Having all experienced a challenging year, you are invited to join Asian women and the community-at-large to share your perspectives and to connect with others in a safe, nonjudgmental and supportive virtual forum. Not only have we lived and worked through the pandemic, our community has been a target of hate and violence, an insidious aspect of American history affecting persons of pan-Asian descent. The unspeakable shootings in Atlanta is underscores the escalating hate and rhetoric about us as a people. It must stop.
During difficult times, we need to lean on each other for support. By reflecting on lessons learned, we will each be able to speak truth to power, while being an ally to others. You will have a chance to share your thoughts and feelings, and hear how other AWLN participants from across the country are managing through difficult and challenging times. Sharing your personal stories can lighten the burdens we carry as professionals, as caregivers and as members of the community. It will undoubtedly move us to act, to inspire and to lead ourselves and others on the path to a bright and optimistic future.
AWLN’s gathering will be hosted by Judith Bess, LCSW-R, and Executive Director of JPMorgan Chase’s Global Employee Assistance Program. She is serves as AWLN’s Executive Vice President.
Let’s be on this journey together. We want to hear from you.
Judith D. Bess, LCSW-R
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.