Press Release 03/13/2018


San Jose, CA (March 13, 2018) From March 9 through 11, representatives from the NAAAP DC Executive Team attended the 2018 NAAAP National Leadership Academy InnovASIAN: Leading with Initiative and Imagination. Our leaders learned new ways to expand Chapter programming, tackle day-to-day operational issues, and support local Employee Resources Groups. A highlight of the training included the InnovASIAN Incubator: Ideas Pitch Competition. Our leaders Teresa Wong (SVP, Operations), Christy Buranaamorn (VP, Marketing), and Sheena Fe Alejandro (VP, Membership) spearheaded the winning pitch selected by judges Norman Liang (VP of WI Harper) and Crystal Huang (Principal of GGV Capital).

InnovASIAN Incubator: Ideas Pitch Competition Winners

From left to right: Sheena Fe Alejandro, Christy Buranaamorn, Ashok Handigol, Raymond Ou, Norman Liang, Crystal Huang, Teresa Wong, Christine Lowe, Alex Son, and Lance Hong.

NAAAP DC was also recognized for their outstanding leadership and programming in 2017. Ryan Namata, former President and current Board of Trustees Chair and NAAAP National Convention Program Director, was awarded the 2017 Leader of the Year. NAAAP DC was also awarded the 2017 Program of the Year for their 2017 Leadership Conference: Disrupt.

NAAAP DC receives awards for 2017 Leader of the Year and 2017 Program of the Year.

From left to right: Christy Buranaamorn, Teresa Wong, Sheena Fe Alejandro, and Jesse Nandhavan.

“We are humbled and honored to receive this recognition from NAAAP National,” said Teresa Wong, NAAAP DC Senior Vice President of Operations. “2017 has been such a successful year for our Chapter. Having brainstormed with other NAAAP Chapters and picked up new techniques to enhance our programming, NAAAP DC is excited to build on last year’s momentum and continue to promote leadership and diversity in the DC metro area.”