2010 Highlights of Asian Women In Business

 

 

2010 marked AWIB’s 15th successful year (crystal anniversary) of helping Asian women achieve their entrepreneurial goals and advance professionally in their chosen fields.  From seminars on how to start a business, to corporate leadership development, AWIB members and supporters enjoyed a variety of networking events and learning experiences geared towards helping them develop new skills, meet the right people and enhance their work as professionals and entrepreneurs.

 
 
December 15, 2010

AWIB celebrated the end of the season at its Annual Holiday Party.  Lots of food, wine, interesting conversation and good cheer flowed as we greeted new and existing friends.  As is our tradition, we conducted a raffle of spas, dinners, and wine tastings to end the evening on a high note.  We thank all of members and friends for joining us as we toasted the end of a good year and the start of 2011. View the photos from the party. 


Holiday Promotions 2010
In support of our small business owners, AWIB ran a special Holiday Promotion, offering discounts to products sold by some of our members.  Multiple emails were sent and a web page was set aside for the many discounts offered by our members. View the 2010 Holiday Offerings

November, 2010
AWIB once again sponsored its popular four (4) part series, Starting Your Business 101, an essential how-to guide for budding entrepreneurs and existing small business owners.  The classes took place on November 1, 8, 15 & 23, 2010 and were tailored specifically to topics such as writing a business plan, marketing fundamentals, legal structures and taxes, and financing and insurance.   These targeted sessions provided invaluable information on how to start and/or grow a successful business efficiently and effectively.  The speakers were well versed in their respective field and each 2.5 hour session was interactive and informative. The classes were held at Microsoft corporate headquarters in Manhattan and were made possible by the support of State Farm Insurance. View the photos and the program flyer


November 2, 2010
AWIB and Shiseido sponsored "A Beautiful Evening" with Taylor Chang-Babaian, celebrity makeup artist and author of Asian Faces.  Held at Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue, the evening started with a cocktail reception and passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by a make over demonstration with the mother and daughter models, Nancy Yieh and her daughter Laura.  Very much a "girls night out", it was great to be able to get away from our busy work lives and just talk about beauty and looking the best you can.  View the invitation and photos from the night.


October 20, 2010
The 2010 Asian Women In Business Leadership Awards Dinner, Fifteenth Anniversary Gala was a memorable evening where AWIB celebrated our "Crystal" anniversary along with the great achievement of Asian women as corporate executives and entrepreneurs. This was yet another successful annual dinner for AWIB, which may be credited to the wonderful corporate sponsors, as well as, the inspiring presentations of the award winners and the professional execution of the event.   The 2010 AWIB Corporate Leadership Award was given to Esther Lee, Senior VP, Brand Marketing and Advertising at AT&T, and Ranjini Pillay, Chief Underwriting Officer, Risk Finance at Chartis Insurance.  Winners of the 2010 AWIB Entrepreneurial Leadership Award are Keiko Ono Aoki, Chairman and CEO of Benihana of Tokyo, Inc.,  Michelle S. Lee, President and CEO of STG International, Inc., Selina Lo, President and CEO of Ruckus Wireless Liu Tee Shu, Owner and Chairperson of Shu Enterprise Group.   AWIB is proud to honor these women who come from a cross section of industries. From Keiko Ono Aoki's restaurant franchisor to Selina Lo's new class of technology company, they exemplify what hard work and determination can achieve.  AWIB's first live auction was a success with auctioneer Henry Howard-Sneyd of Sotheby's generating excitement and humor during bidding for once in a lifetime opportunities, such as Breakfast at Tiffany's.

The extensive silent auction, which ran the gamut from dinner certificates, luxury handbags, to antique kimonos, was a highlight for many attendees, as they anxiously watched their bids, knowing that winning also means supporting AWIB. With the grand prize of four round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines for the raffle draw, the evening ended on a high note. As always, AWIB had numerous sponsors and a long list of raffle and silent auction donors.  View the Gala invitation and photos.
 
September 23, 2010
AWIB was a sponsor of the fifth annual New York Times “Small Business Summit”.  AWIB had an exhibition table in the Local Resource Café and greeted many members and new friends.   This year’s summit explored the next steps of social media marketing and how to best navigate a new economic and legislative landscape.  It included a full day of presentations by some of America’s most successful executives and consultants, along with keynote addresses by Robin Chase, founding CEO of Zipcar and GoLoco, and Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. Check out highlights on the NYTimes website.
 

September 16, 2010
AWIB members and supporters helped kick off the Fall season at the Fendi flagship store on Fifth Avenue.  This was the second year we enjoyed the hospitality of Fendi - Champagne reception, networking, music and lots of shopping. This event was also a pre-Gala reception to celebrate our 15th Anniversary and to thank our members and sponsors for their continued support. Despite the mini-tornados hitting the tri-state area that evening, over 100 people showed up to participate in this very glamorous and friendly event. To top it off, they received 10% off their purchases and AWIB received a donation from Fendi of 10% of the proceeds. View the invitation and pictures from the reception.  
 
 
August 25, 2010
AWIB’s inaugural film event at Bennett Media Studios was a blockbuster hit. The topic of the evening was the changing role and depiction of Asian Women in Hollywood over the years. The night began with a viewing of a short documentary featuring three Asian women performers trying to make it in Hollywood and maintain their cultural identity and unique voice. The panel consisted of Asian women in the entertainment industry.  They were: Tina Chen (actress), Karin Chien (producer), Christine Choy (Professor and former head of the Kanbar Institute of Film & TV at NYU), Bertha Bay-Sa Pan (director), and Sekka Scher (manager); the moderator was Elena Creef (Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Wellesley College).  The panelists sought to address any shifts in mainstream media’s portrayal and treatment of Asians. The audience was encouraged to vocalize opinions and engage the panelists in a spirited debate which confirmed the prevalent viewpoint that the progress of the treatment of Asians in Hollywood is still debatable. View Speakers' Bios, Event Flyer and Photos. 
 

August 18, 2010 
AWIB’s sweetest networking event of the year featured two Asian American artisanal ice cream makers, Adirondack Creamery and Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, and their delectable, unique creations. Guests enjoyed flavors such as Almond Cookie, Pandan, Barkeater, and Strawberry Moon freshly made just for the occasion. The stunning outdoor rooftop and the setting sun made the night even more conducive to happy conversations between AWIB members and supporters alike, as attendees delighted their taste buds and took in one of the last glorious days of summer. View Flyer and Photos.

August 5, 2010
The perfect blend of business and pleasure, Speed Networking was lauded by guests as another well executed AWIB event.  The after work crowd was invited to unwind and relax with a refreshing specialty cocktail of their choice.  After mingling and meeting with their fellow speed networkers, attendees broke down into small groups where even the shyest individuals had their chance at making a professional connection.  There were six (6) 20 minute speed sessions guided by a series of ice breaker questions, which were handed to guests upon arrival.  Throughout the evening, tasty Korean morsels were served as fuel for conversation.  As the night came to a close, attendees were free to network with the rest of the group and solidify relationships with their newfound friends. View the Flyer and Photos


 July 29, 2010
The AWIB New Jersey Summer Networking Reception at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) was an enjoyable evening as guests had the opportunity to build new relationships over a glass of wine and delicious passed hors d'oeuvres. Music complimented the atmosphere as attendees enjoyed an aerial perspective of NJPAC’s summer concert series Sounds of the City on an adjoining outdoor terrace.  Designed to bring together entrepreneurs and professionals from across the state, the reception was an occasion for AWIB to continue building its chapter within New Jersey and share its work within the Tri-State area. The reception was generously supported by the Bank of America.  View the invitation and photos.


July 19, 2010
AWIB and the Office of Council Member Peter Koo co-sponsored a workshop, titled "Business Opportunities for Minority Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE)".
Bonnie Wong, President of AWIB, Facilitated the session to an overflowing room of almost 100 participants.  A lot of information was covered during the workshop, including the MWBE certification requirements, benefits of certification and the government procurement process on the local, state, and federal levels.  Held at the Flushing Library, and co-hosted by several Queens based non-profits, it was clear that the business community wants and needs more business growth workshops. View the event flyer and pictures for more information.



June 30, 2010
AWIB's Sixth Annual Corporate Asian Women's Leadership Conference - Born to Lead: Empowerment in the New Decade was held on June 30, 2010 at Goldman Sachs in Downtown Manhattan.  The evening was a rewarding experience for attendees as they gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of Corporate Asian Women in America and usher in a new decade of Asian Women Leaders.  The event began with a reception, where attendees had the opportunity to network and befriend other corporate women from different industries.  Following the reception was an insightful panel discussion from a group of accomplished Asian women corporate executives.  The panelists touched upon the issues plaguing Asian women in the corporate sector while offering tips and strategies on how to overcome these challenges.  Their personal success stories and sage advice inspired attendees to blaze their own trails as they scale the corporate ladder in the new decade.

This year's distinguished panelists were Neeti Bhalla, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs; Anne Chow, Senior Vice President, Premier Client Group, AT&T; Millie Kim, Esq, General Counsel, Citi Investments; and Elaine Sun, Managing Director, Corporate Advisory, Evercore Partners.  The moderator for the forum was Alina Cho, Anchor, CNN, who superbly guided the discussion for the fourth consecutive year. View Speakers' Bios

All proceeds from the 2010 Corporate Asian Women's Leadership 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.
 
 
June 21, 2010
Saigon Uncorked - a multi-course Vietnamese food and wine pairing was a delicious success.  Elisa Kwon, the evening's elegant sommelier, navigated the pairing of 7 courses and 7 wines and enhanced our enjoyment of the evening's fare.  We started our adventure with the pop of a champagne (a wonderful Louis Roederer) and new friends were made over a shared interest in food and wine.  Attendees left with smiles on their faces and a party favor of a diamond wine stopper to end the night with a bit of sparkle.
View Flyer and Pictures from the event.
 

May 13, 2010
AWIB’s Annual Procurement Opportunities Conference for Minority/Women-owned Businesses was an eventful day offering a wealth of information to business owners looking for B2B networking opportunities, corporate procurement, and learning how best to win government contracts.  Attendees had a full day.  They participated in workshops, networked with exhibitors and other business owners and learned how programs for MWBEs can help them grow their businesses. Those who submitted pre-qualifications forms had private matchmaking appointments with corporate buyers.

Conference Highlights:
The day kicked-off with opening remarks from AWIB’s President, Bonnie Wong followed by a presentation and discussion with the keynote speaker, Pravina Raghavan, NY District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration. The subsequent sessions, “Selling to the Federal Government,” “Opportunities with Regional Authorities and New Jersey,” “Winning Contracts in New York; the State and City” and “Doing Business with Corporate America” were tailored to educate workshop participants on programs helpful to minority and women owned businesses.

Additionally, exhibitors shared critical information about procurement opportunities to attendees. Prequalified business owners had the rare opportunity to participate in corporate matchmaking where they met with corporations to discuss potential procurement opportunities; the one-on-one private meetings enabled business owners to discuss their products or services with corporations, a good first step towards gaining potential business opportunities. The 18 participating matchmakers included: AIG, AT&T, Battery Park City Authority, Beyer, Blinder & Belle, Bloomingdales, BNY Mellon, CBS Corporation, Colgate-Palmolive, Enterprise Holdings, Horizon Healthcare Services Inc., Marsh & McLennan Companies, MTV Networks, NBC Universal, PepsiCo Inc., Prudential Financial, Siemens, Tishman Construction, and University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey.

AWIB would like to thank BNY Mellon for its generous support of this event. For more information about AWIB’s Annual Procurement Opportunities Conference, please feel free to read about the participants and agenda, review the brochure and view the Pictures taken the day of the event.

 



April 28, 2010
AWIB’s networking reception at Esprit’s flagship location by Rockefeller Center was a successful evening as members, supporters and their guests had the opportunity to connect over wine and hors d'oeuvres while taking advantage of the 40% discount. In addition to establishing new relationships, attendees effectively shared marketing material about their companies at the brand information table. With stylists assisting the over 70 guests in attendance, shoppers left the event with a gift from Esprit and bags full of clothes! The networking reception was a way for AWIB to thank our committed members and welcome new ones to the organization.  View Flyer and Pictures  

 April 15, 2010
AWIB's workshop, Speak Up and Speak Out: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking and Presentations, was a wonderful opportunity for participants to learn the key ingredients to effective public speaking.  Facilitated by industry expert, Nicole Wells of NWK Consultants, attendees were taught how to develop their own public speaking strategy.  During the latter half of the workshop, participants had the opportunity to utilize their recently acquired knowledge with 1 minute presentations to the group.  Practicing their new skills enabled constructive, concise, and tailored feedback to participants.  The workshop was held at Microsoft's midtown office.  View Flyer and Pictures


 March 24, 2010
AWIB sponsored a workshop titled To Pitch or Not to Pitch: Navigating Your Networks to Success.  Facilitated by Jane Hyun, leadership strategist, founder of Hyun Associates and author of Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, the session provided attendees with insights and practical tips on how to network for business and career growth.  Jane shared strategies for networking and delved into types of relationships one may have to develop a better understanding on how to invest your time in networking, who to pitch to, and the Do's and Don'ts.  The session was held at the mid-town offices of Microsoft. View Flyer and Pictures


March 23, 2010
AWIB was a co-sponsor of NYC Comptroller John Liu's Women's History Month Celebration.  A Reception was held in the Surrogate's Court House and it was a great opportunity to engage with community and business leaders in a special celebration for Women's History Month, honoring women who have made a difference.  View flyer
  


March 18-20, 2010
AWIB was an Outreach Partner for Asia Society’s Asian Corporate Conference. Since its inception in 1989, the conference has been held annually in a different city throughout Asia and has established itself as a pre-eminent event on the Asia-Pacific business calendar. Given the great interest and optimism about India’s future as a global leader, this year’s conference will was held in New Delhi, India. The 2 ½-day conference drew an audience of top government leaders, key decision-makers, and industry experts from the international business community, as well as a diverse representation of international press.   


March 16, 2010
AWIB was a community partner for the Fifth Annual Small Business Summit 2010 produced by Prime Strategies and SmallBizTechnology.com.  This year's event was focused on Strategies for the New Economy and covered, IT Strategies: From the Backroom to the Boardroom, Strategies to Create Successful Email Campaigns, Lessons in Leveraging Technology, Hottest Technologies for your Business, Building Community: Successful Women Share Their Stories and more! 


March 8, 2010
AWIB’s Women's History Month Celebration and New Jersey Chapter Kick-off was the first of many events to bring together Asian women entrepreneurs and professionals from the New Jersey area. The reception celebrated the diverse and historic accomplishments of women, while encouraging AWIB members and supporters to connect and share new ideas for upcoming workshops, networking activities, and events to take place in New Jersey. This event was open to business owners, corporate employees and professionals looking to explore new skill-building opportunities, networking, and learning more about joining the AWIB community. This reception was generously supported by Prudential and was held at its headquarters in Newark, New Jersey.  View the flyer and pictures from the kickoff. 

 


 

February 24, 2010
AWIB’s workshop, Beyond Tweets: Using Social Media Tools to Further Your Bottom Line, was a fascinating session that opened our eyes to new ways of approaching social media.   Facilitated by social media experts Jinal Shah (Electric Artists) and Morgan Johnston (JetBlue Airways), we learned how to incorporate social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) into business plans and strategies and how we can attract new audiences using cost-friendly social media marketing initiatives.  Specific examples were shared as to how companies have successfully integrated social media, resulting in better customer service and increased sales. The event was held at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City, and was generously supported by the IW Group, Inc.
View the flyer and pictures
 


January 5, 2010
AWIB hosted a workshop, Leading with Confidence: Finding Your Inner Strength, which was geared towards Asian female college students. Female students from the Tri-State area were invited to participate in this leadership session which was facilitated by Leigh-Ann Tamaye.  As part of the AWIB Emerging Asian Women Leadership Initiative, an effort to encourage and support leadership among the young female leaders of tomorrow, the workshop focused on concepts such as goal setting, interpersonal communication, and team building. View the Workshop Photos

Following the workshop, a networking reception and awards presentation was held to showcase the recipients of the 2009 AWIB Scholarship Awards.  Each of the six winners has demonstrated leadership in their communities and received a $2,500 scholarship two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines. This event took place at Con Edison in Manhattan. View the Reception Photos.


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