1999 Asian Women In Business Programs

December 14, 1999
AWIB had its annual Holiday Party at the Flat Iron loft of a board member. AWIB members and supporters joined in toasting the season and welcoming the new year.

November 18, 1999
AWIB joined with over two dozen organizations in co-sponsoring a conference on the Census, which was held at the facilities of the event's corporate sponsor, Chase Manhattan Bank. The purpose of the conference was to prepare the Asian American community for Census 2000. Ti-Hua Chang, NBC-TV Reporter, was the emcee; and Dr. Kenneth Prewitt, Director of the US Census Bureau, was the keynote speaker. A panel of community-based organizations and government representatives discussed present and planned activities to insure an accurate count of the Asian American community. This well attended event resulted in many individuals volunteering to assist in Census activities.

October 18, 1999
AWIB held its Fourth Annual Gala Awards Dinner to honor successful Asian women entrepreneurs for their entrepreneurial achievement and community service. The Gala Dinner was held at the beautiful Tavern on the Green Restaurant in Central Park and 67th Street, Manhattan. A reception at 6:00 PM in the beautiful Tavern Garden was followed by an elegant sit down dinner. Guest Speakers were the only two Asian women Consul Generals: Ambassador Shashi Tripathi, Consul General of India and Ambassador Linglingay Lacanlale, Consul General of the Phillipines. AWIB was proud to honor four successful Asian women entrepreneurs who represent the rich diversity of the Asian American Community. The award winners were:

Misa Chang, Chairperson, Empire Szechuan Gourmet Restaurant Chain
Shin Choi, President, Shin Choi/Coleridge & Co., Inc.
Elma V. Santander, President, Santander Enterpises Corp.
Julie Sahni, Teacher, Food Historian & Culinary Author/Journalist

Entertainment was provided by comedienne Esther Goodhart and renown musician Kuni Mikami. An exciting silent auction of 100 items took place throughout the evening. The proceeds from the dinner will be used to continue AWIB's programs and services. Corporate sponsors for the event included: AT&T, IBM, Chase Manhattan Bank, Prudential Insurance Company, Con Edison HSBC, Bell Atlantic, Merrill Lynch, Time Warner, and Citigroup.


September 22, 1999
AWIB sponsored a workshop entitled "The ABC's of the Restaurant Business" at Yet Jip Restaurant. Participants were able to taste a delicious Korean dinner and learn first hand about the restaurant business. The seminar gave an overview of running a restaurant, including the ups and downs of being a restaurateur, financial and legal requirements and business operation. A panel of established restaurant owners spoke and our own board member, Sanjya Tidke, shared her considerable expertise about restaurant design.

September 10, 1999
AWIB joined with 100 Hispanic Women and the NY Coalition of 100 Black Women to announce the launch of the 21st Century Women's Leadership Center; and sponsored an all-day conference at the corporate headquarters of TIAA-CREF. The theme of the conference was "The Power of Diversity: A Legacy" and featured noted speakers and concurrent workshops on diversity. leadership and empowerment. The highlight of the conference as a presentation by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the First Lady of the United States who wowed the audience with her dynamic speech. Various AWIB members and associates spoke at the conference, including Esther Yip, President of Stratton Management; Phoebe Eng, Author; Mona Sharma, Publisher of Silicon India Magazine; Asha Saxena, President of Future Technologies; Dr. Joann Lee, Director of the Journalism Program at Queens College; and Esther Goodhart, Comedienne. A Leadership Reception end3ed the conference on a high note, with remarks by the Lt. Governor Mary O. Donohue.

June 22, 1999
AWIB held a networking reception and book party at the home of Yue-Sai Kan, one of the most successful Asian women business owners in the Asian Pacific market. The featured author was Phoebe Eng who wrote "Warrior Lessons: An Asian American Woman's Journey Into Power". The event was held in the back yard, which overlooks the East River, and the weather was a perfect match for a lovely reception. The book party resulted in the sale of 80 books. AWIB thanks Yue-Sai for her generosity by opening her home up and providing the wine and food for our function.

May 17, 1999
Board Member, Julie Azuma, was featured in the Business section of the NY Daily News. The story, entitled, Family Business: Mom moved by child's needs, was a profile of how a mom can achieve success in a niche market. Asian Women In Business was credited as the organization that assisted Julie in building her business. The story was also printed in the Houston Chronicle and other newspapers around the country.

April 20, 1999

AWIB's Spring Networking Reception was hosted by Time Warner Inc. at its executive facilities in the Time Inc Building on the Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. The featured performer was AWIB member Esther Goodhart (2nd to left), a Korean American commedienne who provided a good dose of laughter for the almost 200 people present. There was plenty of food, good wine and active participation by all attendees. The reception was a wonderful opportunity for networking and the reviews we have received has only been superlatives.

April 15, 1999
AWIB had a mini-fundraiser and cultural night out with members and friends at a new comedy presented by the Women's Project and Productions (WPP). The play, "The Exact Center of the Universe" starred Frances Sternhagen, two-time Tony Award Winner. A reception followed the play where attendees were able to meet the cast members and the board of WPP. The event was made possible by the generous support of AT&T.

March 29, 1999
Bonnie Wong, President of AWIB, spoke at the Sixth Annual Women's History Month Awards Ceremony and Dinner of the Community Directed Ownership, Inc. & the Inner City Women's Committee. Among the award winners was our own Cindy Hsu, CBS-TV Anchor and Reporter. The dinner was held at the Faculty House of Columbia University.

March 24, 1999
AWIB conducted a workshop entitled "Grow Your Business with Effective Public Relations". The session was designed for businesses looking to maximize profits by using effective public relations as an important tool for business growth. Attendees learned first hand from Lisa Skriloff, President of Multicultural Marketing, who shared her considerable expertise in generating positive public relations and presenting the best image with the media, clients, suppliers and potential sources of business.

March 11, 1999
AWIB co-sponsored a luncheon with the New York Times entitled "Covering New York City". This special luncheon discussion focused on issues and events in New York and was held at the Holiday Inn in Chinatown New York. The moderator was Joyce Purnick, the Metro Editor of the New York Times. The New York Times Panelists included:

David Gonzalez, About New York Columnist
Vivian Toy, Metro Reporter/Queens
Jacques Steinberg, Metro Reporter/Education
Leslie Eaton, Metro Reporter/Business
AWIB invited business owners and community leaders who engaged in a lively discussion during the Q&A period. AWIB had initiated the program idea to the New York Times and plans to hold additional forums in the other Asian American communities in the Metropolitan area.


March 1, 1999
AWIB sponsored a mini-conference on "Doing Business With The Government". The event featured procurement officers from the City, State and Federal governments as well as public authorities. The three hour program was a eye opener for many of the business owners present who learned that billions of dollars of government contract money are awarded to women and minority owned businesses. AWIB's partners in this conference was the Korean American Community Empowerment Council and Greater Blouse Association, resulting in a wide spectrum of business industries represented at the event. A networking reception followed the presentations. The conference was made possible by the generous contribution of Prudential.

January 28, 1999
AWIB sponsored a mini-conference on "Doing Business With Corporate America". It was designed to help small businesses find out how to become corporate suppliers, where to go for assistance and who to contact for opportunities. Clifton Kellog, Sr. Policy Advisor, US Department of the Treasury, was the guest speaker and spoke about Vice President Gore's new initiative called "Business Linc". The Panel of Corporate Procurement Officers included: Bell Atlantic, KeySpan Energy, Citibank, Bristol Myers, AVIS and Time Warner Inc. The conference was attended by about 250 business owners and was held at the headquarters of Bell Atlantic. A networking reception after the presentations caped off a very success event.


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