2009 Highlights of Asian Women In Business


December 10, 2009
The 2009 AWIB Annual Holiday Party was a great ending to a wonderful year, filled with events, both fun and serious. Members, friends and supporters joined AWIB in celebrating the holiday season and a brand new year to come. AWIB members Geetha Jayaraman, owner of Grab Em Snacks, donated an assortment of freshly made plantain chips; while Christina Seid, owner of Chinatown Ice Factory, served a selection of homemade ice cream! In addition, the delicious buffet of Asian cuisine, mouth-watering desserts, open wine/beer bar and a great crowd, had guests cheery the entire night. The evening closed with a holiday raffle drawing. Winners walked away with prizes such as spa gift certificates, dinner for two, organic beauty products, weekend get-away at a luxury hotel and more! Many thanks to AWIB board member Julie Azuma for hosting our party in the Flatiron district of Manhattan. Happy Holidays!
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November 19, 2009
AWIB participated in Here & Now: With an Eye to the Future, an all-day conference for Asian/Pacific Islander American nonprofit organizations, focusing on branding, marketing, and fundraising. AWIB President Bonnie Wong, joined other community leaders to kick-off the conference with a warm welcome, and also moderated the morning session "Strategies and Tactics Being Employed by Nonprofits to Thrive in This Economy." Other workshop topics include How to Gain Stronger Media Attention, What Challenges and Opportunities Nonprofits Can Anticipate Between Now and 2010, How to Cultivate New Funding Sources, and much more. Other speakers included AT&T, Prudential, Verizon, DLA Piper, and more. The conference was held at DLA Piper, 1251 Avenue of the America, New York City. View the conference agenda and pictures.



November 2009
AWIB held its bi-annual four-part series, Starting Your Business 101, a program geared towards new and existing business owners looking to hone up on specific topics. The series took a comprehensive look at the most important aspects of running a successful business. The workshop topics included: 'Writing a Business Plan'; 'Legal Structures, Record Keeping and Tax Issues'; 'Marketing Fundamentals'; and 'Financing and Insurance.' The workshops and obvious expertise of the speakers provided new ideas for a growing a business, and allowed attendees to network with other like-minded entrepreneurs. The classes were held at Microsoft, in mid-town Manhattan, which also provided snacks and refreshments to keep the attendees attention focused on the issues. This series was made possible by the generous support of State Farm Insurance.
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October 20, 2009 
The 2009 Asian Women In Business Leadership Awards Dinner, Fourteenth Anniversary Gala was a memorable evening where AWIB celebrated the success of Asian women as corporate executives and entrepreneurs. Despite the downturn in the economy, we had 25 corporate sponsors and received positive reviews from attendees for the inspiring presentations of the award winners and the professional execution of the event.  This was yet another successful annual dinner for AWIB.  The 2009 AWIB Corporate Leadership Award was given to Barbara Adachi, Principal, Deloitte Consulting and Sonya Gong Jent, Vice President of Operations, State Farm Insurance. Winners of the 2009 AWIB Entrepreneurial Leadership Award are Wei Yang Brian, CEO, Wei East and Naheed Syed, CEO, Global Resource Management Inc. The 2009 AWIB Young Entrepreneurial Leadership Award was given to Kiran Gill, President, PARS Environmental, Inc. AWIB is proud to honor these women who come from a cross section of industries, from Wei Yang Brian's line of skin care and make-up products to Kiran Gill's environmental consulting firm, they exemplify what hard work and determination can achieve. The extensive silent auction, which ran the gamut from dinner certificates, luxury handbags, to hand carved buddhas, was a highlight for many attendees, as they anxiously watched their bids, knowing that winning also means supporting AWIB. With the grand prize of a family vacation of four round trip airline tickets and hotel accommodations in Orlando for the raffle draw, the evening ended on a high note.
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September 17, 2009
Asian Women in Business and Fendi Pre-Gala Reception
Asian Women In Business partnered with Fendi for a Kickoff to the Fall Season! A private champagne reception was held at Fendi's luxurious Fifth Avenue boutique, where over 200 professionals came to sip on champagne, nibble on hors d'oeuvre and listen to the latest hits from DJ David Chang. It was a lively event to welcome Fendi fans into the season. For that evening only, AWIB guests received a 10% discount on all purchases and Fendi gave 10% donation back to AWIB. Also, one lucky winner went home with a $5,000 Fendi Gift Certificate from a raffle drawing!
This event was by invitation only. View invitation and pictures

September 10-12, 2009
Asian MBA Leadership Conference and Career Expo

AWIB connected with hundreds of current and emerging Asian American leaders, MBAs, top executives, industry experts, recruiters and prominent community figures at the 1st Asian MBA Leadership Conference. AWIB had a booth at the Career Fair at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City and greeted many potential members.  AWIB members received a 50% registration discount to attend the career fair and had the opportunity to meet with over 100 companies, including recruiters from Cisco, Coach, State Farm Insurance, Macy's and Dell.  For more information on the Asian MBA Leadership visit www.asianmba.org

July 13, 2009
AWIB’s Summer Networking, Sake Tasting & Shopping attracted over 130 members and guests to Korin’s Tribeca showroom. The relaxing evening was a great opportunity for guests to make new connections and renew old ties while sampling a diverse selection of sake. Taking advantage of the special event discounts, attendees shopped for exquisite tableware, home décor, and chef knives and brought home shopping bags filled with great bargains. The evening came to an exciting conclusion as we raffled off two-round trip tickets on JetBlue Airlines, good for any route they fly.
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June 17, 2009
AWIB's Fifth Annual Corporate Leadership Conference - Born to Lead: Creating Possibilities was held on June 17, 2009 at Goldman Sachs in Manhattan.  The evening was an engaging experience for attendees. It began with a reception where they had the opportunity to network with corporate women from different industries. This was followed by an insightful panel discussion from a dynamic group of Asian women corporate executives.  The panelists spoke about the opportunities, challenges and major issues facing Asian women in the corporate world and shared personal stories that ultimately shaped their paths to success.

This year's distinguished panelists were Jeannie Diefenderfer, Senior Vice President, Global Engineering, Verizon: Jyothsna Natauri, Managing Director, Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs; Chiaw Eei NgGibson, Managing Director, Enterprise Strategic Planning, Aetna and Alice Young, Partner and Chair of the Asia Pacific Practice, Kaye Scholer LLP. The moderator for the forum was Alina Cho, Correspondent, CNN, who did an excellent job of brilliantly guiding the conversation for the third consecutive year. View Speaker Bios.

All proceeds from the 2009 Corporate Asian Women's Conference went to a great cause - The Asian Women In Business Scholarship Fund, which promotes leadership among Asian women in college.  Learn more about the AWIB Scholarship Fund. View the invitation and photos from this year’s conference.


May 14, 2009
The AWIB Annual Procurement Opportunities Conference for Minority/Women-owned Businesses hosted a large number of business owners looking for B2B networking opportunities, corporate procurement and information on winning government contracts. Event guests participated in a jam-packed day of workshops, private matchmaking sessions with corporate buyers and information galore from government and private exhibitors.

Corporate Matchmaking:

The Corporate Matchmaking session consisted of one-on-one private meetings in which pre-qualified business owners presented their product or service to buyers from various corporations. Participants in the Matchmaking were Aetna, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, The Bank of New York Mellon, Battery Park City Authority, Bloomingdales, Bovis Lend Lease, Con Edison, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, FedEx, GE, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, MetLife, Phoenix Constructors JV, PricewaterhouseCoopers, State Farm, Stop & Shop and Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club.

Information Sessions:

These interactive sessions took place throughout the day, covered a wide variety of topics and answered many of the questions business owners had about procurement opportunities.

New this year was Greening Your Business, a special session on how to green your business and win green contracts.

Other sessions that were offered included Opportunities with Regional and Federal Agencies, Winning Contracts with the States: New York and New Jersey, and Doing Business with Corporate America.


Including those mentioned above, the corporations, government agencies and green businesses that were exhibitors in this year’s conference were AXA Financial Inc., Jacob Javits Convention Center, Adirondack Creamery, AIA New Dimensions in Marketing, Inc., Arogya Tea, Bestype Imaging, Comstar International, Grab Em Snacks, Grain, Green Choice Vendors, Green Goods Inc., J. Ottoman Consulting, Inc., Ortolan, Project 116, Realm Designers Inc., Rolling Press, Rose Crown SkinCare Inc., Solarrific, Inc., Spanier Services, Empire State Development Corp, Internal Revenue Service, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs, New York City Fire Department, New York Power Authority, NJ Transit, NJ Treasury, NYC Dept. of Citywide Administrative Services, NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection, NYC Dept. of Education, NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation & Development, NYC Dept. of Sanitation, NYC Dept. of Transportation, NYC Dept. of Education, NYC Dept. of Transportation, NYC Economic Development Corp, NYC Economic Development Corp, NYC Health and Hospitals, NYC Housing Authority, NYC Housing Authority, NYC Parks Department, NYC School Construction , NYC Small Business Services, NYS Dormitory Authority, NYS Dept. Of Transportation, NYS Energy Research Development Authority, NYS Office of General Services, NYS Office of Mental Retardation & Dev. Disabilities, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Rutgers University, SUNY, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, U.S. Dept. of Labor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Dept. of Labor and U.S. Small Business Administration.

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April 27, 2009
Asian Women In Business and the Office of Councilmember John C. Liu held a free workshop, New Business Strategies in Today's Economy, on getting certified as a Minority or Women-Owned Business Enterprise. Attendees learned about the requirements for certification and the way it can be used to grow a business. Business owners were also provided with information on how to compete in government contracting opportunities and search for new strategies to sell their products and services. The event was held in Queens at the Free Synagogue of Flushing. See workshop flyer and pictures for more information. 


April 21, 2009
Those who attended AWIB’s workshop Protecting Your Business: Learn Trademark, Copyright & Patent Basics were provided with practical information on how to protect their business assets. The session was conducted by Sujata Chaudhri and attorneys at Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C., where it took place. The event was full of helpful advice on how to defend your unique business ideas and included trademark, copyright & patent basics. View the flyer and pictures from this workshop.


April 14, 2009
AWIB and the Office of Councilmember John C. Liu held a press conference in which they encouraged business owners to participate in the upcoming workshop on M/WBE Certification. The workshop, entitled “New Business Strategies in Today’s Economy: Get Certified as a Minority or Women-owned Business Enterprise” will walk participants through the certification process and inform them how to compete in contracting opportunities with government agencies. Councilman Liu urged business owners to take advantage of the opportunities gained by getting certified during the current economic downturn: "Explore the possibility of securing part of the $16.5 billion worth of products and services purchased by the city each year." View upcoming events for details on M/WBE Certification workshops in the coming months.


April 2, 2009
AWIB’s public speaking workshop, Speak Up and Speak Out: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking and Presentations, was attended by business owners and professionals who know that the ability to give confident speeches is critical to one’s success. The workshop was conducted by executive trainer Tessie Tiaba, who has led several sold-out public speaking workshops for AWIB and attendee evaluations have been consistently positive. During the interactive three-hour session, participants got a chance to practice their newly acquired skills and received constructive feedback on how to make their future speeches effortless. The workshop took place at ING in New York City. View the pictures and flyer


April 1, 2009
AWIB and the Office of the Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer held a free workshop on M/WBE Certification for minority and women business owners. The workshop provided participants with information about certification requirements and showed them how certification can be used to grow a business. Minority and women business owners were also aided in searching for new avenues to sell their products/services in order to succeed during the difficult economic times. The event was held at the Office of the Manhattan Borough President in New York City. See the workshop flyer and pictures.


March 2009
AWIB held its bi-annual series, Starting Your Business 101, a four-part program on small business ownership. Targeted towards both aspiring and existing business owners, the weekly sessions provided participants with information on how to start and run a successful business. Attendees benefited from classes that covered essential topics such as how to write a business plan, create an effective marketing plan, decide upon a legal structure and acquire the necessary financing and insurance. The workshop speakers ensured that each 2-hour session was an engaging and informative experience. The classes were held at Microsoft in Manhattan and made possible by the support of FedEx and TD Bank.  

March 19, 2009
AWIB and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz held a workshop on certification for minority and women-owned businesses. The workshop, which took place at Brooklyn Borough Hall, walked participants through the certification requirements and showed them how certification can be used to grow a business. The owners of already certified businesses were provided with information on how to successfully compete in contracting opportunities with government agencies. View the event flyer and pictures for more information.

February-March 2009
AWIB held free workshops to assist Asian business owners in getting certified with New York City as a Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) and gaining greater access to contracting opportunities with government agencies. Attendees found out how certification can be leveraged to grow their companies by expanding their marketing to include New York City agencies, and how to access tools that will increase their ability to compete in City contracting opportunities. The workshops were held on four Tuesdays during February and March at the AWIB office in Manhattan.

January 28, 2009
AWIB’s interactive workshop Smart Networking taught participants how to grow their network by using proven techniques to effective networking. Facilitated by networking expert Liz Lynch, the workshop was a unique opportunity for those attending to improve their networking skills and apply them when interacting with other workshop attendees. The event included a wine and cheese reception and a “speed networking” session that allowed participants to practice the techniques they learned. It was held at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City. See event flyer and view pictures.


January 12, 2009
AWIB celebrated the newly created Emerging Asian Women Leadership Initiative, an effort to encourage and support leadership among the young female leaders of tomorrow. The afternoon began with Leading with Confidence, a 2-hour interactive workshop aiming to cultivate and hone leadership skills among female Asian college students. Following the workshop, a networking reception and awards presentation was held to showcase the recipients of the 2008 AWIB Scholarship Awards. Each winner received a $2,500 award and 2 round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines. The event took place at Con Edison in Manhattan.





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