The Also-Known-As, Inc. 15 Year Anniversary: Past, Present and Future! was held in New York, NY with Conference Workshops at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Midtown.
The Also-Known-As, Inc. 15 Year Anniversary: Past, Present and Future! held April 29th - May 1st 2011, featured social events, workshops, conference presentations and a gala dinner.
Goldman Sachs Community Teamworks staffed the conference with volunteers to help register participants, set up and break down the workshops and assist speakers with their presentations.
The conference featured fourteen different topics for lecture and discussion.
JaeRan Kim helping to lead a workshop session titled "Generations After Adoption: A Conversation with Adoptee Parents"
"Generations After Adoption: A Conversation with Adoptee Parents" workshop led by Kacy Ames-Heron, JaeRan Kim, Hollee McGinnis and Elizabeth Raleigh.
Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao leading a discussion on "Identity Issues and Adoption".
Members of the Also-Known-As Executive Board taking a much needed break during workshops.
The Goldman Sachs Community Teamworks team which helped facilitate the conference throughout the day.
Annabel Schlossberg taking part in a discussion with teenagers on "Becoming an Adult Adoptee in the Real World".
The screening of Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam a film by Tammy Nguyen Lee. Synopsis: Operation Babylift was a $2 million dollar US Initiative that airlifted over 2,500 Vietnamese orphans out of a war-torn country and into a new land. Now, over thirty years later, this compelling and revelant documentary takes a candid look at the significant event in our history and uncovers the "lost" stories of the adoptees and their untold journey.
Jessica Sun Lee reading excerpts from her novel-in-progress. Her poems and paintings depict the frustration of having limited access to the past, and the increasing awareness of not fully belonging, but loving, and yearning to be loved.
Kacy Ames-Heron listening to participants of her workshop, "Attachment, Love & Couples: Themes in Couples Where One or Both Partners are Adopted".
The hands-on and interactive workshop "Adoptees WIthout Birth Family: Why Are We Invisible" led by Mirim Kim.
HyoSung Bidol-Lee giving instructions during his writing workshop, "Naming Names Now: Writing Workshop for Adoptees & Allies".
The open and friendly discussion on "Locating Adoptee Scholars Within Korean Adoption Studies" led by Kimberly McKee with panelists Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Nathan James Bae Kupel, Hollee McGinnis and Elizabeth Raleigh.
Workshop leaders Michael Tessier and Steve Kalb listening participants tell their stories during "Adoptee Voices: The Story of Today's Young Adoptees".
Anh Dao Kolbe, Jenna Cho-Ness, Min Matson, Pauline Park, Andy Marra and moderator Peter Savasta are the discussion panel for "Emerging Outwards: LGBTQQ Adoptee Narratives".
Particpants listened intently during the "Emerging Outwards: LGBTQQ Adoptee Narratives" discussion.
The conference featured the artworks of Anh Dao Kolbe - "Misplaced Baggage: Same, Same, But Different" and Josiah Bell - "The Identity of Adoptees".