Six Asian Americans Selected for the NAAAP 100 Recognition Program

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Six Asian American leaders will be honored at the National Association of Asian American Professionals 23rd annual convention in Denver. The convention, open to the public on Aug. 14 and 15, offers workshops with fees and a free two-day Diversity Career Fair open to the public.

Leadership at New Heights: Cultivating Leaders for Today and Beyond.

The National Association of Asian American Professionals, the fastest growing organization for Asian Americans in North America, today announced the first six people to be named to its elite NAAAP 100 List. The NAAAP 100 program recognizes leaders who exemplify NAAAP's vision and mission of promoting professional, personal, and community leadership. Interviews with the winners will be published in a new magazine "Asian Leaders."

  •     The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Labor
  •     David Henry Hwang, Playwright
  •     J.D. Hokoyama, President and CEO of Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP)
  •     Bill Imada, Chairman and CEO of IW Group
  •     Paul Lee, Esq., Partner of Goodwin Proctor
  •     Maya Lin, Artist and Architect

These winners will be honored at the 23rd NAAAP National Convention and Diversity Career Fair at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Denver, Colorado, scheduled from August 13 to 16. Ms. Maya Lin who has confirmed her attendance of the awards ceremony will also serve as a keynote speaker on Friday, August 14, evening. The NAAAP 100 announcement complements the 2009 convention theme, "Leadership at New Heights: Cultivating Leaders for Today and Beyond."

The Convention will offer a Leadership Institute on August 13 and twenty workshops, seminars and panels, and a free Diversity Career Fair and Asian Business Expo on August 14 and 15. The Fair, a very popular feature of the NAAAP National Convention, is open to last minute walk-in participants. Detalis about the Fair are available at

Confirmed recruiters include:

  •     Gold Level sponsors, Dell, American Family Insurance, Raytheon Corporation
  •     Silver Level sponsors, McDonald's, United States Navy, and UPS
  •     CH2MHill, Johnson and Johnson, Kaiser Permanente, Northrop Grumman, USDA, IRS,
  • and dozens more.

ABOUT THE NAAAP 100 PROGRAM: Over the past century, Asians have overcome obstacles to make significant contributions in both America and Canada. Their contributions have added tremendously to the success and prosperity of North America. NAAAP, a leadership development organization that provides a broad range of professional and educational services, is recognizing leaders who exemplify the organization's vision and mission with the NAAAP 100 Recognition Program. Each honoree will be featured in the NAAAP magazine "Asian Leaders."

ABOUT NAAAP: The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership-based organization and is the largest and fastest growing Asian professional association with representation in over 25 cities across the United States and Canada. Its vision is "We Make Leaders!" For more information about the NAAAP, go to


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