Dear APAWLI Fellows, Sisters, Community Supporters and Sponsors,

Happy Holidays to you and your family! As 2018 comes to a close, I was reflecting on my own journey for the past seven months, as interim Executive Director. This experience has been humbling, exciting and an amazing journey. I’ve learned about myself as I’ve experienced significant changes in my own life. I have met and spoken with many supporters of the organization and connected with wonderful people and I am grateful. Let me start with:

A big THANK YOU to the volunteers who are working with me throughout the year to help CAPAW moving forward. These individuals work behind the scenes to keep CAPAW moving forward. They are:

  • Gloria Adeboi focuses on metrics, processes and fundraising. Portland, OR

  • Laura Cansicio engages her efforts on budget and fundraising. Atlanta, GA

  • Yujin Maeng stewards social media, posts for website, Facebook, Twitter. Chicago, IL

  • Zijian Peng helped to start the Salesforce database and maintains it. Birmingham, AL

  • Cathy Chang is working with Titan Management marketing firm in Houston, refreshing the CAPAW website. The new website will be up soon! Portland, OR

I worked with a wonderful team for the October 26th Denver reception at Sakura Square! Martha Lee, Ramona Chun, Yem Fong, DJ Ida, Ding Wen Hsu and others. It’s been a fantastic way for connections. Our community partners were Asian Chamber of Commerce, Sakura Square LLC and CU-Denver. We had such a great response from the community, we’re going back into Denver for a Denver Regional Conference on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Planning is well underway and the conference and invitations are coming out in January via Eventbrite.

The Confucius Institute, at the Community College of Denver, has donated space for CAPAW to host the Regional Conference! We will continue to build our Denver community partners throughout this process.

APAWLI Refresh in Hawaii: Puanani Burgess

As the APAWLI legacy continues to build into the future, our teacher and mentor Puanani Burgess gave a gift to CAPAW. We gathered in Wai’anae where she shared her teachings and her love for the organization…it was a community. APAWLI Fellows and supporters gathered and we re-experienced Session 1 of the APAWLI signature program. “Who am I, and so what?”  Understanding and connecting to who we are as individuals, the ability to believe in ourselves, while acknowledging our culture, is key to becoming our whole selves. As we refresh the curriculum, it was another opportunity experience why the APAWLI experience is unique and a powerful process for personal reflection and change. Along with everyone who attended, I want to acknowledge Kevin Fong and Mee Moua, who are supporters of CAPAW. Rosie Abriam, thank you for leading us through Tai Chi!

We also took a moment to honor our sisters Laura Efurd and Esther Goodhart. It was meaningful, beautiful and a wonderful way to remember them. We had the rare opportunity to be with amazing Hawaii sisters! Thank you to Mele Meyer for hosting and Dona Hanaike for coordinating the gathering.

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CAPAW’s 25 Year Anniversary

2020 is CAPAW’s 25 year anniversary, as the organization was incorporated May 31, 1995. The steering committee was formed and met starting in October. They are Donna Cole, Martha Lee (founder), Juliet Beezley, Beatrice Lee, Ramon Chun and Tuyet Duong (yes, from Korea). Invitations will be sent first quarter 2019! If you are interested in volunteering or have ideas for the Summit, please let me know at We need your best thinking!


We started a yearend fundraising effort to raise $5,000 from November 8 to December 31.

We have less than seven days in the year and we have $800 to go! I am asking our CAPAW community to help us. All of our wonderful individual donors, you are making a difference for those APAWLI fellows in 2019! THANK YOU.

CAPAW Board members… I can’t ask for a more supportive Board who want to make a positive difference. I am proud to be working with them! They are a phenomenal group.

How can you get involved?

There are many ways to help CAPAW and we would appreciate your engagement:

  • Identify potential APAWLI Fellows and refer them to Sue Ann at Deadline for application is 2/1/19.

  • Donate your time and talent. We are looking for a new Board Member with a background in Accounting & Finance ASAP.

  • We need your stories. Since graduating from the APAWLI program, tell us about you and what you’ve been up to with your families, careers and communities.

  • Donate funds. We are raising funds for future APAWLI Fellows.

  • Attend a conference. We have two regional conferences in 2019. Denver is March 9, 2019 and planning is well underway. Atlanta will be October 19, 2019.

Donors & Sponsors

Thank you to:

  • State Farm, Southwest Airlines, Comcast NBCUniversal, Walmart and Cole Chemical! Your support has been critical to helping development of AAPI leaders.

  • National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP - Atlanta) for your support of CAPAW.

2018 was a year of change and transformation. 2019 will be a year of taking CAPAW to new heights. We have two Regionals, APAWLI and also opportunities to host receptions and continue to build our relationships in the community.

THANK YOU for supporting CAPAW! May you have a safe and happy holiday.

Sue Ann Hong
Interim Executive Director CAPAW
T: 309-287-6240