Taking Our Seats at the Tables of Influence
Dear Leaders Forum Consortium,
With this note, I would like to thank all those c-suite executive and founders who attended LFDC 2018 – Taking our Seats at the Tables of Influence. Your participation in representing some of the best and brightest in our community was invaluable.
To recap for those who could not join us – we started with an intimate lunch with 15 of us seated in the U.S. Senate dining room with Representative Stephanie Murphy, the first Vietnamese woman elected to Congress, and Representative Ted Lieu, who holds senior leadership positions in both the Democratic Congressional and Asian Pacific American Caucuses. We introduced them to new leaders from Chicago, San Francisco and Boston while discussing important LF goals including US cyber security, new job creation and paid family leave.
Some of our members also met other senators and special guests like legendary recording artist Smokey Robinson.
After lunch we received an important briefing on the 2020 Census from John Yang who is the Executive Director of the Asian American Justice Center.
- The position for a United States Census director remains unfilled
- 2020 will be the first year the Census moves largely online
- Traditional door knockers for hard to reach communities will be cut in half
- There will be only 5 AAPI languages translated in the census
- A question about legal citizenship is scheduled to appear on the census form which is expected to negatively impact response rates from many communities including AAPIs
John also brought to our attention that roughly 1/5 of all AAPIs have come to the US in the last 7 years or less and therefore have never been through the Census process before.
Following our Census briefing, we sat down with Senators Durbin and Wyden for a salon discussion on not just the Census but also our core goals. This included job creation, cyber & election security and economic contributions/opportunities for AAPIs & women to the US.
Among other things, the senators were interested in our own AAPI stories of success as immigrants or descendants of immigrants.
The stories can be used to effectively inform future U.S. policy work.
If you would like to share your story of success and provide thought leadership on this project with other LF members please fill out our Immigrant Success Stories form.
We ended the day with intimate round table talks at the famous Charlie Palmer’s Steak House, sitting down with two of the nation’s most prominent reporters Ken Thomas of the Associated Press and Peter Nicholas of the Wall Street Journal. We discussed how we could increase both stories of importance and sources within the AAPI community.
Day two highlights included a tour of the US Capitol followed by an important sit down meeting with the heads of the internationally renown Pew Research Center. At Pew, we discuss our common goal of a new study on what AAPIs in the US think. The study is generally desired to be done every five years. However, it has been 7 years since the last time the study has been conducted. We will be working with the leadership of Pew to see how this goal can become a reality. Please let us know if you are interested in joining this important effort by clicking on the link above.
Some members also attended an event hosted by the highest ranking AAPI in the Trump Administration, cabinet member Elaine Chao, the Secretary of Transportation. The event also featured Linda McMahon, 25th Administrator of the Small Business Administration.
Following the Secretary Elaine Chao event, some members sat down with Congressman Adam Schiff. He is the ranking member of the Congressional Intelligence committee. LF then had a reception at the stunning Penthouse of the Washington Post with the Asian Real Estate Association of America and Washington Post journalists. Leaders Forum is proud to have shared our thought leadership three years in a row with senior national reporters and editors at the Washington Post.
This year LF plans to have upcoming gatherings in Chicago, Los Angeles and the SF Bay Area. We will also have a thought leaders resort weekend which will include significant others/families. Finally, we will return to DC later this year to deliver our Jobs in America & Women Set to Succeed thought leadership presentations to senators. Please keep your eye out for a meeting scheduling survey to mark your availability for our upcoming national events.
It is my hope you will join our consortium of humble leaders in helping drive impact in America for future generations. Please fill out the Leaders Forum Membership Application form if you are ready to join us.
Many thanks and have a great summer!
YEAR Event Title Agenda
Event Day 1 of 3
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Constitution Ave Entrance
First St NE, Washington, DC 20515
Ranking Member, US Senate Finance Committee
The Wall Street Journal
Event Day 2 of 3
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Office of Congressman Ted Lieu
Cannon HOB room 236
Washington, D.C. 20036
Vice President of Global Strategy
Vice President of Communications
Director of Global Migration and Demography
Associate Director of Migration and Global Demography
Elaine Chao (R)
Currently US Secretary of Transportation
Must leave DOT event by 3:45 PM
Ranking Member – House Intelligence Committee
Meeting and Discussion on AAPI Economic Impact, DACA & Census
Cocktails & Heavy Appetizers
House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, and Small Business (R-PA)
Event Day 3 of 3 (Optional)
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Heritage Month Official Event
Executive Director WHIAAPI