Leadership Workshop



May 24, 2017 | Washington, D.C.

Generously supported by




Jones Day, 51 Lousiana Ave. NW


NAPABA is proud to partner with Ascend, a national non-profit organization for Asian Pacific American business professionals, to offer lawyers—whether in-house, law firm, government, public interest, or academia—a day-long leadership training program on May 24, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

This pilot program seeks to empower mid-to-senior level NAPABA members with the leadership tools necessary to reach and succeed at the highest levels of the profession.

The training curriculum features the Ascend Executive Insight Series™ (EIS), a program developed by highly experienced Asian Pacific American corporate executives to provide high-potential managers and senior professionals with key insights about the attributes, behavioral patterns, and core competencies needed to reach executive level positions. This innovative program has been adapted for lawyers and will be presented by two experienced Ascend trainers.

The pilot program will incorporate presentations by trainers, peer-to-peer interactions, and experiential learning opportunities on topics including the myths of Asian American leadership and management culture, crafting your personal brand, and the importance of managing up. The day will be divided into three training modules from EIS, Myths of Asian Leadership, Power & Influence, and Managing Up, each with several discrete lessons that include a situation/challenge/question posed to the participants, an open discussion, and trainer lecture. The modules have been designed to invoke self-reflection and understanding in the context of being Asian Pacific American. The workshop will end with a relationship-building cocktail reception.


Myths of Asian Leadership--Working Hard And Being Smart is Not Enough
What is preventing Pan-Asians from achieving positions in the C-Suite? This module uncovers what participants can do to overcome these limitations

Power & Influence
This module concentrates on corporate power and influence and what participants need to understand in order to navigate the corporate world effectively. 

Managing Up
This module helps participants understand the importance of their own executive leadership teams and how they can engage those teams to ensure long-term career success.

Meet the Trainers:

Wes Hom, Former Vice President & Managing Director, IBM; Co-Developer, Advanced Leadership Program at Stanford University; Vice President of External Affairs, Ascend

Wes was formerly an IBM Vice President & Managing Director in the Systems and Technology Group with global responsibilities for overall execution of IBM's high end server investments, strategies, sales and emerging markets initiatives. He held various global line executive positions and was also the Executive Assistant in IBM's corporate office serving the Chairman, Vice Chairman, CEO, CFO and SVP of Human Resources. He also chaired IBM's Asian Diversity Group. Today, Wes advises global corporations on business development, diversity, and leadership development. He is a graduate of NYU's Stern School of Business.

Amy Shang, Former Executive Vice President, Strategic Implementation (Regulation), HSBC North America; Board Member, Ascend

Amy captures a unique blend of business and consulting experience. She has spent over 25 years in the financial services industry, with significant time spent in front office, support and consulting roles. Amy held key positions in Strategy at HSBC, including managing a number of high-profile regulatory response programs. Prior to HSBC, she held positions at Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, Bear Stearns, Bank of America and MMG Partners. Amy also serves on a number of not-for-profit boards including Ascend, Honk Kong Association of NY and Suzuki Music School of Westport. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from Stanford University. Amy is passionate about developing leaders and promoting an inclusive workplace. 

Michael Yap, Former Chief Legal Officer, Prudential

Michael Yap was formerly the Chief Legal Officer of Prudential’s International Investments business. He managed the legal support for Prudential’s mutual fund and investment management operations in Asia, Latin America and Europe. He was also the legal advisor for the global client relations team serving the largest clients of Prudential’s asset management business, with $1 trillion in assets under management. Prior to this role, he was a Vice President and Corporate Counsel at Prudential’s global real estate investment manager, Prudential Real Estate Investors, one of the largest in the industry. He was a board member of America Needs You, New Jersey, focusing on mentoring first generation college students, and of the Association of Corporate Counsel, New Jersey, serving as co-chair of the International Law and Career Development Committees. He was an advisory council member and former board member of the Asian American Bar Association of New York. He received leadership awards from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey and the Rutgers Law School Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.

He graduated from the University of Chicago and Rutgers University School of Law in Newark and began his legal career as a corporate lawyer at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, an American Lawyer Top 100 firm in New York City.

Direct Membership Requirement & Cost:

To participate in the workshop you must be a direct NAPABA member (at the Attorney, Gold, or Platinum level) with at least 5-10 years of experience in the legal field. The cost to participate is $200 (the special rate for NAPABA members). The first 30 applicants who register by the deadline of April 12, 2017 at 5 p.m. ET or until the workshop is at capacity will be accepted to this special pilot program. To become a direct member (Attorney, Gold, or Platinum), please click here.


8:30 a.m. Check-in/networking breakfast
9:00 a.m. Program start
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch
4:30 p.m. Program concludes
5 - 6 p.m. Cocktail reception


A room block has been secured at the Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol, conveniently located near Capitol Hill and within walking distance of the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro Station and more than a dozen local restaurants.

Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol
33 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002, US

  • Make your reservation here!
  • Cut-off date to book is April 21.
  • Rate $239 plus applicable taxes & fees

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

To cancel your registration, please email Meetings Coordinator Pang Moua at pmoua@napaba.org. NAPABA will reimburse all fees paid minus a twenty-five dollar ($25) administrative fee for cancellations received by 11:59 p.m. ET, Friday, May 12, 2017.

There will be no refunds for cancellations received after May 12, 2017.  


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