2002 Highlights of Asian Women In Business



December 16, 2002
AWIB members and supporters toasted the holiday season at the AWIB annual holiday party. The fun and festivities included great food, exciting raffle prizes, a grab bag exchange, catching up with old friends and making new ones. The party was held at the loft of AWIB Board Vice Chair, Julie Azuma.


November 26, 2002
A reception was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for Asian Women In Business members. The evening began with a private viewing of the highly popular "Richard Avedon: Portraits" exhibit -- featuring about 180 of the artist's work, spanning his entire career. The viewing was followed by a lovely reception in the Peachtree Court where members had an opportunity to network and make new connections.


November 21, 2002
AWIB held a workshop: "Express Yourself in Public: Effective Presentation Skills to Recharge your Business." Conducted by industry expert and executive trainer Tessie Tiaba of AIG, the workshop dealt with how to create the maximum impact while making a public presentation. Besides getting valuable tips on various steps to a winning presentation, participants also got to practise their newly acquired skills during the workshop. Due to the overwhelming demand for the workshop, Tessie will conduct this workshop again in March. The event was held at Metlife in Manhattan.


November 12, 2002
Asian Women in Business and the China Institute presented Executive Chinese Women: A Roundtable Discussion of the Challenges & Advantages for Businesswomen Speakers were AWIB member, Lucy Chan who is Delivery Project Services Executive, Global Services, IBM and Rhoda Woo, Firm Director Deloitte & Touche, LLP Capital Markets Group. They provided valuable input on how to leverage one's cultural and language background to facilitate synergy between two cultures and enhance careers and the work environment. The roundtable, held at the China Institute and co-hosted by Chinese Finance Society, concluded with a lively question and answer session.


October 16, 2002
Asian Women in Business celebrated its seventh anniversary at the 2002 Asian Women Leadership Awards Dinner. Held at the Hilton New York, the event honored successful Asian women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders from across the country. The winners of the 2002 AWIB Entrepreneurial Leadership Award are: Sandra Clay, CEO, Interstate Telecommunications, Inc., Sacramento, CA; Donna Fujimoto Cole, President/CEO, Cole Chemical and Distributing Inc., Houston, TX; Syama Reddy, Founder & Vice President, American Diary & Food Consulting Labs, Denver, CO; Sook Ja Song, Founder & Vice President, Karen's BBS Corp. D/B/A "Do Re Mi", Queens, NY; Celia Ruiz Tomlinson, President, Rhombus Professional Associates Inc., Albuquerque, NM; Esther Yu, CEO, Integrated Solutions, Inc., Holmdel, New Jersey. The winners of the 2002 AWIB Corporate Leadership Award are: Jeannie Diefenderfer, Group President, Verizon and Betty Gee Mah, Managing Director, Salomon Smith Barney. Take a look at our corporate sponsors for 2002, as well as our silent auction contributors. Take a look at the pictures from the dinner. Click here to read more about the event.


October 10, 2002
AWIB members were invited to a special viewing of three exhibits and a lovely reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The event was hosted by the Museum's Multicultural Advisory Committee of which AWIB President Bonnie Wong is a member. The exhibits included Cultivated Landscapes: Reflections of Nature in Chinese Painting, The Written Image: Japanese Calligraphy & Painting, and Arts of the Korea Gallery: An installation of ceramics, stoneware, lacquers and scrolls. AWIB members enjoyed a beautiful evening of art, conversation and food.


October 4, 2002
Bonnie Wong, President of AWIB, was honored by the Institute for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly. The Institute is the premier non-profit serving New York's Hispanic and other ethnic/racial minority seniors and families with improving the quality of life. The award recognized her work over the years in bringing to light and addressing issues of concern, both economic and social to the Asian and minority population.


October 2, 2002
AWIB Vice Chair, Julie Azuma, received the 2002 Caring for Children Award from the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families. Julie is the founder of Different Roads to Learning, which develops and distributes materials for autistic and developmentally disabled children. The award honored Julie for her role as community advocate for children's issues as well as her support of various Asian American organizations.


August 15, 2002
AWIB was awarded a contract from the Empire State Development Corporation to provide marketing and public relations assistance to Chinatown based businesses (male and female owned) adversely impacted by September 11th. AWIB has sublet space in Chinatown and hired consultants to work on the project. Further updates will be available throughout the year.


August 6, 2002
AWIB held its first Quarterly New-Member Breakfast. The event, open to members who joined in 2002, offered them an opportunity to interact and network with other members, learn more about AWIB as well as how they could get more involved with the organization. The new members were also given a chance to introduce their businesses to the audience. The breakfast was held at Northfork Bank in Manhattan.


July 10, 2002
AWIB co-sponsored Downtown Business Connections, a business to business networking event organized by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. This was the second such event held by the Chamber, following the success of the first one held in May. The event aimed to assist businesses that were effected by the economic downturn since 9/11 and was held at the Regent Hotel on Wall Street.


June 6, 2002
The 21st Century Women's Leadership Center - a collaboration of Asian Women In Business, 100 Hispanic Women and The New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women held an Economic Roundtable and High Tea at the Intercontinental Hotel. The event offered an opportunity for members to meet and interact with top minority women entrepreneurs and leaders. The roundtable was held in partnership with Fleet Bank, and featured speakers were Deborah Holder, Partner & Owner/Operator ELAM Gallery & McDonald's Restaurant, Josephine Infante, President, Hunt's Point LDC, and AWIB Board Member, Patrice Tanaka, CEO, PT&Co.


May 29, 2002
Asian Women In Business members took part in a reception hosted by New York City Mayor, Mike Bloomberg to celebrate Asian Heritage Month. The reception was held at the historic Gracie Mansion in Manhattan and also included a swearing in ceremony for Asian American commissioners in the Mayor's administration.


May 23, 2002
For the fourth year, Asian Women in Business held its annual Asian Heritage Month Celebration and Networking Reception at the corporate facilities of AOL Time Warner. The event offered AWIB members and friends a great opportunity to network, make new connections and share information about their companies at our networking table. The audience was also treated to a mesmerizing performance by New York's only professional female magician, Filipino American Maritess Zurbano. The evening wound up with the door prize draw -- which included two grand prizes - bottles of Hennessy XO cognac.


May 14, 2002
Asian Women In Business co-sponsored "Downtown Business Connections", a networking breakfast aimed at assisting businesses in downtown Manhattan that have suffered in the aftermath of 9/11. The event, held at the Regent Hotel on Wall Street by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce offered small businesses owners an opportunity to meet with various corporations to make business connections.


May 10, 2002
Asian Women in Business President Bonnie Wong spoke on "The Future of Small Businesses in Chinatown" at a conference organized by the Asian American/Asian Research Institute(AAARI), Queens College and The City University of New York. Held at Baruch College in Manhattan, The Asian American Leadership Conference: Healing & Rebuilding New York, dealt with effect of 9/11 on the Asian American community and its businesses. It also explored the role of Asian Americans in the rebuilding process as well as increasing their political influence.


May 5, 2002
Asian Women in Business took part in the 23rd Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival. The day-long event, held at Union Square Park in Manhattan included live music and dance performances, a children's program, crafts, martial arts and information booths from various Asian American organizations. The festival was organized by the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans.


April 15, 2002
Asian Women in Business and the New York/New Jersey Minority Purchasing Council sponsored a conference on Certification and Procurement Opportunities for Minority/Women Business Enterprises. The conference was held at the corporate facilities of TIAA-CREF. A panel of representatives from the NY/NJ Minority Purchasing Council, Empire State Development Corporation, US Small Business Administration, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NYC Department of Business Services and Port Authority of New York/New Jersey explained the benefits of getting certified as a minority/woman business owner and the various steps involved. In the second half of the conference, corporate procurement officials from Con Edison, Hertz Corporation, Macys East Inc, Merrill Lynch, NYC School Construction Authority and TIAA-CREF provided valuable information on the procurement process, including do's and dont's while trying to procure a corporate contract. This well-attended and popular conference served as a forum for attendees to meet and interact with representatives from certifying authorities, as well as corporate procurement officials.


March 26, 2002
Asian Women In Business celebrated Women's History Month with a special reception and networking event for members and supporters. The event, organized jointly with Asian America TV, toasted the accomplishments of Asian American women. Guests of Honor at the event were May Chao, Chair and Executive Director, NYS Consumer Protection Board and Betty Wu, Commissioner, NYC Department of Employment. Ms. Chao and Ms. Wu are the two highest ranking Asian women in government in New York. The event included a Hennessy cognac tasting. Special thanks to Hennessy for their generosity.


March 7, 2002
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with Asian Women In Business and three other Asian American organizations hosted a special viewing of the exhibition: 'Treasures from a Lost Civilization: Ancient Chinese Art from Sichuan'. The viewing was followed by a lovely reception for members and guests. This well-attended event was part of the museum's continuing efforts to outreach the Asian community.


February 20, 2002
Asian Women in Business held a workshop Public Relations for Entrepreneurs at Fleet Bank, in Manhattan. The workshop dealt with how small firms can increase customer base through strategic public relations especially when competing with larger companies. The workshop also provided tips on getting maximum results from a limited budget. The event was very well attended and included participants from diverse business backgrounds.



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