Building Whole Person Leaders One At A Time

Organization:The Center for Asian Pacific American Women (CAPAW)
Conference Theme:Building Whole-Person Leaders of the Future
Audience: AAPI men and women who want leadership development
What::CAPAW Regional Conference - One day leadership experience
Learn - Hear from our amazing speakers on Mega trends what’s happening in the future and skillsets needed. 
-Learn about the Workforce of the future, including a millennial panel, who will talk about wheat’s important to them.
-2020 is fast approaching. Find out what’s going on with AAPI Vote, the Census and Public Policy
We have coaches to talk about Mindfulness and having a whole life with healthy relationships
Connect - Network with other leaders from both private and public sectors
Act - What will you do differently after the conference with the knowledge you’ve gained?
When:Doors open at 7:30AM to check-in. Sessions go from 8AM to 5PM. There will be a networking after hours event post conference.
The March 9th CAPAW Regional Conference to “Build Whole-Person Leaders One at a Time,” is less than two weeks away and we’re excited to see you there. Many Denver community members have been part of the planning process to make sure the Regional Conference is meaningful for you.  I wanted to take a moment to share a little bit about myself and why I am passionate about the work I do at the Center for Asian Pacific American Women (CAPAW).  I wish I could be sitting across the table from  you having a cup of tea, as I share my story and I could learn about yours. So why is this work important? Though we’ve made progress, there’s work to do.
1. Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) women are one of the fastest growing groups in the U.S. Labor force: and yet relative to their numbers in the workforce, they lag behind both women and men of all other races in reaching executive levels in private industry.  (Gee and Wong 2016)
2. The “bamboo ceiling” is especially striking given the overall success of AAPI people in the realm of higher education.  Several scholars have dubbed this apparent contradiction, “the achievement paradox.”  Researchers have observed that positive stereotypes about AAPI people as hard-working, deferential, and respectful tend to work to their advantage in school settings.  However, these same attributes are reframed by employers in white-dominated work settings as antithetical to leadership and the traits required to achieve it.  Examples include, risk-taking, creativity, assertiveness, personal charisma.  (Zhou and Lee 2017)
3. For AAPI women, the model minority attributions of diligence and conformity are intensified and gendered by the stereotype of Asian women as feminine, obedient, reserved and demure (Li 2014).  The barriers to career and leadership advancement may be even greater for AAPI women than their male counterparts, compounded by the combined (intersectional) impact of gender and racial discrimination.
As an immigrant from Seoul, Korea at 8 years old, my life changed when my Aunt adopted me. I got a chance to have a life I would not have, if I would have stayed in Korea. I graduated from college, earned a MBA and I was afforded a meaningful and successful career at a fortune 50 company, as I had opportunities to grow, develop and was promoted throughout my career of 29 years. Though others believed in me, at times I grappled with my own self-identity and questioned myself about worthiness of my thoughts and opinions.  I had to learn to find my voice and then trust it.  Along the way, there were individuals who saw potential and believed in me and my capabilities.  I continued to build my confidence level and stepped into roles leading others.  There were times, I wondered how my cultural identity was viewed from the outside world.  No matter what, this was a journey I had to walk through inside myself.  Questions I asked myself: 
  • How do I build more confidence within myself? 
  • How was I going to develop further to have the skills I needed? 
  • What did I need to know about how to success in the corporate environment?
  • How was I going to leverage my cultural identity so it’s a strength and not a weakness?  Ultimately, how can I share my learnings and help others?
  • How do I have a whole life?  What is it to be a whole person leader? How do I best serve my beloved community?
I had to DECIDE whether or not I was going to make the investment within myself. The answer was YES. The Asian Pacific Women’s Leadership Institute (APAWLI), the CAPAW signature leadership program, is an example of a leadership experience that played an important role in my personal journey. The CAPAW Regional Conference can be the starting path for your learning, connecting with yourself and others and taking action toward next steps for your development. When my journey led me to leading CAPAW as the Executive Director, I found my purpose because I knew I could make a positive difference for others. So what does this mean for you? 
TAKE ACTION TODAY by registering for the conference at Meet the amazing speakers who will share their perspectives, learnings and lessons from their careers… meet the coaches who can help you. I would personally love to meet you and learn how CAPAW can help be part of your journey. If there’s someone who may benefit from attending this event, please don’t hesitate to forward this information. 

Kathy Lee

Kathy Lee

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