Schedule

CelebrAsian provides intensive educational programming and extensive networking opportunities. Asian American businesses, corporate executives, and government decision-makers connect with each other on a variety of issues including contracting needs, business innovation, proven success strategies, and timely global business topics. We also take time to celebrate the many successes of Asian American and minority businesses, outstanding individuals, and our next generation of exceptional leaders.

The 30th Anniversary CelebrAsian 2015 Procurement Conference was held at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center. See below for the 2015 schedule.

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OPTIONAL: Visit to the Grounds of the U.S. Capitol

June 2, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Visit the Grounds of the U.S. Capitol where USPAACC planted the Oak Tree to commemorate USPAACC’s 20th Anniversary, May 25, 2005 and the Maple Tree planted on USPAACC’s 25th Anniversary, May 25, 2010. The "Prosperity Trees" take root near the corner of Independence Avenue and First Street SW across from the botanic gardens located on the Capitol Square. The ceremony was symbolic of USPAACC’s years of dedicated service and assiduous work on behalf of the Asian American business community. It also signified the celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which is annually proclaimed since 1989 by incumbent Presidents each May.


TIME LOCATION DETAILS
10:00am – 7:00pmRegistration Desk outside Salon C, Main Level
Registration & Cyber Cafe
12:30pm – 2:30pmSalon B&C, Main Level
Chief Procurement Officers Forum

Fortune 500 & Major Non-Profit Organizations’ Procurement Officers will discuss domestic and global trends in the supply chain, issues and challenges facing the business community in the U.S., as well as the roles that small and medium size companies could play in this changing market for mutually beneficial outcomes

3:15pm – 4:15pmSalon B&C, Main Level
Asian American Corporate Directors’ Forum

Asian Americans who serve on Board of Directors of Fortune Corporations will share their journey to the top and what it takes to be offered such a prestigious position in a Public company.

6:00pm – 7:00pmFoyer of Salon D-H & Veranda, Main Level
Excellence Awards Reception
(Formal attire or national dress)

The Excellence Awards Reception will be an exciting prelude to the highlight of the Conference—The Excellence Awards Dinner. Make sure you are ready for a high-level networking!

7:00pm – 10:00pmSalon D-H, Main Level
Excellence Awards Dinner
(Formal attire or national dress)

This talk-of-the-town gala affair will honor and recognize outstanding Asian Americans—Corporate Directors and Fast 100 Asian American Businesses—for their achievements and positive contributions to the business community. Surely a night to remember!

TIME LOCATION DETAILS
7:00am – 7:00pmBuilt-in Registration Desk, Lower Level
Registration & Cyber Café
8:00am – 9:30amFoyer of Salon A-C (Main Level) & White Oak A&B (Lower Level)
Breakfast (Continental)
8:30am – 11:30amWhite Oak A&B, Lower Level
Supplier Diversity Managers Caucus
(Supplier Diversity Professionals ONLY)

Discuss the future of corporate supplier diversity. Forum for a
candid discussion on challenges for MBE and small business inclusion,
brainstorm potential solutions, and share real world best practices to address these challenges.

9:30am – 11:30amSalon B&C, Main Level
Federal Contracting Town Hall Meeting

Federal Government representatives to discuss current and upcoming contracting opportunities for small/minority businesses, as well as new developments impacting small businesses

9:00am – 11:30amSalon A, Main Level
Asian American Chambers’ Summit

This first-ever Summit will be a gathering of our community’s top influential leaders and visionaries from across the country to address the need for a more unified front among the many disparate Asian American Chambers in the country.

8:30am – 9:30amAlcove of Salon A, Main Level
Meet the Scholars: Career in Corporate America

For scholarship recipients only.

12pm – 1:30pmSalon E-H, Main Level
USPAACC/Wells Fargo Luncheon: Under 40 Millionaire Entrepreneurs

Two young entrepreneurs will share their unique stories and interesting paths to success.

2:30pm – 4:00pmWhite Oak A&B, Lower Level
Ideas Marketplace: What’s Your Pitch

Ideas Marketplace will bring entrepreneurs with innovative and creative ideas, products and/or services to pitch to buyers, CTO/CIO’s, investors, etc.

2:30pm – 4:00pmBrookside A&B, Lower Level
Doing Business with Pharmaceutical Companies

Learn from major pharmaceutical companies how to do business with their organizations and to set your company apart from the competition. What works? What doesn’t work?  Effective tips on how to get your message heard and remembered will be discussed.  This high energy panel will explore the do’s and don’ts, the strategic first steps to your approach, and the appropriate follow-up.

4:00pm – 6:00pm
Exhibitor Set-up
5:30pm – 8:00pm Salon E-H Foyer & Veranda, Main Level
Fast 100 Asian American Business Awards Reception

Join your industry peers and business partners for an evening of camaraderie and networking. Celebrate this year’s Fast 100 Asian American Businesses. Exchange business cards, build and strengthen relationships with successful entrepreneurs, thought leaders, C-suite and senior executives of local, national and global companies.

TIME LOCATION DETAILS
7:00am – 3:00pmBuilt-in Registration Desk, Lower Level
Registration & Cyber Café
8:00am – 8:45amGrand Ballroom Foyer, Main Level
Breakfast (Continental)
6:00am – 8:00amSalon A-D & Foyer, Main Level
Exhibitor Set-up
8:45am – 9:00amFoyer of Salon D, Main Level
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Join us at our auspicious CelebrAsian tradition as we officially open the
gateway to myriad business connections and opportunities!

9:00am – 11:45amSalon A-D (Main Level) & Linden Oak (Lower Level)
GUANXI Supplier Opportunity Fair & One-on-One Matchmaking Meetings

At this full-day event, suppliers will meet and connect with buyers, showcase their product or service offering, reach new customers, stay ahead of the competition, and find out what corporations and the federal government want to buy in the next 12-18 months. Know the current status of the industry, both short and long term, as well as forecasts of future demand trends by category and region.

12:00pm – 1:45pmSalon E-H, Main Level
Business Leaders & Scholarship Awards Luncheon

Be inspired by stories of “triumph despite adversity” from some of the
finest young men and women—our country’s future leaders—like this
year’s winners of college scholarships sponsored by Asian Americans and
corporations.

2:00pm – 5:00pmSalon A-D (Main Level) & Linden Oak (Lower Level)
Continued GUANXI Supplier Opportunity Fair & One-on-One Matchmaking Meetings