• Washington Leadership ProgramOpen or Close

      Each summer since 1989, CAPAL has organized the Washington Leadership Program (WLP) for interns and young professionals in Washington, DC. WLP is a series of free evening programs intended to highlight a diverse selection of public policy issues and career tracks. The format of WLP sessions range from panel discussions to policy debates among experts. For 23 years, WLP has been the only educational and leadership development working series in Washington, DC that focuses specifically on the Asian Pacific American (APA) community and its role in public policy.

    • 2012 ScheduleOpen or Close

      After all sessions (except the closing ceremony), students are invited to after-session networking at Tortilla Coast.
      400 First Street SE
      www.tortillacoast.com/location_capitolhill.htm

      Welcome Session: Introduction to Washington D.C.
      Date:
      June 13
      Time:
      6:30pm
      Location:
      U.S. Capitol
      Room HC-5
      Speakers:
      Todd Park – U.S. Chief Technology Officer
      Gene Kim – Executive Director, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
      Pang Houa Moua Toy – Director of Communications, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
      Registration:
      Required

      Join CAPAL in welcoming a new group of interns to Washington, D.C.! Our first WLP session will feature inspiring speakers who will share their thoughts on how to be successful in public policy and advice on how you can make the most out of your summer in Washington. It will also be a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow interns and young professionals.

      APAs’ Impact on U.S. Foreign Policy
      Date:
      June 20
      Time:
      6:30pm
      Location:
      U.S. Capitol
      Room HC-5
      Speakers:
      Rajakumari Jandhyala – Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa, U.S. Agency
      for International Development
      Jennifer Park Stout – Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, U.S. State Department
      Mako H. – Deputy Issue Manager, Office of East Asia and Pacific Analysis,
      Central Intelligence Agency
      Registration:
      Required

      As more APAs rise to leadership positions in the U.S. foreign policy arena, U.S. policy decisions may benefit from a previously silent voice and a fresh perspective. Come learn about the impact of APA leaders on the diplomatic, intelligence, and foreign aid communities and what this means for America’s interests abroad.

      Campaign 101: How and Why APAs Should Get Involved
      Date:
      June 27
      Time:
      6:30pm
      Location:
      U.S. Capitol
      Room HC-5
      Moderator:
      Christine Chen – Executive Director, APIA Vote
      Speakers:
      Raghu Devaguptapu – Director, Washington DC Office, Adelstein Liston
      Patrick Lee – Campaign Manager for Corey Stewart,
      Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors
      Rina Laxmi Shah – Principal & Founder, Rilax Strategies
      Caroline Fan – Endorsements Chair, AAA Fund
      Registration:
      Required

      2012 is a big year for elections. Whether you support a particular candidate, are passionate about an issue, or just curious about how local and national campaigns work, come learn from a panel of seasoned campaign experts from both sides of the political spectrum.

      Economic Policy Debate: Should the Rich Be Taxed More?
      Date:
      July 11
      Time:
      6:30pm
      Location:
      U.S. Capitol
      Room HC-5
      Moderator:
      Jamelle Bouie – Knobler Fellow, The Nation Institute
      Speakers:
      Sarita Gupta – Executive Director, Jobs with Justice
      David L. Barnes – Senior Policy Analyst, e21
      Curtis Dubay – Senior Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation
      Ethan Pollack – Senior Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Institute
      Registration:
      Required

      President Obama says yes. Governor Romney says no. What about you? Come hear both sides of the argument and decide for yourself.

      Career Reflections: What I Would Tell My College Self
      Date:
      July 18
      Time:
      6:30pm
      Location:
      U.S. Capitol
      Room HC-5
      Moderator:
      Jeffrey Moy – Program Manager,
      Professional Leadership Development, OCA
      Speakers:
      Parag Mehta – Special Assistant to the Director,
      Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, U.S. Department of Labor
      Gregg Orton – Legislative Director, Congressman Al Green
      Monica Thammarath – Senior Program/Policy Specialist,
      Office of Minority Community Outreach, National Education Association
      Sharon Wong – Special Assistant to the Director,
      Office of Diversity & Inclusion, U.S. Office of Personnel Management
      Registration:
      Required

      A panel of diverse individuals who have found their way into public service will share lessons they have learned from their professional journeys. They will impart knowledge to current students and young professionals on successfully steering your own career path.

      Empowering Communities: Coalition Building for Change
      Date:
      July 25
      Time:
      6:30pm
      Location:
      U.S. Capitol
      Room HC-5
      Moderator:
      Rajdeep Singh – Director of Law and Policy, The Sikh Coalition
      Speakers:
      U.S. Representative Judy Chu – California 32nd District
      Registration:
      Required

      Coalition building is an effective strategy for mobilizing multiple stakeholders to create change in a community. Through an in-depth, interactive exercise focused on coalition building to address a social injustice on a University campus and a corresponding discussion on the power of community action, you will learn how to use collective efforts to create sustainable change and progress in your own community.

      Closing Ceremony: Inspiring the Next Generation of APA Leaders in Public Service
      Date:
      August 1
      Time:
      6:30pm
      Location:
      St. Gregory Hotel
      2033 M Street NW
      Speakers:
      Christopher Lu – Cabinet Secretary to President Barack Obama
      Joel Szabat – Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation
      Attendance:
      By invitation only

      Join us in celebrating the completion of the Washington Leadership Program. Get inspired by passionate speeches from the APA leaders of today and presentations by our CAPAL interns and scholars – the APA leaders of tomorrow.

      Please note that venue is subject to change for all sessions

  • RegistrationOpen or Close
  • faqOpen or Close
    Will food be served during the sessions?

    Yes, food will be served at the beginning of each session on a first come first serve basis.

    Are there restrictions on what I can bring to WLP sessions?

    There are restrictions on what you can bring in the U.S. Capitol Building. Water bottles are not allowed. For more information click here.

    Will there be any networking opportunities with the panelists?

    Yes, to the extent possible, we will allow time towards the end of each session for the session attendees to speak one-on-one with the panelists. However, not all sessions will have panelists.

    Do I need to register?

    Yes, please register above. Registration takes minutes and helps us plan the sessions.

    Will venues change?

    Yes, venues are subject to change. Please check back on our site and register for most updated information on venues.

    What is the dress code?

    The dress code is business casual, however, some attendees will be coming straight from work and will be in business attire.

    I am not an Asian American or a Pacific Islander. Can I attend?

    Yes, we welcome attendees from all backgrounds. We also welcome students and non-students.

    Who can I contact with more questions?

    You can contact us at wlp@capal.org