Women in NAAAP Leadership Forum - Reawaken, Renew, & Reinvent

  • April 06, 2016
  • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL


  • As a member benefit, the first 25 members register for free on a first come, first served basis.
  • Columbia College Students, Faculty and Staff are able to attend for free as part of the College's sponsorship.
  • Complementary registration for full time students at University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Non-members are those who do not already possess a paid membership with NAAAP.
  • 5 registrations for $100
  • WiN Program Committee members and volunteers for the event.

Non-members! Become a NAAAP-Chicago member and event registration for this event is FREE.
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Women in NAAAP Leadership Forum:
Reawaken, Renew & Reinvent

Innovative women leaders, business owners, and key influencers will come together for learning, networking, and inspiration to renew, reinvent, and reawaken themselves.


11:30 AM Registration

Light meal & drinks provided.

1:00 PM Program Begins

Executive Panel:
Finding Sponsors to Help You Rise
To get ahead, women need to acquire a sponsor — a powerfully positioned champion — to help them advance to the next levels of their career. Come hear these Asian executives found their sponsors and share their experiences.  


Kristin Barrett

Director of Partner Relations
University of Chicago’s Chicago Innovation Exchange

Anu George

Head of Operational Excellence

Michael W Leong, CPA

Managing Director & Team Leader
Large Corporate
PNC Financial Services Group


Shama Patel

Founder & Managing Director
Drive Change

Clarita Santos

Senior Director
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

Myra Snyder

Board of Directors
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

3:00 PM Break

Refreshments provided

3:15 PM Breakout Sessions

Presenter: Dana Samardzich, PCC, CPC
Connection is paramount to creating a desire to be influenced or led by someone.  People are more influenced by people who have some sort of emotional significance to them.  In this session, you will learn that who you are and how you show up to people is just as important as what you do as a leader.  You will learn how your presence and communication style affect your ability to connect.  You will also learn how to develop behavior that fosters connection.
Embrace Taking Risks
Presenter: Alice Lee-Osborne, CEO, Asian American Community Exchange L3C

This interactive workshop will help attendees discover and acknowledge how cultural background and upbringing affects decision making and will learn tools on how to overcome barriers in taking risks.

Catapult your Way to the Top: Leadership Secrets of Successful Leaders
Presenter: Dr. Linda Liang

In this fun and interactive session, we will focus on leadership competencies to be a successful leader. You will measure your personal power, learn leadership secrets of successful minority leaders and discuss case studies of leadership situations, including challenges and difficult situations. Dr. Linda Liang, who has studied leadership for over 20 years, will share her research on minority leadership competencies and will lead us in experiential learning.

Be Memorable, not Safe
Presenter: In-Wen Ariel Pao, M.A., PHR, CIR

Inspired by Ariel’s favorite TED talks by women, this interactive workshop will focus on creating or improving your online personal branding. Ariel will also share best practices on how to tackle common obstacles for Asian American women during job search and interviews.

5:00 PM Networking Activity

Appetizers & drinks will be provided.

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About Women in NAAAP

Women in NAAAP (WiN) strives to develop Asian American women to support their advancement in the workplace. We aim to be a valuable resource for our members with initiatives focused on leadership and career advancement tailored to Asian American women, including raising awareness of barriers to success, and providing a network of role models in a breadth of industries.

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