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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


  • For those attending the NFALA MidYear Leadership Meeting
  • For non-profit staff, email programs-ops@nfala.com from your non-profit email for verification to receive password to register
  • Email programs-ops@nfala.com from your student email account for verification to receive password to register

Registration is closed

8:00 AM ET

  • Registration Opens

9:00 AM ET  - 9:30 AM ET 

  • Opening from the National Filipino American Lawyers Association

9:30 AM ET - 10:00 AM ET

  • Welcome Remarks from the Mayor's Office of Washington, DC
Session 1: 10:00 AM ET - 11:00 AM ET
  • 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.


  • Elvir Klempic, Senior Associate Director for the White House Office of Presidential Personnel

  • Francey Youngberg, Assistant Director for the Office of Partnership and Engagement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

11:00 AM ET - 11:15 AM ET

  • Break

Session 2: 11:15 AM ET - 12:15 PM ET

  • Mastering the Art of Difficult Conversations (CLE pending)

This session is focused on the valuable and necessary skill of having hard conversations with difficult people. 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 and Coaching

 12:15 PM ET - 12:45 PM ET

  • Keynote Address by Erika Moritsugu, Deputy Assistant to U.S. President Joe Biden

12:45 PM ET - 1:45 PM ET

  • Lunch // Special Announcements

Session 3:

1:45 PM ET - 2:45 PM ET

  • Breaking Through: Elevating AAPI Voices and Issues in Mainstream Discourse

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.


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

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

2:45 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET

  • Break

Session 4 [Public and Private Breakouts]: 3:00 PM ET - 4:00 PM ET

  • Public Sector Breakout: Strategies for Advancing Your Federal Career

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


  • 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, Office of Personnel Management, Federal Government

  • Private Sector Breakout: Strategies for Advancing Your Legal Career: Navigating the Private Sectors with Confidence

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


  • Katherine Loanzon, Managing Director, Kinney Recruiting

  • Phil Bautista, Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP

  • Rosalie Chamberlain, Rosalie Chamberlain Consulting and Coaching

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM ET

  • Break

4:15 PM ET - 4:45 PM ET

  • Closing Session

5:30 PM ET - 7:30 PM ET

  • Networking Event at Central Michel Richard

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