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Inaugural NFALA Diversity and Leadership Conference

  • Friday, June 23, 2023
  • 8:30 AM
  • Crowell & Moring LLP, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20004
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  • For those attending the NFALA MidYear Leadership Meeting
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Join us for the National Filipino American Lawyers Association inaugural Diversity and Leadership Conference. This is an exclusive opportunity to connect in person with legal professionals from across the country, learn from experts in the field, and advance your career.

Our conference features an impressive lineup of speakers and panelists who will provide insights on professional and leadership development in the public and private sectors as a diverse attorney. In this conference, we discuss engaging topics including, demystifying presidential appointments, how to have difficult conversations, and providing targeted, practical guidance on how to advance your legal career in the public & private sectors. You will also have the opportunity to network with other legal professionals, including judges, attorneys, and law students.

As a lawyer, your voice and perspective are critical to advancing diversity and promoting equity in the legal profession. Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with other legal professionals and be part of the conversation.

Register for the National Filipino American Lawyers Association inaugural Diversity and Leadership Conference today and take your career to the next level. We can't wait to see you there!

NFALA Priority Registration (NFALA Direct and Affiliate Members): May 1- May 14, 2023

General Registration Opens: May 15, 2023

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The inaugural NFALA Diversity & Leadership Conference is sponsored by Crowell & Moring LLP.




9:30am - 10:00am ET

Opening and welcome remarks from DC Mayor's Office.


10:00am-11:00am ET

Title: Demystifying Presidential Appointments, Boards & Commissions

If you have ever wondered how to secure a Presidential Appointment, or how to be appointed to a board or commission, this event is for you! Our expert panel of experienced professionals will guide you through the process and answer all of your questions.

You'll learn about the different types of appointments, what qualifications are required, and how to navigate the nomination and confirmation process. Our panelists will also share tips on how to network effectively, position yourself for appointment, and successfully navigate the vetting process.

This event is a must-attend for anyone who is interested in serving in a presidential appointment, board, or commission. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to make your dream a reality.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from experts who have successfully navigated the process themselves. Join us for this exclusive event and take the first step towards serving your country in an impactful way.

Speakers: White House Appointees


11:15am -12:15 pm ET

Title: Mastering the Art of Difficult Conversations (CLE pending)

This session is focused on the valuable and necessary skill of having hard conversations under challenging circumstances. If you're like most leaders, you've likely encountered challenging conversations that require a delicate touch. Whether you're trying to navigate a tough conversation with a co-worker, supervisor, or stakeholder, this session will equip you with practical advice and strategies for handling even the most challenging situations with confidence and grace.

Our expert panelists will provide you with the tools you need to identify and manage your own emotions during the conversation, while staying focused on the desired outcome. You'll learn active listening skills that help you better understand the other person's perspective, how to deal with 

microaggressions, and all while advocating for your own goals and objectives. You'll gain the confidence you need to tackle tough conversations head-on and to build stronger relationships as a result.

This session is designed to be accessible and beneficial for all leaders, regardless of your level of experience or current skillset. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out in your career, this session is for you. You'll gain invaluable skills that will help you navigate tough conversations and become a more effective and respected leader in and out of the workplace.


  • Rosalie Chamberlain, Rosalie Chamberlain Consulting & Coaching


12:15pm - 12:30pm ET 


12:30pm ET - 1:30pm ET


1:45pm - 2:45pm ET

Title: Breaking Through: Elevating AAPI Voices and Issues in Mainstream Discourse (CLE pending)


      Nicole Dungca, Reporter in The Washington Post's investigative unit

       Jeffrey Gu, Co-Founder & Policy Director at Make Us Visible

Join us for an informative panel discussion featuring news reporters and civil rights advocates who will share their insights on how to promote AAPI issues in mainstream discourse.

In today's world, it's more important than ever to amplify AAPI voices and stories, and raise awareness of the unique challenges and experiences faced by our community. This panel discussion will provide a platform to share ideas and strategies for promoting AAPI issues in mainstream media.

Our expert panelists will discuss how to pitch stories to news outlets, navigate newsroom politics, and create compelling narratives that resonate with audiences. You'll also hear firsthand accounts of successful campaigns that have brought attention to AAPI issues and helped effect change.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from some of the most influential voices in AAPI advocacy. Register for our panel discussion today and be part of the conversation that moves the needle forward for our community!


3:00pm-4:00pm ET

Breakout sessions:

Title: Strategies for Advancing Your Legal Career: Navigating the Private and Public Sectors with Confidence

Attention all legal professionals!

Are you looking to advance your career? This workshop is centers around practical strategies for career advancement for public and private sector professionals.

Public Sector: Our expert panel of legal professionals will provide insights and guidance on how to obtain a Senior Executive Service position within the federal government.

Private Sector: In the private sector workshop, you'll learn about the skills and experiences necessary to excel in the private sector (in-house and law firm).

Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting your legal career, these workshops are a must-attend. You'll gain valuable insights on how to develop your career, expand your skill set, and make a meaningful impact in the legal profession.

Join us for this exclusive workshop and take the first step towards achieving your career goals. Register today and learn from the best in the legal profession!

Public Sector Speakers:

●    Angela Champion, Manager, Senior Executive Service (SES) and Performance Management Office of Personnel Management, Federal Government

●    Nicole Wright, Deputy Associate Director, Senior Executive Service (SES) and Performance Management at Office of Personnel Management, Federal Government

Private Sector Speakers:

●   Katherine Loanzon, Managing Director at Kinney Recruiting


4:15pm ET - 5:00pm ET

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