Para sa Kinabukasan, For the Future








Saturday, September 29, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20064

Join Filipino Young Professionals of Washington, DC for their second annual conference, Para Sa Kinabukasan: For the Future! This one-day conference hosts speakers and workshops with topics focused on professional development and Filipino American identity. Network with young professionals and students from the DMV area and get a chance to interact with different career industries during our networking fair. In collaboration with the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) and sponsored by AT&T, our conference serves as an opener to Filipino American History Month (FAHM) in Washington, DC.

We hope that by bringing back our premiere event, we can bring together the Filipino American community and allow for a better understanding of our Filipino-American identity.


If you purchase a ticket in advance to the conference, you’ll be entered to win (1) Jo Koy ticket for his comedy show the same night – a $50 ticket value!

Early-bird registration: $35 (ended 7/31)

Regular registration: $40 (ended 8/31)

Late registration: $45 (by 9/29)

*Light refreshments and lunch by Matthew’s Grill is included*



  • 9:00 AM Registration (light refreshments)
  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Welcome/Keynote
  • 10:30 AM – 11:25 AM Workshop Block 1:
    • Time Management & Maximizing Personal Effectiveness
    • AAPIs and Mental Health
    • Women in the Workforce
  • 11:30 AM – 12:25 PM Workshop Block 2
    • How to Successfully Start and Maintain a Non-profit
    • Fitting Personal FItness into your Life
    • Unleash Your Entrepreneurial Potential with Kristan Servidad
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch/Networking Fair
  • 1:30 PM – 2:25 PM Workshop Block 3
    • LinkedIn Profile Optimization
    • Managing your Finances
    • Panel of Presidents
  • 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Closing Ceremony



Karla Puno Garcia is currently in the Broadway cast of HAMILTON: An American Musical. Originally from Oxon Hill, MD, Karla danced competitively for 15 years. Her first professional gig was at 12 years old when she performed in Debbie Allen’s Kennedy Center production of Brothers of the Knight. She got the bug and moved to NYC!

Karla attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts on $75,000 scholarship, completing a BFA in Dance and a minor in Journalism. In her final year at NYU, she made her Broadway debut in HOT FEET, a dance musical choreographed by Maurice Hines. Other performance credits include Broadway’s West Side Story and Gigi. National Tours Wicked and Addams Family. Karla was a top 7 female finalist on So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 and a principal dancer on NBC’s Smash Season 2.

Karla is the recipient of the Richmond Theatre Critics Best Choreography Award for her original work on IN THE HEIGHTS (Virginia Rep). Her short Film The Spot was selected for San Francisco and DC Dance Film Festival selection. Her choreography can be seen in Music Videos for Kindness, The Knocks, and Mandy Gonzales. Karla recently choreographed the Off-Broadway show ONE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND A DAY at Prospect Theater and GONE MISSING for Encores! at City Center. For more information, visit: www.KarlaGarciaDance.com.


Randy Lizardo is a foodie and world traveler who loves to fish and snowboard. By trade he is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist who specializes in laparoscopic and da Vinci Robotic surgery. He is a partner at Capital Women’s Care, LLC and an assistant clinical professor of OB Gyn at The George Washington University. He was the founding Chair of the robotic surgery committee at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD. Randy went to undergrad, med school and completed his residency at GW. In 2007, he served as chief resident and received the Resident Physician of the Year Award upon graduation. More recently in 2017, he was voted a Washingtonian Top Doc by his peers.

Outside of the operating room, Randy is a community supporter and organizer. He served in various leadership positions throughout undergrad and graduate school in organizations such as the Philippine Cultural Society, FIND District VI, the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association, the Medical Center Student Council and the GW Student Association. He is one of the founding members of FYPDC which started in the early 2000’s and served as president of the organization from 2013-2015.

Randy is also a serial entrepreneur and is involved in commercial and residential real estate investing on various levels. He is a part owner and investor of multiple businesses and actively recruits for crowd funded business ventures. He regularly contributes to various cultural groups, civic organizations and supports leaders in the AAPI community.



The Filipino Young Professionals of Washington, D.C. (FYP-DC) is a 501(c)(3) organized exclusively for recreational, social, educational, and charitable purposes. The purpose of FYP-DC is to create a network of young professionals in the Washington, DC area, provide education about Filipino-American identity and heritage through social activities, and contribute to the local Filipino-American community through volunteerism and charitable events.

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