Farzana Nayani, Los Angeles, CA
As a multiethnic Filipina and Pakistani person, I constantly consider how I could be a part of and contribute to any community – because it could represent more than one cause, identity, and effort, all at the same time.
I was first introduced to NAAAP over 10 years ago when I was asked to be a speaker at the NAAAP National Convention in Los Angeles. Fast forward to 5 years ago when I became National Director of ERG Relations and founded the NAAAP ERG Summit and ERG Leadership Symposium, and I can see the tremendous connections created among people from different industries, locations, and cultural backgrounds. NAAAP has over 30 chapters on this continent and beyond, and has been in existence for over 30 years with professional development programming led by a committed team in each city – this is lasting impact.
Why do I give to NAAAP? Because it allows us to have a space for people of many different identities and professional interests to come together to grow our network, build our skills, and be recognized for our talents. This is why I am passionate about NAAAP – it aligns with my dedication to cultivating inclusion and belonging, one moment at a time.