GET TO KNOW OUR COMMITTEES

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The technology committee helps spread NAAAP Boston's message in the most effective way possible! On the front end we support events, both on-site and virtually, and build out tools like this website! On the back end, we also help train and develop our team of NAAAP Boston leaders and volunteers. The technology committee is currently looking for a motivated individual for the Director of Technology role, no previous experience necessary! You be requested to maintain ongoing technology activities such as account maintenance of current members and IT onboarding of new volunteers and leaders, but will also you will be asked to take on new projects such as improving website functionality as the organization evolves. Please reach out to HR@naaapboston.org if interested!

FINANCE

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The Finance Committee is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of financial records and reports for NAAAP Boston. We manage revenue, expenses, budgets, and tax filings, ensure solid finances to support all NAAAP Boston’s operations, and ensure transparency of financial reporting to the executive team and board directors to support execution. We are currently a team of three, including Lucas Zheng, VP of Finance, Rachel Luc, Director of Finance, and Caroline Fong, Finance Associate. We welcome anyone interested in our works and offer you a rewarding experience: making more friends, participating in discussing interesting finance topics (investments, personal finance such as 401K and retirement planning, corporate finance career, etc.), and learning and improving on finance skills and knowledge!

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The Membership Committee fosters the inspiring community of members at NAAAP Boston. We ensure this is a safe space for Asian American professionals who aspire to raise the bar of what it means to lead and empower them to grow—tapping into our values of leadership, empowerment, accountability, and diversity. As a resource in the greater Boston community, we strive to welcome those who are looking for meaningful connection and grow from a myriad of events and activities that will be open to them as members. If you have any questions or are interested in joining our team, please reach out to caroline.fong@naaapboston.org for a chat!

OPERATIONS

The Women in NAAAP (WIN) Committee's vision is to empower, support and engage Asian American and Pacific Islander women to succeed as professional and personal leaders as well as contribute to their communities and cultures. WIN is a special program created to build competent and confident women leaders within NAAAP and the Asian Pacific community by providing resources to effectively lead in the workplace. The committee also strives to connect Asian leaders to role models and create a mentoring network. Some of our programs include women-focused workshops, roundtable discussions and social events. WIN has officially launched a new social/networking series called “WIN & WINE” focused on cultivating a strong sisterhood of Asian American professional women.

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The NAAAP PRIDE program aims to empower, educate, engage, and celebrate the Asian American LGBTQ+ professional community and its allies by providing education, promoting visibility, and developing LGBTQ+ leaders. PRIDE hosts a series of casual discussion groups along with signature events/projects. Past projects have included The Coming Out Collection, roundtable discussions on authenticity in the workplace, and the launching of the PRIDE scholarship. Priorities of the group will include exploring topics related to LGBT x AAPI identity and the workplace, providing space for peer support and reflection, connecting with peer organizations, and growing capacity/membership. ALL folx across the LGBTQ+ spectrum are invited to join this committee, whether as a member or as a volunteer/leader on the core organizing team! Please contact pride@naaapboston.org for more details!

The marketing committee is responsible for the development and implementation of a sustainable and effective brand strategy for NAAAP Boston; this includes conducting qualitative and quantitative studies to understand perceptions of our brand and events, designing marketing creatives and website, and socializing our offerings and events to the community. Have a knack for design? Interested in marketing research? Simply want to spread our philosophy and resources so more people can benefit? Reach out to learn more! If you have any questions, comments or ideas to chat about, please reach out to charles.lee@naaapboston.org

NAAAP’s greatest asset is our volunteers and leaders! The HR Committee is committed to supporting and providing NAAAP volunteers with the resources they need to set them up for success. We curate monthly orientations for new volunteers and facilitate quarterly operations meetings where our leaders share best practices, collaborate on upcoming initiatives, and strategize for success. Outside of these essential meetings, we also organize social events such as NAAAP day and game nights. This year, we are piloting a monthly internal newsletter to further build community and increase visibility. Our goal is to create a safe and fun environment for our volunteers to exhibit their talents in whichever committee they choose to volunteer for. If you are interested in joining the HR committee or have questions, please reach out to emmie.nguyen@naaapboston.org

PROGRAMMING

RELATIONS

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The Networking and Community Service committee is dedicated to fostering the NAAAP Boston community, both internally and externally. We host events to build meaningful connections for both members and those new to NAAAP Boston. No matter which fields or career stages we are in, we strongly feel that there is much to learn about each other and everyone’s unique perspectives. We also give back to the Greater Boston community through community service events, including volunteer groups to the Ricesticks and Tea food pantry, Community Servings kitchens, or organizing groups for the many charity walks to support other Boston area nonprofits. In 2021 (when it’s safe), we look forward to bringing back in-person programming such as our Annual Summer BBQ as well as some new community initiatives. We are always looking for more passionate members to join our team. Please reach out to Evan.Lam@NAAAPBoston.org if you’re interested or have any questions!

The Scholarship Committee is responsible for administering the Future Leader Award, an Asian American leadership scholarship recognizing high school students who are aspiring leaders in their communities. In the past, our main events included scholarship applications review, Scholarship Awards Virtual Ceremony, and fundraising events. In 2020, NAAAP Boston awarded a total of $25,000 scholarships to 6 well-deserving students. Generous Donors included TJX, Edwin K. and Mary G. Chin Scholarship Foundation, Richard and Chou Lee Foundation and individual donors, including Mr. Edward Saltzman. We also launched the NAAAP PRIDE Scholarship in partnership with NAAAP PRIDE. Our upcoming events will include a Roundtable on Asian-Americans in Higher Education and Virtual Trivia Night. If you are interested in volunteering or joining our mailing list, please email us at scholarship@naaapboston.org!

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The Corporate Relations Committee (CRC) is responsible for engaging and communicating with our sponsoring organizations and their AAPI ERGs.  CRC looks to communicate and clarify our benefit offerings to our sponsors, to ensure their corporation and their employees are getting value from the resources that NAAAP Boston provides to promote and develop Asian American leaders.  Our sponsors include DentaQuest, Ernst & Young, Harvard Pilgrim, National Grid, PayPal, State Street, Sun Life Financial and TJX.  Every sponsor is assigned a Customer Success Team which are two volunteers from CRC to ensure constant communication and partnership.  CRC is comprised of a group of volunteers at varying levels of our careers and we invite anyone interested in learning new skills or teaching their expertise, to join our Committee!

The Professional Development Committee (PDC) is focused on helping individuals develop necessary skills for career advancement and leadership development through action-learning workshops, seminars, and conferences. We celebrate being an Asian American leader by creating spaces through mediums that can get conversations started and give Asian Americans more visibility, support, and the tools they need to break the bamboo ceiling. Our annual conference, AccelerASIAN, was awarded the Program of Year by NAAAP National in 2018. During the pandemic, we created a pamphlet about the diversity in Asian American cultures to help people see the cultural nuances that make up Asian American culture in Boston. We hope to kick off some great new initiatives and to continue our roundtables in the new year. If you are interested, please reach out to Terrence.Ki@naaapboston.org, Director of Professional Development, for more information.