National Center for APEC: Precursor to the 2011 APEC CEO Summit and Leaders’ Meeting

Tuesday, October 18, 2011. Featuring Ambassador Michael Michalak and Monica Hardy Whaley

National Center for APEC: Precursor to the 2011 APEC CEO Summit and Leaders’ Meeting


Ambassador Michael Michalak
Former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam
Senior Advisor
APEC 2011 Host Committee

Monica Hardy Whaley
National center for APEC

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
8:00 am – 9:30 am
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2500
Downtown Seattle

$15 members
$20 non-members
$25 at the door

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From November 8 -13 in Honolulu, Hawaii the United States will host APEC Leaders’ Week, a series of government and business events culminating in a meeting between President Obama and 20 other heads of state from around the Asia-Pacific. A core element of these events will be the APEC CEO Summit, the Asia-Pacific’s premier business event, where top APEC leaders from the public and private sectors will gather to discuss the key commercial and trade issues of our generation in a creative format that will inspire conversation and encourage open debate.

Join Ambassador Michael Michalak, Senior Advisor to the APEC 2011 Host Committee and Monica Whaley, President of the National Center for APEC for a discussion on APEC Leaders’ Week and the opportunities for Washington-based businesses to join the events that will shape US engagement with the Asia Pacific for years to come. 

Michael W. Michalak, a career Foreign Service Officer with extensive knowledge and experience in Asia, was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to Vietnam on August 10, 2007 and served in that position until February 2011. Prior to his position in Vietnam, Ambassador Michalak served as the U.S. Senior Official to APEC, Bureau of East Asia Pacific Affairs. Currently Ambassador Michalak serves as the Senior Advisor to the APEC 2011 USA Host Committee which has been tasked with coordinating private sector input into the APEC process, and with organizing the APEC 2011 CEO Summit.

In his over 30 years of service with the U.S. Department of State, Mr. Michalak has worked in Tokyo, Japan; Sydney, Australia; Islamabad, Pakistan; Beijing, China; as well as Washington, D.C., where he was assigned to the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, the Office for Japan and the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs. He received a group award for valor for his actions in time of crisis when the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad was burned down.

Monica Whaley has been the President of the National Center for APEC since January of 2009, was its Executive Director from 2002‐2008 and served as the Center’s Deputy Director since its founding in 1994. Monica is responsible for management of the Center’s policy and administrative staff, membership, fundraising and fiscal management, and serves as the public spokesperson and representative of the National Center.

The APEC 2011 USA Host Committee is being organized by the National Center, and Monica is president of the Host Committee Organization.

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Registration: Space is limited. RSVP and submit payment in order to secure your spot. Admission to the program is $15 for members of TDA, $20 for non-members, and $25 at the door. Refunds may not be made after Friday, October 14th. To register over the phone please contact Tamara Thorhallsson at (206) 389-7301 or [email protected].

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