The AWLN Board is currently planning the 2006 Calendar of Events.

If you have suggestions for 2006 of events or topics you would like to see us host, please email them to communications@awln.org.

Watch for announcements in January of AWLN’s plans for 2006!

We are also now posting details and links for upcoming Affiliates’ events as a resource to our members.  Information is posted on the Events page.  If you know of other events of interest to AWLN members, please send details to communications@awln.org.

AWLN 2005: The Year in Review

It is hard to believe that it has only been one year since our AWLN Kick-off Meeting.  We have had an incredible year and accomplished so much!  Together, we have inspired many women across the U.S. and have set a strong foundation for future success.

We are extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished to date:

  • Official Membership: 200+ (closer to 250 if we update list with recent attendees of events/membership meetings)

  • Companies: Over 40+ companies represented across our membership, including Financial Services, Technology, Utilities, Consumer Products, Professional Services

  • Geographic Reach: We have members from all regions of the U.S., and we have members in Canada!  Members located in New York/New Jersey, Baltimore, Delaware, D.C., Detroit, Boston, Chicago, Colorado, Canada, Michigan, Oklahoma, California, Oregon, Washington, Texas… and expanding quickly to other regions!

  • Professional Development/Networking Events: AWLN held seven very successful events in 2005:

    • Building the Leadership Pipeline

    • Asian Female Executives Panel Discussion

    • Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Jane Hyun Book signing

    • Communicating with Impact & Presence

    • Working Mother Women of Color Membership Drive/Speed Networking

    • NAAAP Chicago Membership Drive

    • Self-Promotion and Strategic Networking

  • Communication/Branding: Newsletters, New Logo, New Website

  • Strategic Alliances: Working Mother Media, Catalyst, Employee Networking Groups

Our vision of being a national organization for Asian corporate women professionals is fast becoming a reality.  Looking ahead, we plan to continue to build a vibrant, sustainable, recognized organization that individuals and corporations can count on for advancing Asian women into leadership roles.

Thank you for your commitment and contributions in making AWLN a reality.  Your passion, energy, and intellectual capital will undoubtedly catapult us to the next level.  We look forward to 2006 and meeting each of you through our virtual or live events.

If you are interested in getting more involved with AWLN as a member of the board or one of its committees, or as a sponsor or host of an event, please email us at communications@awln.org.

Event Review: Working Mother Media’s 2005 Women of Color Multicultural Conference

By Emily Chiu, AWLN Professional Development Chair

On July 20-21st, 2005, Working Mother Media hosted the Best Companies for Women of Color Multicultural Conference.  The theme of this year’s conference, well attended by nearly 700 professionals, was “Trust: Some behaviors create trust, while others destroy it.  Can we repair trust once it is broken?”

This conference was my first but certainly not my last.  I truly enjoyed the two full day sessions which included keynote speakers Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, President, Bennett Collage and Helen Zia, author of From Invisible to Envisioning: The Power of Transformation.

Several of our very own Board members took on roles at this conference.  Jane Hyun led a mentoring workshop with AWLN President Meow Yee as a thought leader.  Janice Won facilitated cross-race trust circles where a lively discussion occurred with females regarding their experiences as a woman of color.  The conversation was unique in that each table was composed of a team of at least one female of Latina, Black, and Asian heritage.  In multiple ways, it was eye opening because I personally saw that our experiences were not all that different and we had more commonalities than differences.  For example, it was pointed out that Asians are at time seen as perpetual immigrants; we learned that others at the table who did not appear to be children of immigrants were indeed.  Thus they are faced with similar misaligned expectations.

In addition, AWLN held a membership meeting with board members Meow Yee, Janice Won, Sweet Joy Hachuela, Ivy Tseng, Emily Chiu and Susan Chu.  At this meeting, AWLN Board members talked to potential members about the events they would like to see to help them with their own professional development.  There was consensus that many wanted to practice and hone skills in a safe environment such as the Asian Women Leadership Network.

The issue and theme of trust was a very timely one.  We often think that if we perform at high levels, it is enough.  The fact that was highlighted is that high performance alone is not sufficient to survive; building the relationship with your colleagues and senior management so that they can trust that you will deliver for the company is crucial to your longevity.  As in any relationship outside of work, trust is a key component to a well-developed progressive career.

Overall the Working Mother Media Women of Color conference far surpassed my expectations.  I have never been to a conference where I recognized names and faces by the end of two days.  The faces came to life with the stories that came from these women who have led fruitful successful careers over the last decade(s).  I was truly touched by the amount of support we all provided for each other through sharing and informal mentoring.

AWLN’s September 2005 Event Review

“Self-Promotion and Strategic Networking”
A New Member Perspective: Bragging is not lady-like!

By AWLN Member Xueyan (Schwinn) Feng

“Bragging is not lady-like!” is the reply whenever I inform my father of my achievements.  Is my so-called bragging much different from his self-promotional practices?  No.  If fact, both our actions of self-promotion in the workforce are quite similar.  But my father strongly suggests that women shouldn’t be so bold - rather, I should wait for others to recognize my work.

My father’s perception of ‘the work will speak for itself’ is exactly the kind of thinking (assumed by both men and women) that slows, or even blocks, the escalation of Asian women into senior management.  I value my Asian background but realize that there must be some kind of acculturation (adapting, not adopting, to new culture) in order to be a star player in the game of Corporate America.

As I arrived at the AWLN Self-Promotion & Strategic Networking event, I was immediately greeted with warm ‘welcomes’ and introductions from the AWLN Board and the speaker, Dr. Richard Fernandez of Advanced Talent Solutions, LLC.  The event was informative and catered to different crowds.  There were new as well as old members of different ethnicities, age and even gender!  Below is a summary of what I took away from the event:

  • Performance, while critical, is not enough to help you advance in your career.  It is the combination of performance and being recognized for your hard work that matters.  Recognize that it is partly your responsibility to select the projects/goals that you will work on; do not purely rely on your manager to do it.  Realize that in corporate life, both the team and the individual are valued.

  • Self-promotion is being able to:

    • Enumerate your achievements

    • Articulate your value to the team

    • State how your accomplishments impact the business that you in

    • Express all the above with confidence to the key stakeholders and insure that they are aware of your contributions

  • Value Proposition is the amount of value that you add to your organization.  Your value should be measurable, recognizable and unique.  This can be achieved through a Personal Initiatives Pitch Book.  (copyright ATS, LLC.)

  • Without Visibility, you are likely to be overlooked for that promotion.  When your manager sees you as the solutions provider, only then will opportunities arise.  Remember, self-promoting has nothing to do with bragging, arrogance, brown-nosing, etc.

So, go out there and self-promote until you’re blue in the face!  Your career will thank you for it.

AWLN would like to thank Richard M. Fernandez, Ph.D., for providing this workshop.