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Trailblazing Women You May Not Know (But Should): Sheryl WuDunn
Each week, the Lean In tumblr will spotlight women who made a lasting mark on the world — yet didn’t always end up in the history books. This week we celebrate Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American to win a Pulitzer Prize.
Sheryl WuDunn was raised to speak out against injustice. ”My grandmother’s feet were bound in China,” she said. As she grew up she learned that if people didn’t speak up for others, “My mother’s feet would have been bound, then my feet would have been bound.”
A third generation Chinese-American, Sheryl WuDunn was born in 1959 and grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. She graduated from Cornell University and married journalist Nicolas Kristof, who became her partner at The New York Times. She was the paper’s first Asian-American reporter.
In 1989 WuDunn and Kristof travelled to China, where they covered the Tiananmen Square crackdown. WuDunn covered the protests from the heart of the conflict, facing gunfire and arriving at the hospitals before officials to count the dead. Those numbers turned out to be one of the most pivotal pieces of data throughout the crisis.
Asian Women In Business
Let’s face it – a lot of us dread public speaking. If the very thought of having to address a group gets you all tied up in knots, you’re definitely not alone. That’s why AWIB is hosting another workshop on public speaking! Whether you have an upcoming public speaking engagement or just want to give a presentation that leaves a lasting impression on your colleagues, this workshop will give you the tools you need to communicate more confidently, comfortably, and effectively with large groups of people.
Our experienced and inspirational instructor, Robyn Hatcher, will lead you through an intensive session where you will practice and develop techniques to improve your public speaking skills and receive constructive feedback.
Robyn is the founder and CEO of a communication and presentation-skills training company called SpeakEtc. Her recently published book Standing Ovation Presentations was highlighted in a Forbes article in September and was chosen as one of the top ten career and self-help books for 2013.
RSVP today and join the hundreds of business owners and professionals who have overcome their fear of public speaking thanks to AWIB’s highly acclaimed Speak Up and Speak Out workshop. Public speaking doesn’t have to be scary — so empower yourself with tips and tricks that will help you ace your next public speaking engagement!
Light refreshments will be served. Class size is restricted to optimize your learning experience. No payment at the door.
AWIB Members: $20
If you have any questions, please contact Asian Women In Business at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-868-1368.
To register, please click here!
Microsoft, 11 Times Square (on 8th Avenue between 41st and 42nd Street)
Some fear the dark. Some fear flying. Some fear spiders. But did you ever think you could fear the power within you? Patty Chang Anker will lead an interactive workshop hosted by Asian Women In Business (AWIB) on how to face your fears head-on.
Asian women have a unique set of fears due to their culture and gender, which sometimes become obstacles to career success. Patty will speak to how your genes, upbringing, culture, and history can influence your fears. She will address the emotional fears that hold you back, show you how to remove those obstacles, and shine a path to the one small step you can take that could lead to a whole new life.
Patty was a featured speaker on TEDx where she gave a talk titled Warning: Leaving Comfort Zone. Things Could Get Exciting. She is also the author of Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave. Start out the new year by shedding the fears that are holding you back. Harness your power and become the heroine of your own story going forward.
Patty will also be available to autograph her book.
Facing Fears: Harnessing the Power Within
Microsoft, 1290 Avenue of the Americas (Corner of 51st Street), NYC
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
AWIB Member: FREE; Non-Member: $40
Light refreshments provided
RSVP required at awib.org/events.
We have launched our first-ever crowdfunding campaign to raise money for our AWIB Scholarship Fund! Please consider making a donation to our scholarship fund on our Razoo page. Your donation is fully tax-deductible and will help us continue giving scholarships to young Asian women leaders!
AWIB members and friends gathered at AWIB chairperson Julie Azuma’s lovely Flatiron apartment on Thursday to celebrate the holidays in style. Smiles were on everyone’s faces as they ate and drank to their heart’s content while mingling and conversing in a warm, festive atmosphere.
Guests helped themselves to the seemingly endless supply of delicious Chinese and Thai food while making sure to save enough room for dessert, which included ice cream from Chinatown Ice Cream Factory and cookies and red velvet cupcakes (which Bonnie baked herself!).
Lucky winners of the raffle drawing walked away with cool prizes, which included dining certificates to upscale restaurants and a gift basket from the French beauty brand Talika. It was a lively, fun-filled evening of great food and casual networking, and if you missed this AWIB end of year party, we hope that you can attend events we have planned throughout 2014!
Check out more photos from the party on our website!
On December 5 AWIB members and friends came out for a special girls’ night out to support a great cause while preparing for the holiday season. Our first trunk sale was a success as guests rushed to get the best deals on designer handbags, eye-catching jewelry and much more. AWIB members were highlighted throughout the evening including Tam Tran, founder of Lost Wax Studio, who offered jewelry demonstrations on how to make gemstone rings - just as she does during her biannual workshops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Our popular “Starting Your Business 101” workshop series wrapped up on December 4 with a class on financing one’s business that covered the wide array of options available for funding a business, ranging from SBA-guaranteed loans to angel investing to crowdfunding.
To kick things off, Leon Terrano and Jeannie Clark from Flushing Bank unraveled the mystery behind obtaining bank loans as they told the audience what banks generally look for when screening loan applications from business owners.
Next, Cindy Chin, founder and CEO of CLC Advisors, LLC, discussed the hot topic of crowdfunding and also talked about other alternative financing options including angel investing, private equity, and venture capital. She revealed some helpful hints on how to pitch one’s business idea to investors, drawing from her years of experience as an advisor to various startups.
Last but certainly not least, Paul Yun, founder and CEO of Escargot NY, a New York-based smartphone accessories company, shared his personal success story of raising money through Kickstarter to launch his startup and gave the audience some useful advice for running a successful crowdfunding campaign. As usual, many of the workshop participants stayed afterward to chat one-on-one with the speakers to seek personal advice that addressed their particular situations.
Couldn’t make it to the workshops this time? No worries—you can catch our “Starting Your Business 101” workshop series next year as we feature another group of awesome speakers who will share tips to help you launch and grow a successful business. And we have many other workshops planned for 2014 which will help you grow your business.