2017 Asian Women In Business Past Programs


Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Private Reception at the Sundaram Tagore Chelsea Gallery

AWIB members and supporters attended a private reception at the Sundaram Tagore Chelsea Gallery, where they had an exclusive viewing of the solo exhibition by Beijing-based artist Zheng Lu

In addition to the breathtaking art, attendees enjoyed lively conversation over Prosecco and sweet desserts to complement. Zheng Lu's exhibit fascinated the crowd, as they learned about the inspiration and intricate process behind his installations.

The stainless-steel sculptures begin in clay form and evoke splashes of water in mid-air. Each installation is inscribed with thousands of Chinese characters which lace the surface with text from Appreciation of Still Water by Tang dynasty poet Bai Juyi. Lu's work not celebrates the power of water as an element of all life, but also draws upon the custom of apprentices copying masters' works.

AWIB thanks Sundaram Tagore Gallery for hosting us at this event, and Baked by Melissa for their generous contribution of cupcakes, which were as beautiful as they were delicious!

Please see the event invitation and photos.

 

 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Asian Women Hacking the Startup Landscape

We had a full house at Samsung Next's New York office, where AWIB members and supporters were excited about our panel discussion, "Asian Women Hacking the Startup Landscape." When they weren't laughing at the panelists' humorous anecdotes, attendees were deeply engaged in the discussion; many filling pages on pages with notes.

Each of the panelists emphasized the importance of relationships and networking for startups. 
Bhavna asked the audience to think about how they make connections, and even more so about where those connections can take them in the future. Suzanne and Katherine took Bhavna's advice one step further, both encouraging attendees to reach out to one's network, and establish a relationship with a mentor to guide them in the process of building the foundations of a successful startup. Sutian urged attendees to become the "know" of their respective groups, mentioning Meetup as a starting point by which to become a "connection group." Ben reminded everyone in the room that as of the start of the panel, they were now part of each other's network.

Panelists then launched into discussion about the ever-classic "Lamb-Cheetah Dilemma." Ben and Sutian stated that while not everyone was going to have the aggressive, tough-minded approach of the "Cheetah" as compared to "Lambs," who lead instead with their "soft-skills," this would not determine someone's likelihood to succeed. Rather, it would determine their business approach and execution of their business model.

In their closing remarks, all of the panelists offered valuable words of advice: value relationships, learn to be comfortable outside of your comfort zone, and make your voice heard.

Panelists: Katherine Ahn, Co-Founder & CEO, StyleKist; Suzanne Xie, Founder & CEO, Hullabalu; Sutian Dong, Partner, Female Founders Fund; Ben Sun, Co-Founder & General Partner, Primary Venture Partner

Moderator:  Bhavna Kumar, Early Stage Investor & Startup Advisor, Samsung NEXT Start SF

AWIB thanks the panelists for their participation and Samsung Next for sponsoring this event!

Please see Founders' & Investors' bios, photos from the event, and the program flyer.


Thursday, April 27, 2017
Shake Up The Status Quo: Transform Your Career

Strategy, innovation, and change expert, Roopa Unnikrishnan, engaged AWIB members and supporters as she spoke about her history, both personal and professional, and the path she took that ultimately led to her becoming who she is today. She revealed that while classically considered an introvert, she learned how to network and connect to people. She believes in having many mentors, and age is not a consideration. She shared that her 80 something year old father talks about his mentor, many decades younger than him. When asked what her day normally looks like, she stated that she is committed to connecting with new people and conducts social outreach every day, which helps her to get ahead and stay ahead in a world increasingly reliant on digital technology and communications. Attendees were in good spirits as Roopa told her stories and advised the crowd.

Roopa's book, The Career Catapult, sold out at the event. Many thanks to Nixon Peabody for hosting this event, and to Roopa for an insightful presentation!

Please see photos from the event and the program flyer

 

 

 
 
 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Raising the Bar: Creating a Legal Path

Our 7th annual legal forum titled, "Raising the Bar: Creating a Legal Path", was filled with laughter, introspective thought, and wise insights as our three speakers delved into the experiences that led them on their unique paths.

Kimberly Lau specializes in Title IX/College Disciplinary cases, where she deals with disciplinary matters, including, academic dishonesty, theft, harassment, sexual misconduct, and gender discrimination. Kimberly is an expert in a unique area of law where there is little competition and her services are in demand. Looking forward five years, she said that while unsure of exactly what to expect, she wanted to continue making a difference.

Lisa Lim's focus is on everything real estate and specializes in finance, which she learned from working at a variety of government housing agencies. Lisa worked in government for many years and smoothly transitioned to private as a partner. A rainmaker, Lisa has brought in 22 new clients for the firm and credits the older partners for their guidance. 

Manisha Sheth has always been a litigator and presently supervises a staff of close to 300 people at the AG's office. Mild mannered, Manisha is a powerhouse trial attorney. Of her plans for the near future, she said simply, "I don't know," but indicated looking forward to it all the same. Whether she should return to private practice or become a prosecutor, she will excel.

The Panel discussion was followed by a Q&A and attendees had the opportunity to exchange their ideas with the speakers. Our speakers have clearly established legal paths that they have made their own. The panelists offered the following advice: 1) Don't allow negativism to influence you 2) Always exude confidence and 3) Speak up and believe you have something to say.

PanelistsKimberly Lau, Partner and Chair, Title IX/College Disciplinary Department, Warshaw Burstein LLP; Lisa Lim, Partner, Akerman LLP; Manisha Sheth, Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice, Office of the NYS Attorney General
Moderator:  Bonnie Wong, President, Asian Women In Business

AWIB thanks the panelists for their participation and Akerman LLP for sponsoring this event!
 
Please see speakers' bios and photos from the event.


Friday, April 7, 2017
The Met's Multicultural Audience Development Initiative's 11th Annual Evening Celebrating Women


AWIB members were invited to attend the Met's Multicultural Audience Development Initiative's 11th Annual Evening Celebrating Women Friday evening. The event celebrated and honored four women who continue to make strides in the arts, education, and government. Honorees were Chancellor Carmen Fariña, New York City Schools Chancellor at the New York City Department of Education; The Honorable Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, New York City Council Member; Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director of the Laundromat Project; and Andrea Louie, Executive Director of The Asian American Arts Alliance.

Jazzmeia Horn, Winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition, performed live as a tribute for the evening's honorees and in celebration of the 2017 centennial of Lena Horne and Ella Fitzgerald.

Please see the photos from the event.

   

 

      
 

 


 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
AWIB Spring Open House


AWIB held a spring open house networking event at our office in the financial district. We welcomed our guests with Prosecco and plenty of lite bites, ranging from the healthy (think carrots) to the high caloric snacks (yes, potato chips). Three members were selected to "tout their own horn," and captivated the crowd with their stories. Our office was filled with good company and lively conversation with plenty of connections made.

Thank you to all who joined us!

You can see the photos from the event here.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Speak Up and Speak Out: The Art of Public Speaking


Despite the inclement weather, AWIB members and supporters attended our Speak Up and Speak Out workshop to improve their public speaking abilities.  Held at the IESE Business School in mid-town Manhattan, they enjoyed a brief reception before the workshop began. Robyn Hatcher, Founder and CEO of SpeakEtc, expertly led the group with an interesting discussion on types of speaking styles and involved the group in a variety of interactive practice sessions. Attendees learned to reframe and "make friends" with their nerves, and developed a number of techniques to communicate more effectively with small as well as large groups. As was the case with past events led by Robyn, the written evaluations were excellent and the only critique was that we ran out of time. 

AWIB thanks IESE for hosting us at their facility and most of all, we thank Robyn Hatcher for sharing her skills with us.

Please see the program announcement and photos from the event.

           


 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Lunar New Year Reception @ The Met

AWIB members and supporters celebrated the year of the Rooster with a private viewing and reception at the Metropolitan of Museum of Art. The featured exhibition was Show and Tell: Stories in Chinese Painting, with 60 pictorial works and 30 decorative objects from the 12th century to the present. Guests enjoyed the reception held in the Temple of Dendur and the magnificent dragon dance thrilled us all.


You can see the photos from the event here.


Thursday, January 26, 2017
A Special Lunar New Year Celebration @Bloomingdale's

Our members and supporters gathered for a Special Lunar New Year celebration at Bloomingdale’s flagship store on Third Avenue and 59th Street. We had a wonderful fashion show, highlighting the latest spring fashion trends, and received useful tips  on accessorizing.  Amore Pacific sponsored the evening with a gift bag of products and each of our guests received a coupon for a free facial.  The passed h’orderves were exceptional and the prosecco hit the spot. Thank you Bloomingdale’s for helping us celebrate the year of the rooster.

Please see the invitation and photos from the event.  

 

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