May 5-9, 2014 in Charlotte, NC
Diverse Leadership + Expanding Opportunity: An Imperative for America
- Leslie Weldon, Deputy Chief of National Forest System and our APAEA Executive Advisor delivered special remarks at the opening ceremony.
- APAEA National Chair, Liz Berger, led a workshop on Women Leading Change Through Forest Service.
- Numerous APAEA members participated in valuable networking and training programs on: Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion / Equal Employment Opportunity, Career Development & Advancement, Employees Benefits, and One on One Executive Coaching.
National Leadership Training Program 2013
Long Beach, CA
Download Forest Service 2013 FAPAC Summary Report
My FAPAC story: Attending the 28th Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) National Training Conference
By Chinling Chen, Executive Committee Member (2014-2015)
This is my second year joining the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) National Training Conference. Last year in Atlanta, Georgia, I had the firsthand experience attending the outstanding program. This year in Long Beach, California, I had the privilege to be in the program as a speaker/panelist and helped organize logistics behind the scene.
I want to thank all of my Forest Service colleagues for their support. I am so glad that I had this opportunity to meet each and every one of them. Without this FAPAC conference, we would not have met and bonded together. I also learned a great deal about them through various panels!
Here are some highlights:
Regional Forester in Region 5
I met the Regional Forester in Region 5, Randy Moore. During the agency appreciation luncheon, Mr. Moore as a keynote speaker spoke about the changing responsibilities as stewards of the land and how National Forest management needs to connect with the people and adapt to the changing climate.
Dr. Basu who established the Basu Fellowship
USDA Basu Fellowship is named after Dr. Basu and I have benefited greatly as a Basu scholar in 2009.
A long story short, Dr. Basu completed the USDA Senior Executive Service (SES) training as one of the qualified candidates for SES positions. After numerous attempts to apply for an SES position, he was frustrated to see that the SES appointment went to other people, predominately same gender and same race. He decided to file an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) claim for discrimination based on race.
As a result of the lawsuit, a settlement was reached. As a part of the settlement, the Basu Fellowship was established in 2007 to honor APA students in Masters and PhD degree programs with full scholarship and a non-competitive conversation after the completion of graduate level studies to work in USDA. I was one of the Basu Fellowship recipients in 2009.
I am very grateful to have received this award. Meeting Dr. Basu in person was the highlight of my trip and definitely will motivate me to pursue the outreach to and the recruitment of a diverse workforce.
Among all of the workshops that I attended, two were outstanding:
From Mr. Sam Mok, I learned that we are all created equal. We might not be born equally, some were born to be wealthy and some were more privileged than others, but one thing we have in common is that we all have 24 hours a day. Managing your time well and always think about how to help in your office are keys to be successful in any career. We need to talk about results, not processes. He emphasized the importance to communicate effectively and keep integrity throughout your career.
From Dr. Cynthia Macri, I learned that women need to be very adaptive in a professional setting. As a physician in the Navy, Dr. Marci had overcome numerous obstacles to strive in a male dominant work environment.
The topic of Dr. Macri’s talk was “Recognition and Modulation of Aberrant Behavior to Improve Workplace Productivity.” She used her own experience playing in a co-ed soccer team as an example. If male players didn’t utilize female players (half of the team), they would not win any game. In a soccer team, we need each person to play a different role to be successful, same as in a workplace. Her personal story and personality are truly inspiring. She is planning to retire this year and she will continue to work in a non-profit capacity to discuss diversity in workplaces and encourage dialogue.
Despite of the fact that this year many agencies struggled to financially sponsor the FAPAC conference and less people participated in the conference due to sequestration and reduced travel budget, the conference was very successful. In comparison to last year’s conference, this conference is small and sweet.
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