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Navigate Networking with Vanna Novak

April 25, 2015

Navigate Networking, will be a day to enhance your interpersonal networking skills, discover new ways to communicate effectively, expand your connections, and engage in conversation with leaders in the Japanese American community.


This program is made possible by sponsorship and support of State Farm, Southwest Airlines, the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, and the Fukui Mortuary. The JACL National Youth/Student Council is thankful to our generous sponsors.

Event Director: Kristy Ishii

Support: Ryan T., Stephanie N., Nancy T., Diana O., Kay A., Michelle Y, Kurt I.

Photos: Kelley Rich (KAR) + Ryan K.

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Panelists

traci kato-kiriyama

writer, actor, educator, author

Craig Tomiyoshi

IW Group, VP

Curtiss Takada Rooks

Professor, Loyala Marymount University

Nikki Kodama

Northrup Grumman, Engineer

Schedule

April 25, 2015

9:30 AM

Registration

Mingle and Prep Time

10:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

Executive Director David Lin, opening statement. Introduction of Vanna Novak.

10:15 - 11:00 AM

Keynote Speech

"The Art of Influence: Managing Perceptions and the Power of First Impressions"

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Seminar

"It's what you don't say that counts - how to project your best nonverbal self"

12:05 PM

Lunch Distribution

Maison Akira Obento Lunches were provided lunch for the participants.

2:30 PM

Sean Cheng's State Farm "A Slice of L.I.F.E" Presentation

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1:10 - 2:10

Panel + Q&A

4 leaders of the Japanese American community spoke about their unique experiences in both corporate and public sectors.

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking

Time for putting the networking skills to the test.

Vanna Novak Keynote

"The Art of Influence: Managing Perceptions and the Power of First Impressions"

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panel + Q&A

Stephanie Nitahara served as a moderator. We opened for questions at the end.

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Networking + More

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Feedback

Thanks so much for today's event. It exceeded my expectations and I definitely had a lot to take away from today. Vanna Novak's session was utterly amazing, and the panelists' insight were really eye-opening to me. 


I was blown away by how well Vanna presented her keys to non-verbal communication. It definitely made me more conscious of how I present myself. At one point in the program I was growing sleepy because of sleep deprivation but I instantly woke up when the panelists started speaking. It was amazing to hear their perspective on identity and interacting with individuals in the community, which I was able to relate to on various levels. I especially loved the representation of several groups across several generations that exists between the Japanese and Japanese-American community. Your event housed an amazing variety of backgrounds that somehow came together to learn about networking. I never had a good grasp of the idea, but getting every opportunity to expand on my 'network' became a much clearer concept. As Traci said earlier, "every interaction is an opportunity" (I think that was the wording), which clicks with me also. 


So again, thanks for organizing such an event for us, and I appreciate all your efforts. 

Joey Y.