the center for asian pacific american women
 
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Our Mission:

Building Whole Person Leaders one at a time.

It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you are not.

 
 
 
 
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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.

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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.  

 

84%

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.

 

83%

of respondents

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

 
 

90%

of respondents

noted that their learning projects provided personal growth and meaning

 
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“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