The 2015 convention theme is Resilience: Power of the Asian Leader.

  Resilience is an attribute that is often used to describe Asians.  We believe this to be a quality that builds great leaders.   The NAAAP Convention will be a holistic experience that encompass “The 3-C’s:”
  • Competencies: foundational skills that build strong leaders.  These include the topics of communication, public speaking, problem solving, relationship & team building, financial literacy, business development, planning, cross-cultural skills, leading with courage, getting promoted, and organizational savvy.
  • Condition: effective leaders cultivate effective relationships and strong families, and maintain good personal health and wellness.  Resilient leaders are purposeful in creating healthy conditions for healthy living for themselves that those they care about.  We welcome program submissions that include topics of exercise, health, diet, stress management, time management, successful parenting, and financial planning.
  • Community: leaders have the responsibility to make their communities better.  We seek educational programs on building successful ERG/BRG/employee groups, effective networking, engaging volunteers, social and political issues impacting Asians in the U.S. and Canada, community-building program ideas, and partnership ideas.

Confirmed Programs & Speakers

The ERG Summit Pre-Convention program this year will be a full-day program.  Scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, the ERG Summit will feature current best-practices for employee/business resource groups & Asian affinity employee networks.  Topics covered will include development of new ERG’s, ERG’s driving business goals, and leadership development. The Asia Society will present the results of the newly released 2015 Asian Pacific American (APA) Corporate Survey.  This annual survey byThe Asia Society serves as the authoritative resource in experiences of APAs in the corporate world, providing a unique look at vital data that examines barriers to and best practices for the career advancement of APAs. The survey reveals many insights including key engagement drivers for APAs, APA representation on company’s board of directors, and understanding mentoring, sponsoring, and coaching experiences for APAs. This year’s convention will feature a new Leadership Boot Camp, a three-part practice & hands-on workshop centered on the topics of: Communication Excellence, Building Effective Relationships, and Sustaining Your Leadership Journey. NAAAP is pleased to host and partner with Against The Grain Productions to feature their 4th Annual Groundbreakers Speak: An engaging and educational panel discussion comprised of dynamic and influential Asian American industry leaders who speak on their motivating path to success. The event’s mission is to inspire leadership, provide mentorship and provoke thought on how we are all capable of becoming groundbreakers.  
  Here is our confirmed Schedule Speakers for the 2015 National Convention. (as of July 23rd)  
Lieutenant-Commander Albert Wong Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Forces
James Sun  Entrepreneur, host of BBC TV show “War on Business,” & only Asian finalist on “The Apprentice” TV show
Albert Shen National Deputy Director, Minority Business Development Agency - US Department of Commerce
PJ SingH Vice President of Macy’s Global Business Partners
Gauthami Vemula  Founder / Managing Partner of Color Me Safe
Larry G(ee)  Singer / Songwriter
Phil Yu  Blogger a.k.a "Angry Asian Man"
Ron Chang  President of UPS Capital
0e5e3d5 Betty Lo Vice President, Community Alliances & Consumer Engagement of Nielsen 
download (7) Nozomi Morgan President and Founder of Michiki Morgan Worldwide LLC
Shane Carlin Director of Development for Student Life and Scholarships, Northwestern University
NikkiDKoenig  Nikki Duong Koenig Founder/President, Cykochik Custom Handbags
Eric Galvez  Dr. Eric Galvez Founder, mAss Kickers Foundation
Andrea Droulers  Andrea Droulers Leadership Development/Executive Coach & Facilitator
Rebecca Okamoto Rebecca Okamoto Principal, Founder Evoke Strategy Group, LLC
Jean Kim Dr. Jean Kim Founder & CEO, GlobalJKim
Achieve Your Greatest Wealth in Personal HealthGet inspired, educated, and motivated to live a long and healthy life on a whole-food, plant-based diet. Learn how it can help prevent and reverse obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other diseases. Nikki Duong Koenig will share her personal life-changing journey, profound scientific research, and resources to help you achieve your greatest wealth in personal health. Asian American Leadership in Cancer AdvocacyJoin Dr. Eric Galvez to learn more about cancer advocacy in the Asian American community. He will share his experience as a cancer survivor and the work he has accomplished thus far to educate the community. Furthermore, he will address the important role that Asian Americans can play in cancer advocacy. From Setback to Comeback: Significant Steps for Getting Yourself Back on Track & Coming out a Winner

Life is full of ups and downs. Setbacks are integral to the process of growing as a leader. It’s all about character building, collecting skills that will help you become a better person on the journey of life. Join award winning motivational speaker/hypnotherapist Panney Wei in this interactive workshop. Learn steps to bounce back from any setback, access the champion within, make a plan and take charge of your life! She’ll share experiences as a former competitive figure skater, bouncing back from different stages and challenges in work and life, to inspire you to make this your best year!

The Art of First Impressions

Whether you’re going for a job interview, attending a networking event, or even going on a blind date, first impressions matter. This interactive workshop empowers individuals to make an unforgettable first impression by helping them communicate their current value and future potential with clarity, consistency, and confidence. Participants will walk away with a clear understanding of how one’s professional image is built through all facets of their communication channels, and will also gain practical tips on ways to optimize their appearance, behavior, and communication to leave a memorable first impression.

Personality, the Secret Sauce of Leadership

How we think, communicate, problem-solve, and lead are determined by our personality styles and the traits of those we interact with. In this era of "temporary teams," leaders and team members have to immediately optimize and synchronize their individual strengths in order to be effective. Differences among team members may result in communication related barriers, decreasing team cohesion and team performance. Strong leaders understand how to leverage the differences in work styles and allow team members to communicate and interact in a way that delivers.

This workshop will explore how people can think better, communicate better and cultivate better relationships within a team.

Get Engaged with the White House Initiative on AAPIsThe White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) was reestablished by President Obama in 2009 under Executive Order 13515 to improve the quality of life and opportunities for AAPIs. During this workshop, WHIAAPI Deputy Director Jason Tengco will give an overview of key issues impacting AAPIs, including education, immigration, health, and pathways to public service. Participants will brainstorm and create unique plans to address these issues, discuss ways to work together in coalition with the public and private sector, and share ways in which WHIAAPI and the federal government can support these efforts.