Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Since 1982, NAAAP has been convening emerging leaders and amplifying the Asian American voice and experience. In 2022, NAAAP is embracing the spirit of “Limitless Leadership” which is leaning into our principles and encouraging API professionals to use their time and talent to transcend the workplace, family, and community regardless of geography.
Limitless Leadership is about breaking free from all the mental, physical, and societal barriers so we can soar higher to uplift ourselves, peers, and our community.
This month we are highlighting communities with our NAAAP events for Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
NAAAP Speakers Bureau (NSB) is the official system for engaging Asian speakers in North America
The Leadership Convention, presented by NAAAP, is for those who want to push the boundaries of what it means to lead. People from all professional and cultural backgrounds are welcome to come connect with and be inspired by unconventional leaders, visionaries, and disruptors.
The convention begins with the ERG Summit on the first day, continues with speakers and workshops followed by a Gala and the NAAAP 100 & Inspire Awards. There will also be a Diversity Career Fair that is free and open to the public regardless of membership and cultural background.
The 2022 Leadership Convention is scheduled to be held in Washington D.C. in August 11-13, 2022. Please refer to the Convention website for the most up-to-date information on programs and the impacts of Covid or other factors on the Convention. We will remain aligned with requirements for indoor gatherings from the DC government and CDC. The Convention Team is weighing the possibility of adding a virtual component to the event, but as of now this is an in-person only event. We will update the website and registered attendees should that change.
NAAAP100 & Inspire Awards
The NAAAP100 award is granted annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to their profession and the AAPI community. Previous award winners include Secretary Elaine Chao, the late Senator Daniel Inouye, MailChimp CEO Ben Chestnut, Superbowl MVP Hines Ward, and actor and activist George Takei.
In 2016, NAAAP created a complementary program, the Inspire Award, to recognize the most promising up-and-coming leaders in the Asian community. lLike NAAAP100 winners, Inspire honorees are leaders in their communities and make significant contributions in the business, government, or nonprofit sector.
In 2019, NAAAP also established a NAAAP Pride award to recognize an individual who has advocated for and lifted the Asian LGBQ+ community. The first ever NAAAP Pride award honored actor, singer, and producer Telly Leung.
Nominations are welcome via this online form during APA Heritage Month, May 1 – 31, 2020. Anyone may submit a nomination, and self-nominations are permitted. You may also request a paper copy of the nomination form or ask questions of the program director at [email protected]
NAAAP National Leadership Academy
The National Leadership Academy is an advanced skills-building boot camp for new and returning NAAAP national and chapter leaders. The interactive program provides workshops designed to inspire, educate, and guide, with opportunities to network and collaborate with current and upcoming leaders as well as National Board members.
March 5 and 6, 2022 – Click the link below to register and for more information
Empower, educate, engage, and celebrate the Asian American LGBTQ+ professional community.
NAAAP Pride is a national program by The National Association of Asian American Professionals. It is here to empower, educate, engage, and celebrate the Asian American LGBTQ+ professional community and its allies by providing education, promoting visibility, and developing current and future LGBTQ+ leaders.
We will provide resources and support for those in all stages of the coming out process and for those creating safe and affirming work and learning spaces where Asian American LGBTQ+ students and employees can live, work, and study safely, openly, and genuinely.
Self Care & Wellness by NAAAP
Organizations who invest in workplace mental health/wellness are, according to research, finding a yield of four times ROI and can increase productivity, improve employee retention, and support diversity and inclusion. NAAAP’s Self Care and Wellness program emphasizes the health and resilience of the individual, so that they are able to effectively lead in the community in which they serve professionally and personally. Programs delivered by Subject Matter Experts through ERG groups in companies and through NAAAP chapters will focus on one or more of our three program pillars: mental, physical, and/or financial wellness.
Employee Resource Groups
The focus of NAAAP’s ERG Relations program is connecting and engaging ERG leaders across companies, NAAAP chapters, business industries, and demographics to share ideas and practices while learning how to spread diversity and inclusion. The two main signature events is the National Leadership Academy’s ERG Leadership Symposium and the ERG Summit during NAAAP’s Leadership Convention.
Women in NAAAP
Women in NAAAP! was launched in 2009 at the NAAAP National Convention with a compelling vision to empower, support and engage Asian American women to succeed as professional and personal leaders as well as contributing to their communities and cultures.
WIN’s vision aims to empower, support and engage Asian American women to succeed as professional and personal leaders as well as contributing to their communities and cultures.