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#AAPI TRAILBLAZING: The National Association of Asian American Professionals – Kansas City

The National Association of Asian American Professionals was started in New York City in 1982. The Kansas City chapter was founded by Cynthia Fung, Joel Ma, and Anita Ranhotra in 2010. The non-profit, all-volunteer organization promotes the career advancement and leadership development of Asian American professionals in all fields. The theme for 2023 is “Together, we are…” Activities include cultural events, Happy Hour networking, community outreach, the WIN! (Women in NAAAP-KC) Speaker Series, and professional development sessions, such as 5 Voices leadership training. In 2022, NAAAP-KC partnered with ArtsKC to host 23 events. Upcoming events will highlight inclusion, representation, diversity, and education. The organization has led social media campaigns in order to counter the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes that began during the global pandemic. NAAAP-KC will host the NAAAP National Leadership Convention in 2025. Junann Lopez said, “As the NAAAP-KC president, I am committed to building relationships with our members, sponsors, and community. We strive to provide programs, gatherings, and opportunities that will bring growth, personally and professionally.”               


Board Members Shivani Meave, Bing Chen, Junann Lopez, David Moore, Mary Buche, and Kimberly Carlson at the Annual NAAAP-KC Holiday Party


Board Members Hoang-Anh Tran, Michael Gonzales, Janice Walline, David Moore, Junann Lopez, Zetta Hamersley, Shah Mumin, and Ashok Meka at a NAAAP National Leadership Convention in Washington, D.C.

Featured in the May 13, 2023 issue of The Independent.


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