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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT for women leaders! Our Asian Pacific Islander Women’s Leadership Conference held on May 3-5, 2012 was an exciting and historic moment for API women leaders. We will be reflecting upon all that was shared as a community. We’ll be praying for all the women and men who participated and all who stepped forward in faith as God led them and continues to guide them. Looking forward to welcoming friends and advocates who will continue to journey alongside this community. 

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Following a Call…one woman’s WOW! story

ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER’S WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Welcomes Rev. Dr. Grace Y. May—the president of Women of Wonder, Inc. (WOW!), a ministry that seeks to empower women to fulfill their God-given dreams.

EXCERPTS from Asian American Women On Leadership (aawolsisters.com) INTERVIEW with Rev. Dr. Grace Y. May by Joy Wong 

So when I called my mom to tell her that I was going to seminary, I thought she would be ecstatic. But after I made my announcement over the phone, all I heard was silence. Eventually she said, “Grace, if you think ministry is easy, and that’s why you’re going into it, then you need to pray hard about it. Being in ministry may be easier than being a lawyer in some ways, but it has its own challenges.”  (READ MORE)

PART 2 

In the late 1980s, there weren’t any conservative evangelical Chinese churches that I knew of that were ordaining women. Even if I wanted to be a pastor, I felt like my way was blocked. I got really discouraged, and a progressive English ministry pastor in Boston even told me, “I think it’ll be 10 years before Chinese churches ordain their first woman,” and after a pause, he changed his mind and said, “Well, maybe 7 years.” 

He must have been prophetic, because it was almost 7 years to the day that I finally got ordained.  I spent those 7 years getting over a lot of disappointment and some anger. At the same time, I attended grad school, with the hopes that with a doctorate, I could at least teach and train pastors, even if I couldn’t become one.

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God is simply incredible and has the power to do the impossible. Now I want to be a part of God’s dream of seeing our sons and daughters prophesying (Acts 2:17).  With the help of a superb board, we have just launched Women of Wonder, Inc. (WOW!), a non-profit dedicated to empowering women to fulfill their God-given dreams. (READ MORE)

ABOUT REV. DR. GRACE Y. MAY

Rev. May received her M.Div from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Th.D at the Boston University School of Theology. In 1999, she was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Rev. May has served as a pastor in Boston at the Chinese Christian Church of New England, in New York at the First Chinese Presbyterian Church and Oversea Chinese Mission. She has taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, City Seminary of New York and St. Paul’s University in Kenya.

HEAR MORE AND ENGAGE IN PERSON! REV. DR. GRACE MAY WILL BE SPEAKING AT APIWL THIS WEEK! ATTEND THIS NATIONWIDE, LEADERSHIP GATHERING TO SUPPORT API WOMEN LEADERS.

ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDERS WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
• MAY 3-5, 2012 • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA  apiwomenlead.com
"Leadership Over the Long Haul" 
 

EMPOWERMENT - What does “empowering” mean? A nifty buzzword we like to throw around, but few actually understand what it means. To empower means to give power or authority to…So how does one give up or give away power? Even if the one who you’re empowering may be surprised by your efforts? Paul Simon, you set a great example with this moment. (Notice every little gesture and the facial expressions in the video)

NPR reports “Paul Simon and a Moment of Pure Sobbing Joy” -

Paul Simon has brought joy to so many for so long, but on this night he made Rayna Ford’s dream come true. During a show in Toronto on May 7, (2011) Rayna Ford, a fan from Newfoundland, called out for Simon to play “Duncan,” and said something to the effect that she learned to play guitar on the song. In a moment of astonishment and disbelief, Paul Simon invited her on stage, handed her a guitar and asked her to play it for the crowd. When she strapped on the guitar, the audience went crazy. In a few strums, the band played along, tears ran down Rayna Ford’s cheeks and Simon stood by her side in smiles.


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We’ve forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that’s the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.
Cornel West, from The Impossible Will Take a Little While

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JOIN API WOMEN LEADERS for face-to-face leadership development. 

COME TO THE ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER WOMEN’S CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK!

OUR SPECIAL FRIDAY WORKSHOP SESSION IS WITH Hyun & Associates. We’ll be welcoming Jane Hyun and Audrey Lee who will be leading API WOMEN LEADERS into examining their leadership presence and personal values.

JANE HYUN

Jane Hyun, Founder and President of Hyun & Associates, is an executive coach and leadership strategist to Fortune 500 companies, MBA programs, and professional associations. Her book, Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling (HarperCollins, 2005), highlights the need for culturally-specific approaches to leadership development. Jane lives in New York City with her family and loves helping people realize their potential in their workplace and community.

AUDREY LEE

Audrey Lee is Vice President of Hyun & Associates and a leadership and diversity strategist. She is the co-author of Hyun & Associates’ “Through the Bamboo Ceiling®” Training Series and other highly-acclaimed leadership initiatives. A second-generation Chinese-American, she lives in New York City where she serves on the Advisory Board for the New York Asian Women’s Center (NYAWC), an organization that helps battered women overcome violence, and also works to raise public awareness about domestic violence.


ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDERS WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (APIWLC)
MAY 3-5, 2012 • LOS ANGELES

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