Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Workshop Topics

We are pleased to announce the workshop/panel discussion topics for the convention. We hope you will find that each carefully selected workshop and panel discussion topic will motivate you to be a “Catalyst for Growth” within your community.

Registered convention attendees may attend workshop sessions across the three tracks.  In between those sessions and as part of your networking time, we encourage you to visit the Diversity Career Fair to thank our sponsors.

 


FRIDAY, AUGUST 17TH WORKSHOP SESSIONS

TRACK: Leadership & Professional Development (Hanover C & D)

Distinguishing Leaders of Tomorrow…Today
9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Successful leaders do not accept the status quo of conventional operations. They constantly challenge innovation that will change the marketplace time and time again. Learn what it takes to become such a leader: someone who understands how the competitive landscape is changing due to technology; someone who thinks globally from a universal standpoint but is sensitive to local and cultural differences; someone who realizes that the marketplace is becoming flatter everyday. Join this session and learn how to become a leader in tomorrow’s marketplace today.

You Can Do It, No Doubt!
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Have you ever found yourself in one of these situations? You are in your first job right out of school and made a major contribution to the department but at the expense of offending a senior colleague. Or you have an opportunity for an internal promotion but must first interview with the hiring manager who has never thought highly of your work. What do you do? Corporate policies & procedures (Theory) say to do one thing but the unwritten rules & regulations (Practicality) say another. Which is right? In this session join us as we explore both Theory and Practicality and determine how to use the best of each to navigate through Corporate America.

Taking Charge of Your Career
1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
What are some of the things to consider when changing jobs or better yet when changing careers? How do those who have had multiple opportunities within a short-time frame make switching look so easy? Did they have a plan or were they just lucky? Learn in this session the key aspects for making a change. Learn when it is time to leave and how to leave without burning bridges. Learn to always keep the upper hand when it comes to your livelihood.

Affinity Groups: Taking It to the Next Level
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
By definition an “affinity group” is a group of people who share a common interest, background or goal. In most instances it is a source of support and solidarity for its members. In this session a panelist of affinity group leaders and members will share their ideas on how your group can increase its effectiveness within your organization. Learn how to educate others on your group’s differences and needs as well as influence management in their decision-making.

 


TRACK: Entrepreneurship (Hanover F & G)

Asians in Franchises
9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Interested in owning a franchise but did not know how to begin? This panel discussion will describe the process from start to finish. Our panelists, successful Asian franchise owners and franchisors, will describe what to look for in a franchise, the pitfalls to avoid and the key aspects to successful ownership. Also understand the characteristics that franchisors are seeking from potential owners.

Capital Resources for Small Businesses
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
You have a business idea and have sketched out a plan to execute but are short on funds or have no funds. Or you’ve been in business for awhile but need additional funding for expansion. What is the best financial strategy for you and your business? In this session learn from an expert the kinds of start-up funding available to businesses, the process of creating a business plan and how to best present your business plan to potential funders.

Future of IT
2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Learn from a leading expert as he shares his vision on how IT will be used in the future to shape competition and growth. He will also discuss how small businesses may leverage IT to compete successfully in the global marketplace.

Corporate Supplier Diversity Program
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

As a small business owner want to know how to play with the big players? Learn from our panelists on how to navigate through the system and become a qualified supplier through the Supplier Diversity programs at major corporations.

 


TRACK: Asian Living (Hanover E)

Finding Your Destiny
9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
“Now that I have achieved everything I wanted, is this all there is? What more is there for my life? Why do I feel so unfulfilled still?” Many Asian professionals are beginning to ask themselves these questions. Despite what others may consider to be successful careers, some Asians are feeling emptiness or a lack of purpose and direction in their lives. Join us in this session as our presenter shows how to start a journey of self-discovery resulting in peacefulness or a fulfillment and passion for life. Also discussed will be the cultural barriers that challenge all Asians as they explore this road to their destiny.

Giving Back
10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
“Do unto others as you would want others to do unto you.” The Golden Rule has surpassed time and applies to all people no matter what one’s age, religion, economic status, or ethnic group may be. Receiving kindness from a stranger who has impacted your life can only be repaid by doing the same. So join us in this session as we explore how your volunteerism can make a difference both locally and abroad. Giving back no matter how little or great the contribution, can impact one person’s life or that of an entire community. 

Dealing with Conflict to Create a Win-Win Situation
1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Remember being teased in grade school for having the slanted eyes and looking different? Maybe you were teased for being the teacher’s pet because of your intelligence and good manners? In any case our parents taught us to ignore the other kids and not to cause any problems or make any waves. Taking their advice in today’s society is easier said than done. Join us in this session as we explore effective communication, the power of listening, and get equipped with the top 10 tools for resolving conflict!

Building Your Personal Wealth
2:45 p.m.to 4:15 p.m.
Learn from our panel of financial experts the keys to building personal wealth. Understand the importance of keeping a budget, saving money and investing for the future. Having this financial freedom can allow one to purchase a home, send a child to college and/or retire early. With these disciplines, personal wealth is more than within your reach.

 


SATURDAY, AUGUST 18TH WORKSHOP SESSIONS

TRACK: Leadership & Professional Development (Hanover C & D)

Opting Out and Opting Back In Again
8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

More often than not when someone leaves the workforce and he or she is not of retirement age, it is assumed that it is a woman who is has “opted out” to raise children or take care of elderly parents. Although the phrase “opted out” is a relatively new term in the working world, it no longer applies to just women. Recent times have shown that working men are “opting” for a change as well. In this session our panelists will explain why both men and women are leaving the workforce and the issues and challenges relating to an exit. Most importantly, they will discuss how to exit so that the door is not completely shut should one want to “opt back in again.”

Defined Success & Learn How to Get There
10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
As a successful Asian American in today’s working world, what are some of the challenges that you faced and how did you overcome them? To what degree did having Asian parents and their expectations drive your success? What has been the most defining moment in your career? These questions are just some that our panelists of successful Asian American businessmen will answer. Come and listen as they share the high and low points of their careers and learn from their mistakes as they unlock the secrets to the road of success.

Paradigm Shifters
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Good people are targeted to solve problems and great people are targeted to chase opportunities. The difference between being good and becoming great is about shifting paradigms. This session will share with you the essence of being a paradigm shifter and how it is essential in Corporate America for success and growth. We will also discover the secrets behind this illusive and hidden art of success.

2007 NAAAP National Convention Closing Session
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Centennial II Ballroom)
The 2007 NAAAP National Convention winds down with a panel of well-respected Asian Americans who will share their thoughts, opinions and stories that have impacted their lives. Also this plenary session will share highlights of the two-day workshop events. It is our hope and intention that all attendees will leave this year’s convention inspired to pursue personal and professional aspirations whatever they may be.

 


TRACK: Entrepreneurship (Hanover F & G)

Making It in a Dawg-Eat-Foo Dawg World: The Path Less Traveled
9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Is climbing the corporate ladder bringing you down? Do you wonder if that’s all there is on the road to success? Meet our own favorite son, Al Wong, and find out how he risked it all to pursue his lifelong dream. Learn the lessons that he’s learned on his extraordinary journey from Hong Kong schoolboy to becoming the first APA judge to be elected in the South. Share the struggles that he’s faced…maintaining his Asian identity while seeking acceptance in mainstream America. Prepare to be amused and amazed by the secrets of his success and hopefully take away inspiration for meeting your own goals in life.

Manifesting Your Dreams – Yes, You CAN Have It All
10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Abundance thinking is the key to living out one’s dreams. But taking that first step to abundance thinking is the hardest thing to do. Hear from an individual who has taken that step and has reaped the benefits. She will share with you her journey of self-discovery that has been the foundation of her success.

In’s and Out’s of Starting Your Business – “Breaking the Mold”
1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Have you always dreamt of being your own boss? Want to start a business and not sure where to start? What should be your first priorities? Our panelists will explain the importance of having a business plan and how to develop one. They will also touch upon related topics such as marketing and selling your products and/or services, employing a workforce and understanding some of the key tax advantages.

2007 NAAAP National Convention Closing Session
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Centennial II Ballroom)
The 2007 NAAAP National Convention winds down with a panel of well-respected Asian Americans who will share their thoughts, opinions and stories that have impacted their lives. Also this plenary session will share highlights of the two-day workshop events. It is our hope and intention that all attendees will leave this year’s convention inspired to pursue personal and professional aspirations whatever they may be.

 


TRACK: Asian Living (Hanover E)

America’s Melting Pot
8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Chinese American. Japanese American. Korean American. No matter what the Asian ethnicity may be, it is the first word that describes what type of American you are. It is the only word that identifies and signifies the importance of your heritage. Whether you are a first, second or third generation born Asian American, each of us is challenged to respect our ethnic traditions while living the American dream. In this session learn the importance of maintaining our Asian heritage and understand how you can assimilate to America’s cultural standards without losing your identity.

Relieving Stress
10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
In today’s modern world it is easy to get caught up in habits that are unhealthy and damaging to our bodies both mentally and physically. The pressure of juggling work and family can be very stressful. Too much stress for a long duration of time can increase the risk of diseases like depression, heart disease and high blood pressure. It is never too early nor too late to take preventative action against stress and its long-term effects. Learn what a health expert has to say about relieving stress and how we can find that inner peace to an overall well-being.

Feng Shui
1:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Repair any leaky faucets and keep the toilet seat lid down to prevent “chi” from flushing away. Position your bed so that your feet are not directly opposite the bedroom door; it is believed that a dead person is always carried feet first from the bedroom. These beliefs stem from Feng Shui, “an ancient Chinese practice of placement and arrangement of space to achieve harmony with the environment.” Come learn more from a Feng Shui Master who will explain the basic principles and show us how to incorporate “the harmony” that we are all seeking into our everyday, modern lives.

2007 NAAAP National Convention Closing Session
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Centennial II Ballroom)
The 2007 NAAAP National Convention winds down with a panel of well-respected Asian Americans who will share their thoughts, opinions and stories that have impacted their lives. Also this plenary session will share highlights of the two-day workshop events. It is our hope and intention that all attendees will leave this year’s convention inspired to pursue personal and professional aspirations whatever they may be.

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