Press Releases | 01.30.17

APAICS Leadership Weekend in Orlando, Florida

For Immediate Release:

January 30, 2017

APAICS Leadership Weekend in Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida – Feb. 3-5, 2017 – The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is hosting its 2017 Leadership Weekend in Orlando, Florida, to politically engage AAPIs in the state.

Young Leaders Summit

On Feb. 3, APAICS will be hosting a Young Leaders Summit from 8:30 a.m to 7 p.m. The 2017 Young Leaders Summit is a one-day conference designed to engage with college student leaders and promote leadership in public service. Students will gain a deeper understanding of how to be an effective leader and create positive change through public service and civic engagement from interactive workshops and guest speakers. Students will also have opportunities to develop relationships with distinguished leaders in government, the nonprofit and private sector. Click here to register for this event.

“APAICS is really excited to host our 2017 Young Leaders Summit in Orlando, Florida. We have noticed a recent rise in strong college leadership in Florida and are excited to present workshops and speakers that will challenge and equip student leaders with new skills they can take back to their communities,” said Cathy He, APAICS Program Director.

Regional Leadership Academy

On Feb. 4 and 5, APAICS will be hosting its Regional Leadership Academy. The Regional Leadership Academy is a two-day leadership and training program to further develop leadership skills, promote public service, and support impactful leaders in AAPI communities across the country while delivering practical training and advice to those considering public office and local office-holders who seek higher office. The program also allows APAICS to partner with local community leaders to discuss current issues affecting the AAPI community in the region, provide leadership training, and develop the growing network of past APAICS program participants. Click here to register for this event.

During our Orlando leadership weekend, former Secretary of Transportation and Asian American pioneer Norman Mineta, Representative of Georgia State House District 101 Sam Park, and US Congressman Darren Soto (FL-9) will be in attendance for keynote remarks. Both events have free registration, and food will be provided. The attire is business casual.

“Our Regional Leadership Academy is geared towards AAPIs who are interested in running for public office in the future. Ground-breaking AAPI political leaders such as former Secretary of Commerce and Transportation Norman Mineta, Senators Daniel Inouye, Daniel Akaka and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Representatives Mike Honda and Doris Matsui have all led by example and helped usher in the first generation of AAPIs into elected office,” said He. “The Regional Leadership Academy is a great opportunity for AAPIs to gain access to resources on how they can run a successful political campaign. These tools are necessary to ensure that we pave the way for new generations of AAPI elected officials and community leaders, activists and students to step up and assume many of these leadership roles to further develop the AAPI political pipeline.”

“APAICS is really excited to host both our 2017 Young Leaders Summit and Regional Leadership Academy in Orlando. Florida has been a contentious region that reflects the growing and diverse community of AAPIs in the U.S. The state is now home to almost 700,000 AAPIs, a 98-percent increase from 2000 to 2016,” said He. “This increase is reflected in the past general election where the first Asian American woman from Florida was elected to Congress. We are excited to engage with AAPIs in the region and hope to inspire, educate, and empower them to become more involved in local, state, and national politics.”

-Cathy He, APAICS Program Director


The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. APAICS programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.


Jason Liu
Communications Consultant
Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
(202) 296-9200
(202) 296-9236


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