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Women's Gala
Tuesday, May 14 at 

Strength Unveiled:

A Celebration of Women's Success Through Resilience and Perseverance

The annual SupChina Women's Conference & Gala has been held for the last 8 years to shine a spotlight on visionary women leaders shaping U.S.-China industries.  We have highlighted over 100 women in various industries looking to make their mark on the world and support peaceful ties between the East and West.


This year, the event is being powered by The Serica Initiative and has evolved to honor AAPI women with outstanding achievements and contributions in their respective fields. In addition, we will honor three under 40 "Rising Stars" from a list of nominated AAPI women to celebrate the younger women generation and inspire the future to continue making a difference in this world.


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"I am, like others across the network, renewed in my optimism (and pride) for what these generations of women are achieving… and the promise that lies ahead."

David O'Brien, Former Chief of Staff, EY, Current Trustee, Peterson Institute

Past Women's Gala Honorees

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

The SupChina Women's Gala & Conference has worked for 7 years to honor strong, independent, and intelligent women working in the China space. This year we bring it to a new level, focusing on AAPI women whose experience and merit in the workplace have made a positive impact on their industry. Honoring these women help remind the world of the importance of women in maintaining a stable, fruitful, and beautiful society for all. 


CEO, BYD Americas

Stella Li

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International Best-selling Author

Amy Chua

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U.S. Trade Representative

Katherine Tai

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Co-CEO of Asia Pacific, CEO of China, Morgan Stanley

Wei Sun Christianson

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Award-winning producer and

President of The Academy of

Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Janet Yang

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Renowned Chinese-American Artist

Dora Fugh Lee

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Globally Acclaimed Concert Pianist

Yujia Wang

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Chair of Global Research, J.P. Morgan

Joyce Chang

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Emmy-winning TV host and producer, entrepreneur, fashion icon, best-selling author and humanitarian

Yue-Sai Kan

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Award-winning TV Host known as "The Chinese Oprah", and Chairperson of Sun Media Group

Yang Lan

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Nominate an


Women's Gala
Rising Star


Our talented judges, listed below, will choose one winner for each category:



To meet the criteria for nomination, the Rising Star nominee must:

1)   Identify as a woman and be under 40 years of age

2)   Have a professional involvement with an Asian Country

3)   Have a demonstrable track record of excellence

4)   Work within the selected industry


*Entrepreneurs would entail anyone that has started a business or become successful from their own writings or content creation.

**Options for Corporate includes positions at firms in any industry, for example tech, healthcare, consulting, finance, media, banking, etc.

***Non-profit includes academia and think-tank work

Winners will receive:

1) A ticket to attend our May 14 Gala in New York City for high-value networking and an award on stage.

2) Publicity of their accomplishments in event materials and promotions.

3) Access to a network of professional mentors and fellow talented women.

Nominations due by March 31, 2024.

We continue to honor inspiring talents from the next generation of women with our Rising Star Awards.

2024 Rising Star Judges

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Sheryl WuDunn

Pulitzer-winning Journalist & Author

The first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, Sheryl WuDunn has journeyed through several industries, from banking to journalism and book writing, pulling together critical insights to bear upon her work. She has co-authored 5 best-selling novels. Most recently, she has written a new book, A Path Appears, about spreading opportunity and making a difference in the world. Previously, she was co-author of Half the Sky, about the oppression of women and girls around the world. She was listed by Newsweek as one of the 150 Women who Shake the World.


Amy Chua

Yale Prof & Best-selling Author

Amy Chua is the John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She is an internationally bestselling author of several non-fiction titles, including her 2011 memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, which was a runaway international bestseller that has been translated into over 30 languages. Shortly after, Amy was listed as was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and cum laude from Harvard Law School. After practicing on Wall Street for a few years, she joined the Yale Law School faculty in 2001. The Golden Gate is her fiction debut. 


Yang Lan

The 'Chinese Oprah' & Chairperson, Sun Media Group

Yang Lan is a leading Chinese proprietor, media specialist, journalist, and talk show host. In 2013, she was ranked number 100 in Forbes magazine's 100 World’s Most Powerful Women. Ms. Yang first made her name when she hosted CCTV’s “Zhengda Variety Show”, which earned her “Golden Microphone Award” in 1994. Her show “Yang Lan Studio” for Hong Kong based Phoenix TV, has become China’s longest in-depth talk show of more than 600 interviews with leaders around the world. In 2005 she created “Her Village”, a TV talk show geared towards Chinese urban female audience, which was developed into a multimedia community to empower women.


Shau Zhang

Americas China Overseas Investment Leader, EY

Shau is the Leader of Americas China Overseas Investment at Ernst & Young LLP (EY). She is responsible for serving the dynamic needs of cross-border investors and businesses from China operating in the Americas. Starting from the ground up, Shau has facilitated cross-border trade activity in the tens of billions, including some of the largest inbound transactions in history. On these transactions, she has advised clients at the C-suite and Chairman level on the cooperative and business practices that will facilitate sustainable value creation. Under Shau’s leadership, EY has become a recognized market leader among Chinese inbound investors.

Previous Rising Stars

Previous Rising Stars have included entrepreneurs, documentary filmmakers, international mega-connectors and social impact leaders. Some of our past Rising Stars include:

Ruby WangMedical Doctor; Managing Director, Lintris Consulting; Digital Health Council, UK Royal Society of Medicine

Victoria Lee, Co-founder of Welcome to Chinatown

Sisi Sung, Academic researcher & author of The Economics of Gender in China

Cindy Mi,  CEO, VIP Kids

Di Cai, Partner at Sanders Capital; Standup comedian

Emma Yang, Winner of 2017 MIT Solve Brain Health Challenge and the 2018 Women Startup Challenge Grand Prize

Ingrid Yin, Founder and Partner of Partner, MayTech Global

Jiayan "Jenny" Shi, documentary filmmaker

Nika Soon-Shiong, Founder and Executive Director, Fund for Guaranteed Income
Virginia Tan, Founding Partner, Teja Ventures, Co-founder, She Loves Tech


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Architecturally designed, this premiere event space in Tribeca boasts 360° of uninterrupted and breathtaking views of Manhattan. The 30,000 square foot space is complemented by a modern and minimalistic design. Large windowed walls offer panoramic views that stretch for miles – engulfing you with NYC’s captivating energy, day or night.

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Are the tables/tickets tax deductible? 

Yes! Contributions to the Serica Initiative are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law; the non-deductible portion of each dinner ticket is $350.

Is this the first Serica Women's Gala?

While this is the first year that Serica is running the event, this event has a long history honoring professional women working to improve China-U.S. relations. This event will continue the mission of past years, but also expand to include more AAPI professionals. 

What is the dress code?

The dress code is black tie. 

What is the refund policy?

We regret that tickets, tables and contributions for Serica Initiative are not refundable after 1 week before the gala.

Will there be the conference portion like in past years? 

This year will feature special lead up webinar events with various expert speakers. Stay tuned for more information.

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