AWIB's Successful Asian Women Entrepreneurs of 2002

October 16, 2002


Asian Women In Business (AWIB) celebrated its seventh anniversary at the 2002 Asian Women Leadership Awards Dinner on October 16, 2002. The event took place at the New York Hilton Hotel, located on Avenue of the Americas and 53rd Street in Midtown Manhattan.

The AWIB Entrepreneurial Leadership Award and the AWIB Corporate Leadership Award were given to successful Asian women leaders who have excelled in their business and professional lives, while giving back to the community. This year's award winners were chosen from across the country -- reflecting the diverse and outstanding contributions to the small business and corporate world by Asian women.


The AWIB 2002 Entrepreneurial Leadership Award was presented to:

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 AWIB 2002 Corporate Leadership Award was given to:

Jeannie Diefenderfer, Group President, Verizon

Betty Gee Mah, Managing Director, Salomon Smith Barney


Vivian Lee, Reporter, NBC, was Mistress of Ceremony for the evening.

AWIB's Gala Dinners have received much critical acclaim, resulting in an unprecedented number of Corporate Sponsors many of whom have supported Asian Women In Business since its inception in 1995. The Seventh Anniversary Celebration also featured an evening long silent auction and a special performance by renowned salsa dancer Winsome Lee.

The proceeds from this Dinner will support AWIB's 2003 programs and services. For additional information, contact AWIB at 212-868-1368 or

If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download a copy of this year's Invitation Form.

You can also view information on the 2001 AWIB Annual Leadership Dinner.




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