Make It Count: Transforming Mindsets for 2020 and Beyond

August 15 – 17, 2019

2019 National Empowerment Conference

Learn more about our featured speakers and panelists!

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is hosting the 2019 National Empowerment Conference (NEC) from August 15-18, 2019 at the Carson Community Center in Carson, CA. Through this year’s theme, “Make It Count: Transforming Mindsets for 2020 and Beyond,” NaFFAA hopes to raise awareness around key issues impacting the community, lay out a clear plan of action for the 2020 Census and presidential elections, and to build a unified vision for the community for years to come.

In 1997 during NaFFAA’s first NEC, over 1,000 delegates from various Filipino American organizations across the United States endorsed the formation of a national federation to help amplify and unite the diverse voices of our community into one clear, powerful voice. More than 20 years later, NaFFAA’s 2019 NEC aims to convene 1,000 Filipinos from all generations and regions throughout the United States, including California and the greater Los Angeles area.

According to the U.S. Census, there are more than four million Filipinos in the United States. In the state of California, there are more than 1.6 million Filipinos, making up the second largest Asian American subgroup. Throughout the NEC, NaFFAA will recognize and award key Filipino American leaders, organizations, and corporate partners. NaFFAA will also showcase the collaboration between all generations: from students and young professionals, business leaders and elected officials, to community leaders and allies.

Your support will help ensure the continuation and success of our work to empower Filipinos in the United States for years to come. We thank you for your support, and hope to see you in Carson for our 2019 National Empowerment Conference!

Attire: Smart Casual (Conference), Formal/Filipiniana (Gala)

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Registration Type Student Rate NaFFAA Member Regular
Full Conference (3-Day Pass + Gala) – Early Bird (due April 30) $80*** $180** $200**
Full Conference (3-Day Pass + Gala) – Regular (May 1-July 15) $100* $200* $220*
Full Conference (3-Day Pass + Gala) – Late (After July 16 and On-Site) $130* $230* $250*
Day Pass Thursday FREE $50 $70
Day Pass Friday (includes Reception) $50 $100 $120
Day Pass Saturday (includes Gala) $70 $125 $145
Gala Pass Only $50 $100 $120

*Includes free one year of NaFFAA membership.

**Includes free one year of NaFFAA membership. NaFFAA members and regular attendees that register by April 30 are eligible to vote for NaFFAA’s Board of Trustees (BOT).

***If student attendees would like to vote for NaFFAA’s BOT, they must sign up for regular membership by April 30 (available after check out).


Program and speakers subject to change without prior notice

Hotel Accommodations

Welcome to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Carson!

The hotel is conveniently located just 12 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 5 miles north of Long Beach Airport (LGB), and is a 2 minute walk from the Carson Community Center.

Address: 2 Civic Plaza; Carson, CA 90745
Check-In: Thursday, August 15
Check-Out: Sunday, August 18
Rate: $159.00 per night
Click here to make reservations. Rooms are limited and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Additional Hotel Accommodations

Hampton Inn Los Angeles/Carson/Torrance

Address: 767 Albertoni St, Carson, CA, 90746
Check-In: 3:00 pm
Check-Out: 12:00 pm

To reserve call (310) 768-8833 or online here.

Motel 6 Carson

Address: 888 E Dominguez Street, Carson, CA 90746
Check-In: 3:00 pm
Check-Out: 12:00 pm

To reserve call (310) 715-6688 or online here.


There are a wide variety of airbnb options for leasing/renting places for short-term periods and that provide hospitality services that are in reasonable price range and walking distance from the event.

We highly encourage you to check out the Airbnb website for more options!

Click here to reserve your airbnb today!

Things To Do – Welcome to LA!

Los Angeles is the nucleus of Southern California. The second largest city in the United States, LA is surrounded by varied geographic features: there are snow-capped mountains to the North and East, the Pacific Ocean to the South and West, and scenic desert situated just beyond the mountain rim.

With its moderate climate, Los Angeles provides an ideal environment to enjoy the region’s hot spots, historical and natural landmarks and cultural activities. The ethnically diverse city is a magnet for art, culture, food, industry and commerce. As the heart of the entertainment industry, Los Angeles and Hollywood boasts more artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers and musicians than in any other city worldwide.

to our Sponsors and Community Partners!

Supported by the City of Carson, CA


Presenting Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Reginald F. Lewis Foundation

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Community Partners

Champion Sponsors

Leezel Ramos
Jason Tengco
Noel & Mary Ann Omega

SPONSORSHIP Interested in being a sponsor? Click here to donate or download our sponsorship packet.