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Asian American Leadership Forum [OCA discount]

February 15, 2014 @ 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Our workshop tracks will be focused on individuals in the corporate sector, non-profit staff and advocates, the legal community, and students. There will be specific programming for each track, and attendees will attend specific training and information depending on what they would like to develop. There will be more details about this year’s workshops to come.
General Schedule
8:30-9:00 AM Breakfast & Registration
9:15-10:00AM Morning Plenary
10:15-12:30PM Track Programming
12:30-2:00PM Networking Lunch
2:00-3:30PM Track Programming
3:30-4:30PM Closing Reception

Use discount code “oca” for an exclusive discount


2014 Track & Workshop Descriptions


The Advocacy track is designed to give participants a deep understanding of how they as individuals can become powerful advocates on issues impacting the Asian American community. The day will feature a mix of panel discussions, breakout discussion groups, interactive role-playing and networking time. Participants will engage in a deep discussion on the Pan-Asian Voter Empowerment (PAVE) coalition’s 2014 State Agenda, identify and explore an issue that personally resonates with them, and build skills and learn about best-practices in advocacy. At the end of the day, participants will be equipped to join a growing advocacy network of Asian Americans who are fighting together to make progress. If you would like more information, please contact Andy Kang prior to registering.

Community Engagement

The Community Engagement track is designed to stimulate a dialogue around the different ways Asian Americans are engaging with the local community and placing their identity and perspective at the foreground of their work. The day will feature a mix of panels, interactive exercises, and networking opportunities designed to educate and inspire those who are interested in finding their place among this creative, diverse, and growing community. Attendees will gain exposure to different fields from the arts to more traditional organizing through an exciting roster of speakers, which will culminate in a creative exercise that allows them to present their own stories through the prism of community issues. Please contact Peter Limthongviratn for more information.


The Organizing track is geared towards organizers and front-line staff at organizations that make up the Pan-Asian Voter Empowerment [PAVE] coalition as well as partnering organizations that are working collectively to advance a shared Pan-Asian agenda. This track will provide training for participants on the specifics of the Pan-Asian State Agenda to be advocated for during the 2014 legislative cycle. Track participants will have the opportunity to learn more about how we organize for ‘visible solidarity’ actions that PAVE and others will be working on leading up the Asian American Action Day in May 2014. Through this training, participants will better solidify the skills needed to share stories in order to effectively connect with and mobilize their community members for large scale, coalition event.  Please contact Reema Ahmad prior to registering.

Professional Leadership Development

The Professional Leadership Development Track will dive into the awareness, education, and training around identity, leadership skills, and work place resources.  This track will open up the conversation around bicultural identity integration.  This is how we identify, understand, and utilize both our Asian identity and our American identity, to become successful with our bicultural identity as Asian Americans in our professional lives.  These identities will be coupled with leadership skills trainings such as mentoring and coaching and networking to apply the knowledge gained with skills based opportunities.  We will also hear from notable speakers that will refer to resources and opportunities for participants to take back into their professional lives to further the success of themselves, their community, and their organizations. Please contact Bryan Hara for more information. 

KINETIC: The Movement (Closed Track – Invite Only)

The KINETIC: The Movement track will bring together KINETIC program participants from across its four sites (Lake View HS, Mather HS, Cambodian Association of IL, Chinese Mutual Aid Association) for a dynamic, cultural arts & media training focused on building youth power. Teens will be trained in how to share their stories through multiple mediums including hip hop, social media, photography, and video arts. This track is by invite only. Please contact Steve Hosik Moon for more information.

Student Power!  (Closed Track – Invite Only)

The Student Power! track is a training and strategy session for student leaders from Chicagoland colleges & universities. Participants will learn about local student organizing history and be introduced to campus organizing skills and tools that will allow them to effectively advocate for Asian American student issues. The training will be facilitated by a collection of Asian American students, staff, and faculty from Chicago colleges and universities and will feature interactive activities and relevant case studies. This is also an opportunity to network with student leaders across Chicagoland campuses in an effort to build a collective voice for Asian American students! This training is open by invite only. Please contact Steve Hosik Moon for more information.


February 15, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Northwestern Law School -Thorne Auditorium
375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611 United States
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