Thursday, February 20, 2014 Speak Up and Speak Out: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking
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.
Admission: AWIB Members: $20 Non-members: $45
If you have any questions, please contact Asian Women In Business at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-868-1368.
RSVP for AWIB's Jan 22 workshop on facing one's fears!
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 is raising money for the AWIB Scholarship Fund!
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.
Photos from our "Financing Your Business" workshop, the fourth and last workshop in our "Starting Your Business 101" series!
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.
Photos from our Nov 26 "Marketing--On and Offline Strategies" workshop!
AWIB’s “Marketing—On and Offline Strategies” workshop was well-received despite the inclement weather which threatened the NY metropolitan area. Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs gathered at Microsoft on November 26 to hear three marketing experts speak about effective and practical ways to promote one’s business on a limited budget.
Sandy Hussain, founder and CEO of fashion startup LUXLY, kicked off the workshop with her presentation on traditional marketing strategies for startups and small businesses.
Then Kunwei Lin, a digital marketing specialist who has worked at award-winning ad agencies, gave the audience a wealth of information on SEM/SEO, social media, and video marketing.
Neerja Patel, founder of Neerja PR, rounded out the workshop by explaining some public relations tools that can be used to engage with customers.
As usual, the workshop ended with a networking session, during which participants had the opportunity to share information with one another and to ask the speakers additional questions.
Many of the attendees commented on how useful they found the workshop to be and were pleased by the fact that all of the speakers were very willing to share helpful tips based on their own business experiences.
Photos from our sold-out "Legal Structures, Taxes and Record-keeping" workshop!
Once again, our “Starting Your Business 101” workshop series is proving to be extremely popular. Our November 19th workshop on “Legal Structures, Taxes and Record-keeping” had a sold-out crowd, as participants gathered at Microsoft to hear presentations by two speakers on some topics that are highly important (yet often hopelessly confusing) for small business owners and entrepreneurs: business laws, taxes, and accounting!
The speakers for the workshop were Samiya (Simi) Mir and Chunyee Miot, both of whom are current AWIB members. Samiya, a partner at Katona & Mir, a law firm specializing in employment and business law, kicked off the workshop by giving a very articulate presentation on the various legal issues that entrepreneurs must consider when setting up and running a business. Chunyee, a NYS-certified public accountant with over 10 years of experience, then delved into the nitty-gritty of tax laws and proper bookkeeping for the second half of the workshop.
Throughout both presentations, participants frequently asked thoughtful and pertinent questions, to which the speakers happily responded by giving detailed explanations and citing specific examples to illustrate their points. Both speakers were engaging and very knowledgeable, taking some dry and difficult topics and breaking them down clearly and concisely for the audience.
Like the first workshop on writing a business plan, this workshop also received unanimously positive reviews (and ran over by 30 minutes!). Most of the attendees seemed to show no signs of fatigue during the 3-hour-long workshop, as they diligently jotted down notes, asked questions during the presentations, and eagerly waited in line after the presentations to have more of their questions answered by the speakers.
Participants said that they found the workshop to be highly informative and useful, and many of them said they even received some helpful one-on-one advice from the speakers. Chunyee graciously stayed after the workshop to answer additional questions from the attendees, some of whom said they found her to be so nice and helpful that they wanted to hire her as their accountant.
Join us for our annual Holiday Party on December 12!
Celebrate the end of the year with us at the annual AWIB Holiday Party! There’ll be a buffet dinner, where guests can treat themselves to tasty dishes and decadent desserts. Plus, we’ll have an open wine & beer bar, along with raffles and cool prizes! Reconnect with old friends and make new ones over great food in a warm and festive atmosphere!
12 West 18th Street, Apt 3E (between 5th and 6th Avenue), NYC Thursday, December 12, 2013, from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Asian Women In Business is here to help you get ready for the holiday season with our Holiday Trunk Show! Find beautiful handbags, eye-catching jewelry, and accessories galore! This is a girls’ night out you won’t want to miss. Network in a fun-filled environment, share a toast with friends, and, best of all, get your holiday shopping done in one place!
The event is open to all shoppers. Tam Tran, AWIB member and founder of Lost Wax Studio, will offer jewelry-making demonstrations throughout the evening. She will demonstrate classic jewelry-making techniques using various metals and leather—just as she does during her biannual workshops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
All proceeds from the evening will benefit Asian Women In Business. There is no charge to attend, but RSVP is required.
12 West 18th Street, Apt 3E (between 5th and 6th Avenue), NYC Thursday, December 5, 2013, from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
We’re also accepting donated items for the trunk show, so if you have any items you’d like to donate to us for the show, please contact us at (212) 868-1368 or email@example.com.
AWIB and Lladró, which sells exquisite porcelain figurines hand-crafted in Spain, teamed up once again this year to celebrate Diwali, the “festival of lights.” Visitors walked through the doors of the Lladró boutique on Madison Avenue to find themselves transported to a seemingly enchanted world of beautiful porcelain figurines, which ranged from depictions of Hindu gods and goddesses, to ballroom dancers, and even Japanese Kokeshi dolls.
Guests strolled around the elegant white interior to view the porcelain pieces on display, often pausing to chat with other attendees while sipping a glass (or two, or three…) of champagne and snacking on delicious Indian food. Our guests commented on how inviting the store felt and thanked the Lladro staff for their wonderful hospitality.
It was a casual and fun-filled evening of networking that brought together dozens of people from all different ages, ethnicities, and professional backgrounds to share in celebrating the tradition of Diwali.
Many of the guests also opted to receive free henna tattoos from the incredibly talented henna tattoo artist Sana Amir Kadri, who drew beautiful and surprisingly intricate designs in a matter of seconds.
Writing a Business Plan workshop turns out to be a huge success!
Our November 5th “Writing a Business Plan” workshop was a phenomenal success as speaker Alicia Yoon, co-founder of Peach and Lily (www.peachandlily.com), an e-commerce site that offers premium Asian beauty products, shared her insights and experiences with an attentive audience of about 40 people at Microsoft.
What initially began as a presentation quickly evolved into a lively and engaging conversation among Alicia and the workshop participants as they asked her intriguing and thoughtful questions about her views on starting a business and what to consider when crafting a business plan.
The workshop received very positive reviews from the attendees, who were pleased with Alicia’s down-to-earth demeanor and her ability to drive home her points by skillfully weaving her personal experiences with entrepreneurship into her presentation. The workshop turned out to be a highly interactive and dynamic one—so much so that it ran 30 minutes over!
Our "Starting Your Business 101" workshop series starts next week!
The workshop facilitators have all been confirmed! We have an awesome lineup of speakers, all of whom are experts in their respective fields. Workshop participants will have the chance to gain first-hand information from the speakers as well as network with their fellow entrepreneurs.
So what are you waiting for? RSVP today at awib.org/events. The workshops begin next week!
Writing a Business Plan Tuesday, November 5 - Why and when you need a business plan - Elements of an effective plan - Importance of strategic planning - Using research and resources to make your case
Speaker: Alicia Yoon, co-founder of Peach and Lily, an e-commerce site offering the best in Asian beauty products
Legal Structures, Taxes & Record-keeping Tuesday, November 19 - Legal structure; deciding what is best for your business - Accounting essentials: cash flow, balance sheets, record-keeping & taxes - Software for small businesses
Speakers: Samiya (Simi) Mir, partner at Katona & Mir specializing in employment and business law; and Chunyee Miot, an NYS-certified public accountant with over 10 years of experience
Marketing—On and Offline Strategies Tuesday, November 26 - Create a marketing plan - Outsmart your competitors and effectively target your market - Use social media to create a buzz, find customers, and grow your business - Expand your marketing strategy without expanding your budget
Speakers: Neerja Patel, a seasoned PR and marketing professional who owns a boutique public relations firm specializing in media and entertainment; Kunwei Lin, a digital marketing expert with experience in SEO/SEM and social media at award-winning ad agencies; and Sandy Hussain, founder and CEO of Luxly and co-founder of FashionDigitalNY.com and OliviaPalermo.com.
Financing Your Business Wednesday, December 4 - Loans, investments, credit lines & SBA guarantees - Alternative financing (in light of the recent passage of the JOBS Act, a law that encourages crowdfunding for small businesses and startups, special attention will be given to crowdfunding and how entrepreneurs can use it to help finance their enterprise) - How much financing do you really need? - What do lenders look for?
Speakers: Jeannie Clark, business specialist at Flushing Bank; Cindy Chin, CEO and founder of CLC Advisors, a management consulting firm specializing in venture strategy, innovation, and alternative investments; and Paul Yun, founder and CEO of Escargot NY, a tech startup that creates mobile device accessories
All workshops will take place from 6pm to 8:30pm at Microsoft (1290 Avenue of the Americas, at the corner of 52nd Street in NYC).
Pricing is $20 per workshop (or $40 for the entire series) for AWIB members and $30 per workshop (or $80 for the whole series) for non-members.
RSVP is required on our website at awib.org/events under “Starting Your Business 101.”
AWIB's "Starting Your Business 101: Open the Door to Your Success" workshop series starts November 5!
AWIB is holding its annual “Starting Your Business 101” workshop series starting on November 5th! Current and aspiring entrepreneurs are welcome to attend our four-part workshop series, which will give them the tools they need to successfully run a business. The first workshop will be on Writing a Business Plan and will be led by Alicia Yoon, co-founder of Peach and Lily (www.peachandlily.com), an e-commerce site offering the best in Asian beauty products. Alicia holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and has a background in finance and management consulting.
The workshop will cover: - Why and when you need a business plan - Elements of an effective plan - Importance of strategic planning - Using research and resources to make your case
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm Location: Microsoft, 1290 Avenue of the Americas (Corner of 52nd Street), NYC
For more info and to RSVP, visit awib.org/events and look under “Starting Your Business 101.”
On Tuesday, October 1st, professionals of all ages and from all backgrounds enjoyed an evening of private shopping and networking at Burberry’s 9 East 57th Street location. Participants perused the wide selection of Burberry merchandise while engaging in lively conversations, sipping champagne, and tasting hors d’oeuvres. The shoppers who bought items during the event got special pricing on their purchases, with a portion of the proceeds going towards AWIB’s programs.
Upcoming Event: Brand Yourself for Leadership and Business Success
Personal branding is a requirement for success in business. You are competing every day whether you have a job or are looking for one, positioning for a career move or starting a business. You may already have a brand, but is it the right brand to take you where you want to go? You need to be crystal clear about your audience, their care-abouts, and how you are delivering value—both from a rational standpoint and from an emotional one. Learn how to stand out from the crowd and achieve your goals with a strong personal brand.
Karen Kang will conduct this interactive workshop and cover:
Why personal branding is a requirement in today’s changing world
Important personal branding lessons from well-known business leaders
How to stand out from the competition
How to identify your Cake and Icing (rational value and emotional value) for a winning brand
A framework for your brand strategy
Karen Kang is a recognized brand strategist and the founder and CEO of BrandingPays LLC. She is also the author of Branding Pays: The Five-Step System to Reinvent Your Personal Brand. Karen will be available to autograph her book.
AWIB Members: FREE Non-Members: $25
Microsoft 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor (between 51st and 52nd Street) NYC
A panel discussion with enterprising young Asian women on how they followed their dreams and turned their business into a reality.
Speakers included Shauna Mei, CEO and Founder, AHALife; Gauri Manglik, Co-Founder, Fondu and SpotOn; Benita Singh, Co-Founder, Source4Style; and Cheryl Yeoh, Co-Founder, Reclip.It. Mitra Kalita, award-winning journalist and author moderated the event.
The stories of these young entrepreneurs creating their own opportunities for themselves inspired attendees. The event was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education.
AWIB’s educational class Marketing: For Today’s Small Business was held on April 24 at Microsoft in NYC. Small business entrepreneurs on a limited budget learned about the most cost effective marketing strategies. Strategy Director, Dhara Naik from Likeable Media, showed attendees how to use social media to bring in sales. Real world examples combined with an interactive workshop allowed attendees to put their new knowledge into use. Particular attention was paid to navigating the changing array of marketing and social media tools to achieve results in niche businesses.
Raising the Bar: Perspectives on Taking the Bench Recap!
Asian Women In Business (AWIB) held the 2nd Annual Raising the Bar, a forum featuring prominent Asian women in the legal profession on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York City.
Check out some photos of the distinguished judges and attendees enjoying the event.
Asian Women In Business (AWIB) presents the 2nd Annual Raising the Bar, a forum featuring prominent Asian women in the legal profession. The forum will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York City.
This year, we are focusing on Asian women on the bench. We will have a conversation with a rare group of Asian women, all sitting judges in New York. The panelists are:
The Honorable Marilyn D. Go United States Magistrate Judge (E.D.N.Y.)
The Honorable Doris Ling-Cohan New York State Supreme Court Judge
The Honorable Toko Serita New York City Criminal Court Judge
Karen R. King, Counsel, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, will moderate the event. More information on the speakers can be found at www.awib.org/raisingthebar2012.
Our esteemed panel will have a frank discussion on the various processes of becoming a judge, the lack of representation of Asian women in the judiciary, and their decision to answer the call of public service.
Each of our panelists’ stories is a testament of hard work and perseverance resulting in a real contribution to society. Their stories help explain the situation of Asian women in the judiciary today, while shaping the way forward.
Raising the Bar is open to those interested in learning about the quest of Asian women as they seek a wider and more influential role in the legal system. An RSVP is absolutely required via online registration at www.awib.org/events or by calling 212.868.1368.
Networking Reception includes hot and cold hors d’oeuvres.
Asian Women In Business is once again holding its informative four (4) part series, Starting Your Business 101, an essential how-to guide for budding entrepreneurs and existing small business owners. The classes will be held at Microsoft, Midtown Manhattan location.
March 6, 2012, Tuesday Writing a Business Plan (6:00-8:30pm)
Writing a business plan is the only way to get started. Come learn from industry experts what the elements of an effective plan are. You will realize the importance of strategic planning and leave with essential research tools and resources to establish your own business goals.
March 13, 2012, Tuesday Legal Structures, Taxes & Record Keeping (6:00-8:30pm)
This informational class will help you navigate the legal structures you need to succeed by discovering what is available and what is best for your business. You will learn the essentials of cash flow, balance sheets, record keeping, taxes, and even the best software for your small business needs.
March 20, 2012, Tuesday Marketing - On and Offline Strategies (6:00-8:30pm)
Create an effective marketing plan by outsmarting your competitors and effectively targeting your niche market. Learn how to use social media to find the customers that will help your business grow. It is possible to work within your budget to design the right promotions for your business. Learn it all in this short 2.5 hour class.
March 27, 2012, Tuesday Financing and Risk Management (6:00-8:30pm)
Here you will learn all you need to know about loans, investments, credit lines, SBA guarantees, and alternative financing. Our industry expert will also teach you how to identify, assess, and prioritize your risk through proven risk management strategies.
Asian Women In Business promotes exceptional Asian female students who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership, community service and/ or entrepreneurship. For more information on eligibility and the application click here
Our year end holiday party was a great way to catch up with old friends and make new ones. People networked over an extensive and delicious buffet dinner and an open wine/beer bar. Good food, great company and laughter were shared by all.
Do I need a business plan? What legal structure is best for my needs? Can technology make the difference? What are my tax liabilities? How can I better market my business? How can I access loans and other financing? If you are seeking the answers to the above questions, sign up for Asian Women In Business’s “Starting Your Business 101” series.
We will help you take a comprehensive look at the most important aspects of running a successful business. You will pick up new ideas for growing your business and meet like minded entrepreneurs. Whether you are looking to hone your skills or preparing to start a business, this four-week series is a must attend!
Location: Microsoft, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, 10104
Date & Time: November 2, 7, 16 & 30, 2011 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Cost: AWIB Members: Series Special $30 for 4 Classes ($15 per class) Non-Members: Series Special $75 for 4 Classes ($25 per class)
Do It Yourself: How To Use Public Relations to Promote Your Business in Extraordinary Ways
Whether you’re launching a new product or seeking to enhance your profile, effective public relations is essential. Learn how to create, build and sustain the right “BUZZ” for your business. In this workshop, you will discover the key to an effective PR strategy and generate low-cost, innovative techniques to increase visibility. Industry experts will help you develop the right PR strategy, and get the knowledge, tools, and confidence you need to achieve your business goals. This AWIB workshop is designed to help you promote yourself and/or your company more effectively.
Raising the Bar: Asian Women Leading in the Legal Profession
In celebration of Women’s History Month and in recognition of the accomplishments of Asian women in the legal profession, join us March 15, 2011 for a thought-provoking and frank dialogue on the advancement of Asian women in the legal field.
We are featuring a panel of dynamic women who will discuss their unique paths to success as well as leadership pinnacles Asian women have yet to conquer. From partners to judges to corporate deal makers, Asian women are entering arenas where few women have previously gone and, they are making a difference.
Click on the link below for event details and registration: