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August 22 (Thursday)

ERG Summit     

Convention Registration: 7am - 6pm      

 

7:30am

Buffet Breakfast / Networking

(7:30am - 8:15am)

(Century B & C Ballrooms) 

8:15am

Opening Remarks

Welcome to the ERG Summit:
Introducing the Theme

Elizabeth Yang
NAAAP National President

Farzana Nayani
NAAAP ERG Architect & Advisor

(Century B & C Ballrooms)

8:30am

Stepping into your Origin and Belonging Story

Lisa A. Strack

(Century B & C Ballrooms)

8:45am

Keynote

ERG/BRG's Role in Supporting "Being" You

Tashina Charagi

(Century B & C Ballrooms)

9:00am

Executive Panel

Executive Perspective on ERG ROI

Michael Gonzales (Moderator)

(Century B & C Ballrooms)

10:00am Networking Break
10:20am

Diversity Managers Panel

ERG Becoming Journey

Tessa Xuan (Moderator)

(Century B & C Ballrooms)

11:20am

ERG Leaders Panel

ERG Belonging Story

Santosh Mathew (Moderator)

(Century B & C Ballrooms)

12:20pm

Lunch

Announcements & Recognition of National Diversity and Inclusion Consortium

Lisa A. Strack

(Century B & C Ballrooms)

1:30pm

Breakout 1A

Allyship: Case Study on Breaking Barriers, the LGBTQ Belonging Story

Trace Ballard

(Shawnee)

Breakout 1B

Allyship: Workshop

Angela Pastorek, PhD.

Nior Gonzales

(Mission)

2:40pm Networking Break
3:00pm

Breakout 2A

Trends in Technology: Why Metrics Matter to ERGs

Farzana Nayani (Moderator)

(Shawnee)

Breakout 2B

Trends in Technology: Metrics and the Asian Employee Journey

Kingman Ng

(Mission)

4:10pm Transition Break
4:20pm

Plenary

Next Steps on your ERG Being, Becoming, Belonging journey

Candi Castleberry Singleton

(Century B & C Ballrooms)

4:45pm

Wrap-up & Debrief

Farzana Nayani & Lisa A. Strack

(Century B & C Ballrooms)

5:00pm
6:00pm

Opening Reception

Honorable Quinton Lucas
Mayor of Kansas City, MO

CBRE, CIA, DuraComm, SnapIT Solutions

Entertainment: Shon Ruffin Trio, Benny Lee, & Simon Tam from the Slants

(Benton's)

7:00pm
8:00pm

August 23 (Friday)

Convention Registration: 7am - 6pm         

 

7:00am

Health / Wellness Activity

All Levels Morning Yoga with
Mia Park

(7am - 8am)

(Roanoke)

 

 

 

 

7:15am

Buffet Breakfast / Networking (7:15am - 8am)

(Century B & C Ballrooms)

8:00am

Welcome Remarks

Michael Gonzales
NAAAP National Board Of Directors
Leadership Convention General Manager

Joe Reardon
President/CEO Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

(Century B & C Ballrooms)

8:20am

Keynote

Connected Leadership:
Learnings From a Career in Advertising

Jon Cook

(Century B & C Ballrooms)

9:30am Break
9:45am

Breakout 1A

Debunking Salary Negotiation and Personal Branding Myths

Ginny Cheng

(Pershing South)

Breakout 1B

Find a Buddy. Be a Buddy. Connect in Authentic Two-Way Dialogue: Part I

DIVE Buddies: Part I - Introduction

Rick Sakaguchi, Jenny Copeland, & Nick Wolf 

 

(Pershing North)

Breakout 1C

D&I: What's Next?

Candi Castleberry Singleton

(Pershing East & West)

10:45am Break
11:00am

Breakout 2A

The 5 Voices

Abraham Gin

(Pershing North)

Breakout 2B

Five Tips for Networking Success

Alana Muller

(Pershing South)

Breakout 2C

Pushing Boundaries Through Change

Suba Nadarajah

(Pershing East & West)

 

 

 

 

Diversity

Career

Fair

(11am - 4pm)

 

(Century A Ballroom)

12:00pm Break
12:15pm

General Session / Seated Lunch

Mariko Carpenter
Vice President, Strategic Alliances- Nielsen

(Century B & C Ballrooms)

12:30pm

General Session / Seated Lunch / Keynote

Slanted - How an Asian American Troublemaker
Took on the Supreme Court

Simon Tam

(Century B & C Ballrooms)

1:30pm

 

Break / Attend Diversity Career Fair

 

 

 

 

2:15pm

Breakout 3D

Straight to the Heart!: Storytelling Workshop with Dr. Ada Cheng

Dr. Ada Cheng

(Shawnee & Mission)

2:45pm

Breakout 3A

Making It Personal - Inspiring Your People to Uncover, Deepen, and Reveal Their Own Conviction for D&I

Angela Cooper

(Pershing North)

Breakout 3B

The Power of Numbers and the State of the Asian American Community in 2020

Karen Narasaki

(Pershing South)

Breakout 3C

How to Be a Social Media Rockstar!

Simon Tam

(Pershing East & West) 

3:45pm Break
4:00pm

Breakout 4A

Leading in the Digital Age

Abraham Gin

(Pershing North)

Breakout 4B

The Power of Creativity:
Self-Discovery, Community, & Change

Katerina Jeng 

 

(Pershing East & West)

Breakout 4C

Bold Rebel Leadership

Samantha McCloud (Moderator)

(Pershing South)

Breakout 4D

The Inclusive Leader

Fred Keeton

(Shawnee & Mission)

5:00pm Break
5:30pm Experience KC!
6:00pm
7:00pm
8:00pm
9:00pm
10:00pm
11:00pm
12:00am
August 24 (Saturday)

Convention Registration: 7am - 12:30pm         

Gala Registration: 4pm - 7pm         

 

7:00am

Health/Wellness Activity

A Run Around the World War I Museum and Memorial with Ann Chen

(7am - 8am)

(Meet at the Lobby Entrance)

7:15am

Buffet Breakfast/Networking (7:15am - 8am)

(Century B & C Ballrooms) 

8:00am

General Session

Sponsor Recognition

(Century B & C Ballrooms)

Breakfast with a VP: Nilyum Jhala

Nilyum Jhala

(Presidents Room)

 

8:30am

General Session / Keynote

Uncommon Leadership

Victor Hwang

(Century B & C Ballrooms)

9:30am Break
9:45am

Breakout 5A

Finding Clarity in the Chaos

Lindsey Roy

(Pershing East & West)

Breakout 5B

How I Used My Super Power to Get Our Church to Embrace Queer and Trans People

Rev. Ken Fong

(Pershing South)

Breakout 5C

Breaking the Starving Artist Stereotype

Stella Guan

(Pershing North)

 

Breakout 5D

LinkedIn Optimization: Building Your Personal Brand

Abraham Gin

(Shawnee & Mission)

 

10:45am Break
11:00am

 

General Session / Keynote

Life through Disruption*

Sabrina Wiewel

*This session is open to ALL attendees.

(Century B & C Ballrooms)

12:00pm Break
12:15pm

Breakout 6A

CANCELLED

Hitesh Ramchandani is unable to join as at Convention this year.  Learn More>>

(Pershing North)

Breakout 6B

*Filling the Room: How to Impact an Audience

Telly Leung

*Exclusive Workshop for Convention Tickets Only

(Pershing East & West) 

Breakout 6C

Find a Buddy. Be a Buddy. Connect in Authentic Two-Way Dialogue: Part II

Rick Sakaguchi & Natalie Gonzales (Moderators) 

(Pershing South) 

Breakout 6D

The Arts are Everyone's Business

Jonathan Thomas

(Shawnee & Mission)

1:15pm Free Time / Explore KC
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm

Pre-Gala Silent Auction & Reception

(Midland Theatre)

6:00pm

Gala Dinner - Sponsor Recognition

(Midland Theatre)

7:00pm

Gala Celebration & NAAAP Awards

(Midland Theatre)

8:00pm
9:00pm
9:30pm

Gala After Party

(Midland Theatre - Chandelier Bar & VIP Lounge)

10:00pm
11:00pm
11:30pm

Sponsors