2012 Highlights of Asian Women In Business

October to December 19, 2012
Holiday Shopping While Supporting AWIB

The first Asian Women In Business auction series on Bidding For Good was a learning experience for us and we can say it was a success. Thank you to all those that participated!

Check out the great items we had up for auction during the last of the three auctions.

The auction series ran from October 29, 2012 to December 19, 2012, with proceeds going to fund AWIB's 2013 programs.  Auction items ranged from gift certificates to your favorite NYC restaurants, beautiful handmade jewelry from Asian women designers, and more!  This was the place to look for unique gifts this holiday season.  The fun and exciting way to shop is with AWIB! This was a great opportunity to get great items while supporting everyone's favorite organization!


December 17, 2012
AWIB Holiday Party

Our annual celebration brought AWIB friends and supporters together for lively conversation and of course - tasty food and drinks with a buffet and open wine/beer bar. In the spirit of holiday cheer, we had prizes galore in our raffle draw.  See one of the lucky winners and more pictures here! We had a great time, and cheered to another great year ahead!

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December 10, 2012
Private Shopping and Reception at Burberry

Burberry and Asian Women In Business hosted an evening of private and personalized shopping and networking with discounts on all purchases.  Burberry donated 10% of the total sales for the entire week (after mentioning the invitation from AWIB) to AWIB.  We celebrated the season at the beautiful Burberry store on East 57th Street and had a toast (or few) with champagne while enjoying British holiday canapes. On top of this, we raffled off a Burberry trench coat! 

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Click here to see the photos.

November 27, 2012 
Asian Women Owned Boutiques: Lower East Side Shopping Night

Asian Women In Business celebrated Asian women owned boutiques on the Lower East Side with hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Celebrations began at Yumi Kim where we enjoyed an additional 25% OFF for this exclusive event. There were discounts, specials, raffles and more! A portion of the evening's proceeds benefited Asian Women In Business.

105 Stanton Street

157 Rivington Street

90 Stanton Street

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Click here for details on participating boutiques.




September 26, 2012
Chelsea Art Tour

AWIB led a private tour through Chelsea’s renowned art district.  Guided by art expert and enthusiast, Michelle Loh, we visited several Asian owned galleries.  At Asian Art Piers, we heard from artists Ruth Hardinger and Sook Jin Jo who challenged our notions of what defines art.  The Sundaram Tagore Gallery featured Kim Joon’s newest works: self-expression pieces which allude to society’s attachments through an innovative use of computer graphics.  At Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, we saw the work of Brazilian artist Cleverson Oliveira.  His use of everyday materials symbolizes his belief in the value of accessible-to-all materials and ideas.

A lovely reception followed at ArtGate Gallery with hors d’oeuvres from Kyotofu and wines from Vibrant Rioja and Frederick Wildman & Sons.  Guests interacted with artist Ira Eduradovna who used a multimedia installation to capture the concept of home and Heesop Yoon whose awe-inspiring full wall installation was done using only black masking tape to explore the concepts of perception.

All in all, the tour proved that Asian women have had a positive influence on the Chelsea art scene both as gallery owners and directors and as artists bringing their unique perspectives to light.  The tour also provided an engaging networking opportunity for AWIB members and friends.

View the flyer, speaker bios, and photos from the event here.

August 8, 2012
NY Asian Women Designers on the Move

Asian Women in Business partnered with Lladró to make this summer champagne reception and fashion show a success.  We heard from Ryo Liu, previously with no background in fashion design but with a passion and drive that led her to become the Creative Director and Co-Owner of Pinkyotto.  Kim Phan, Founder, CEO and Head Designer of Yumi Kim advised budding fashion designers that it takes more than just talent to create a brand. Their fresh designs were complemented with jewelry from Amrita Singh and Tina Tang.  Handbags were provided by Mihee Coe of Toto. Hair and make-up was provided courtesy of Haruo Noro Salon. The event was moderated by Shamina Rai, PIX 11 Morning News.

View the flyerinvitation, speaker bios, and photos from the event here.



July 10, 2012
Sake and Ice Cream Tasting


Sake paired with unique ice cream flavors from Adirondack Creamery and Chinatown Ice Cream Factory hit the spot on this July summer evening at the rooftop terrace of Ogilvy & Mather.  Our Sake Sommeliers, Chizuko Niikawa-Helton and Chris Johnson, guided participants as they tasted some of the finest Sake and savoured a selection of the best ice cream in town. Our sponsor, Shiseido, was on hand to provide lip touch-ups in the newest summer shades.  Congratulations to our door prize winners who received packages for hotel and dining from Mohegan Sun.  Our raffle drawing included a package of 7-nights in Kyoto, meals and experiences; a large selection of the best Shiseido products; dinners; and gift certificates for shopping and more.  

View the flyer from the event and the photos

June 14, 2012
Born To Lead: Rising to the Challenge

AWIB's Eighth Annual Corporate Asian Women's Leadership Forum, titled Born to Lead: Rising to the Challenge, was held at Barclays.  It featured a panel of corporate leaders including: Sharda Cherwoo, Partner, Ernst & Young; Linda Zhang, Partner-in-Charge, KPMG; Shachi Shah, Managing Director, Head of Funds and Advisory, Barclays; and Kyung Nam-Wortman, Vice President & Human Resources Lead, Global Primary Care Business Unit, Pfizer.  It was an engaging evening of networking and discussion, featuring top Asian women executives.  All proceeds from the event went to the AWIB Scholarship Fund.

Click here for the flyer and speaker bios.

April 24, 2012
Marketing: For Today's Small Business

Small business entrepreneurs on a limited budget learned about the most cost effective marketing strategies.  Strategy Director, Dhara Naik from Likeable Media, showed attendees how to use social media to bring in sales.  Real world examples combined with an interactive workshop allowed attendees to put their new knowledge into use. Particular attention was paid to navigating the changing array of marketing and social media tools to achieve results in niche businesses. You can view the photos, program flyer and the speaker's bio here.

April 19, 2012
Twenty Something CEO's

A panel discussion with enterprising young Asian women on how they followed their dreams and turned their business into a reality. Speakers included Shauna Mei, CEO and Founder, AHALife; Gauri Manglik, Co-Founder, Fondu and SpotOn; Benita Singh, Co-Founder, Source4Style; and Cheryl Yeoh, Co-Founder, Reclip.It.  Mitra Kalita, award-winning journalist and author moderated the event.  The stories of these young entrepreneurs creating their own opportunities for themselves inspired attendees.  The event was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education.  You can view the photos, program flyer and read more about the moderator and panel of speakers here.

April 11, 2012
Raising the Bar: Perspectives on Taking the Bench

AWIB's 2nd Annual Raising the Bar forum featured prominent Asian women in the legal profession.  The esteemed panel led a frank discussion on the various processes of becoming a judge, the lack of representation of Asian women in the judiciary, their decision to answer the call of public service and the attributes a woman of color brings to the bench. Panelists included: the Honorable Doris Ling Cohan, New York State Supreme Court Judge; the Honorable Marilyn Go, United States District Court Judge (Eastern District of New York) and the Honorable Toko Serita, New York City Criminal Court Judge.  The event was moderated by Karen R. King, Counsel, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Click here to find more information on the event including photos and bios of the speakers.

March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2012
Starting Your Business 101

AWIB held another informative four (4) part series, Starting Your Business 101, an essential how-to guide for budding entrepreneurs and existing small business owners. Industry experts were invited to speak on a variety of topics including writing a business plan, on and offline marketing, deciding on the right legal structures, accounting tips and finding the right financing for your business and managing your risks. These targeted sessions provided invaluable information on how to start and/or grow a successful business efficiently and effectively. Starting Your Business 101 was sponsored by Chartis Insurance.  See photos taken during the series and the event announcement

March 19, 2012
Women's History Month at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

AWIB members were invited to attend a reception and private viewing celebrating the work of women artists at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Titled, Independent Identities: Women Painters and Sculptors in the New American Wing.

February 1, 2012
Lunar New Year Reception at the Metropolitan Museum

Members of AWIB and sponsors were invited to a private viewing of the new exhibition: Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution, Fu Baoshi (1904-1965). The exhibition covered Fu Baoshi's forty-year career with some seventy paintings, including many of the artist's recognized masterpieces, and was the most comprehensive treatment of the artist's oeuvre ever presented outside of Asia. Besides the private viewing there was a reception in the Temple of Dendur where lions from PS 124 performed in celebration of the Lunar New Year.  It was a tremendously enjoyable evening filled with art and great company. View photos.

January 19, 2012
Asian Beauty Secrets

Korea Society graciously extended an invitation to members of Asian Women in Business to join them at their special event, featuring one of AWIB's 2011 Entrepreneurial Award Winners, Dr. Marie Jhin, author of Asian Beauty Secrets: Ancient and Modern Tips from Japan, Korea and China.  Dr. Jhin discussed the history of beauty in the Far East and shared centuries-old customs and timely tips and treatments from Asia for today’s health and beauty. Participants enjoyed refreshments and a book signing - and even took home a gift bag! We would like to thank the Korea Society for a lovely evening. The photos can be viewed here.

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