2018 Asian Women In Business Past Programs

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Millennials on the Move: Asian Women In Fashion

We spent a fascinating evening hearing from our panel of millennial women who are a part of the pulse of what’s new and trendy in fashion. Their passion and creativity have shaped their vision and the development of their brands, and are ultimately making an impact on what we buy and wear. They have followed their dreams and created a unique identity that has made a difference.

We thank 3.1 Phillip Lim for hosting us at their SOHO store and providing wine and cheese during the reception.

The Moderator was Connie Wang, Senior Features Writer, Refinery 29.  The Panelists included: Vicky Choi, Menswear Designer, 3.1 Phillip LimMeg He, Co-FounderADAYAngela Lin, Co-Founder, THEY New York.  Cynthia K. Sakai, Founder, VitaFede had a last minute emergency and did not attend but sent her heart felt thanks for our efforts.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Spring Open House

The AWIB office was buzzing with conversation the entire evening. Everyone was excited to mingle with the crowd and was wowed by the selected three AWIB members who were happy to "tout their own horn." Zelle, Lin, and Libing all had the audience laughing as they shared humorous accounts of their journeys and promoted their businesses to the audience. Attendees were also invited to enter a raffle to win fabulous door prizes, which were provided by Tigerstars and AWIB. The winners were all smiles as they received their prizes, which ranged from an evening bag to an Indian cookbook and condiment set.  Upon departure, all our guests received very useful Google branded bags.

We thank the many people who joined us - see you soon!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Women’s History Month Celebration at 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met’s Multicultural Audience Development Initiative’s 12th Annual Evening Celebrating Women honored five incredible women for the impacts they have made in the arts, education and government, from promoting creativity in our communities to advocating for immigrants’ rights. AWIB Members were invited to attend this jubilant celebration, where they heard from: Sayu Bhojwani, Founder and President, New American Leaders; Rashida Bumbray, Senior Program Manager of Arts Exchange, Open Society Foundations; Susan Delvalle, President and Executive Director, Creative Capital; Helen Rosenthal, New York City Council Member representing the Upper West Side; and Mariët Westermann, Executive Vice President for Programs and Research, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Guests were moved by the speakers' engaging stories and words, with many empowered by their calls to action.

Upon conclusion of the honorees' speeches, the Met's Great Hall was filled with the sound of applause followed by conversation as close to 900 guests spread throughout the ground floor and the 2nd floor balcony. Everyone enjoyed the hors d'oeuvres and drinks (one was made specially for the celebration). The evening closed with music from a jazz ensemble that had guests in good spirits as they parted ways.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Women’s Empowerment: The Experience of Hong Kong

Held in partnership with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office of New York, the Hong Kong Association of New York, and the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Foundation, AWIB hosted a luncheon event, Women’s Empowerment: The Experience of Hong Kongat The Yale Club of New York City.

AWIB members were invited to enjoy a delicious three-course meal while learning about the role of women in Hong Kong.  Though the Head of the Women’s Commission was unable to attend, luckily her boss, Dr. Chi-Kwong Law, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, was able to come in her place! The topic of discussion aligned with the interests of the many diplomats in town for the annual meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Dr. Law discussed Hong Kong’s efforts to “unleash the potential” of women and encourage them to join the workforce – or in the case of mothers – return to it. Hong Kong’s efforts to assist women, whether by means of expanding Hong Kong’s maternity leave policy from 10 to 14 weeks, or allocating funding towards women’s groups and training programs, focus on providing women the option to contribute to the workforce. The audience was eager to interact with Dr. Law, asking intelligent questions about the future of women in Hong Kong and rushing to speak with him after the event concluded.

We thank the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office of New York for including us in this insightful event!

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Thursday, March 1, 2018
Speak Up and Speak Out: The Art of Public Speaking

Our highly-acclaimed public speaking workshop, “Speak Up and Speak Out: The Art of Public Speaking,” received extraordinary ratings raving about the practicality of the workshop, as well as how interactive it was - both with Robyn and other attendees. Similar to past years, many wished that they had more time! Participants all left feeling that the skills they learned with enable them to communicate and speak better in public. Robyn Hatcher, Owner of SpeakEtc., led a  dynamic and interactive session with  group exercises which encouraged everyone to practice their newly-learned skills and provide constructive feedback. Attendees asked many questions and shared their public speaking goals. Among the questions which were discussed included how to use your voice to overcome the biases that assertive  women face in the workplace - such as being called "aggressive" for speaking up; what is the best “power color," other than red; what is the appropriate dress on stage where you are the only woman with a group of men, the latter of which Robyn explained depends on what makes YOU feel confident and strong; and how to project your voice when you have a naturally high pitch.

As the evening came to an end, everyone left excited to utilize all that they had learned, whether it be in their next panel discussion, public speech, or every day conversation.

AWIB thanks IESE for hosting us at their facility and Robyn Hatcher for sharing her brilliant expertise with everyone!

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
GYBO Livestream: Open for Business

Held in partnership with Google’s Get Your Business Online (GYBO) program, AWIB hosted another Livestream workshop at our office. Attendees heard from the Small Business Administration, Square, Google, Facebook, and Constant Contact and learned how to optimize their businesses for the increasingly digital population of shoppers. In an age where 40% of online transactions are conducted through a mobile platform, the small business owners in attendance eagerly noted down the strategic approaches offered by the digital experts. Upon conclusion of the livestream, attendees discussed all that they had learned, and how they plan to incorporate these lessons in their respective business models moving forward.

We thank Google, the Small Business Administration, Facebook, Constant Contact, and Square for the illuminating livestream.

Please see the event invitation, livestream video, and photos.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Lunar New Year Reception at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

AWIB members were invited to attend the highly-anticipated Lunar New Year Reception at the Met, which featured a private viewing of the exhibit Streams and Mountain without End: Landscape Traditions of China. The exhibit focused on the many uses of landscape in the Chinese visual arts and showcased more than 120 Chinese landscape paintings, in addition to textiles, ceramics, bamboo carvings, and objects in other materials. 1,000 guests enjoyed savory Asian hors d’oeuvres in the magnificent Temple of Dendur while a breathtaking dragon dance was performed to welcome the Year of the Dog. AWIB President, Bonnie Wong, a part of the Met’s Multicultural Audience Development Initiative, made it possible for AWIB members and supporters to be a part of the Met celebration of Lunar New Year.

Please see the event invitation and photos.

Thursday, January 18, 2018
AWIB Winter Open House

It was cold outside, but members and supporters were happy to stay warm in our office for the AWIB Winter Open House, our first event for 2018! The air was buzzing with conversations amongst attendees as they networked the evening away over wine and lite bites. As always, everyone was excited to reconnect with old friends and make new connections, and newcomers were thrilled to become better acquainted with the AWIB community. Yu, an AWIB member, met Karen at our last open house and that connection led to a job offer for her! Although that may not happen for everyone, the positive effects of networking can never be underestimated.  

Thank you to all who joined us – see you soon!

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