On November 4th, 2016 the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation held its 16th Annual ACLF Dinner and Graduation at The Wing Luke Museum.
The Community Leaders Program Class of 2016 graduated Genesis Gavino, Vicky Su, Brianne Ramos, and Gabriella “Gabby” Ibanez-Dacruz. Over the last six months, the CLP class participated in leadership trainings and applied their leadership skills to developing and organizing a Leadership Symposium that took place this past October. The symposium provided a space for API leaders and API community organizations to come together, support each other, and promote collaboration within the API community. The topic of this year’s symposium: A Community Conversation, Influence of Culture on Leadership, Activism & Allyship.
ACLF honored Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim with the 2016 Kip Tokuda Award. The Kip Tokuda award recognizes community members who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the organization and the Asian Pacific Islander community.
Nicole Vallestero Keenan was honored with the 2016 Alumni Achievement Award. The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes and honors an outstanding Community Leaders Program alumnus or alumna in their achievements and contributions to the API community since graduating from the program.
ACLF’s dinner also held a panel on API leadership and mentoring the next generation of leaders. The panel included International Examiner board president Ron Chew and vice president Heidi Park. The panel was moderated by Jamie Stroble.