Moderator: The Asian-American Experience, How Far We've Climbed
Iyleen Summer currently serves as Chief Programs Officer for the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP). In this role, she oversees multiple NAAAP nationally branded programs including the Leadership Academy, ERG leadership training program, Leadership Convention, Women in NAAAP, NAAAP Pride, and NAAAP recognition programs (NAAAP 100, Inspire, and Pride Awards). Iyleen has firsthand program knowledge through planning the 2019 and 2020 Leadership Academy agenda and serving as a program assistant in NAAAP’s Employee Resources Group (ERG) leadership training conferences for five years. Through the ERG programming, Iyleen realized her passion about expanding diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives within the workforce through strategic partnerships, effective programming and employee engagement.
Iyleen first began her career with NAAAP with the Boston chapter as Scholarship Director in 2013. She then moved up to Vice President of Operations of the organization. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Asian Studies. She also volunteers for the Diversity Board at the Big Sister Organization of Greater Boston. Iyleen is also the founder and blogger of the blog, Brown Eyed Thoughts.