Immediate Release
June 17, 2019

Communication/Media Contact
Sharon Dow
[email protected]

Learn & Grow Session III: Fear Conquered!

DETROIT, MI – On June 9, 2019, the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Detroit Chapter held Session III of Learn & Grow Series at the Michigan School of Psychology in Farmington Hills.  In this Public Speaking Workshop, six brave participants learned by doing in a practice speaking exercise – Congratulations to our speakers Wenbo Qiao, Sook Wilkinson, Monish Jerge, Jon Fink, Angelina Lai, and Jacob Cheriyan. David Han, Chair of the Education & Career Development Committee led the workshop including tips for public speaking, and Ann Hong, Chair of the Membership Committee organized and led a fun awards ceremony.

Huge thanks are due our outstanding judge panelists for providing constructive feedback and encouragement to each speaker. They are: Dr. Jamie Hsu (MAPAAC Chairman and LTU Professor), Suk Koh (Chairman & CEO, Chrysan Industries), David Chang (Chief of Technology Strategy and Platforms, Comerica Bank), and Dr. Frances Brown (President, Michigan School of Psychology).

Speaker/Contestants each spoke for 5 minutes on a topic of their interest – ranging from entrepreneurial leadership to overcoming cultural barriers, and innovation mindset to persevering through determination – and each talk was followed by feedback from the panel judges as well as from the audience.  The vibe at this workshop was truly electric and one of deep engagement for speakers, judges, and audience alike.  Speaker participants conquered their fears of public speaking and stretched themselves in a way they will not forget anytime soon.  Participants experienced what Learn & Grow is all about, and in the words of Jamie Hsu “the vision of Learn & Grow was realized and we at MAPAAC are so glad to provide support through sponsorship.”

Special thanks to our generous Sponsors and Collaborators for making this event possible:

  • MAPAAC for co-underwriting the Learn & Grow Series in 2019
  • Comerica Bank for co-sponsoring this Learn & Grow program
  • Michigan School of Psychology for graciously serving as venue host.

NAAAP Detroit program events provide an 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.

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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