Gloria Chan, Esq., CEO of APAICS Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies and Sayu Bhojwani, Founder & President of the New American Leaders Project NALP held for the 1st time the National APAICS Leadership Training Academy in New Orleans, LA at both Tulane University and Loyola University campuses. Asian Americans are readily the fastest growing ethnic minority community in the U.S. and gaining critical mass as a strategic voting block in the 2012 political campaigns. Distinguished guest speakers featured U.S. Congressman Cedric Richmond, U.S. Congressman Joseph Cao, Heddy Nam from the Open Society Institute, and AAPI Hmong leader Pakou Hang.
U.S. Congresswoman NY (D) Hon. Louise Slaughter and Mary Ho, President of the China Millennium Council enjoyed the spectacular extravaganza celebrating Jamaica’s 50th Year of Independence at the annual Rochester Jamaican Organization Gala held at the Grand Hyatt Regency Hotel. Honored for her pioneering humanitarian and entrepreneurship, Gloria Langston, owner of WDKX Radio, the first national African-American Radio broadcasting station celebrated Jamaica’s grand cultural history. Ms. Langston is founder of the Andrew Langston Center for Educational Excellence & the WDKX Minority Internship Program, providing student leadership training to advance education and broadcasting careers. Honored guests featured Jamaica native Garth Fagan, Tony Award Winning Choreographer of Lion King, City of Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and U.S. Consul General of Jamaica, Honorable Herman G. LaMont.