Overview of Summit Organizing


Under the theme of “Building a Prosperous and Influential Community,” the Summit will feature a combination of keynote addresses, plenary panels, dynamic and inspirational seminars, and in-depth issue and strategy discussions. These sessions will provide actionable information about key players, networks, models of organizational development, case studies, and develop solutions for selected community issues and priorities. The ultimate goal is that through months of pre-Summit planning by different steering committees and the whole day of discussion on July 2nd by approximately 200-300 delegates, national strategies and action plans will be developed to empower the community going forward.



Summit activities are organized into three tracks: government, business and social. Each track will have four hours of track-specific activities (click on links to see track agenda).

I. Public Service, Civic Engagement and Political Empowerment (Public Sector)

II. Entrepreneurship, Corporate Leadership, and Economic Development (Private Sector)

III. Social Development & Community Organizing (Non-profit Sector)

During registration, delegates will select which Summit track they want to participate in.

Delegates will be connected with the steering committee in charge of that track and provided materials to prepare themselves prior to the start of the Summit.

At the day-long Summit, delegates who are leaders from various disciplines around the country will discuss issues and work together to develop strategies and action plans for their specific track.

A roster of internationally renowned distinguished leaders will also appear at the Summit to support this historic community development effort, including Frances Hesselbein, President of the Leader to Leader Institute and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, who will deliver the luncheon keynote address.

As the Summit's host organization, BPSOS will also launch two national initiatives to support the work of three Summit track teams.

  1. 500 Leaders in 5 Years: National Community Leadership Development Initiative to recruit and prepare the next corps of leaders for the Vietnamese American community and America; and
  2. Vietnamese American Research Institute (VARI) to study community issues and needs.

Summit leaders should arrive not as individual participants but as members of a delegation representing their community. The concept behind this organizing model is that each community will have a diverse team of leaders from all three sectors bringing their issues and concerns to the national discussion at the Summit. They, in turns, will bring home and implement the local component of the national action plan. (See “Build Your Delegation” article in the “For Delegates” section on our web site)



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