National Association of Asian American Professionals unravels mystery at gala

The National Association of Asian American Professionals Boston chapter's leadership team for 2012-2013. (Image courtesy of Huong Nguyen)

The National Association of Asian American Professionals Boston chapter’s leadership team for 2012-2013. (Image courtesy of Huong Nguyen)

By Joanne Wong

An awards ceremony and murder mystery highlighted the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Boston’s annual gala, held at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts on Jan. 18.

“The event is to celebrate NAAAP Boston’s achievements over the past year, to show our appreciation for our hard-working volunteer members, and to thank our sponsors,” said Ming Hui, president of NAAAP Boston.

The 120 guests who attended the event had the opportunity to network during the cocktail hour.

2012 marked several milestones for the organization. A restructuring effort and targeted goals led to an 80 percent increase in funding and an increase in membership to 450 individuals in the greater Boston area, Hui said. New initiatives, such as the entrepreneurship track, leadership forum, mentorship program, and women in NAAAP, were kicked off to align with the goals and interests of members and organization leaders alike.

Awards were given to six members who worked to help the organization achieve its goals. William Lam, who won the MVP award from the Professional Development committee, has been an active member for more than eight years. Recounting his initial experience in NAAAP, Lam said he was “struck by how much the organization and its members wanted people to be successful in their careers.”

Lam has worked with the professional development team to further initiatives such as public speaking. Through NAAAP, he has met a diverse crowd ranging from business, law and banking to health and IT, he said.

The last event of the evening featured an interactive theater, with guests transported to a 1940s murder scene. Some guests were randomly assigned a character to role play, and the other guests worked to solve the mystery.

“The all-volunteer run organization is a platform to build a bigger voice in corporate and public sectors,” Hui said. “NAAAP is a safe and supportive environment, and I encourage those who have not yet joined to come participate.”

The key objective for 2013 is to reinvest in its members and to invite more speakers and develop career advancement initiatives, Hui said.

NAAAP Boston is a nonprofit organization that promotes the career advancement and leadership development of Asian American professionals through professional development, community service, and social events.


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