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Federal Track: Federal Leadership Training
Thursday July 18, 2013 | Day 1 
Location: Diplomat Room

This training will provide federal employees with an opportunity to learn about some of the issues facing APA government employees. Federal Track is free to attend but requires registration. To register please click here.

Please note that all panels and workshops are tentative and may be subject to change.  

Registration 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM         

Recent Executive Orders Affecting the APA Communities 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM       
On October 14, 2009, President Obama signed an Executive Order (EO) on "Increasing Participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Federal Programs,” which resulted in the restoration of the White House Initiative and President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to address issues concerning the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. On August 18, 2011, President Barack Obama signed an EO on "Establishing a Coordinated Government-Wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce," promoting the federal workplace as a model of equal employment opportunity, diversity, and inclusion. "As the Nation's largest employer, the federal government has a special opportunity to lead by example," said OPM Director John Berry. "We must recruit, hire, develop and retain a competitive, diverse workforce, because we'll deliver the best results to the American people when we fully use the talents of all parts of our society."

This panel discussion will include government leaders discussing how these initiatives will impact APAs working in the Federal Government. Come to this session to learn:

  • What these initiatives mean to you, how they have been implemented, and what has been achieved as a result of these initiatives
  • How government-wide data trends and employee survey findings affect diversity and inclusion throughout the Federal government
  • How strategies are developed to ensure that Federal departments and agencies recruit and retain talented individuals from all communities to drive and integrate diversity and inclusion practices throughout the Federal Government

Sharon M. Wong, Deputy Director for Coordination and Policy, U.S. Office of Personnel Management 

Veronica Villalobos, Director, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (Office of Diversity & Inclusion)
Audrey Buehring, Deputy Director, WHIAAPI

Break 10:30 AM  – 10:45 AM     

AAPI Affinity Groups: Creation and Collaboration 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM 
Affinity groups at Federal agencies promote diversity in the work place and an understanding of different minority groups. These groups also give a powerful voice to these minorities and can highlight the challenges that they face, as well as help promote, expand, and support minority participation in the Federal government. While there are many positives that come out of having these groups, there are also many challenges that come with creating and maintaining them.

In this session, government and private industry leaders will discuss:

  • How to create and maintain an affinity group, and the challenges faced along the way
  • How to put together a mission statement or charter and goals that will help sustain your group and gain agency support
  • How to utilize affinity groups to enhance your career through networking, mentoring, and skills based training opportunities

Elaine Wong, Senior Program Manager, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Xuan Thai, Supervisor, United States Patent & Trademark Office 
Monshi Ramdass, Director, United States Department of Agriculture's Diversity
Winson Heng, Principal, Deloitte  

Lunch (On Your Own) 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM      

Tips for Writing Effective Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Government executives face special challenges: they must be visionary leaders with a strong commitment to public service, be able to apply "people skills” to motivate their employees, build partnerships, and communicate with their customers, and need solid management skills in order to produce optimum results with limited resources. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) helps make sure the Government selects executives who are strong leaders by developing the core qualifications used to test new career appointees to the Senior Executive Service (SES). Within the next few years, many executives in the Federal Government will be eligible to retire.

Come learn:

  • About the five executive core qualifications (ECQs) OPM has identified which define the competencies needed to build a federal corporate culture that drives for results, serves customers, and builds successful teams and coalitions within and outside the organization.     
  • How to write effective ECQs which are required for entry to the SES and are used by many departments and agencies in selection, performance management, and leadership development for management and executive positions.

Ellen Law, Former Senior Policy Analyst, Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Department of Defense

Break 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM        

Achieving Your Professional Goals 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM        
Regardless of where you are in your career, you will always face challenges that interfere with your ability to achieve your goals. In this workshop, we will discuss how to set your goals in order to achieve success in your professional life, how to resolve challenges that keep you from achieving your goals, and how you measure success.

Participants in this session will: 

  • Discuss challenges in your professional life and how to resolve them to meet your goals
  • Learn how to find balance in your personal and professional life
  • Discover the value of mentoring in goal setting practices

Vicky Wong, President & CEO, DAE Advertising 

Rosie Abriam, President & CEO, The Center for Asian Pacific American Women
Tony Waller, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs Constituent Relations, Walmart
Michael Cheok, Deputy Division Director, Division of Engineering at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission 

Click here to read the speakers' biographies


Friday July 19, 2013 | Day 2
Location: Diplomat Room

Registration 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM         

Defining Career Success 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
While a "glass ceiling” exists for many as a barrier to advancement, there are a number of unique challenges for APAs. Often APAs are not seen as traditional leaders, and may be overlooked for high ranking positions due to perceived differences in areas such as networking, communication, and leadership style. The objective of this session is to provide a realistic perception of APAs potential to influence and succeed in business, political, and nonprofit worlds. Seasoned professionals from the business and nonprofit worlds will share personal stories of achieving the "American Dream."

Attend this session if you are:  

  •  Thinking about a career change or a promotion and wondering what is right for you
  •  Hoping to break into management and interested in working on skills to get there
  •   Interested in hearing from those who have experienced these issues about how they made it to the top 

Dr. Leslie Moe-Kaiser, Corporate Public Affairs, State Farm

Ken Lee, Immediate Past National President, OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates
Rhea Suh, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Human Capital Officer and Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget at the U.S. Department of the Interior

Break 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM     


Find and Apply for a Job in Any Sector 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Whether applying for a job in the public or private sector, this workshop will teach you the techniques and skills to be competitive. Hear from a diverse panel about their own experiences in the job market, as well as tips and tricks related to resumes, interviews, and the career search in general.

In this workshop, you will learn: 

  • How to search for jobs in any sector
  • How to write a powerful and memorable resume and cover letter
  •  Tips on having a successful interview and making a positive impression

Patrice Yao, Deloitte 

Gregg Orton, Legislative Director - Office of Congressman Al Green (TX-09)
Michael Mau, Asian American Program Manager, Central Intelligence Agency


Lunch (On your Own ) 12:15 PM – 2:30 PM       

Effective Communications Skills 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM        
This interactive workshop will address the strategies and tactics to overcome the barriers to communicate effectively and across cultures in the workplace, and explain how to implement them effectively. Topics that will be discussed include:

  •  Using communication to become a better performer and more effective leader
  •  Understanding your communication style and how to work with people with different styles
  • Being aware of cultural differences that may differentiate your communication from others

Tom L. Hayashi, Executive Director, OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates

Clifford Yee, VP of Chapter Development, OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates

Click here to view more information on this year's speakers

Click here to see the Federal Track flyer

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