July 2020

July Events


AWLN: Elevate to Your Future Self

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Followed by Virtual Networking with Working Mother Media Multicultural Women’s National Conference from 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Eventbrite - AWLN: Elevate to Your Future Self

Program Description:

Change was thrust upon us when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in our country, communities and circle of family, friends and colleagues. Being Asian American women during this unprecedented life event has challenged us in so many ways, personally and professionally. How did our best selves show up? What emerged as the most urgent personal priorities? How did the pandemic alter our perspectives on work, family and community?

Join Asian Women Leadership Network’s (AWLN) panel of accomplished leaders, Christina Altomare, Judith D. Bess and Jenny Lam Low, to explore the impacts on their personal lives and how intentionality raised their leadership profiles at home, at work and/or in the community. They will share fundamental shifts that elevate them now and beyond toward their future selves. Guiding you through thought-provoking exercise, leadership and negotiation coach Jamie Lee, will lead you through self-reflection to help you develop greater clarity about your future selves and what you truly will be.

AWLN supports your professional and personal growth. Let’s share, learn and grow together as a network of bold leaders making positive impacts that will enrich the world and create a better future for the generations that follow.

Speaker Biographies

Jamie Lee Headshot Jamie Lee, Moderator
Jamie is a leadership and negotiation coach who helps smart women who love their jobs but hate office politics get promoted and better paid without throwing anyone under the bus.

Born in South Korea, Jamie first learned the value of self-advocacy from the example of her mother, who single-handedly raised three daughters while running a small business as an immigrant in America. She majored in East Asian Studies at Smith College and studied Japanese in Tokyo during her Junior Year Abroad.

In her former life, she negotiated as a buyer for multinational companies, worked as a hedge fund analyst and later as an operations director for tech startups. She trained as a professional coach with Co-Active Training Institute and is a certified coach with The Life Coach School. As a speaker, she's led interactive workshops for Multicultural Women's Conference, JPMorgan Chase, Fletcher School of Diplomacy and Law, Institute of Nuclear Power Operators, Association of Corporate Counsels, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, and more. Learn more at www.jamieleecoach.com

Christina Altomare Headshot Christina Altomare, Panelist
Christina is a second-generation Asian American bred in Queens, NY and received a B.A. in New Media from State University of New York (SUNY), Purchase College, and an M.B.A. in International Business from SUNY at New Paltz. As a technology professional, she’s had multiple roles at IBM ranging from user experience designer to managing global seller enablement efforts, from executive communications to currently leading marketing in IBM Services.

Christina is Cognitive Process Services Marketing Leader for IBM Global Business Services. She is also a leader on IBM’s Tri-State Inclusion Council and Next Gen Corps, a P-Tech mentor, and was a participant for IBM’s highly selective Corporate Service Corps serving in Nigeria. She is currently serving as a Board of Directors member for the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester and Advancing Workplace Excellence organizations. Christina has a great deal of passion for driving user outcomes and an advocacy for diversity and inclusion efforts and encourages you to get in touch. Twitter: @caltomare6114 Linkedin.com/in/christinaaltomare

Judith D. Bess Headshot Judith D. Bess, LCSW-R, Panelist
Judith Bess is a seasoned mental health professional providing direct care, supervision and consultation services since 1987 in multiple delivery venues and with various and diverse populations. Recently promoted to Executive Director for JPMorgan Chase’s Global Employee Assistance Program (EAP), she begins to transform the EAP and the organization’s culture and knowledge about mental health and self-care. She has provided direct services to adolescents, families and adults in not-for-profit settings, private practice and a Fortune 100 corporation.

For the past 25 years, Judith has served as the senior in-house EAP Manager at JPMorgan Chase for the NY/NJ/CT Tri-State area, as well as primary liaison for international assistance with expatriate employees and their families. In this capacity, she provides direct counseling, targeted referrals plus extensive consultation services to a broad range of internal partners. As a management consultant, she has earned a reputation for being decisive, flexible, creative and sensitive to the multitude of variables that must be addressed in the workplace to increase the likelihood of a win/win scenario. She is a standing member of the firm’s Crisis Intervention Response Team where she consults on incidences of violence in the workplace, domestic violence and a wide range of unique and complex behavioral challenges presented by employees, family members and customers.

Since 2006, Judith has been a part-time lecturer for Rutgers University’s programs teaching foundation course work for the School of Social Work. Judith has also maintained a part-time clinical practice since 1995. She earned her Masters of Social Services degree at Fordham University and undergraduate degree at Rutgers University. She holds a post-master’s certification through the Women’s Therapy Centre in New York. She is licensed in NYS and NJ as a LCSW-R, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Psychotherapy. Judith currently serves as EVP, Marketing and Communications, for the non-profit Asian Women Leadership Network.

Jenny Lam Low, Panelist  Headshot Jenny Lam Low, Panelist
Jenny is the Director the Administrative Services Division at the New York City Council’s Office of Speaker Corey Johnson. She oversees a team that manages the internal operations of the City Council.

Prior to this role, Jenny served as the Director of the Community Engagement Division, where she led a team of dedicated professionals who engage New Yorkers through civic participation while enhancing their connection with the City Council.

Jenny is a community relations management and strategic philanthropy professional with extensive experience in the corporate, non-profit, and public sectors. She has over 28 years of experience in the corporate arena that included strategic philanthropy, community relations, middle market banking, community development lending, and retail banking at JPMorgan Chase, the largest financial institution in the country.

Jenny’s passion for making a difference motivated her to serve for 30 years as a director on the board of the Chinese-American Planning Council, one of the nation’s largest Asian American non-profit multi-social service agencies that provide programs and services enabling immigrant and low-income families to become economically self-sufficient. She earned the respect from fellow directors who elected her to serve twice as Board Chair.

Jenny is the first Asian American elected as Democratic District Leader in New York City. She has been re-elected to this volunteer position in the 65AD, Part D, since 1995. A leader in the local political process, Jenny serves as the Vice Chair of the New York State Democratic Committee, and is a Democratic State Committee Member in 65AD. She has been a director of the board at the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee since 2010 and serves as Vice President of the board.

Jenny has a B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Management Science from Yale University.

2020 Working Mother Media Conference Logo

AWLN is a Supporting Organization for Working Mother Media Multicultural Women’s Conference 2020, Engage to Elevate.

Date: July 22-23, 2020 (virtual conference)

AWLN members receive a 20% discount for the two-day conference. Use the promo code AWLN20 and register using the link below to the conference site.