Join Wonder Women of Boston, Asian Women for Health, and Boston YWCA for a dialogue on leadership and advocacy work in Boston and beyond. Here is your chance to hear from local trailblazers about challenges they've experienced over the course of their career and turning points along the way that made all the difference for them.
Reverend Cheng Imm Tan is a visionary, motivator, effective public spokesperson, manager, certified life coach, major fundraiser, effective facilitator, community minister, preacher, community advocate and coalition and consensus builder. She is a recognized and trusted leader in the Asian and refugee and immigrant communities, as well as in issues of diversity, parenting, women’s and immigrant empowerment and leadership development.
She was appointed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino in 1998 as the Director of the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians with the mandate to strengthen the ability of residents from diverse cultural and linguistic communities to fully participate in the social, economic, cultural and civic life of the city.
Karen Young is the founder and director of The Genki Spark, a multigenerational, pan-Asian women's arts and advocacy organization that uses Japanese Taiko drumming, personal stories, and creativity as vehicles for building leaders committed to social change while advocating respect for all. Prior to founding The Genki Spark in 2010, Karen played with Odaiko New England as a founding member since 1994. She is also a TCA committee member.
.Anh Vu Sawyer
considers herself as a New Englander even though she was born in Saigon, Vietnam. She is the Executive Director at the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts until November 2014 when she will become Executive Director at Arts Bridge Internaional.
Anh is also a speaker and writer. Her memoir, Song of Saigon, was published by Warner Books in February, 2003. Her novel, Dust of Life, will be available on Kindle Book in January, 2015. Her writing has also appeared in the Houston Chronicle and Philadelphia Inquirer newspapers, Wheaton College Alumni Magazine, and on Warner Book's Author's Lounge website.
is an independent documentary filmmaker whose work explores the fluidity of cultural identity and historical memory. Her films have won awards at festivals around the world and have screened in museums, universities, and on public television. Her debut film Once Removed tells the story of meeting her mother's family in China and learning about their involvement in China's complicated political history. Monkey Dance reveals how traditional Cambodian dance helped three Cambodian-American teens navigate the minefields of urban adolescence. Julie’s recent film Indelible Lalita is a portrait of an Indian woman whose body and ethnic identity have been remarkably transformed through cancer and loss of skin pigment. Julie grew up with a Chinese-American mother and an Italian-American father in rural Ohio – where her family managed a Native American historical site for 20 years. She has also been an active freelancer in Boston’s lively documentary community. She received her BA from Harvard University and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. Julie has taught at Harvard University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston University, and Rhode Island School of Design.
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Chien-Chi Huang is the founder of Asian Breast Cancer Project and the Executive Director of Asian Women for Health. A breast cancer survivor turns advocate, Chien-Chi enjoys channeling her creativity through work and supporting fellow Asian American women. She is the recipient for the Cheryl Kramer Passion Award in 2011, the Trail Blazer award in 2012, the Janice McGrath Survivor of the Year Award in 2013, and the honoree of the one hundred by Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in 2014.
About The Strength & Courage Series
A series of dialogues in which local business owners, changemakers, and experts in their fields share professional challenges, lessons learned, and stories of when they've had to exercise strength or courage during their careers. For panelists, these dialogues are a chance to share what they know and are passionate about with others. For all Wonder Women of Boston, panelists and participants alike, these events are an opportunity to come together, support one another around professional challenges, and celebrate successes.
These two hour events typically begin with a panel and then open up to a larger Q&A discussion. Light snacks and beverages will be served.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Asian Women for Health (AWFH), a peer-led, community-based network dedicated to advancing Asian women’s health and wellness through education, advocacy, and support.