June 12, 2012  (202) 558‐7499













AAGEN Holds its 8th Annual Leadership Conference


Record-breaking attendance and engagement signal desire for knowledge and tools to manage government in austere times


WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 7, 2012) - The Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) held its 8th annual Leadership Conference at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City, Va. Carrying the theme “Leadership in an Austere Environment,” the conference provided a valuable learning and networking opportunity for participants eager to be effective leaders and manage their professional careers.


In his keynote remarks, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director John Berry underscored the importance of investing in training, including leadership training such as the AAGEN conference, especially when other areas of the budget are cut. "We can't just throw people into very complicated situations that affect public health and safety without giving them the training to get the job done well," he said. "In fact, training is probably one of the most efficient expenditures you can make."  (Listen to Mr. Berry’s  audio clip here:


    John Berry, OPM Director


“Mr. Berry’s distinguished remarks at our conference send a timely and positive message that diverse leadership is key in our diverse society,” An-Ming “Tommy” Hwang, AAGEN Chair, stated.

With well over 400 registrants, conference attendance set a record high. Other distinguished speakers included John D. Transviña, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development; Juan M. Garcia, III, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Manpower and Reserve Affairs; and Teri Takai, Chief Information Officer, Department of Defense.

More than 120 participants took advantage of AAGEN’s signature Executive Coaching Sessions, provided by 27 senior executive and private coaches. “This event is invaluable,” said Marla Hendriksson, a candidate of AAGEN’s SES Development Program. “Where else can AAPI federal managers get insight into the latest issues and solutions affecting our careers, and gain access to a broad network of professionals who can help us attain our full potential?”


Following the conference, AAGEN held its annual banquet to recognize the achievements of AAPI leaders such as Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu (Distinguished Lifetime Achievement), Brigadier General Frederick G. Wong (Outstanding Public Service), and Dr. Jeremy Wu (Stanley Suyat Memorial Leadership Award). As role models, the distinguished careers of our honorees exemplify the extraordinary contributions AAPIs make to our nation.  AAGEN is privileged to recognize and honor their outstanding service.



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