2007 NAAAP National Convention And Diversity Career Fair Attracted More Than 1000 Attendees
The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Atlanta chapter played host to the 21st Annual NAAAP National Convention and Diversity Career Fair from August 16th through 18th, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel. This year’s theme “Catalyst for Growth: Awareness. Opportunity. Leadership.” attracted more than 600 convention attendees and over 1000 participants for the diversity career fair.The two-day convention featured 22 workshops and over 50 national and local workshop speakers that focused their message on leadership, professional development, management, entrepreneurship, diversity, Asian lifestyle, and community service. The diversity career fair attracted over 50 exhibiting regional, multi-national and international companies. Convention attendees also enjoyed the NAAAP National Convention Leadership Awards Gala on Fridaywhich honored various NAAAP chapters with excellence awards for Chapter & Venture of the Year, Membership, Professional Development, Community Involvement, Communications and Projects & Programs. The Friday gala concluded with cultural performances and entertainment by dancer Yu Wei, comedian Henry Cho and Vega String Quartet.
Attendees also enjoyed Chopstix for Charity Fundraising Gala, a premier annual NAAAP-Atlanta event, with 100% of the proceeds going back to the local Asian-American non-profit community organizations in the form of grants. United States Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao addressed over 700 Asian American professionals during the Friday keynote luncheon. Chao stressed the importance of education, training and re-training as keys to future employment and earnings for America’s workforce. She outlined several initiatives by the current administration to support worker training, education and employment service programs. Secretary Chao concluded in her closing remarks, “As I’ve said many times before – America is a beacon of hope and opportunity throughout the world and we shouldn’t fear the worldwide economy. America’s greatest strength lie in our democratic institutions, respect for the rule of law, transparency, accountability and the most creative and compassionate workforce in the world. These unique qualities comprise our country’s strongest competitive advantage.” Secretary Chao currently serves as the 24th United States Secretary of Labor in the Cabinet of President of the United States, George W. Bush. She is the first Asian American woman and first Chinese American to be appointed to a President’s Cabinet in American history.
Other top Asian-American executives that provide keynote addresses during the convention are Esther Lee (Euro RSCG Worldwide), Ken Lee (UPS), Sonya Gong (State Farm Insurance), and Jayaraman (Raghu) Raghuraman (Dell, Inc.). The keynotes all shared their professional and personal journeys as Asian-American professionals navigating their careers in the public and private sectors of the corporate world. The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization where Asian American and Asian Canadian professionals from across North America can work together to enhance North American Asian leadership in various professions and their communities. NAAAP serve to educate members through professional development, raise Asian American awareness in corporate America, and ensure that Asian Americans are included in diversity programs. As a charitable and community-based organization, NAAAP also actively engages its members in volunteer and charity work within their communities.
As the NAAAP convention host, the NAAAP-Atlanta chapter has the second largest membership, with more than 300 members. Additionally, NAAAP-Atlanta has achieved outstanding accomplishments and was recogonized for several NAAAP National Excellence awards, including Chapter of the Year for two consecutive years. Representing the second fastest-growing Asian American population in the United States, Atlanta is an ideal host city rich with history and Southern charm, and thriving as a commercial center in the Southeast and beyond. With the convention in our hometown filled with exciting destinations and Southern hospitality, no wonder we had record breaking attendance! A special thanks to all attendees and sponsors of this year’s NAAAP National Convention. You’ve made this the best attended and one of the the most rewarding NAAAP National Convention & Diversity Career Fair!