Summit FAQ

  • What is the purpose of The Summit?


    For the first time in Vietnamese American history, hundreds of Vietnamese American business, civic, and political leaders will convene in Washington DC to share visions and develop a 10-year comprehensive platform for community empowerment.

    We envision a new movement of organizations and leaders answering the call of service and leadership to create meaningful changes in their local communities and build a prosperous and influential Vietnamese American community.


  • Who should go to The Summit?



    Anyone caring about the future of the Vietnamese American community and willing to serve as bridge builders, building bridges across generations, among community segments, and between the Vietnamese American community and mainstream America. As Summit delegates, you will join other like-minded leaders in a national movement to advance the Vietnamese American community in all three sectors: government, business, and social.
    Among attending delegates are:
    • Elected officials, candidates, legislative staff, and political activists;
    • Entrepreneurs, business leaders and professionals;
    • Civic leaders and community organizers;
    • Board members and officers of community organizations and professional associations;
    • Chambers of commerce;
    • Media leaders;
    • Scholars, researchers, issue experts.



  • What does the registration cost include?


    Summit registration includes all-day admission to Summit activities, which include all speaker sessions, track seminars and workshops, summit materials, two meals (continental breakfast and speaker luncheon), break refreshments and access to the Summit Exhibition. Summit delegates will also receive souvenir gifts provided by our sponsors and partners.


  • When and Where is the Summit taking place?

    Saturday, July 2nd, 2011, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Capital Hilton
    1001 16th Street Northwest
    Washington D.C., DC 20036

  • How do you choose speakers for The Summit?


    Our goal is to choose leaders from a variety of disciplines including not-for-profit, academia, business, government... who share our vision and bring their unique set of leadership strengths and experiences to the Summit.

    We also strive to find presenters, trainers and experts that will not only deliver practical skills and useful information but also empower delegates with new ways of thinking and mobilize them to act. In short, we seek strategists, tacticians, builders, and organizers.


  • Are there social activities associated with the Summit?


    Yes. There is a Gala Dinner held in the evening, after the Summit, with VIP Reception (available for VIP Gala tickets only) and General Reception open to all Gala attendees. To have the full experience, we recommend to our delegates either the Platinum Package ($250) or the Gold Package ($175).

    Other social events on Friday and Sunday are being organized. Details to be announced soon.


  • What will happen after the Summit?

    Positive changes to take place in Vietnamese American communities across the U.S.:

    Individuals empowered to engage in community empowerment projects at local and national levels.

    Organizations re-organize themselves to better respond to community needs.

    New civic institutions and professional associations are formed.

    New alliances are forged to unite individual leaders and community resources behind common projects and initiatives.

    A never-existed-before national network of like-minded leaders from various disciplines spanning all three sectors: government, business, and social.


  • Will the seminars and workshops be conducted in English or Vietnamese?

    English. Though some sessions may be presented in both languages.

  • Do you provide support for students to attend?

    To support young leaders (students holding on-campus leadership positions or young professionals less than 25 years of age) who demonstrate strong service record and leadership potentials to attend the Summit, we provide a letter of support and fundraising package for them to find sponsors in their community.


  • What is your cancellation policy?

    For a fee of $45 per person, BPSOS’ policy allows cancellation of a Summit registration no later than May 31, 2011 (30 days before the event). After that deadline, we will not provide a refund of registration payment.


  • What is the dress code for the Summit?

    Business attire – traditional or casual.

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