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Asian American Government Executives Network Award Nominations

It's time to nominate and select this year's AAGEN honorees for the Stan Suyat Memorial Leadership Award, the Excellence in Public Service Award, and the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Please send Carson Eoyang (at Carson.eoyang@gmail.com) your nominations for each of the awards by April 1, 2017.

See below for the Nomination Instructions and Evaluation/Selection after the Award Description

1. AAGEN Award Description.  The criteria and past honorees for each award are as follows:

a. Stanley Suyat Memorial Leadership Award (first awarded in 2000)

"In honor of our dear friend and colleague, AAGEN established the Stanley Suyat Memorial Leadership Award to be given annually to a community leader who has demonstrated the spirit and dedication to public service that exemplified Stanley's distinguished career. The award recognizes the recipient's lifetime achievements, high distinction in public service, and support of AAGEN's mission in advocating increased APA leaders in government and mentoring future APA executives.

Past recipients : Norman Mineta (2000), Maria Haley (2001), Mo Marumoto (2002), Daniel Akaka (2003), Mike Honda (2004), Carole Bonosaro (2005), Bel Leong-Hong (2006), SueOkubo (2007), Carson & Kemay Eoyang (2008), Stuart Ishimaru (2009), Ellen Law (2010), Yann King (2011), Jeremy Wu (2012), Sharon Wong (2013), James Meng (2014), Huong Pham (2015), Giao Phan (2016).

b. Excellence in Public Service Award (first awarded 2008)

This annual award is given to an outstanding leader in public service who has demonstrated great spirit, courage, and dedication to public service. The award recognizes the recipient’s lifetime achievements, high distinction in public service at the national level and support of AAGEN’s mission of promoting diversity by increasing the numbers of APA leaders in government.

Past recipients: Secy Elaine Chao (2008), Ms. Bing Bradshaw (2009), CNO Admiral Gary Roughead (2010), MGEN AntonioTaguba (2011), BGEN Fred Wong (2012), Cong. Tammy Duckworth (2013), MGEN Sharon Dunbar (2014), Carol Bonosaro (2015), Veronica Villalobos (2016).

c. Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award (first awarded 2006)

This award is in recognition of outstanding service to our nation, and great devotion in promoting and supporting the APA leadership in government, which is consistent with AAGEN's mission.

Past recipients: Secy Norman Mineta (2006), GEN Eric Shinseki (2007), Sen. Daniel Akaka (2008), Cong. Mike Honda (2009), Sen. Daniel Inouye (2010), Secy Gary Locke (2011), Secy Steven Chu (2012), Terry Shima and Grant Ichikawa (2013), Cong. Judy Chu (2014), Cong. Mazie Hirono (2015), ADM Harry Harris (2016).

2. Nomination Instructions

Please send Carson Eoyang (at carson.eoyang@gmail.com)your nominations for each of the awards by April 1, 2017. 

For each nomination, please send in an attachment to your email the name of your nominee, the award category, a bio/resume and a one paragraph justification (possibly to be used as the citation for an awardee read at the presentation) for the individual you propose.

Late or incomplete nominations will not be included in the final BOD ballot. You may nominate an individual to only one award category. Also bear in mind, that we expect that the award recipients to appear at the banquet in person to receive the award and make an acceptance speech. Thus we have never made any posthumous awards. We have traditionally invited the previous year's honoree to make this year's presentation subject to his/her availability, but if you have another suggestion as to who should make the presentation (preferably an AAGEN member) please let us know that as well.

3. Evaluation and Selection

Sue Okubo, Jocelyn Lian and Carson Eoyang will serve as the AAGEN Awards Committee to evaluate all the nominations and rank order them for the BOD to vote on the final selections. 

By April 7, nominations will be compiled into a ballot for the BOD to complete final voting by April 14.  The Awards Committee will decide expeditiously in order to ascertain the schedule availability of our recipients to attend our banquet. 

The Awards Committee will send invitations out selected award recipients by April 30 to seek confirmation by May 15, well in advance of the Banquet on June 13, 2017.

Thank you for your prompt attention.

Carson, Sue and Jocelyn

AAGEN Awards Committee




The mission of AAGEN is to promote, expand and support Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leadership in Government.  In accordance with AAGEN’s mission, the scholarship program has been designed for students in their continuing education to better prepare themselves for positions of leadership and trust in the Federal, State and Local governments.

Two (2) scholarships for $1,500.00 and two (2) scholarships for $1,000 will be awarded in 2017.  The AAGEN scholarship is a one-time award; former AAGEN scholarship winners are not eligible. 

The applications for the scholarship will be accepted until April 1, 2017

For the more information about the AAGEN scholarship program and how to apply.


Asian American Government Employees Network President Comments on the Passing of   Hawaiian Congressman Mark Takai

President of AAGEN Tin Cao expressed his sadness on behalf of the members of the Asian American Government Employees Network upon the passing of Hawaiian Congressman Mark Takai (D). Cao stated that "Congressman Takai was a good friend of the Asian community.  One of the Congressman's first appearances was at AAGEN's Annual Leadership Workshop and Banquet last year.  He spoke to the audience proudly regarding his new political career as a member of Congress. "During Takai's campaign in Hawaii, he was aware of the importance of touching bases with his supporters many of whom were government workers.  AAGEN was excited to have Congressman Takai as the guest speaker as it was his inaugural speech to the Asian community.

Takai served in the Hawaii Army National Guard as a commissioned First Lieutenant as well as other positions such as the Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Base Officer.  He was proud of his Meritorious Service Medal from the United States Army in 2009, the Distinguished Service Medal from the National Guard Association of the United States in 2011 and the Hawaii Distinguished Service Order in 2012.  In the Congress, Takai served on the Committee on Armed Services and on the Committee on Small Business.  Both House Committees are important to Hawaii and the Pacific Rim.  As a freshman Congressman, it is important to get appointed to committees that would help your Congressional District.  In this situation, he did more than that.

When Takai was diagnosed with a small tumor on his pancreas, he announced in May of this year that he would not seek re-election but would serve out his term.  He passed away before serving out the remaining eight months of his term.  He was at home in Hawaii during a Congressional recess and passed away with his family nearby.

Cao stated, "AAGEN has lost a good friend, who understood the importance of staying in touch with members of the community he represented both in Hawaii and on the Mainland."

Save the Date!!

The 2017 AAGEN Leadership Workshop will be on

June 13, 2017


AAGEN's SES Development Program is featured in the latest blog post on the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders site: Building a Federal Workforce that Reflects a Changing America.

December 3, 2014 marked the five-year anniversary of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Read their accomplishments here: Celebrating Five Years: Opening the Government’s Doors to the AAPI Community.

Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management releases bulletinrecognizing two graduates of AAGEN's SES Development Program.

Current Events

Currently, there are no AAGEN events, but they will be posted soon. Stay tuned!!

AAGEN 2016 Workshop Sponsors & Partners

AAGEN offers our deep thanks to our workshop sponsors and partners.

Their support enables AAGEN to provide high quality executive training to federal employees and provide scholarships to students interested in public service. Their partnership with us also enables AAGEN to develop quality year-long executive development programs for future leaders who will deliver high quality service to the American public.

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