Aaaaand I skipped over day 4. Â Apprently I’m really bad at remembering to blog.
The past couple days have been full of interesting discussion and neverending meetings (jk). Â
Yesterday was the first day of business session, where, as you can guess, we conduct our seriouz bizness. Â Between sessions, we had a youth luncheon, and it was great to see so many youth (aka future Young Professionals)
Â present. Â Because I always skipped convention in the past, I was surprised to see so many youth around me (not that I’m complaining). Â
In more exciting news, we had a young professionals workshop today. Â It was pretty casual, presented by a State Farm agent (though it was not a State Farm event). Â His name isÂ Vance Yoshikawa, and he is the highest ranking Japanese American officer within State Farm. Â He had some great tips for the group about networking, career mapping,
and a severalÂ other important issues that I’m sure we’re all too familiar with. Â Although the workshop wasn’t veryÂ structured or formal (that’s not a bad thing), it was really great to see the JACL do something like this for a group of people that is often lost in the JACL mix. Â
That is not Vance Yoshikawa in the picture above. Â It’s JACL National Director Floyd Mori. Â I would have posted a pic of Vance speaking, but I failed you and did not get a picture. Â So instead you get Floyd talking about young professionals/introducing Vance.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Secretary Norman Mineta. Â I’m not sure if any of you have had the honor of doing the same, but let me tell you, he is one of the nicest people I have ever met. Â I lucked into catching him while all the other convention-goers were in a luncheon (I left to get some ibuprofen, I wasn’t playing hooky), so I was able to have a chat with him. Â We talked a little about how great it is to see so many youth involved and so many young people at this years convention. Â If any of you are ever at an event where Secretary Mineta is present, I highly encourage you to go up and talk to him.
Tomorrow = elections, the National Youth/Student Council’s North Korean Human Rights resolution discussion/voting, and some other important things that I am too tired to remember. Â
There are more pictures on our flickr account, check out the slideshow on the right side of the page, or click here.