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Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Melanie Mar Chow and Margaret Yu share the origin of Asian Pacific Islander Women’s Leadership Conference (APIWLC). IMAGE Courtesy of

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.


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


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, 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 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.

MAY 3-5, 2012 • LOS ANGELES


-Do YOU have someone who believes in you?
-And your daughter?

SUPPORT FOR WOMEN LEADERS OF THE FUTURE • In preparation for the Asian Pacific Islanders Women’s Leadership Conference (APIWLC), this woman leader shares her motivation to attend and talks about some of her experiences. She also explains how Christian leaders need encouragement from advocates and a support network to press on.

March 3-5, 2012 - Los Angeles  


My Mother's Daughter - Legacy of Faith

What can mothers and fathers do to CULTIVATE A LEGACY OF FAITH in their daughters and other people’s daughters? This excerpt reveals a snapshot of how one woman realized how her own mother’s legacy of faith is carried on.

Excerpt from a post by Jessica Goudeau, whose mother is described as literally writing the book on women in ministry:

And then I had two daughters. And the thought that they might ever feel like I felt at the age of seven, when I wanted to be a boy so I could preach, keeps me up at night. And I finally understand why both my mother and my father talked and prayed and moved to make a space for women in the church where I grew up, where women now teach.

It was for me. And my sister. And my brother. Because our legacy of faith is the most important thing for both of them. Because they value our voices, male and female. Because they want us to grow up to be the people God has called us to be, nothing more and nothing less.

Since becoming a mother, I have found myself moving back into ministry, just like my mother. When I was little, they used to strap my pack ‘n’ play in the back of our big van (it was the ‘70s) and haul me to college ministry devos. Now we bring our daughters along (in car seats, of course) to poor neighborhoods all over Austin while visiting Burmese refugees. In the last few years I’ve spent most of my time with mothers who weave and create traditional handicrafts in their home. I was drawn toward ministry even when I wasn’t looking for it. Looking back on the last five years in which I’ve been a mother, I realize I’ve created the same balance of academia, ministry, and motherhood my own mother cultivated in my growing-up years.

I couldn’t be prouder to take after her. And I can never thank her enough for the path she forged, for me and for women like me. I’ll spend my life trying.  (READ MORE)

APIWL Group Registration Deadline :: 4/15

Are you registered yet? Act fast. TODAY is the LAST DAY for GROUP REGISTRATION RATES ($150 per participant for groups of 5 or more). That rate closes this Wed, April 25, 2012 10:00 pm (Pacific Time). Register now with your friends if you want the group rate! You can also register individually for $180. Come meet and make new friends at this gathering!

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ABOUT US: We are Asian Pacific Islander women & their advocates, partners & friends. We’re gathering to explore what it means to embrace the gifts and challenges that face API women as they lead.

Our goal is to empower women leaders through a safe, honest and challenging environment for women to grow their voice and to learn from other women leaders. We’ll be doing this online and in person. Come join us for our first conference in Los Angeles, CA on May 3-5, 2012. See for more info.

Longings of a New Generation of Women

Excerpt from “Gifted for Leadership: The Longings of a New Generation of Women” by Jennie Allen:

In recent times, the Web has been alive with banter about our generation of women and why we feel discontent with women’s ministry. I believe our discontentment comes from a good place, though at times we can be a mess about it. We are a reckless, passionate generation of women, who long to know Jesus and change the world.

For those of you who aren’t sure what all the fuss is about, maybe it would help for you to understand where we’re coming from. This is about more than dissatisfaction with the status quo. Here is what we are longing for… (READ MORE)

Sister, Mother, Auntie, Friend, Daughter, Niece, Neighbor... who could you encourage to attend this?

The FIRST Asian Pacific Islander Women’s Leadership Conference
May 3-5, 2012, Los Angeles

Several women felt prompted to join together to make this gathering happen in Southern California. This is an opportunity for women who are leaders (or those who want to lead) in business, ministry, education, non-profit or other areas of interest. It’ll also include men and other advocates who want to encourage the women in their lives as they live out their calling. 

We’re taking a step of faith and getting together to see what dreams may come. Won’t you join us in this adventure? 

Help us spread the word and INVITE people to seize this opportunity to come together to meet like-hearted people with a desire to take this leap of faith. People are coming from all over (besides California, we also have folks coming from London, NYC, DC, Austin, Northern California, the Midwest and more). 

Get more info here! Limited spots may be available, if you wait too long to register! 
Group discounts (5+ or more) must be booked prior to 4/25/12 at 10:00 PM.


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