Pride is the newest program developed by NAAAP. It is here to empower, educate, engage, and celebrate the Asian American LGBTQ+ professional community by providing education, promoting visibility, and developing current and future Asian LGBTQ+ leaders.
NAAAP will provide resources and support for those in all stages of the coming out process. And support those creating safe and affirming work and learning spaces. All so Asian American LGBTQ+ persons can live, work, and study – safely, openly, and genuinely.
Our Program Objectives
- Educating our members about the Asian American LGBTQ+ community.
- Promoting visibility and support to members, allies, and corporations
- Identifying and celebrating strategic partners, supporters, and advancements within the Asian American LGBTQ+ community.
Upcoming Event: Embracing Your Identity
Panelists for Embracing Your Identity
Keith H. Nishida, National Program Director, NAAAP Pride Bilingual Marketing Consultant, Nish Media Digital Marketing Instructor, General Assembly
Keith Nishida (He/Him/Cis) is a multi-passionate educator and team-builder, with a professional mission to help upskill/uplift people to have fulfilling careers through digital and leadership skills training. He brings 10+ years of experience in research, program development and teaching (with subject matter expertise in everything from socio-economic influence of pop culture to diversity/inclusion issues in the digital landscape).
Since starting his bilingual marketing consultancy in 2007, he’s brought his multicultural perspectives to inter/national projects with global brands like Toyota Motors USA, Disney Consumer Products/Tokyo Disney, and Teva shoes, but equally enjoy helping SME apparel companies articulate their digital marketing strategies (including a client who serves the autistic community and people with disabilities). Keith is committed to diversity and inclusion advocacy through his roles as a course & workshop instructor at General Assembly (an Adecco company), an APIA Scholars mentor, and a traditional Japanese festival performance group member of Rafu Mutsumi Kai for the last 25 years. He is a proud Nikkei-nisei (second generation Japanese American).
David Moore, NAAAP Pride Founding Member & VP of Strategic Development for NAAAP – Kansas City
David currently serves as VP of Strategic Development for NAAAP Kansas City. He is a Production Designer at Hallmark Cards and has been with the company for more than 18 years. He has held various positions at Hallmark including Production Artist and Multimedia Designer. He is involved with several Employee Resource Groups and is the current Chair of Hallmark’s Asian American ERG. Prior to Hallmark, he was Operations Manager for Vanguard Airlines Reservations Center and served in the U.S. Army during Desert Storm. David is a founding member of NAAAP Pride, a new national program for the Asian American LGBTQ community.
John Ong, NAAAP Pride Program Treasurer (NAAAP Kansas City)
John Ong is a multimedia story-teller. He is a video director at Hallmark’s photography and video studio where he produces and directs videos for Hallmark’s marketing and social media content development needs. He started his broadcasting and film career in the late 90s.
John is a committed diversity and inclusion advocate. He has served as chair for Hallmark’s Asian American employee resource group. He also devotes his time volunteering as the Director of Marketing & Public Relations for NAAAP Kansas City.
John was born and raised in Malaysia to a Chinese immigrant family. He holds a degree in Broadcasting and Film and has made Kansas City his home. John is also a podcast pioneer with multiple shows under his belt since 2004, including a successful language preservation podcast.
Please join us on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:00 – 7:00 pm CT for NAAAP’s Pride Fireside Chat event:
Embracing Your Identity.
The holiday season can be an emotional time for anyone. For the queer community, it can mean re-entering a mentally-straining environment, where acceptance of LGBTQ+ identities may not be freely provided.
We invite you to join us as we discuss what identity means to each of us and the different tools we can employ to manage mental health, especially during the holidays.