This program is the first to bring women who are elected officials, judges, and community and business leaders together for the empowerment of Asian Pacific American (APA) women. Through thoughtful and candid discussions, we hope to build a strong network and knowledge base for up-and-coming APA women who are interested in bridging the gaps separating legal, financial, and political power in our communities.
- Networking Events for leaders in the community will be held for APA women to network with like-minded individuals in a casual environment, which could possibly lead to informal mentor-mentee relationships. The networking opportunities provided by CAUSE promote and facilitate the natural development of such relationships through continuous and frequent interaction.
- Panel Discussions, similar to the inaugural kickoff event held in 2008 - Women in Power will once again host a panel discussion to examine the role of APA women in today’s society.
- Workshops to provide participants of our Women in Power program with skills to help them develop into successful leaders.
- Policy Briefings in order to keep local elected APA women informed about issues our community is facing.
Launched in 2008, the Women in Power program has featured speakers such as: noted political columnist, Arianna Huffington; Congresswoman Judy Chu, the longest serving Asian American female public official in California; Diamond Bar Council Member Ling Ling Chang, a young professional who is on the verge of a burgeoning political career; California State Senator Carol Liu, and Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, formerly a Los Angeles City Councilmember and one of the most popular politicians in Los Angeles.
Since then, the Women in Power program has brought together civically-minded women with political and legal role models. The likes of Debra Wong Yang (former U.S. Attorney), Wendy Greuel (current Controller for the City of Los Angeles) and Congresswoman Mazie Hirono were able to share their stories and experience on how they reached such high profile positions, effectively breaking the proverbial glass ceiling.
Women in Power Executive Committee
The idea for the Women in Power Executive Committee was envisioned at a function for the first Asian Pacific American female State Senator, the Honorable Carol Liu. At the same event CAUSE honored all local elected woman leaders in city governments, school boards, special districts and commissions. The success of this event in conjunction with the call for future woman leaders to continue breaking through the glass ceiling brought forth the formation of the Women in Power Executive Council, spearheaded by Congresswoman Judy Chu, Senator Carol Liu, Board of Equalization Member Michelle Park Steel and California Superior Court Judge Ruth Kwan. This Executive Council has brought together women leaders in the political, judicial, and business communities to develop a pipeline connecting future women leaders with the current APA female occupants of "milestone" offices.
This broad-based Executive Council advises CAUSE on programs and helps mentor young APA women who include local elected officials on the requirements and processes associated with taking the next steps toward higher office.
For more information on the Women in Power program please contact the CAUSE office at (626) 356-9878 or email at