[LAWRENCEVILLE, GA April 15, 2018] — For more than a century, the Asian community has fought against racial adversity and language and cultural barriers to make significant contributions in the United States and Canada. Asian entrepreneurship and innovation have been instrumental in driving North American excellence and prosperity in the international community. The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is a leadership development organization that has been providing the Asian community with a broad range of professional and educational services for more than 30 years. Each year, NAAAP pays tribute to those leaders who further our community’s vision and mission through the NAAAP100 Recognition Program, a prestigious annual leadership award.
Past NAAAP100 recipients include:
- Ms. Juju Chang, Journalist at ABC News
- Mr. David Henry Hwang, Playwright
• Mr. Bill Imada, Chairman and CEO of IW Group
- The Honorable Daniel Inouye, U.S. Senator and U.S Representative, Hawaii
- Ms. Maya Lin, Artist and Architect
- Mr. Richard Lui, News Anchor MSNBC and NBC News
- Mr. I.M. Pei, Architect and Founder, Pei Cobb Freed and Partners
- The Honorable Vivienne Poy, Senator of Canada, Author, Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer
- Mr. George Takei, Actor, Narrator, and Author
- Mr. Hines Ward, NFL Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers; and Commissioner, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
In 2016, NAAAP also created the NAAAP Inspire Award to recognize one promising leader, usually early in their career, who already has made tremendous, arguably revolutionary impact in their field and on society. The 2016 honoree was Brian Wong, founder of KIIP and author of The Cheat Code and the 2017 honoree was Nanxi Liu, entrepreneur (CEO & Co-Founder, enPlug and Co-founder, Nanoly Bioscience) and Emmy-winning TV producer.
Nominations for the 2018 year are now open! Award criteria and nomination details for NAAAP100 and Inspire awards are available on http://www.naaap.org/Programs/NAAAP100.aspx. Submissions must be received by May 15, 2018. To access the Online Form, click here. Nominations and inquiries for either the NAAAP 100 or Inspire awards should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
“Through the NAAAP 100 and Inspire awards, NAAAP has been able to put the spotlight on our role models as well as unsung heroes who have lifted the Asian community and more,” says Anam Virani, Director of the NAAAP100 Program. “Not only does this well-deserved recognition bring awareness to the passions and talents of the award recipients, but also this honor is a source of hope and pride for us all. I am excited about this year’s nominees who will continue in this tradition.”
Winners for the 2018 year will be honored at the 28th Annual NAAAP Leadership Convention and Diversity Career Fair at the Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, which takes place August 23-25, 2018. URL: www.leadershipconvention.org
The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is the premier leadership organization for Asian professionals in North America, with 30 chapters, several thousand active members, and a reach of more than 20,000 professionals. Since 1982, NAAAP has operated as a nonprofit to inspire, develop, and connect leaders in all major industries and countless communities through professional development and community service. For more information, please visit www.naaap.org.