2016 Asian Women In Business Past Programs
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
AWIB members enjoyed viewing Teslas and those that went on the test drives, came away really impressed with the performance of the cars! We also had a chance to listen to the presentation of Aditi Milhotra, owner of Tache Chocolates, and enjoyed the Tache handcrafted chocolates paired with sparkling water.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
AWIB members networked, sipped prosecco and had private make up session with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics artists. Just a bunch of women having fun and trying products out. It took place in the Forty Carrots Café on 2 at Bloomingdales.
June 16, 2016
Annual Procurement Opportunities Conference
AWIB's annual conference for Minority and Women Owned Businesses was a must attend event at BNY Mellon, our long term sponsor and supporter for this annual conference. MWBEs had a chance to network with government buyers and small business owners and pre-qualified vendors had one-on-one appointments with sought after corporations during our corporate matchmaking sessions.
The conference began with a welcome from Claire Scanlon, Vice President, BNY Mellon and the President of AWIB, Bonnie Wong. The guest speakers were Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President; Michael Owh , Director, Mayor's Office of Contract Services; and Scott Stringer , the New York City Comptroller, all of whom shared their support for MWBE programs. The introduction was followed by four workshops with diverse expert panelists; topics included: Doing Business with Corporate America, Selling Made Simple (Refining Your Sales Technique), How MWBEs can become involved in the Affordable Housing Mandate, and Marketing to the Government. Simultaneous to the workshops were the one-on-one appointments between pre-qualified small businesses and Corporate representatives. The exhibition area was open throughout the event, and MWBEs were pleased to be able to speak to government buyers and to gather information on the various government programs. As a special treat for attendees, there was a special Wellness Lounge where we were able to meditate, receive a relaxing massage, and taste organic juices - a perfect quick pick me up in between appointments, workshops, and speaking with the many exhibitors.
Attendees, exhibitors, and corporate buyers were pleased with the connections they were able to make during AWIB's Procurement Opportunities Conference. The workshops were all well received and were certainly beneficial and informative. See photos from the conference here.
View the program announcement and photos.
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May 11, 2016
Raising the Bar: The Door Between Public and Private Sector
AWIB's annual forum, titled Raising the Bar, highlights Asian women in the legal profession. During our sixth annual legal forum, "Raising the Bar: The Door Between Public and Private Sector", our speakers shared their experiences transitioning between sectors and how their decisions shaped their careers. It was fascinating to hear the challenges they faced and what roads they took to achieve their present leadership roles. Christina Lee worked for the NYS Department of Insurance as an attorney and she is now a high level corporate insurance attorney. Lisa Lim worked in various state and city housing agencies which contributes to her value as a private attorney specializing in affordable housing. Peggy Kuo has a varied public and private background, all of which prepared her for her present role as a judge. It is clear that their public service experience was key to the roles they now have. We had a thoughtful Q & A period and attendees had an opportunity to reflect on their own journeys and network with other Asian women.
Panelists: The Hon. Peggy Kuo, United States Magistrate Judge (EDNY); Christina Lee, Deputy General Counsel, AIG; Lisa Lim, Partner, Akerman LLP
Moderator: Bonnie Wong, President, Asian Women In Business
AWIB thanks the panelists for their participation and Akerman LLP for sponsoring this event.
April 28, 2016
Champagne Reception @ Tory Burch
AWIB hosted an exclusive champagne reception at the Tory Burch Global Flagship Store on Madison Avenue. Our guests were treated to champagne and tasty hors d’oeuvres while shopping and networking with the AWIB community. The flagship store is a beautiful 3 story townhouse which carries the full line of Tory Burch products, making it easy for our guests to make multiple purchases. As a special treat for everyone who attended, all shoppers received 10% off on purchases made that evening and Tory Burch donated 10% of the evening’s proceeds to AWIB.
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March 30, 2016
Women's History Month The Metropolitan Museum of Art
AWIB members were invited to attend a reception celebrating Vigee Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France and Women's History. Great art, good company and the best art work - can't ask for more.
March 23, 2016
Born To Lead: Defining Success
AWIB’s corporate leadership forum, Born To Lead: Defining Success, was another well received and inspiring evening. Our annual forum highlights the accomplishments of high powered Asian women executives. This year’s esteemed panelists were Anu Aiyengar, Managing Director and Head of M&A, J.P. Morgan; Archana Jain, Vice President, Verizon Enterprise Solutions; and Elaine Paik, Vice President and Corporate Treasurer, Colgate Palmolive Company. The moderator for the evening was Angela Lee, Assistant Dean, Columbia Business School and Founder, 37 Angels. The panelists were informative, inspirational, and humorous and spoke about what they learned from their failures, addressed some defining successes in their lives, and shared meaningful insights about making it in their respective companies. Angela guided the discussion skillfully and made the evening program enjoyable and informative.
It was quite clear that everyone found the panel discussion stimulating and we had a lively Q&A session. A reception followed the program and attendees took advantage of it to network while enjoying some hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.
AWIB would like to thank the panelists and moderator for participating in Born to Lead, as well as JPMorgan Chase & Co. for co-sponsoring the event.
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March 13, 2016
Christie's Reception and Private Viewing
AWIB Members were invited to Christie's and enjoyed an exclusive reception and private viewing for Asian Art Week. A guided tour was provided, highlighting exquisite Chinese paintings, ceramics, jade and various scholar's objects.
View photos from the event.
March 10, 2016
The Met Breuer and the Inaugural Exhibitions
AWIB Members attended the inaugural exhibition and private reception at the Met Breuer. Attendees enjoyed the collection, 'Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible' and works by Nasreen Mohamedi. The featured exhibition comprised of art works from the Renaissance to the present.
View photos from the event.
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February 11, 2016
Girls' Night Out @ Bloomingdale's Soho
AWIB Members were treated to a private champagne reception in celebration of Lunar New Year at Bloomingdale's Soho. In a VIP area, our guests enjoyed a cosmetics master class hosted by Dior and personalized consultations, while sipping bubbles and tasting lite bites. Six lucky winners of the raffle draw received either Bloomingdale’s gift cards or $500 worth of Dior skincare products. Everyone who attended took home a goodie bag of Dior products and Bloomingdale’s Soho donated 10% of tracked sales for the evening to AWIB. View event invitation and photos
February 1, 2016
Lunar New Year Reception @ the Metropolitan Museum of Art
AWIB members and supporters celebrated the Year of the Monkey with a private viewing and reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The featured exhibition, Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection, was fabulous. Guests enjoyed a reception in the Temple of Dendur and watched the dragon dance which brought good luck and fortune. The speakers for the evening were Scott M. Stringer, Comptroller of the City of New York; Peter Koo, NYC Council Member; Margaret Chin, NYC Council Member and Thomas Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum.
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January 25, 2016
Speak Up & Speak Out : Mastering the Art of Public Speaking
AWIB’s public speaking workshop was led by the founder and CEO of SpeakEtc., Robyn Hatcher. She is a great coach and facilitator. Robyn covered all the fundamentals of communication skills ranging from the visual skills such as eye contact, movement and gesture, to vocal skills. She also introduced a unique communication-style system called ActorTypes.
During the intensive 3 hour session, attendees were treated to listening and watching Robyn, an example of a great speaker, and they were able to practice speaking in front of the class while receiving constructive feedback. It was clear that everyone was engaged and focused and learned by participating in the many fun and useful hands on exercises.
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