The Asian Women Leadership Network (AWLN) was conceived in New York City in July 2004 by a group of Asian women attending the Working Mother Media 2004 Women of Color Conference. Carol Evans, President and CEO of Working Mother Media, announced the group's formation at that conference, and, after several planning and organizing sessions, AWLN held its first official launch event on October 13, 2004, in New York City.
AWLN has held several professional development and networking events since that time, both live and via teleconference. In its first year alone AWLN’s membership grew rapidly to over 200, with members from various industries and corporations, both in the U.S. and Canada.
The Asian Women Leadership Network will promote the career development and advancement of Asian women professionals through:
networking and mentoring across corporations,
raising awareness of barriers to advancement, and
leveraging best practices.
Our focus is to promote equitable Asian women leadership representation in organizations.
To help Asian women reach influential and leadership positions in the workplace.
Assist Asian women to develop leadership qualities and career advancement strategies.
Mentor and prepare Asian women for their professional careers.
Assist individuals and organizations to leverage Asian diversity to deliver business results.
THE 2014 ASIAN WOMEN LEADERSHIP NETWORK BOARD:
(click on the name to view the bio of each board member)
- Janice Won, President
- Judith D. Bess, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Communications
- Iris Chau, Treasurer/Financial Officer
- Linda Akutagawa, VP, Professional Development and Events
- Charmaine Russo, Director
- Meow Yee, Director