About AAWIL Conference
The AAWIL Conference is an interactive, one-day event aimed at growing and developing leadership skills. The program includes a keynote address, small group activities, networking opportunities, workshops, and training sessions. Conference participants include high school, college, and graduate school students and young, mid-career, and seasoned professionals from the Greater Boston area and around the country. It was started by ASPIRE in 2004.
Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, Simmons University, Boston, MA
Saturday, 8:30 AM to 5 PM
November 16th, 2019
Our keynote and speakers during the breakout sessions
Keynote: Diana Hwang
Diana Hwang is the Founder and Executive Director of the Asian-American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI), the country’s only political leadership organization for Asian-American women. Through coalition-building, advocacy and first-of-its-kind programming, AAWPI works to ensure that Asian-American women have a voice in their government, and trains and mentors the next-generation of low-income and immigrant women leaders.
Diana began her career in politics at the State House as the Executive Director of the Caucus of Women Legislators and as the Legislative Aide to late State Representative Debby Blumer (D-Framingham). She then served as Chief of Staff at the Boston City Council.
Speaking for AAWIL Rise Up!
Our schedule for November 16th, 2019
Please notice that all sessions, topics, speakers, times and activities are subject to change.
Registration & Breakfast
Check in, grab food, and meet other conference attendees!
Diana Hwang is the Founder and Executive Director of the Asian-American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI), the only political leadership organization for Asian-American women in Massachusetts and the country. AAWPI recently celebrated its 10th year with "Women On Fire", featuring powerful community leaders from the east and west coasts.
The Asian-American Experience (Panel) Elena M. Lau, Hyeouk "Chris" Hahm, Monica Valdes Lupi
Facing cultural clashes is a hallmark of growing up as an Asian-American: language barriers and different social values may create rifts in families; stories from others experiencing these struggles are not typically heard. This panel will shine a light on these challenges and how they were overcome by these successful women who are in real estate, mental health, and public policy professions today.
Diversity in Careers (Panel) Courtney Pong, Manisha Bewtra, Nancy A. Lee
Have you ever felt restricted by societal expectations? Were you ever interested in something nontraditional but didn’t find enough support to help you take that leap? Listen to these stories from an allstar panel of women in comedy, law, and city planning. Hear about not only the work they do, but also how community involvement is integral to what inspires them when navigating their careers and personal lives.
Develop Your Leadership Skills While Maintaining Your Authenticity Regina Au
Learn why it is important to identify your strengths and weakness—and how to acknowledge unconscious biases that may influence how you interact at work and affect the decisions you make, both in your career and in your personal life. In addition to building an understanding, you will also learn ten important leadership traits and how to find mentors, advisors, sponsors and other resources.
Speed Networking Lunch
Networking for students and young, mid-career, and seasoned professionals
The Top 5 Habits & Skills of Improvisers: How to Make Them Your Best Advantage When Navigating the Unknown Courtney Pong
The best professional improv comedians don’t “wing it.” They practice a highly-refined system of observing, connecting and responding. It’s how they swiftly and seamlessly work with their team while engaging audiences immediately, with only seconds to prepare. This system can be your best advantage. Elevate how you impact a room, from speeches to storytelling, and all of the unexpected in-between.
You’re Enough: Don’t Wait to be Perfect Before You Live Your Best Self Judy Shen-Filerman
How often do you wonder if you’re qualified for that project, that new job or even a promotion? Most of us ask these questions. But research shows that Asian women possess a unique level of self-doubt that prevents us from recognizing and living our Best Self. In this Best Self Leadership workshop, you’ll discover how to identify culturally sensitive challenges and learn from them to unleash your Dream.
Empowerment Through Wellness: A Safe Space Workshop Michelle Garcia DeOcampo
It's hard to open up, be honest about the hardships we face, and ask for help—especially for Asian American girls & women. The model minority stereotype makes us feel the need to hide our problems to “save face” even with family & friends, and our cultures & communities often normalize silence as a response to emotional stress. But we often experience similar struggles, related to personal identity, self-esteem, body image, relationships, sexuality, school/family pressure, violence/abuse, etc.. We don’t have to be silent or feel alone. This workshop will provide a safe space for participants to reflect on their personal journeys, and learn wellness tips & resources to manage stress, build self-esteem, and feel empowered.
Land Your Dream Job: Navigating and Nailing the Interview Process Diana Yuan
Put your best application forward and learn about common pitfalls and tips when it comes to nailing the Interview Process regardless of role or industry. We'll be focusing on ways you can set yourself apart from the rest and land your dream job!
Becoming A Powerful Networker Elizabeth Yang
Your leadership attraction is a networking must. Join us to learn the 7 secrets to networking (and the common mistakes to avoid) so you can begin to open doors to places you couldn't have imagined. We'll cover how to authentically network. You'll gain powerful insights into building your Power-Up Circles—the 5 right types of people you must surround yourself.
How Far We’ve Climbed (Panel) Liza Talusan, Elizabeth Yang, Trish Fontanilla
Meet trailblazers that unexpectedly changed their trajectories and have made it their success story
Closing Remarks & Raffle
Photos from our past AAWIL conferences
In addition to financial sponsorship, ASPIRE welcomes support in the form of product donations for the conference gift bags and raffle.
Heart Earrings ($119 value) are solid 14k yellow gold. You can wear them 24/7 - no tarnishing!
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