2003 Highlights of Asian Women In Business

December 16, 2003
The December 16th party was plenty of fun, as always, with too much food and drinks - definitely necessary to fortify us for the inclement weather. This was our 8th annual end of season part and we, once again, want to thank Julie Azuma for her generosity by allowing us to invade her home for the occasion.

November 15, 2003
Asian Women In Business held a panel discussion titled Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Asian Women Executives. Panelists Lucy Chan, Senior Project Executive, IBM Global Services, Shrimati Maharaj, Director of Finance, DELL and Lisa Murphy, Senior VP, Investment Management Consulting, Citigroup, shared their experiences and provided practical tips on understanding corporate dynamics and taking charge of one's own career path. The speakers dealt with how to navigate the corporate jungle, overcome cultural and racial stereotypes, have a rewarding personal life and still achieve success. AWIB president, Bonnie Wong was the panel moderator. The panel was part of a two-day Asian Diversity Conference and Career Expo at the Jacob K Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

November 14, 2003
Asian Women In Business was a supporting organization at a conference organized by the Women's Leadership Exchange in New York. The conference was aimed at bringing together women from established companies to help them grow their businesses and make connections. Attendees had an opportunity to meet business experts, corporate executives, speakers and women from various business professional groups.

October 20, 2003
Asian Women in Business celebrated its eighth anniversary at the 2003 Asian Women In Business Leadership Awards Dinner. Held at the Hilton New York, the event honored successful Asian women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders from across the country. The winners of the 2003 AWIB Entrepreneurial Leadership Award are: Shirley Lam, President, Connetquot West, Inc.; Jay Lee; CEO/President, By Design LLC; Ahnal Purohit, CEO/President, Donahoe Purohit Miller, Inc.; Taryn Rose, CEO, Taryn Rose International. The winners of the 2003 AWIB Corporate Leadership Award are: Jeannie Park, Executive Editor, People Magazine, Time Inc.; Sheryl WuDunn, Anchor, Author, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, The New York TImes. Take a look at our corporate sponsors for 2003, as well as our silent auction contributors. Take a look at the pictures from the dinner. Click here to read more about the event.

JULY 23 2003
AWIB held a workshop 'Networking Your Way to Business Success'. Given the current tough economic climate, keeping a step ahead of competition often comes down to effective networking especially when trying to secure a new client or contract. The workshop outlined unique and systematic approaches for participants to use while networking to build relationships and get business. The workshop was conducted by Liz Lynch. Liz is the author of "102 Secrets to Smarter Networking" and President of Consult Ad Hoc Inc. It was held at Maharaja Restaurant in Manhattan.

JUNE 16-28, 2003
Asian Women In Business organized a two-week long Chinatown Summer Festival to help businesses in Chinatown to recover from the adverse impact of 9/11 and other recent events. This was part of AWIB's initiative funded by the Empire State Development Corporation to bring business back to Chinatown. Additional support was received from Chase Merchant Services and Cathay Bank. The Festival featured promotions for diners and shoppers patronizing participating Chinatown businesses to receive rewards which they later redeemed for great prizes. The Chinatown Summer Festival received substantial media coverage and was the weekend cover story in the Daily News. The Festival culminated on Saturday, June 28th in Columbus Park in Chinatown with an Arts and Crafts Fair, which included traditional entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, a dumpling eating contest and more. The evening ended with an outdoor screening of Academy Award winning film "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon". The June 28th fair was covered by WABC-TV, Downtown Express, The Daily News, The New York Post, and all the Chinese media outlets.Click here for more information on the Festival.

JUNE 25, 2003
A networking reception was held for AWIB members and supporters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For the past three years, AWIB members have been invited to private receptions at the Met and is a result of membership on the Multi-cultural committee by AWIB President, Bonnie Wong. This event featured a rooftop viewing of the special exhibition 'Roy Lichtenstein on the Roof'. This much awaited event was a chance for members to network as they enjoyed the exhibition and a spectacular view of the sunset over Central Park.

JUNE 11, 2003
A New Member Breakfast was held for members who joined AWIB this quarter. The breakfast was an opportunity for members to introduce themselves to the AWIB family and interact and network with other new members in a smaller group. Members also learnt about AWIB as an organization and about upcoming AWIB sponsored events including the Chinatown Summer Festival. The event was held at North Fork Bank in Manhattan.

JUNE 06, 2003
Asian Women In Business held a press conference to announce the Chinatown Summer Festival, a unique two-week long promotion to bring customers back to Chinatown. Chairman Charles Gargano of the Empire State Development Corporation joined AWIB in making the announcement. The press conference was covered by major networks including WABC-TV, WCBS-TV, NY1, WCBS-Radio and all Chinese media. The event was held at Silk Road Mocha Internet Cafe in Chinatown. Read more about the Festival.

MAY 22, 2003
AWIB held its annual Asian Heritage Month Celebration and Networking Reception at the corporate facilities of AOL Time Warner. This was the fifth year that AWIB held the event at AOL Time Warner. The event offered AWIB members and friends a great opportunity to network, make new connections and share information about their companies at our networking table. This highly popular event was also a celebration of Asian women in the NYPD and featured a video on Asian women cops and the first Asian woman officer in the NYPD.

MAY 06, 2003
Asian Women in Business and the New York/New Jersey Minority Purchasing Council sponsored a conference on Certification and Procurement Opportunities for Minority/Women Business Enterprises. The conference was held at the corporate facilities of TIAA-CREF. A panel of representatives from the Empire State Development Corporation, NY/NJ Minority Purchasing Council, New Jersey Transit, Port Authority of New York/New Jersey and US Small Business Administration explained the benefits of getting certified as a minority/woman business owner and the various steps involved. In the second half of the conference, corporate procurement officials from Adecco North America LLC, Amtrak, Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York, Metlife, Pfizer and TIAA-CREF provided valuable information on the procurement process, including do's and dont's while trying to procure a corporate contract. Attendees highly rated the conference, which served as a forum for attendees to meet and interact with representatives from certifying authorities, as well as corporate procurement officials.

May 4, 2003
Asian Women in Business took part in the 24th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival. The day-long event, held at Union Square Park in Manhattan included live music and dance performances, a children's program, crafts, martial arts and information booths from various Asian American organizations. The festival was organized by the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans.

April 2003
AWIB held a four-week series on Small Business Ownership -- 'Starting Your Business 101'. Sponsored by AWIB in partnership with the The Small Business Development Center - LaGuardia Community College, the classes were held at AWIB's new location. The series took a comprehensive look at all aspects of starting and managing a successful business. The topics covered were 'Are you Entrepreneurial Material?', 'Legal Structures and Tax Issues', 'Marketing Basics' and 'Finance and Credit'. The series proved to be highly popular among those looking to start their own business as well as business owners looking for ideas to grow their businesses. Classes were conducted by Joyce Moy, Director, SBDC - LaGuardia Community College. The class on Tax Issues was facilitated by Helen Tang, CPA.

March 20, 2003
AWIB held a workshop "Express Yourself in Public: Effective Presentation Skills to Recharge your Business." The workshop trained attendees in creating maximum impact with a presentation. They also learned how to deliver content effectively and the key elements that make a great presentation. It was conducted by industry expert and executive trainer Tessie Tiaba of AIG. Tessie's workshop last year for AWIB was sold out and got rave reviews. Attendees also had an opportunity to practise the skills they picked up at the workshop by making a trial presentation at the end. The event was held at Weinick Sanders Leventhal & Co. LLP in Manhattan.

March 11, 2003
AWIB held an "Office Warming Party" for members and supporters to celebrate our recent move to a new location. Members dropped by through out the evening to check out our new office and enjoyed a chance to relax with friends and network. The party was a big hit with all who came and members loved our new 'digs'.

February 05, 2003
AWIB held its first "New Member Breakfast" of 2003. The event, provided an opportunity for attendees to introduce their businesses to the group. New members breakfasts are always free and is geared towards facilitating one-on-one networking in a smaller group. Attendees got information on AWIB events and activities and how they can be more involved with the organization. AWIB's Chinatown Business Assistance Project in Lower Manhattan was also covered. The breakfast was held at North Fork Bank in Manhattan.

January 21, 2003
AWIB kicked off its 2003 programs with a workshop: "Effective Selling Strategies and Tactics for Entrepreneurs". The workshop covered various techniques entrepreneurs can use while identifying and approaching prospects as well as tips on closing a sale. Attendees learned the principles of good selling and how to develop one's own style to be successful at asking for the order...and getting it. The workshop was conducted by Jackie Ma of Nortel Networks and Wendy Weiss of Weiss Communications and was held at Fleet Bank in Manhattan.

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