Have you registered?  Don’t miss the 5th Annual Working Mother Media Women of Color Conference & AWLN Workshop

July 18 & 19, 2006, in New York City

Logo for the 2006 Working Mother Media Conference

The theme of this year’s conference is “Authenticity: The Power of Being You.”  Race, Gender, Diversity: The most important conversation for women in corporate America.

For more information on this event, go to http://www.workingmother.com/wocreg/conference.html

Asian Women Leadership Network Workshop
Working Mother Media Best Companies for Women of Color Multicultural Conference
Sheraton New York Hotel
811 Seventh Ave.
New York, New York
Empire East Room
Tuesday, July 18, 2006 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join AWLN Board Members and their guest speaker, Lucy Chan, Senior Project Executive from IBM Global Services - for an engaging and interactive session that will:

  • Highlight the Power of Asian Women in the Workplace and the Economy (Video)

  • Explore the Value Proposition for Individuals and Corporations

  • Introduce AWLN’s Mission and Goals and the AWLN Founding Sisters Circle

You will have an opportunity to network with other Asian women professionals and be inspired by each other.  This will mark the beginning of a long-lasting relationship with AWLN and a commitment to your own professional and personal development.  Take responsibility for your career destiny, and join us at the Working Mother Media Best Companies for Women of Color Multicultural Conference.

We look forward to seeing you!


Nomination deadline: August 16, 2006

The AWLN Founding Sisters Circle is a core group of 100 mid to high-level women in both the public and private sectors dedicated to the advancement and leadership development of Asian women.  The AWLN Founding Sisters signal a next stage of growth for AWLN, as we enter into a phase of institution building and membership expansion.  As role models for our national membership, our 100 Founding Sisters will lead the development of future Asian women leaders, increase their public visibility, and expand AWLN’s resource and fundraising capacity.

Click here for more information on the nomination process and form.

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’s Event Review: Committee of 100 15th Annual Conference

"Lessons from Jenny Ming, President of Old Navy"

By Emily Chiu, AWLN Professional Development Chair

On the 22nd of April 2006, the Committee of 100 held its 15th Annual Conference.  Chinese-American greats such as Jerry Yang and Jenny Ming were not only attendees and active participants but co-chaired this event.  The Committee of 100 is a non-profit that seeks to bridge the gap between the US and Greater China.  It is made up of a bit over 100 members of the Chinese-American community who have enough prominence to influence relations between the two countries.

photo of Emily Chiu sitting next to Jenny Ming
Emily Chiu & Jenny Ming

One of the best segments of the 3-day conference was a mentoring event.  This event requires interested young professionals and students to complete an application indicating what they hope to get from sitting down with a mentor, who is a member of the esteemed Committee of 100.  After attending my first C100 conference in late 2004, I was hooked.  This year, I had the privilege of sitting next to Jenny Ming, President of Old Navy!  While I could go on and on about how much I learned, I will limit it the top 3 points she made with the eight of us at the table:

start quote mark It’s OK to not have a 5-year plan for your career.end quote mark

This relieved a lot of people at the table.  She didn’t know what she wanted in college – she majored in Home Economics but one job led to another.  Every new role was a discovery for her.

start quote markBe honest with people. They will try to help you.end quote mark

When Jenny was in her first managerial role, she sat down with her team to tell them she wanted to do well and needed their help.  This made her goals genuine and they helped her.

start quote markStrike the balance you need.end quote mark

Know what *you* (not your friend or your mom) need to be happy.  For Jenny, she did not want to put family on the backburner.  While work is a priority, her family is still first.  She had her first child at 28.  At one point she had 3 children under the age of 2.  She’s most proud of her role as a mother.  By striking a balance, she also means that if you need to hire help to watch your kids or clean your house, get it.  We can’t do everything ourselves!

photo of Emily Chiu sitting next to unknown
Jenny Ming & C100 mentee who aspires to go into fashion industry

Jenny was such a humble, genuine, warm and positive person.  Meeting her and getting insight on how she got to her level really energized me.  This year, Jenny Ming launched a new brand of Gap called Forth & Towne, targeted at women.  That weekend, I stopped into an Old Navy to see what it would feel like to walk into a store and pretend I was President of it (and then shopped!).