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AAPI Women's Gala 2024
Tuesday, May 14 at

Strength Unveiled:

A Celebration of Women's Success Through Resilience and Perseverance

Black Tie Optional

The annual Women's Conference & Gala has been held for the last 8 years in New York City to shine a spotlight on visionary women leaders.  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 and women in business from Asia 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.


All proceeds from this benefit gala will go to supporting AAPI storytelling programs and causes. Buy a ticket to help us reach our fundraising goal!!


Previous Women's Events


2024 Honorees

The Women's Gala & Conference has worked for 8 years to honor strong, independent, and intelligent women who have built strong careers for themselves and 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. Our honorees this year are stellar women who personify excellence despite all obstacles in their way. Click on the photos to learn more about each's extraordinary journey.

Honoree Events

View all these webinars on our YouTube by clicking the photos below

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It was truly a beautiful evening. Fun, entertaining, and so important to be together with so many strong and impressive women, like-minded in our hopes for the U.S.-China relationship."

Roberta Lipson, Board Chairperson, United Family Hospitals

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

The annual Women's Conference/Gala is where I get 'fueled up' for the year - to be inspired and energized by fellow successful women who succeed in juggling their career and respective personal lives."

Lili Zheng, Partner, Deloitte China Services Group

Past Women's Gala Honorees

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

Nominate an


AAPI Women's Gala 2024
Rising Star

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

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.

Sponsored by: 


2024 Rising Star Winners

2024 Rising Star Judges

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; Stand-up comedian

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

Ingrid Yin, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of 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

Emcees & Talent

Ex-CEO, WeWork Asia, Former CCTV News Anchor 



Get access to top business leaders and support AAPI diversity and inclusion with a tax deductible donation to the event. Please contact us at to learn more about all the sponsorship benefits.

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

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Auction Sponsors



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.

Parking & Transit Options: 

  • There is a valet lot at 34 Desbrosses St. that is open to the public for parking. 


  • Select uber/lyft drop off for 10 Desbrosses St. Tribeca, Manhattan

  • The venue is very close to the 1, A, C, and E Canal station subway lines. 



Thank You to Our Partners

Follow these organizations to learn more about their initiatives and how to support them.



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 AAPI 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 optional.

What is the refund policy?

You can receive a refund up to one week before the event begins.

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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