NAPAW Honors Top Leaders
The National Association of Professional Asian American Women (NAPAW) will honor six outstanding individuals at its 19th National Training Conference, to be held on May 3 at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).
“These individuals, by their leadership and achievements, have contributed significantly to the success of American society,” said NAPAW Chair Vivian C. Kim.
Rep. Judy Chu (D, CA), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, will receive the 2011 Asian American Woman of Achievement Award. The award is in recognition of her outstanding career, leadership and professional excellence.
Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, will receive the Outstanding Asian American Achievement Award, for his outstanding leadership, career achievement, and professional excellence as the 14th Assistant Secretary for Health.
NAPAW will confer the Superior Leadership Award to Farook Sait, Director of the Civil Rights Division of the Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS), U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Sait will be recognized for his “exceptional leadership, commitment, and outstanding support in furthering the goals and objectives of the Equal Employment Opportunity Program for women, minorities, and the Asian American Community.”
U.S. Department of Energy Senior Manager Frederick Soto will receive the Outstanding Keynote Speaker Award, for inspiring excellence “toward empowering leaders in the 21st Century.”
The Outstanding Support Award will be given to Glenn Smith, HHS Office of Human Resources, Assistant Secretary for Administration & Management, for supporting the objectives of the conference.
The Outstanding Small Business Advocate Award will go to Ilene Waggoner, Small Business Advocate at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The award recognizes her “exceptional dedication and leadership in directing and implementing a successful advocacy of the small business program throughout the agency.”