Glass Ceiling Realities for Asian Women

AWIB Panel Discussion and Book Signing



Asian Women In Business

Anne Nohara Abaya
Senior VP, Human Resources
GE Consumer Finance

Anne was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. When she was a few months old, she moved to Tokyo and since then has made several moves across the Pacific Ocean. Upon graduation from high school in Scarsdale, New York, Anne attended the University of Hawaii where she graduated with a B.A. in Sociology. In 1978, she completed her M.A. in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University.


Anne worked for the U.S. Civil Service as a Personnel Administrator in Japan and in the U.S. before joining General Electric in 1980. During her 24 years at GE, Anne has worked in several different GE businesses in various parts of the U.S. She worked in the Lighting, Aerospace as well as in the Power Systems businesses. She also spent a couple of years at GE's Corporate headquarters in Fairfield, CT as Consultant-Executive Resources and at the Global Research Center as head of Human Resources

In July 1995, Anne joined GE Capital as Vice President - Human Resources, overseeing Human Resource activities for a number GE Capital's businesses worldwide, with primary emphasis on the Consumer and Commercial Business segments. During all of 1998 and half of 1999, Anne has spent the majority of her time working on issues associated with GE Capital's rapid growth in Japan, with overall responsibility for due diligence oversight, acquisition integration and leadership staffing. During this period, GE Capital's employment in Japan grew from approximately 250 to 14,000. In July 2000, Anne transferred to Tokyo as Sr. Human Resources Manager for GE Japan and Asia.

In December 2002, Anne assumed her current position as head of Human Resources for the newly created GE Consumer Finance, was elected a GE Officer by the GE Board of Directors, and repatriated to the United States.

Anne is one of the founding members of the GE Women's Network (GEWN) and has been an active member since 1997 when it was created, continuing as a member of the Cabinet. She also serves on the Executive Board of GE's Asian and Pacific American Forum (APAF) and has been a link between GEWN and APAF, working on the GEWN's Multicultural Women's Initiative.


Asian Women In Business
Lucy Chan
Senior Project Executive
IBM Global Services

As Senior Project Executive in IBM Global Services, Lucy is responsible for the Strategic Outsourcing Services in the Financial Markets industry. She owns account management and client relationships at functional and executive levels. She provides business direction to achieve revenue, profitability, growth objectives, and client satisfaction.

She started her career with IBM 22 years ago as a software programmer. She held assignments in product design and development, market support, business and product strategy, market development, and systems integration. She has worked with companies in Asia, Europe and North America, and has delivered first-of-its-kind industry solutions to corporations such as Hong Kong Telecom, Telecom Italia, Warner Bros., Time Inc., and Morgan Stanley.

Lucy is born and raised in Hong Kong. At 16 she went to Saskatchewan, Canada, to pursue her education. She completed her high school and undergraduate from Canada and entered the I/T profession in United States. She is married and has a 22-year-old son. She is a contributing member of Asian Women in Business (AWIB), Project Management Institute, MentorNet and Women In Technology Institute (WITI).

Lucy is a frequent guest speaker and panelist on workforce diversity. In 2003 she presented at the Women of Color conference, "Trailblazers: How to remain true and forge successful career paths" and Asian Diversity Conference, "Breaking the Glass Ceiling".


Asian Women In Business
Jane Hyun
Author & Principal
Crossroads Career & Executive Coaching

Jane Hyun is an author, executive coach and diversity strategist to Fortune 500 companies, universities, and nonprofit organizations. In addition to being a senior coach at the Five O’Clock Club, a national career coaching organization (, and a member of their TV/radio media team, she has been a consultant with LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics), and is an advisor to the Diversity and Inclusion Channel.

Previously, Jane was a Vice President of HR at JP Morgan, and Director of Recruiting in the New York offices of Deloitte and Resources Connection. A graduate of Cornell University (degree in Economics/International Studies), she is active with the Women’s Alumnae Council, and the Cornell Asian Alumni Association.

She serves on the advisory board for the Johnnetta B. Cole Diversity and Inclusion Institute at Bennett College for Women. She has taught Career Planning as an adjunct professor at City University of New York. In May 2005, HarperCollins Publishers released her book "Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians"


Anuradha Jayanti
Managing Director

Anu currently manages the Global Leveraged Foreign Exchange Sales effort at Citigroup. She is based in New York, with staff in New York, London and Singapore. Anu is also the head of the North American Foreign Exchange business at Citigroup.

Anu began her career in 1983 with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and moved into investment banking in 1986. At Salomon Brothers International, Anu marketed FX products and services to a broad range of participants including, among others, Non Dollar Bond Portfolio Managers, International Equity Fund Managers and U.S. Corporations.

In 1989, she assumed the role of FX Options Sales Specialist at Bankers Trust Company, and in 1992 was appointed FX Sales Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Merrill Lynch International. Anu's expertise in marketing to Hedge Funds was cemented in 1994, through a move to Credit Suisse First Boston where she marketed FX services and products to Hedge Funds globally. Anu's role focused on developing the hedge fund investment process, the multidisciplinary analysis of macro themes, trade ideas and quantitative techniques applied to optimization of portfolios. Anu has also held the positions of North American Institutional FX Sales Manager at J.P Morgan, and Director of Hedge Fund FX Sales at UBS Warburg.

Anu joined Citigroup in 2001 and is the Global Head of Leveraged Institutional FX Sales. Her team is located in London, New York and Singapore, and markets to Hedge Funds, CTA's and Proprietary Trading entities. In 2004, she was also appointed Head of North American Foreign Exchange responsible for a headcount of 110 FX employees in North America and Canada.

Anu is of Indian descent, and speaks four languages. She grew up in Costa Rica, Switzerland, France and the UK.

Anu Jayanti holds a B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College, and a M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics.


Sheila Kumar
Vice President
Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies Inc

Sheila Kumar is Vice President for Marketing Research and Strategic Planning, for Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies' Global Skincare Franchise. She is responsible for ensuring consumer & market centricism in innovation and other activities that span the Global Skincare Franchise and has led Strategic Planning for the group. Her group consults with internal clients and guides various activities and decisons based on consumer and other market insights.

She joined Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies as Director Marketing Research on the US Skincare business in 1999. In 2001, she was promoted to Vice Presisent Marketing Research for Centocor - a biotech company that is also part of the Johnson and Johnson family of companies. Here she was responsible for re-tooling the Market Reserach function in line with the company's rapid growth. She moved back to the Consumer group in 2002 in her current role.

A first generation American, Sheila has lived in six countries - including India where was she was born, educated and spent the early years of her career. She obtained both undergraduate and graduate degrees (in Economics and Business Management respectively) from Bombay University, India and has specialized in Marketing Research since 1976. She came to North America mid-stream, about 15 years ago and prior to Johnson & Johnson, has worked at Levi Strauss (Canada) Inc; Warner Lambert Inc. (US) and other organizations in Asia.


Asian Women In Business
Nancy Yieh
Vice President, Gas Operations
Con Edison

Nancy Yieh, has been with Con Edison of New York since 1979. She has held positions in Power Generation, Construction, Substation Operations and Gas Operations. She was promoted to Vice President, Gas Operations in February 2004.

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cooper Union. She is a member of the Society of Gas Operators and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She serves on the American Gas Association's Operations Managing Committee. She also holds a New York City Stationary Engineer's license. 



Asian Women In Business 10 years 1995-2005


Monday, June 13, 2005



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