|OCA to Host the 2009 National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement AwardsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
16 October 2009
Sarah Smith Nester | Communications Manager
202 223 5500 | firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, will host the prestigious National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards, honoring Asian Pacific American (APA) leaders in the corporate sector.
WHAT: OCA National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards presentation and dinner
WHEN: Friday, October 23, 2009, 7-10 p.m. (reception begins at 6 p.m.)
WHERE: W Hotel, 515 15th St. NW, Washington, DCThe National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards is the only national program of its kind to recognize corporate achievement and service to the community among APA corporate employees. Honorees must first be nominated by their respective employers and then selected by a panel of judges. This year, sevenhonorees have been chosen to receive the award. They are:
Susan Jin Davis - Vice President of Corporate Development, Comcast Voice Services
Lynne Delveaux - Director in Enterprise Internet Solutions, State Farm
Shiao Dong Han - Corporate Strategy Group, UPS
Michael Hsu - President, Kraft North America’s Grocery
Veronica Kaneko - President and Managing Director, McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii
Gordon Keh - Director of Engineering for Global Services & Support, Boeing
Maggie Mui - Senior Vice President and San Francisco Market Regional President, Wells Fargo.
"OCA is proud to recognize and celebrate APA corporate citizens who have embraced our mission by being leaders in their communities and by being committed to diversity in the workplace,” said National President Ken Lee. "As a former recipient of this award, I can safely say that this award builds confidence among APAs who have worked hard for recognition and a clear voice.”
Prior to the Awards Dinner, OCA will unveil a new program for young and aspiring APA professionals entitled Bamboo: Build, Breakthrough and Believe. This event will kick off with a cocktail reception on Thursday, October 22 from 6-9 p.m. at the W Hotel and continue throughout the first half of Friday, October 23 with several panel presentations and events.
In addition to Bamboo, OCA will also host the Greater Washington, D.C. region launch of the OCA Mentoring Asian American Professionals (MAAP) program. Already successfully launched in Los Angeles, Atlanta and San Francisco, the MAAP Program is a three-month program that pairs APA professionals with leaders in their field. The informational Leadership Summit will begin on October 23 from 5-6 p.m., also at the W Hotel.