Washington, D.C. (April 20, 2011) – The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies will hold its First Annual Leadership Symposium entitled AAPIs on the Rise: Activating our Power on May 3, 2011 in Washington.
The event will be held in conjunction with the 17th Annual APAICS Gala Awards Dinner at The Sphinx Club at Franklin Square at 1315 K Street NW, and is free and open to the public.
APAICS has hosted conferences in the past, and this symposium honors that history by establishing the symposium as an annual event to be held in conjunction with our annual awards gala each year.
“The Asian American and Pacific Islander community is more empowered each year with increasing representation across all sectors, whether in government, non-profit, media or business,” said Gloria Chan, APAICS President and CEO. “As we continue to nurture new leadership in the community through our programs, APAICS looks forward to hosting influential leaders from across the country, including our alumni, to recognize the strength of our community and have a dialogue on future empowerment.”
Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, including CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-32), Chairman Emeritus Rep. Mike Honda (CA-15), and CAPAC Whip and APAICS Leadership Academy Alumna Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) will be providing remarks at the event, as well as Daphne Kwok, former APAICS executive director and chair of the White House Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
The symposium will feature panels on AAPIs on commissions, in elected office, in federal appointments, media, and business. In honor of a core purpose at APAICS, there will be a keynote panel on strengthening the AAPI political pipeline. Alumni of APAICS programs and former executive directors will be moderating and speaking on our panels throughout day.
A full symposium agenda with a complete speakers list will be confirmed and available at the online registration site at http://bit.ly/APAICSSymposium.
The 17th Annual Gala Awards Dinner will be held on May 4, at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center.
CBS Talent Daniel Dae Kim of Hawaii Five-0 will be the celebrity host of the event. CAPAC Chair US Rep. Judy Chu will make special remarks at the gala.
CAPAC Chairman Emeritus Rep. Mike Honda will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Deepa Iyer of South Asian Americans Leading Together will be honored with the Community Leadership Award, and Comcast will be honored with the Corporate Achievement Award.
For tickets to the gala, please visit: http://bit.ly/APAICSGalaTickets.
The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies is a national non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.
Founded in 1994 by former Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, APAICS serves as a resource to Congress and the general public on issues related to the political advancement of Asian Pacific Americans. For information cal 202-296-9200 or visit online at www.apaics.org.