

Win Thu, financial advisor 

John Victoria, founder and CEO of Polianna

Moderator: Michael Kim, NAAAP DC Board Member and Founder, Speak 2 Engage

12:30pm – 1:20pm ET

(50 mins)

Storytelling is Your Superpower

(concurrent session A2)

You have your brand; now make it unforgettable! In this part didactic, part performance, part live-coaching, ALL interactive workshop, we will learn the basics of telling a great story. Practice sharing your strengths, weaknesses, and life’s journey in a way that is sure to leave an impression with friends, family, dates, or potential employers.

Eric Won, Executive Managing Director, The Leadership Praxis

Moderator: Jeleen Sindall, Cisco

1:25pm – 2:55pm ET

(90 mins)

 

Effective Communication & Presentations

(concurrent session B1)

Communicating in the workplace takes both skill and strategy. Learn techniques to connect with key decision makers, develop allies, and deliver effective presentations.

Michael Kim, Speak 2 Engage  

Bob Kim, Advance Auto Parts

1:25pm – 2:55pm ET

(90 mins)

 

Play Your Way to Ikigai (concurrent session B2) In Japanese, Ikigai means “reason for being.” In this play-oriented workshop, with small breakout groups, we will explore what drives us, what we love, what we get paid for, and what the world needs. Rediscover your ikigai and combine your success and fulfillment into a single sense of purpose. Jeff Harry, International Speaker
3:00pm – 4:00pm ET NAAAP Awards

Join us as we celebrate this year’s NAAAP 100 lifetime achievement, NAAAP Pride, and NAAAP Inspire up-and-comer honorees.

NAAAP 100 honoree Padmasree Warrior, CEO and Founder of Fable. NAAAP PRIDE honoree Urooj Ashran. NAAAP Inspire honorees Alpa Amin, Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network; Francesca Hong, Wisconsin’s first Asian American representative; Tony DelaRosa, Tony Rosa Speaks.
4:00pm – 4:30pm ET Convention Closing Four days, 26 sessions, and 80 speakers later, join us as we close out the Leadership Convention. We’ll share our key takeaways; recognize our sponsors, partners, and over 30 active volunteers; and award prizes from the convention contests.

Host Anime

Edward Hwang, Convention Director

Convention Team

 

August 20, 2021 Federal Summit

This track is geared towards federal and government leaders. It will be held simultaneously with the Women’s Summit. Feel free to attend a single track or mix and match!

    Time Session Name Session Description Speakers
    12:00pm – 12:20pm ET Day 3 Opening & Keynote for Federal & Women’s Summits Welcome to Leadership Convention Day 3! Join us for our keynotes Kiran Ahuja and Grace Meng, who will speak on their experiences of being API women and the importance of civil service and their journey of breaking barriers, either glass or bamboo.

    Host Anime

    Kiran Ahuja, Director of US Office of Personnel Management

    Grace Meng, U.S. Congresswoman (New York)

    12:25pm – 1:15pm ET

    (50 mins)

    Federal Career and Leadership Development Learn from the two leading federal API non-profit organizations.  AAGEN focuses on executive leadership development, and FAPAC provides career and professional development for all Asian and Pacific Islander federal employees.

    Vivian Chen, Board Chair, AAGEN (Asian American Government Executives Network)

    Peter Nguyen, President, FAPAC (Federal Asian Pacific American Council)

    Moderator: Jiashen You, Vice-Chair, AAGEN

    1:20pm – 2:10pm ET

    (50 mins)

    Mapping and Navigating Your Federal Path Many fall into a job because it was the path taken by a predecessor or it was the natural step after a promotion. But is this job the right career path for you? In this session, learn how to identify a job versus a career, design your own path, and maximize its potential.

    Eric Won, Executive Managing Director, The Leadership Praxis

    Jeleen Sindall, Cisco

    Moderator: Stan Fujii, Federal Summit Director and President of Management Consulting Firm, Fujii-Group, LLC

    2:15pm – 3:05pm ET

    (50 mins)

    How to Become a Political Appointee You want a career in politics, but how do you get there? Learn what it takes to work in politics or become a political appointee. Our speaker who has advised politicians and worked as an appointee will share his own experiences, offers insight into the process, and discusses strategies to meet the right people and secure that opportunity.

    Samuel Tinsing Mok, Managing Member of Condor International Advisors, LLC

    Moderator: Stan Fujii, Federal Summit Director and President of Management Consulting Firm, Fujii-Group, LLC

    3:10pm – 4:00pm ET

    (50 mins)

    Success Stories in the Federal Service Hear from speakers on how they achieved success in their varied federal careers, including working in civilian, intelligence, military, and international roles and working with the government in contracting, consulting, and lobbying capacities.

    Jenny McGee, Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Anthony Eiland, Branch Chief (Acting), Executive Services Branch
    Office of International Affairs

    Moderator: Jennifer Franco

    4:00 pm- 4:10pm ET Closing Join us as we close out Day 3 of the Leadership Convention, with highlights, prize announcements, and previews for Day 4 on August 27, keynoted by Kevin Kreider, TV Personality from Bling Empire, and Arum Kang, CEO and Co-Founder of Coffee Meets Bagel. Host Anime
    August 20, 2021 Women's Summit

    The Women’s Summit track is geared towards women leaders, executive sponsors, and allies. It will be held simultaneously with the Federal Summit. Feel free to attend a single track or mix and match!

    Time Session Name Session Description Speakers
    12:00pm – 12:20pm ET Day 3 Opening & Keynotes for Women’s & Federal Summits Welcome to Leadership Convention Day 3! Join us for our keynotes Kiran Ahuja and Grace Meng, who will speak on their experiences of being API women and the importance of civil service and their journey of breaking barriers, either glass or bamboo.

    Host Anime

    Kiran Ahuja, Director of US Office of Personnel Management

    Grace Meng, U.S. Congresswoman (New York)

    12:25pm – 1:15pm ET

    (50 mins)

    Building Effective Communication Skills Storytelling, strategic communications, difficult conversations, giving and receiving feedback, and pitching are all critical for effective communication, especially for women of color. Learn how to hone these skills and integrate them into your daily life.

    Lucia Liu, Rock the Boat Podcast

    Angie Q Wang, Corporate Development and Strategy, Linkedin

    Srividya Madhusudhan, Head of Operations Support, NY at National Grid

    Yin Lin, Managing Partner at 64 Squares Strategy Group

    Moderator: Susan Im

    Moderator: Carmen Zheng

    1:20pm – 2:10pm ET

    (50 mins)

    Physical and Emotional Security in the Workplace In the last ten years, women have been empowered to stand up and fight for safety in the workplace. In this panel, our speakers will share their personal stories and provide resources to address workplace harassment and bullying. Learn how to identify it; take action, be it as a victim or an ally; and work together to build safe workplaces for all.

    Jennifer Kwoon PhD., MBA, Organizational Psychologist

    Valeria Molinelli,  Executive Chef for The Flavor Experience and Dept. Chair, Johnson & Wales University

    Monica Khant, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence

    Moderator: Riley Woods, Women’s Summit Director and Sensory Technologist, Peapod Digital Labs

    2:15pm – 3:05pm ET

    (50 mins)

    Closing the Financial Gap The 2020 data released by the Pew Research Center shows that there is a range of inequity for women of color: Asian women make 87 cents for every dollar while Pacific Islanders make only 63 cents for every dollar earned by men. Learn how to address these workplace inequities and advocate for yourself, effectively negotiate your salary, and recruit allies and sponsors to propel your career forward.

    Alvina Lo, Chief Wealth Strategist and Sr. VP, Wilmington Trust

    Stephanie Shei, VP, M&T Bank

    Moderator: Chareerda Rustanavibul, Silicon Valley Bank

    3:10pm – 4:00pm ET

    (50 mins)

    Rich Mom, Poor Mom: Financial Literacy Your salary is just as important as what you do with it. In this panel, learn the fundamentals of financial literacy, including investing during times of uncertainty, buying your first home, planning for retirement, and leveraging industry resources geared toward women investors.

    Victoria Lim, Senior Manager for Executive and External Communications at Experian

    Moderator: Kim Tong, NAAAP Atlanta and VP of Small Business Banking – Atlanta North, Bank of America

    4:00 pm- 4:10pm ET Closing Join us as we close out Day 3 of the Leadership Convention, with highlights, prize announcements, and previews for Day 4 on August 27, keynoted by Kevin Kreider, TV Personality from Bling Empire, and Arum Kang, CEO and Co-Founder of Coffee Meets Bagel. Host Anime

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    August 13, 2021 ERG (Corporate) Summit

    This track is geared towards Employee Resource Group (ERG) and Business Resource Group (BRG) leaders and executive sponsors. It will be held simultaneously with the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Community Summit. Feel free to attend a single track or mix and match!

     

    Time Session Name Session Description Speakers
    12:00pm – 12:20pm ET Day 2 Opening & Keynote Speaker Welcome to Leadership Convention Day 2! Join us for our API (Community) Summit and ERG (Corporate) Summit. Hear from our keynote speaker, Chantale Wong, who has experience in the business, nonprofit, and government sectors and speaks on institutional and social responsibilties.

    Host Anime

    Chantale Wong – Career Public Servant and Founder of CAPAL

    12:25pm – 1:15pm ET

    (50 mins)

    Signature Traits of Inclusive Leaders In this panel, we will define what it means to be an inclusive leader, discuss examples of inclusive leadership, and learn how to move forward together.

    Julia Chen, VP of Partner Transformation, Cisco

    Alan Phan, VP Internal Audit, Chubb 

    Helen Gau, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Macy’s

    Moderator: Aileene Duyan, Certified Change Practitioner and Project Manager

    1:20pm – 2:10pm ET

    (50 mins)

    When DEI Becomes Part of Your ESG Portfolio Investors want to put their money into companies that can manage key risk factors of ESGs (Environmental, Sustainability, & Governance).  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives are increasingly impacting ESGs, company’s bottom lines, and perceptions to consumers and stakeholders.  Learn how leading companies integrate DEI concepts into their ESG portfolio.

    Gwen Migita, Caesars Entertainment

    Anqi Zou, Truist

    Monica Hauser Wolff, Lenovo

    Moderator: Cyndy Yu-Robinson, NAAAP Executive Director

    2:15pm – 3:05pm ET

    (50 mins)

    Measuring ERG Success We have an ERG. What next? In this panel we will discuss how different ERGs define success, identify key performance indicators (KPIs), and present common tools for measuring progress and growth.

    Nina Un, Bank of America and Advisor to BofA Asian Leadership Network

    Irene Thomas, Sr. Director of Global Demand and Marketing, SailPoint 

    Soo Choi, Senior Workforce Analyst at Nestle USA and President, Nestle ERG

    Moderator: Will Cheng, NAAAP Minnesota President and Global HR Reporting, Analytics and Insights Leader for Cargill

    3:10pm – 4:00pm ET

    (50 mins)

    Managing & Thriving in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex & Ambiguous) World The future of work is hybrid. There will be more remote employees, and the office will not be a place to work but rather a place to collaborate and develop relationships and trust. In this session, we will examine how the ways we work and manage need to change to thrive in the VUCA world. Avinash Patil, Head of PMO, VMWare
    4:00pm – 4:10pm ET Closing, Prizes, and Previews Join us as we close out Day 2 of the Leadership Convention, with highlights, prize announcements, and previews for Day 3 on August 20 with Women’s Summit and Federal Summit, keynoted by OPM Director Kiran Ahuja and congressperson Grace Meng.

    Host Anime

     

     

    August 13, 2021 API (Community) Summit

    This track on is geared towards Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community leaders and allies. It will be held simultaneously with the Employee Resource Group (ERG) Summit. Feel free to attend a single track or mix and match! 

    Time Session Name Session Description Speakers
    12:00pm – 12:20pm ET Day 2 Opening & Keynote Speaker

    Welcome to Leadership Convention Day 2! Join us for our API (Community) Summit and ERG (Corporate) Summit. Hear from our keynote speaker, Chantale Wong, who has experience in the business, nonprofit, and government sectors and speaks on institutional and social responsibilities.

    Host Anime

    Chantale Wong – Career Public Servant and Founder of CAPAL

    12:25pm – 1:15pm ET

    (50 mins)

    Asian Allyship & Community Response During the COVID-19 pandemic, Anti-Asian hate and violence have risen significantly in the midst of growing xenophobia. In this panel, we will discuss how community organizations and leaders can join together to combat hate, share resources, and support each other.

    Paula Yoo, Author, From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: he Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement

    Mindy Weinstein, EEOC, Director of DC Field Office

    Bobby Ly, President, Solidarity Against Asian Hate

    Michelle Hanabusa,Hate Is a Virus

    Moderator: Barb Lee, Documentary Filmmaker

    1:20pm – 2:10pm ET

    (50 mins)

    API Women Redefining Leadership Organizational leadership positions are held predominantly by white males. Meet our panel of API community leaders who are breaking down ceilings, both glass and bamboo. Learn about their journey and how they overcame obstacles and stereotypes along the way.

    Cynthia Koo, Owner and Chief Dimsum Eater of Wonton in a Million

    Rosana Lee, Macy’s Senior Director of Customer Analytics

    Simran Noor, Board Chair of SAALT and Co-Creator of a BIPOC Consulting Cooperativ

    Moderator: Rose Olea, President of NAAAP Chicago and Development Consultant

    2:15pm – 3:05pm ET

    (50 mins)

    “Breaking Down” API Mental Health The stigma around mental health is a critical barrier to seeking help and building inclusive communities. Learn from wellness experts on how to destigmatize mental health within the API community and across generations.

    Joel Relampagos, TV Executive Producer and Show Host “The Biggest Loser”

    Moderator: Jeanie Chang, Founder, Self-Care & Wellness by NAAAP

    3:10pm – 4:00pm ET

    (50 mins)

    The Model Minority Myth & the API Achievement Gap The Model Minority Myth perpetuates the illusion that API students are monolithically exceptional, pits students of color against one another, and distracts from the achievement gap, especially amongst Southeast and Pacific Islander students. We will discuss how we can work together to dispel the Model Minority Myth, push for more API educators, and advocate for academic support.

    Emil Guillermo,  Veteran Award-Winning Journalist, Radio-TV Talk Host/Commentator, and Humorist

    Christine So, Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University

    Christian Oh, President and Executive Director of the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival

    Moderator: Tiffany Nguyen, API Summit Director and Aspiring Human Resource and Health Manager

    4:00pm – 4:10pm ET Closing, Prizes, and Previews Join us as we close out Day 2 of the Leadership Convention, with highlights, prize announcements, and previews for Day 3 on August 20 with Women’s Summit and Federal Summit, keynoted by OPM Director Kiran Ahuja and congressperson Grace Meng.

    Host Anime

     

    August 6, 2021 Diversity Career Fair & Development Day

    Move forward in your career! From 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET, there will be three simultaneous tracks. Drop in to any combination of the following: 

    1. Employer Booths
    2. 1-on-1 Resume Reviews
    3. Jobs Skills Seminars
    Time Session Name Session Description Speakers

    12:00pm – 12:30pm ET

     

    Day 1 Opening & Keynote Speaker Welcome to the 2021 Leadership Convention! Join us for opening remarks from the Convention Team and our keynote speaker Andrew Yang, who will share his thoughts on building jobs and the future of industry. We’ll then open the Diversity Career Fair, with virtual employer booths, job training seminars, and one-on-one resume reviews!

    Host Anime

    Andrew Yang, Former US Presidential and NYC Mayoral Candidate

    12:30pm – 3:30pm ET EMPLOYER BOOTHS Interested in new opportunities? Visit our employers who are excited to talk with you about their companies and jobs!  Email resumes in advance to resume@naaap.org.     Visit Employer Booths
    12:30pm – 3:30pm ET 1-ON-1    RESUME REVIEWS Want our Diversity Career Fair employers and resume reviewers to view your resume? Email resumes in advance to resume@naaap.org, signup in the Resume Review forum on August 6, and wait to be contacted by one of our resume reviewers for a 1-on-1 resume review! Visit the Resume Review forum
    12:30pm – 1:00pm ET Job Search Strategies (Seminar) Looking to move forward with your first job or a career pivot? Hear from a career search expert who will share their strategies on looking for new opportunities whilst employed or unemployed. Stephanie Dela Fuente, LinkedIn
    1:00pm – 1:30pm ET Master Virtual Networking (Seminar) Improve your networking skills to advance your job search or grow your business. Learn from former Wall Street professional, consulting executive, nonprofit leader, and creator of NAAAP’s networking platform as she shares insights from her career journey and building three start-ups. Grace Chao, KIP 101
    1:30pm – 2:00pm ET Resume Writing Tips and Tricks (Seminar) Put your best foot forward! Learn from a resume writing expert on the most effective ways to craft your resume and draw more interest from employers. Maggie Cortez, Magnify Your Resume
    2:00pm – 2:30pm ET Federal Government Jobs (Seminar) Learn how to navigate the federal government hiring process. Hear from a certified career coach on the key steps to getting a federal job. Romeo Ymalay, Certified Career Coach
    2:30pm – 3:00pm ET Ace the Interview (Seminar) Learn what hiring managers look for during the interview process. Hear from an HR expert on what to expect, things to prepare for, and how to leave a lasting impression!

    Briana Lee, Tyson Foods

    Hasan Iqbal, Truist

    Kathy Nguyen, Advanced Auto Parts

    3:00pm – 3:30pm ET Salary Negotiation (Seminar) Work for your worth! Hear from an HR expert as they reveal their insights and tactics during salary negotiations. Learn how to research your true market value and build the confidence to negotiate your next salary. Ryan Namata, Agile Human Capital
    3:30pm – 4:00pm ET Closing, Sponsor Recognition, & Prizes Join us as we close out Day 1 of the Leadership Convention with key takeaways from the professional development workshops. We’ll recognize our sponsors and award prizes from today’s contests and participation. Sponsors and Sponsorship Team

     

     

     

     

    Resources for Presenters and Sponsors

    1. Socio orientation for Sponsors and Career Fair moderators video  

    2. Socio orientation for Speakers, Panelists, Moderators video

    3. Resume Reviewers Tips (coming soon)