the center for asian pacific american women

Our Mission:

Building Whole Person Leaders one at a time.


CAPAW is the Premier Organization Developing AAPI Women to be impactful and influential leaders.


Who We Are

The Center for Asian Pacific American Women is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to the enhancement and enrichment of leadership skills for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women through education, networking, and mentorship.

Our Story.


What We Do – CAPAW in Action

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APAWLI gave me the strength to embrace my authentic self, to conquer my fears and to lead with my whole heart.
— Jessica Li, APAWLI Class of 2015

Join Our Sisterhood

For over 20 years, the Center has provided a variety of professional development programs –including our unique APAWLI Leadership Program -- to address the specific needs of AAPI women across the country. Our vision is to develop ethical and compassionate AAPI women to take leadership roles in the private and public sectors.


Our Impact

Since 1996, over 150 AAPI women have graduated from the APAWLI Program. These #APAWLI fellows have gone on to make a significant impact in their communities, within their professions, and across the country. In May 2017, The Center conducted a survey to find out where these fellows are today, and how the APAWLI Program shaped their experiences and opened up leadership opportunities.  



of respondents

indicated that the APAWLI Program was either effective/extremely effective in connecting them to a network of other AAPI women leaders from across the country.



of respondents

noted that the Program was effective/extremely effective in providing them with emotional, spiritual, and physical guidance



of respondents

noted that their learning projects provided personal growth and meaning


“APAWLI helped me understand my internal spirit, and that new understanding gave me clarity on how to fight systems and pursue a different type of career path for myself.”

Tuyet Duong, APAWLI Class of 2011