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AAJA18 Convention Event [clear filter]
Wednesday, August 8


Wednesday August 8, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Houston Foyer 1777 Walker St


New Attendee Meet & Greet
Wednesday August 8, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Liberty 1777 Walker St


Mentor Match Reception
AAJA is hosting a reception for the AAJA Mentor Match class of 2018. This is an invite-only event for mentors and mentees who were selected to take part in the yearlong program. As a benefit, you will mix and mingle with AAJA members in the program from around the world, exchange best practices and share mentor/mentee success stories. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served. We will collectively head to the opening reception after this event.

Wednesday August 8, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Fort Bend 1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010


Opening Reception
Wednesday August 8, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Houston I-III 1777 Walker St
Thursday, August 9


Thursday August 9, 2018 8:00am - 4:00pm
Houston Foyer 1777 Walker St


AAJA Membership Meeting
Thursday August 9, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Brazoria 1777 Walker St
Friday, August 10


Friday August 10, 2018 8:00am - 4:30pm
Houston Foyer 1777 Walker St


Story Slam
As journalists, we bring to life every imaginable kind of story, but we’re rarely given a forum to share tales from our own lives. At Story Slam, we'll turn our storytelling skills on ourselves and highlight the best personal stories from the Asian American and Pacific Islander journalist community.

For more information and to meet the finalists, check out aaja18.org/story-slam

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Evelyn Hsu

Co-Executive Director, Maynard Institute
Evelyn is co-executive director, programming and operations, at the Maynard Institute . She joined the institute in 2004 as director of programs and most recently was senior director for programs and operations. Previously, she was a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle and The... Read More →
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Daphne Kwok

Vice President, Multicultural Leadership, Asian American & Pacific Islander Audience, AARP
Daphne Kwok, VP, Multicultural Leadership, Asian American & Pacific Islander Audience Strategy at AARP. Chaired President Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. Served as executive director of OCA, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies... Read More →
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Kyung Lah

Sr. National Correspondent, CNN
Kyung Lah is currently a CNN Senior National Correspondent based in Los Angeles, covering politics and breaking news. Lah was previously based in CNN's Tokyo bureau, covering East and Southeast Asia into the Middle East. Lah has worked at CNN's affiliate service, Newsource. Lah has... Read More →
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Reena Ninan

Correspondent, CBS News


Friday August 10, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Houston I 1777 Walker St


Silent Auction
Bid on exclusive items and hotel packages to help support AAJA programs and student scholarships!


Friday August 10, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Houston III 1777 Walker St
Saturday, August 11


Service Project with the Houston Food Bank
This year, AAJA will be hosting a service project at the Houston Food Bank to help give back to the community, including those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The project will take place on Saturday, August 11 from 8am to 12pm at the Houston Food Bank, located at 535 Portwall St. in Houston, with lunch to be provided afterward.

Volunteer duties include inspecting, sorting and repackaging donated food items to be distributed to those in need.

Sign up now and join AAJA in giving back to those who need it most! 
DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: Sunday, July 29 
Important things to note:
  • You do NOT need to be registered for the convention to sign up as a volunteer for the service project
  • Transportation will be provided to and from the Marriott Marquis with buses leaving at 7:30am sharp, so please be on time
  • All volunteers will be required to sign a waiver onsite and register on the Houston Foodbank website (link to be emailed after signing up)
  • Children ages 6 and older are eligible to volunteer. Those under 18 will be required to complete an additional waiver with their guardian's consent.
  • Anyone bringing kids will be placed on a kid-friendly project separate from our group
  • ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST WEAR CLOSED-TOED SHOES. Those without will be unable to participate
  • Please wear comfortable clothes that allow for movement
  • There will be other volunteers on site in addition to our group, so please be courteous and respectful
  • Lockers are available onsite to store your belongings, but please leave your valuables at the hotel as AAJA is not liable for any lost or missing items
  • The food bank will provide water, tea and Starbucks coffee

Questions? Email Daniel Garcia at DanielG@aaja.org.

Can't volunteer? Donate to the Houston Food Bank at bit.ly/donate2HFB.

Saturday August 11, 2018 8:00am - 1:00pm
Houston Food Bank 535 Portwall St.


AAJA Advisory Board Meeting
Saturday August 11, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Houston III 1777 Walker St


Saturday August 11, 2018 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Houston Foyer 1777 Walker St



AAJA Annual Karaoke Night
Saturday August 11, 2018 9:15pm - Sunday August 12, 2018 12:00am
Houston Foyer 1777 Walker St