Fifth Laotian National Conference Set for This Weekend

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LANA logoAtlanta, Georgia – UPS Headquarters in Atlanta, is the place to be on Friday and Saturday, August 1st and 2nd, 2014. LANA and its community partners, the Laotian American Society and Asian Pacific American Historical Society will hold the Fifth Laotian National Conference in hopes of raising awareness on pertinent issues such as education, leadership, voting, health, and business. The theme of the conference is: Next Generation Leadership: Creating Connections and Building Bridges. According to the Chairwoman of LANA, Anasone Silivongxay, “The purpose of the conference is to provide individuals and organization an opportunity to come together to network and share ideas to mobilize the Laotian community in academic, personal and organizational success across the U.S.” Even though this conference is geared towards the Laotian community the topics are relevant to any community. Anybody can attend.

Mr. Lawrence Reed, President of The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) will open the conference with his inspiring speech, “What Active Leadership Looks Like”. According to his organizational website, Mr. Reed is “A champion for liberty. Reed has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles, dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the U. S. and abroad. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, among many others.” Mr. Reed will be available for a Q&A session afterwards.

For this year’s conference topics, panels and discussion, LANA offers: National and Community Development: Connecting the Dots, Thought Talks: Cultural Identity, Opportunities beyond high school: Steps to Success, Cultural Preservation: Arts and Music, Crime and Punishment: You and the Law APAs and Civic Engagement in the South: Voting, Education and Immigration. For a complete list of topics, venues, benefit concern, hotel accommodations, and registration, please visit: building-bridges-presented-by-the-laotian-registration-10725210393.

Besides the diverse line-up of speakers and topics, LANA will also be awarding two scholarships. All scholarship money are made possible through donations. Mr. Phonexay Dong Singharatsavong donated $400 to the scholarship fund. When asked why did he donates he replied, “Donating to the LANA scholarship fund is a great way to give back to the community, the people at LANA have a great outreach program and are always trying to help the youth.” Students interested in the scholarship requirements can visit the eventbrite link above. The awards will be given out on Saturday night at the Celebrate Community Benefit Concert at the beautiful banquet hall, Springhall of Atlanta at 7:00pm- 12:00am. Everyone is invited to the celebration which will include cultural performances, martial arts demonstrations, and a great lineup of musicians from all over the U.S. There is a cover charge of $25 in advance at eventbrite or $35 at the door. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

According to one of the invited youth panelist, Gary “I am pumped about being a part of the progress that the Lao American Community has achieved after many decades, from coming here as refugees, to being a community full of talented and skilled professionals. I am very proud to be a part of this and look forward to building relationships with everyone.”

Ny Siboura Derry, who is traveling with her family from Illinois to attend the conference says she is “Always looking forward to meeting like-minded people, Lao Helping Lao!”

Please contact, Neeyada Santopietro, the online Event Coordinator if you have any questions regarding this event at

The Laotian American National Alliance, Inc. (LANA) 501c3 is the premier resource and advocacy organization in the United States who strives to cultivate the strengths and leadership of all Laotian Americans. LANA’s mission, as a national organization, is dedicated to advancing the social and economic well-being of Laotian Americans in the United States through civic participation and public policy advocacy.


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