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April 8, 2018
The 2018 AAGEN Leadership Workshop 

will be on

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Double Tree Crystal City

Our theme this year, "INNOVATIVE AND DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP", offers critical executive management skills and important networking tools to enable you to make your strategic vision and timely execution methods gain realizable results in your career and organizations.

Registration is now OPEN!!

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April 12, 2018

AAGEN mourns the passing of one of its original advisory board members, 

the Honorable Senator Daniel K. Akaka

It is with great sadness that we are informing you of  the passing of one of  AAGEN’s  advisors, Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka.  Senator Akaka was the first Native Hawaiian to serve in Congress (both the House of Representatives and the Senate). He died on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Honolulu.   He was 93 years old.  

Senator Akaka was one of our original members of the AAGEN advisory board.  He was an enthusiastic supporter of AAGEN, speaking at our annual Leadership Workshop award dinners.  He has always been a strong supporter of AAGEN. He was principled and he never wavered in his support of Asian American and Pacific Islander issues.  For his lifelong commitment and advocacy of public service, and his 30 years of leadership in Congress, AAGEN presented him with the third Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. 

Senator Akaka served on the following Committees:  the Armed Services; the Banking Housing, and Urban Affairs; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Veterans’ Affairs; and Indian Affairs (Chairman).  He also was the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia; and the Congressional Task Force on Native Hawaiian Issues.  He worked tirelessly for his home state and successfully advocated for increased military funds.  He sought and won belated recognition of Asian-Americans soldiers who had fought for the United States in World War II.  Through his efforts and legislation, the service records of Japanese Americans who fought in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the 100th Infantry Battalion were re-evaluated; resulting in almost two dozen military Medals of Honor – the military’s highest award for valor. 

In his lengthy career, Senator Akaka was a WWII veteran, school teacher, and principal before entering public service.   In a recent interview, “... he said he wanted to inspire others to follow in his footsteps of public service and caring for others.”  (Hawaii News).   He was always and foremost a person who sought to unite people and see the best in them.  He was the “Aloha Statesman” - A humble, compassionate, loving, and always effective public servant.   Former President Barack Obama remembered Akaka as "a tireless advocate for working people, veterans, native Hawaiian rights, and the people of Hawaii... He embodied the “aloha spirit” with compassion and care.”

To his wife, Millie, and his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, thank you for sharing this great man with AAGEN.  We will always honor his spirit of Aloha and his commitment to public service.  

May you rest in peace.

A hui hou!

December 21, 2017

Message from the AAGEN Chair!

    On behalf of the incoming board, I'd like to thank you for your confidence in us to lead AAGEN. It is an honor to be elected as your next Chair. The leadership team and I take our new responsibilities seriously and will represent you with the utmost transparency and boldness. I'd like to thank the nominating committee chair, Carson Eoyang and his team, Shanel Lu, Bel Leong-Hong and Sue Okuba for working tirelessly to fill the slate and conduct the elections.

    I'd like to ask all of the AAGEN members to take a moment to think about AAGEN and its important role in creating leaders and a diverse workforce. Tomorrow's problems demand bright, hard-working leaders, who will need the AAGEN community to provide support as mentors/coaches, advocates, and role models. The new board will be meeting in January to set the tone for 2018.  If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please feel free to let us know.

    Thank you, Tin Cao, for your leadership over the last four years and the positive path you have set us on. I would also like to recognize the unwavering work of Huong Pham and Thanh Pham whose behind-the-scenes work have been critical to the success of AAGEN's programs. Let me also thank the outgoing officers, board members, and volunteers for your service and selfless time - please know that AAGEN will continue to call on you!  Finally, I want to thank all of YOU and wish you a memorable and special holiday season. Rest up and enjoy - we will have a lot of work ahead of us in 2018!

 Vivian and the Board


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.


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