National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) – Online Event
Join this virtual webinar via its Facebook account @NaFFAA.National
In partnership with Civic Leadership USA, and in coordination with Legal Good, National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) brings together #Filipino #Americans who ran for #campaign in the service of your #community or your country.
From personal stories to guidance and strategy, these speakers bring in years of experience and will share invaluable advice. For more information or to sign up now, click https://naffaa.org/runforoffice/
The program starts from Aug 5th~ Dec. 9th, 2021.
Participants will learn strategies for:
Planning a political campaign
Developing and telling a campaign story
Building a base of support
Implementing outreach mechanisms
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Opening Remarks and National Anthem
Emcee: CK Suero-Gabler, Region Chair, NaFFAA
U.S. Anthem: CK Suero-Gabler
Bennett Peji, Vice President, Impact & Partnerships, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
Keynote Remarks: California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria, 78th Assembly District
Chris Cate, Councilmember, City of San Diego
Anthony Ng, Executive Director, Civic Leadership USA
Asian American Data/Representation Presentation
Tom Wong, Professor, University of California, San Diego; Board of Advisors, New American Leaders
Civic Leadership Panel
Moderator: Andrew Amorao, Region Vice Chair, NaFFAA
Mark Bartlett, Commissioner, Chula Vista Veterans Advisory Commission
Carol Kim, Director of Community Engagement, San Diego Building & Construction Trades Council
Ditas Yamane, Former Mayoral Candidate, National City
Jason Tengco, Executive Director, NaFFAA
COMMUNITY RECEPTION (5:00-7:00PM)
Susan Davis, Member of Congress, 53rd House District
Ben Hueso, State Senator, 40th Senate District
Shirley Weber, State Assemblymember, 79th Assembly District
Nathan Fletcher, County Supervisor, 4th County District
Monica Montgomery, City Councilmember, City of San Diego
Audie de Castro, San Diego Honorary Consul, Consulate General of the Philippines
Over 65 Asian American Leaders from all over the US gathered at the Ding Ding TV facilities in Santa Clara for a day and a half of a very intensive retreat.
The attendees included leaders and representatives from CLUSA, APAPA, 80-20 United, AAUC, UCA, FAPAC, NCAPA, CAYCLI, Ding Ding TV and many other AAPI organizations.
The participants arrived on Sunday December 2, 2018 at around noon for registration and a welcome lunch.
The sessions officially began at 1:00 PM, led by Facilitators Ana-Marie Jones and Porcia Chen Silverberg.
The CLUSA Founder and Chairman Sandy Chau declared that the “Theme” of this retreat is “FLY TOGETHER”. He explained that “People have always observed that migrating birds fly in a V formation and now scientists understand why”. An article in Science (1-15-2014) explained that these big-winged birds carefully position their wingtips and sync their flapping to catch the updraft from the bird in front—thus saving energy during flight. It makes the flying more efficient as they follow their leaders to their common destination. Furthermore, when one leader gets tired, other leaders take turns to lead the group effort in a coordinated manner. Sandy urged all present at the retreat to learn from the migrating birds. “If you want to fly fast for a short distance, fly alone; but if you want to reach your common destiny, you must learn to fly together”.
Each leader was given 3-5 minutes to introduce themselves and their organizations, explaining why and how they may fit into the theme of flying together. As there were many leaders, this process took all afternoon and well into the next morning.
After a pretty strenuous first day, the team gathered at the conference hotel Mariani’s Inn & Restaurant for some socializing, net-working and a feast of good wine, Surf and Turf (Alaska King Crab legs and Filet Magnon) and desert. The banquet was enjoyed by all and the group energy filled up to the rafters.
The participants re-gathered at the Ding Ding facilities on Monday morning and took on the tasks of “morning reflection and thoughts” and discussion of “best practice and common grounds”.
The rest of the afternoon was spent on planning for the next steps. On a massive calendar spanning 2019 and leading up to the 2020 Presidential Elections, each leader wrote down the next steps and plans for their own organizations. The facilitators will compile the information and send it to all the attendees. Thus, everyone will have the opportunity to work and coordinate with each other.
After a scrumptious dinner of Salmon and Beef Bourguignon, the farewell party began in earnest.
Prize drawing and the inevitable Karaoke session took over the festivities. The retreat came to a crescendo with maestro Sandy Chau leading a resounding chorus of “Do You Hear the People Sing” from “Les Misérables”.
The retreat was a huge success and we want to thank the Facilitators Ana-Marie Jones and Porcia ChenSilverberg, Diana Ding and the entire staff of Ding Ding TV and Anthony Ng, the CLUSA Executive Director for bringing the event together!
Article: From Jowel Wang