Rise to the Challenge: 2013 Federal Employee Conference

Presented by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
in partnership with U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) & U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Please register here by July 1, 2013 (Please note: Agency and/or supervisor approval is required to attend the Federal Employee Conference.)

See agenda here.

Friday, July 12, 2013
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

U.S. Department of Transportation
Atrium and Conference Center (Directly across from Navy Yard Metro)
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC

Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Maeda, President of Rhode Island School of Design

John Maeda


The 2013 WHIAAPI Federal Employee Conference “Rise to the Challenge” provides an opportunity for federal employees to learn about issues that impact the AAPI community such as language access, workforce diversity, data disaggregation, and capacity building; become engaged in federal efforts to expand resources for AAPI communities; and develop skills around communication, building leadership capacity, and mentoring that will help them excel in the workplace. There will be a working lunch with Dr. John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, focusing on effective communication. This day-long conference will also allow participants to network with employees from other agencies.  

Design, Data, Decisions

With ever more complex technology, instant communication, social media, and big data coming at us, we live in times that beg for simplicity to have meaningful discussions, make better decisions, and have others be genuinely informed. At the MIT Media Lab, Dr. Maeda showed how design can simplify technology and help make our connections to each other more meaningful. Now, as the 16th president and CEO of the Rhode Island School of Design, he believes design can redefine leadership and be a powerful force in helping leaders navigate their competing priorities, agendas and relationships. In this talk he shows that in an age where anyone can friend the CEO, leaders need new tools which leverage the power of design and data to make them better informed and more effective communicators.


Participants will gain the following:

  1. Network with other federal employees from a broad range of agencies to share experiences, best practices, and challenges;
  2. Develop more effective skills in communication, leadership, and mentoring;
  3. Gain insight on substantive policy issues across the federal government that impact AAPIs;
  4. Learn about ways to gain professional development experience by collaborating across the federal government to develop and advance solutions that will support AAPIs.

Please register here by July 1, 2013.

See agenda here.