2001 AWIB Programs

December 17, 2001
Once again, AWIB had its annual holiday party, featuring great food, raffle prizes and live music courtesy of member Beata Moon. The party was held in the flatiron district of Manhattan and provided a festive venue for members and friends.

November 27, 2001
Stueben invited Asian Women in Business members and guests for a reception and an evening of private Holiday Shopping at its flagship store on Madison Avenue in New York. Hors D'oeuvre and wine was served in this very elegant environment. Steuben, responsive to the plight of Chinatown restaurants which have lost up to 85% of their business as a result of 9/11, used a caterer in that affected area. We thank Steuben for showing outstanding corporate responsibility.

October 23, 2001
The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted a special evening with the Multicultural Audience Development Committee, of which Asian Women in Business is a member. Over 900 people attended the event and were treated to escorted highlight tours of the Museum. The guests later enjoyed a reception in the fabulous Temple of Dendur. This very well-attended event was part of an outreach initiative to the Asian community.

October 22, 2001
Bonnie Wong, President of AWIB, received the Regional Business Leader of the Year Award from the New York Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency. AWIB Board Member, Imelda Nicolas, CEO of TLC Beatrice (China), received the Exporter Firm of the Year Award. The black tie dinner was part of MED Week 2001 where the MBDA recognizes the contributions and achievements of our nation's minority business entrepreneurs. The awards banquet was held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Speakers at the dinner included the Honorable Charles B. Rangel (Congressman), former Mayor David Dinkins, Percy Sutton and others.

October 17, 2001
AWIB held its Annual Gala Awards Dinner at the Hilton New York Hotel. The keynote speaker was Yue-Sai Kan, veteran journalist, EMMY Award winning TV personality, best-selling author, and Founder and Chair of Yue-Sai Kan Cosmetics and Yue-Sai Kan Educational Toy Co. The Mistress of Ceremony was Juju Chang, correspondent for ABC's 20/20.

The AWIB Entrepreneurial Leadership Awards were given to five outstanding women: Joanne de Asis, President, Globe Capital Partners, LLC; Soon Hee Paik, President, ES Consultants, Inc.; Ranjini Poddar, President, Artech Information Systems, Inc.; Mimi So, CEO, Mimi So Inc.; and Patrice Tanaka, CEO, PT & Co. The recipient of the newly-created AWIB Corporate Leadership Award, Kyung Hee Choi, Managing Director at JP Morgan Chase, was announced at the ceremony. To view highlights of the Gala, click on pictures. To read more information about the Gala, go here.

September 18, 2001
AWIB sponsored a Chelsea Art Gallery Tour and Reception to introduce the newest art scene to members and supporters. Participants learned about the latest trends in art and got the inside story on the Chelsea art frontier. The private escorted tour, led by Christina Kang, President of Paradigm Art, entailed visits to four Chelsea galleries (Luhring Augustine Gallery, Paul Kasmin Gallery, Gorney, Bravin & Lee Gallery and Plum Blossoms). A networking reception was held at the last gallery, Plum Blossoms, which featured art by renown artist and collector, C.C Wang. The reception featured a tasting of Hennessy Cognac XO. Our special thanks to Hennessy for treating us to their superb cognac.

August 14, 2001
AWIB hosted a summer reception, membership development and private gallery viewing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There was a guided tour of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of early 20th Century French art. This was followed by a networking reception in the Patron's Lounge where members and their guests were treated to good wine, food and conversation. Despite the summer rainstorm and breakdown of the east-side subways (stranding people all over the city), 120 people attended this event where they heard brief presentations from AWIB members on the benefits of membership and the planned events for the fall and winter.

June 28, 2001
AWIB sponsored "The ABC's of Franchising" at a Wendy's Restaurant in midtown Manhattan. Our panel of owners and franchisees included AWIB's chairperson and Wendys Restaurant franchisee Esther Yip; Mary Tomzack, author of "Tips & Traps When Buying a Franchise" and Surya Gurung, a franchisee in the process of opening his Subway's restaurant in Manhattan's Upper East Side. They discussed their personal experiences in operating a franchise business, how financing is obtained, the importance of venue, and the pros and cons of running such a business. This informative workshop was well attended and offered attendees a good over view of the franchise business and the benefits for entrepreneurs.

June 21, 2001
AWIB and The Committee of 100 co-hosted a reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a private viewing of the Asian Art Galleries, and to meet James C.Y. Watt, the recently appointed Chairman of the Department of Asian Art. The reception was part of an initiative of the Metropolitan Museum's Multicultural Audience Committee of which Bonnie Wong is a member. The initiative reflects the Museum's mission to educate and inspire by reaching out to all of its constituencies.

May 11, 2001
AWIB held its annual Asian Heritage Celebration and Networking Reception at the corporate offices of AOL Time Warner. This was the third year that AWIB has held its Asian Heritage Celebration at AOL Time Warner's beautiful executive facilities. To highlight the multi-cultural nature of New York, we featured a performance by the Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir. The networking reception preceding the performance was a great opportunity for AWIB Members, their invited guests and key supporters to network and make new connections. An extensive door prize drawing (25 prizes!) ended the evening on a giving note.

May 7, 2001
AWIB co-hosted a discussion on the growing challenges of effectively representing the culturally diverse women of New York in a workshop called "The Political Participation of Women of Color". C. Virginia Fields, Manhattan Borough President, Margaret Chin, Deputy Director of Asian Americans for Equality, and our own Shirley Rodriguez-Remenski, President of 100 Hispanic Women were the featured speakers. The panel examined the pros and cons of elected office for women of color in the 21st century and shared their personal experiences in the political arena. The workshop was held at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan.

April 25, 2001
This AWIB co-sponsored workshop, "Promoting Yourself in a Culturally Diverse Marketplace", explored the challenges of promoting yourself in a multi-cultural market. From publicity to sales promotion, the challenges and tricks of the trade was revealed by industry experts: Mae Cheng, Staff Writer, Newsday; Olga Luz Tirado, President, Luz Tirado Communications Inc. Participants brought their own promotional packages for free on-the-spot analyses. The event was held at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan.

March 28, 2001
AWIB co-sponsored this discussion on the changing roles of women in the food industry. A panel of high-powered female chefs and restauranteurs answered the question "Are women the cooks and men the chefs?" The workshop was held at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan.

March 27, 2001
AWIB co-hosted an Exhibition which showcased products manufactured by a delegation of business women from Pakistan. The Exhibition was followed by a Networking Reception in the evening. The event gave attendees an opportunity to have business interaction with the members of the delegation for possible business partnerships and deals.

February 21, 2001
AWIB and Spa Odyssey hosted a Wine Tasting Reception at the Union Square Wine Emporium in Manhattan. At this networking reception, AWIB members were introduced to Spa Odyssey, the ultimate spa vacation for women of color. It was a pleasurable evening and attendees were given a mini lesson on wines and how they complement different foods. A tasting of several fine wines put everyone in the kind of mood you need after a long day at work.

February 8, 2001
AWIB was a co-sponsor of the Asia Society conference,"The Women Powering Asia's Internet". Bonnie Wong, President of AWIB, spoke in the morning and moderated one of the panel discussions. The conference brought together women entrepreneurs representing Asian markets from Japan to Hong Kong to India- and the investors behind them. The conference focussed on the impact the internet has on the new generation of women executives and entrepreneurs and how are they impacting the economy. The participants explored the effective e-business strategies for small businesses in todays volatile environment.

January 30, 2001
The US Department of State, working with the American Embassy in Beijing arranged for AWIB to meet with a delegation of women from the province of Jilin in Northern China. The delegation of nine women represented various women agencies and interests including entrepreneurship and taxation. The visitors learned about the role of Asian Women In Business and how women are starting small businesses in America. The meeting took place at the US Department of State, where AWIB members had one-on-one interaction with the delegation. A reception followed the informal discussions.

January 22, 2001
AWIB sponsored a workshop entitled "in-Business with e-Business". The workshop aimed to provide Small Business Owners with practical solutions for implementing a successful e-business. It answered questions faced by a small business owner such as:Can I do it myself or do I need a consultant? How much will it cost me? What are the different e-business software available? What steps do I take to implement a successful e-business? The attendees Learned from a panel of technology experts and small business owners who have successfully implemented e-business. A networking break with refreshments was provided to attendees to encourage exchange of information. The workshop was hosted by IBM at its Madison Avenue Office.

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