Press Release

2010 Asian Women In Business Leadership Awards:
Political Trailblazers and Women Leaders


New York, NY(October 12, 2010) - Six extraordinary Asian Women will receive the 2010 Asian Women In Business Leadership Award as they are feted at the group's Fifteenth Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, October 20th. This annual event highlights the tremendous contributions of Asian women as entrepreneurs and corporate leaders.

The awardees were selected from hundreds of candidates. Their resounding success in the business world and commitment to helping the community make them truly inspiring role models.

NYC Comptroller, John Liu; NYC Councilmember Margaret Chin; and NYS Assemblywoman Grace Meng will attend AWIB's 15th Annual Gala as special guest speakers.

"We are especially honored to have the only two Asian women elected to office in NYS speak at our awards dinner,"said Bonnie Wong, President, Asian Women In Business. "This year's theme Progress Crystallized is particularly appropriate with the first and only city wide Asian American elected official, John Liu, appearing at our anniversary dinner. All three elected officials have broken down barriers and they are creating new paths for all Americans."

The award are given out for two categories - Corporate Leadership and Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Recipients of the 2010 Corporate Leadership Award are:

  • Esther Lee, Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing and Advertising, AT&T
  • Ranjini Pillay, Chief Underwriting Officer, Risk Finance, Chartis Insurance

The recipients of the 2010 Entrepreneurial Leadership Award are:

  • Keiko Ono Aoki, Chairperson & CEO, Benihana of Tokyo, Inc.
  • Michelle Lee, Founder, President & CEO, STG International, Inc.
  • Selina Lo, CEO & President, Ruckus Wireless
  • Liu Tee Shu, Owner & Chairperson, Shu Enterprise Group

Vivian Lee, Anchor, NY1, will serve as the Mistress of Ceremony.

The Awards Dinner will be held at the Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Amercas in midtown Manhattan.

Evening Schedule
5:00 pm: Award winners press conference
6:00 pm: Cocktail reception
7:20 pm: Margaret Chin and Grace Meng remarks
8:00 pm: Corporate Leadership Awards presentation
8:15 pm: John Liu remarks
8:30 pm: Entrepreneurial Leadership Awards presentation


There will be a silent auction, live auction and raffle throughout the evening. For more information on the event, visit

AWIB's Leadership Awards have received much critical acclaim, and despite the economic environment, is supported by over 25 corporate sponsors, which attests to their positive experience working with and investing in AWIB. Some of this year's top sponsors are AT&T, the Bank of New York Mellon, Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Deloitte LLP, Bloomberg L.P., Chartis Insurance, Con Edison, Goldman Sachs, Ogilvy & Mather, Oriental Trading, Continental Airlines, Prudential Financial, Tiffany, Verizon and many more.

Asian Women In Business ( is the only nonprofit organization in the country with the primary mission of assisting Asian women entrepreneurs. Over the years, AWIB has expanded its mission to address issues affecting the business and professional development of Asian women. AWIB sponsors conferences, workshops and seminars on a variety of business topics and holds frequent networking activities to enable members to make important business contacts.




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