March 25, 2019

NAAAP 2019 Kick-off of Learn & Grow Session I Co-hosted with ASIB at MICHIGAN Ross School Met with Warm Embrace!

DETROIT, MI – On March 24, 2019, the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Detroit Chapter and University of Michigan Asian Students led by Asian Students in Business (ASIB), partnered to bring Session I of NAAAP Detroit’s acclaimed Learn & Grow Series at the UM Ross School of Business. The Panel Discussion titled “APIA Career Breakthrough: Discover, Navigate, Thrive” provided a window into the career journeys of a dynamic group of five speakers from diverse professional backgrounds – Business Technology, Healthcare, and Creative Entrepreneurship –and student leaders. This event took place at the impressive Blau Colloquium at Michigan Ross School of Business, drawing a good mix of professionals and university students.

Our panel speaker shared rich and personal stories form their career journeys, giving the audience insights about the entire career journey from discovering their passions to navigating the obstacles and challenges, to thriving by staying positive and digging deep to persevere in their pursuit of their passions. Many thanks to our outstanding panel speakers: Jeff Hu, financial tech company Amrock’s Chief Information Officer; Mike Han, Chef, Creative Director and Owner of Pursue, a sustainable Korean-American seafood concept in Downtown Detroit; Dr. Henry Kim, Division Chief of Cardiology at the Heart and Vascular Institute at Henry Ford Hospital; and Johnny Young and Avantika Tiwari, UM Ross School  seniors and student leaders in business and computer science, and business and entrepreneurship respectively. The event and panel discussion was moderated by David Han, NAAAP Detroit Chair of Education & Career Committee, Temuulen Johnson (NAAAP Detroit), and Grace Yau (ASIB at UM Ross).

Attendees and speakers were energized by participation in this Learn & Grow session, strong connections were made between the two organizations and among the participants, and the program contributed to the further building of the Asian American professional community in our area.

NAAAP Detroit program events provide excellent opportunity to learn and also meet professionals in the Greater Detroit area, as well as connect with the broader Asian American professionals network throughout North American through the umbrella organization with 33 chapters throughout North America. Check out for more information and to join the community.

Asian Students In Business (ASIB) is a pan-Asian student association at the MICHIGAN Ross School of Business.

NAAAP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and leading organization in North America that cultivates and empowers Asian leaders through professional development, community service, and networking.  NAAAP has a long tradition in the US and Canada, and there is dynamic energy and enthusiasm for the future of NAAAP Detroit Chapter. NAAAP Detroit Chapter encourages members and friends to join to provide and experience leadership and professional development programs and service experiences to grow personally and to contribute to the growth of others in NAAAP and where they work and live.  Go to and for more information.

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