Women in NAAAP! was launched at the 23rd annual NAAAP National Convention in Denver in August 2009 with a compelling vision to empower, support and engaging Asian American women to succeed as professional and personal leaders as well as contributing to their communities and cultures.
WIN!’s overall objectives include:
Women in NAAAP!’s Vision
Empowering, supporting and engaging Asian American women to succeed as professional and personal leaders as well as contributing to their communities and cultures.
According to a 2015 study performed by the Center for American Progress, Asian American women have an increasing and influential impact in the United States. They have achieved dramatic gains in the workforce. Business ownership among Asian American women entrepreneurs has grown immensely over the past 15 years. Asian American women-owned firms across the country have estimated total receipts of $105 billion and have more paid employees compared to Latina and African American women-owned firms, employing an estimated 649,000 people across the country.
In addition, Asian American women surpassed white women in actual graduation rates in 2004, the last year for which data on Asian American women are available. College graduation rates for white women and Asian American women were 45.8 percent and 49.4 percent, respectively. Asian American women held 8.36 percent of bachelor’s degrees held by women while only constituting 5.14 percent of the female population in 2013.Asian American and white women earned an equal amount of science and engineering degrees as their male counterparts in 2010.
As we turn the corner and look ahead to the next twenty years, WIN! will continue to focus on paving the way for Asian Women to drive greater advancement and representation. WIN! currently offers national resources to chapters in search of themes, curricula, suggested speakers, and potential sponsor connections to local chapters. Our goal is to help Asian women further hone their skills and leverage our platform to collaborate, inspire and drive change.
WIN Programs in Local Chapters
NAAAP Boston’s WIN Lean In Circle is a 12-month program that brings together select women to participate in monthly dialogues on topics from the book and website (www.leanin.org) with the goal of inspiring and empowering one another. The Lean In Circle program is designed to help participants build a strong cross-industry network through peer-to-peer mentoring and leadership development. Through this amazing one year journey of learning and growing together, Lean In Circle helps to achieve NAAAP’s mission of connecting and empowering program participants, and WIN’s mission of building a more influential Asian American sisterhood to drive positive impact in the community at large.
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NAAAP Cincinnati hosted WIN! Talks, featuring 3 TED style talks from successful AAPI women all around the theme of “Risk Taking in Your Career”. The speakers included a startup founder, a senior VP at Nielsen, and Director of Olympics & Sports Marketing at Procter & Gamble. The event was also catered by an AAPI woman-owned business. NAAAP Cincinnati partnered with Nielsen to sponsor and host the successful event.