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ARLINGTON, Virginia, August 18, 2011

Dr. Yanping Chen, UMT President, served as a keynote speaker at the 25th Annual National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Convention in Boston. Over 700 people attended the convention, which was held from August 11 to August 13.

As the theme of this year's convention is "Road to Revolutionary Leadership", Dr. Chen delivered a speech on her own road to leadership on the last day of the convention. Before coming to the United States in 1987, Dr. Chen was a medical doctor and the director of planning for the Chinese astronaut program, and her group established the groundwork for China's first astronaut launch in 2003. She holds a PhD and a Master's degree from George Washington University, and earned her MD in China. She was an International Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC in the early 1990s. In the late 1990s, she became the founder and President of the University of Management and Technology (UMT) in Arlington, Virginia. UMT is one of the first universities in the United States that pioneered online education. It is one of the few universities created explicitly to deliver a global higher education model that leads to the delivery of affordable high quality education programs to students who reside in every state of the United States and in more than 40 countries. Focused on serving a young generation of working adults who desire to balance career, family and higher education, UMT created a self-paced, faculty-mentored teaching method to enable students to achieve their higher education goals. In the past 12 years, UMT has educated more 12,000 students. Of them, more than 5,000 earned their degrees. Dr. Chen shared her personal leadership journey with conference attendees with a view to encouraging young Asian American professionals to strive to be future leaders and to contribute their talent, passion and energy to benefit the community and society.

NAAAP is a not-for-profit association devoted to promote American Asian young professionals and to develop future leaders. Visit the NAAAP website to learn more:

From right: Brad Baldia (NAAAP President & Chairman); Dr. Yanping Chen (UMT President), David Hinson (National Director, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce), Judi Alloway (Director, Women in NAAAP)

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