Press Release

CAUSE Board Legal Counsel Kenneth Lee Nominated to Serve as Judge on the Ninth Circuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Haidee Pan
Director of Marketing & Communications
Phone: (213)269-4639
Email: haidee@causeusa.org

Los Angeles, CA – October 10, 2018 – CAUSE proudly congratulates our Board of Directors Legal Counsel Kenneth Lee for his nomination by President Donald J. Trump to serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Kenneth Lee is a partner in the Los Angeles, California, office of Jenner & Block LLP, where his practice focuses on appellate litigation and internal investigations, and where he serves on the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He has briefed and argued appeals in multiple federal courts of appeals, including the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, and Ninth Circuits. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, providing free legal representation to indigent and incarcerated clients. Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Lee served as Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush and as an associate with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Lee clerked for Judge Emilio M. Garza of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Lee received his A.B. from Cornell University, summa cum laude, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Kenneth has been an active CAUSE Board Member and has provided the organization with invaluable legal and community building support.

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James Hsu Named Managing Partner of the Squire Patton Boggs Los Angeles Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES – April 05, 2018 – Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce that James Hsu has been appointed managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office. The managing partner role transitions to Mr. Hsu from Adam Fox, who was appointed to the firm’s 12-person Global Board earlier this year.

“In the years that I have known James, he has proven to be an exceptional lawyer and a leader. His integrity, commitment to clients and civic engagement make him a natural choice to carry the torch in the Los Angeles market,” said Mark J. Ruehlmann, Chairman and Global CEO of Squire Patton Boggs. “It is with deep respect and admiration that I thank Adam for his service to the Los Angeles office, and am pleased he will continue to serve in a senior leadership position at the firm.”

Mr. Hsu, who currently leads the Los Angeles Corporate Practice Group, represents clients in a broad range of corporate finance and securities matters, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity offerings, joint ventures, public finance transactions, tax-exempt financing, fund formation and private equity/venture capital transactions.

Mr. Hsu has particular experience representing clients in complex multijurisdictional acquisition and divestiture transactions. Fluent in Spanish and Chinese, he has focused on practices in Latin America and the Greater China region. Over the last two decades, Mr. Hsu has represented numerous clients in inbound and outbound matters involving jurisdictions such as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Spain, Australia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam. In addition to his cross-border corporate transactional practice, Mr. Hsu also has extensive litigation experience representing clients in US federal and state court actions, arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Mr. Hsu is active in the community and serves on the board of a number of not-for-profit organizations, including the Asian Business League (ABL), Center of Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE), Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) and UCLA Department of Political Science. In 2007, Mr. Hsu received The California Lawyer’s Angel Award for outstanding pro bono service.

“Adam has been a tireless steward for the firm and it is an honor to take up this role,” said Mr. Hsu. “We have a talented, diverse team in LA that is closely integrated into the global firm and will carry forward our tradition of exceptional client service.”

Mr. Fox assumed the role of the Los Angeles office managing partner in 2015, while maintaining his positions as leader of the firm’s False Advertising Litigation & Protection Practice and the Food & Beverage Litigation Practice. Mr. Fox focuses on handling and trying to verdict high-stakes controversies spanning a wide range of subject matters. In addition to his leadership in many false advertising class actions and competitor suits under the Lanham Act (often in the food and beverage industry), he also has substantial experience in other complex commercial cases and those involving environmental contamination or exposure. A graduate of the Riordan Volunteer Leadership Development Program, Mr. Fox serves as co-chair of the Los Angeles branch of the National Campaign to Stop Violence and coordinates the Los Angeles office’s pro bono activities.

“James is a stellar lawyer with substantial cross-border corporate and M&A transactions,” said Mr. Fox. “His leadership, judgement, global perspective and commitment to service make him an excellent choice for this role.”

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Gavin Newsom Declines Participation in First-ever APA-focused Gubernatorial Debate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Miko Jao
Manager of Voter Engagement
Phone: 626-356-9838
Email: miko@causeusa.org

Pasadena, CA – April 16, 2018 – Gavin Newsom, the front-runner candidate for California’s governor race is the only one out of six invited candidates to decline participation in the first-ever, APA-focused gubernatorial debate. The selection criteria for candidates to participate was based on the data results from extensive polling conducted at the time of determination.

Representatives from Newsom’s campaign team officially responded as follows, “Unfortunately based on the large number of debate requests and competing demands for the Lieutenant Governor’s time, we will be unable to attend. For context, by the end of February, we will have already completed seven candidate debates and forums…”

With the support and partnership of over 70+ community organizations and 15+ press agencies, the 2018 APA-facing Gubernatorial Debate is the first ever California gubernatorial debate to focus on the unique issues facing Asian Pacific Americans. With the APA population comprising nearly 15% of California’s electorate, the APA community could potentially decide the outcome of the 2018 elections.

Community leaders in the APA community are collectively disappointed at Gavin Newsom’s lack of concern for APA-facing issues. “This is a unique and rare opportunity to talk to the APA community,” said Charlie Woo, Board Chair of CAUSE. “Not showing up is really disrespectful. Doesn’t Gavin know what respect is?”

Kim Yamasaki, CAUSE Executive Director, also chimed in saying, “We understand that there are many debates competing for candidates’ time and attention. But this is the chance to make history. Too often, the APA voting bloc is left out of political discussions. The absence and unwillingness of a front-running candidate to participate in this debate is just another classic example of our community being ignored.”

Members and leaders of the APA community have also expressed their concerns online via Twitter, using the hashtag #WheresGavin. A few of these tweets are included below:

@andrew_y_chen “@GavinNewsom Asian Americans have long been taken for granted as reliable party votes in one direction or the other. We finally get the chance to showcase our community’s issues on a statewide platform and you bail? That’s not leadership.”

Twitter, 2 April 2018, 2:31PM, https://twitter.com/andrew_y_chen/status/980920639400722432

@rickychoi “Five candidates have shown that they respect the Asian Pacific American community and have confirmed for California’s first ever #APAGovDebate but #WheresGavin? Sure, ignore 15% of California’s electorate and the fastest growing ethnic group in the nation.”

Twitter, 2 April 2018, 7:03PM, https://twitter.com/rickychoi/status/980989124478816256

@altonwang “The #APAGovDebate will be the 1st time California’s gubernatorial candidates will directly address the #AAPI community—but while the other top six candidates have confirmed, @GavinNewsom has not. Absence speaks volumes of a candidate’s commitment to our communities. #WheresGavin?”

Twitter, 2 April 2018, 1:54PM, https://twitter.com/altonwang/status/980911388410499072

There is still hope that Gavin Newsom will reconsider his decision to not participate in the APA-focused gubernatorial debate. Yamasaki added, “We would gladly welcome his participation. But another part of us thinks that it shouldn’t have to even take convincing.”

The APA Gubernatorial Debate will take place on Friday, April 27, 2018, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST). Admission to the debate is free and open to the public at the Sexson Auditorium of Pasadena City College (1570 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91106). To RSVP, please click here.

Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community through nonpartisan voter outreach, training, and education as well as leadership development.

Media and press agencies interested in partnership opportunities for this debate should contact Miko Jao, CAUSE Manager of Voter Engagement at miko@causeusa.org 

For any further inquiries, please contact CAUSE via phone at (626) 356-9838 or email at info@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website at www.causeusa.org. Our office is located at 260 S. Los Robles Avenue, #115, Pasadena, CA 91101

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2018 APA-Facing Gubernatorial Debate Secures 5 Leading Candidates

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Contact: Miko Jao

Manager of Voter Engagement

Phone: 626-356-9838

Email: miko@causeusa.org

 

2018 APA-Facing Gubernatorial Debate Secures 5 Leading Candidates

Pasadena, CA – March 26, 2018 – Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE) has partnered with over 70+ community organizations and 15+ press agencies in the Asian Pacific American (APA) community to host the first ever APA facing-Gubernatorial Debate on Friday, April 27, 2018, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST). Admission to the debate is free and open to the public at the Sexson Auditorium of Pasadena City College (1570 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91106). To RSVP, please click here.

“The first ever APA-Facing Gubernatorial Debate will be historical for the state of California,” said Kim Yamasaki, Executive Director of CAUSE. “This will be an opportunity for our gubernatorial candidates to share their stance on our community’s needs and issues.”

The selection criteria for candidates to participate in the 2018 APA-Facing Gubernatorial Debate was based on the data results from extensive polling conducted at the time of determination.

 The following candidates have confirmed their attendance:

  • Travis Allen, CA State Assemblyman (R)

  • John Chiang, CA State Treasurer (D)

  • John Cox, Businessman (R)

  • Delaine Eastin, Former CA State Superintendent of Education (D)

  • Antonio Villaraigosa, Former Mayor of the City of Los Angeles (D)

Candidate Gavin Newsom, CA State Lieutenant Governor has declined to attend the event. Representatives from Newsom’s campaign team officially responded as follows, “Unfortunately based on the large number of debate requests and competing demands for the Lieutenant Governor’s time, we will be unable to attend. For context, by the end of February, we will have already completed seven candidate debates and forums…”

The response drew concern from leaders within the APA community. “The APA community will no longer be associated with being soft-spoken,” said Charlie Woo, Chair of CAUSE. “…we are a community that will not be ignored. Our gubernatorial candidates need to treat us with the same respect as all other communities.”

Paul Song, President of Physicians for a National Health Program California, also chimed in and encouraged candidates to take APA voters seriously. Understanding that the debate has the ability to impact the decision-making process of APA voters, Song emphasized, “We are not a monolithic group, but rather politically diverse and independent minded. Therefore we encourage all gubernatorial candidates not to dismiss this wonderful opportunity and to readily participate in the [debate]. It is very important for each candidate to share their visions, goals, and to speak directly to an important constituency.”

Today, APA communities are the fastest growing ethnic group across the nation. Additionally, more than one-third (5.7 million) of the United States’ APA population resides in California. California is also home to the largest number of APA-owned businesses (32% of the total in the nation) and has a consumer market of $172 billion. With the APA population comprising nearly 15% of California’s electorate, the APA community could potentially decide the outcome of the 2018 elections.

“… Candidates and elected officials alike must address the growing AAPI community to succeed here, which is why the first AAPI-focused Gubernatorial Debate hosted by CAUSE is so important,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, Founder and Director of AAPI Data. “By showing up, candidates demonstrate their commitment to addressing issues facing the AAPI community, and that they understand the power of our vote.”

The debate will be held in front of a live audience as well as streamed for broadcast by media outlets with English and Asian language programming.

Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community through nonpartisan voter outreach, training, and education as well as leadership development.

Media and press agencies interested in partnership opportunities for this debate should contact Miko Jao, CAUSE Manager of Voter Engagement at miko@causeusa.org 

For any further inquiries, please contact CAUSE via phone at (626) 356-9838 or email at info@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website at www.causeusa.org. Our office is located at 260 S. Los Robles Avenue, #115, Pasadena, CA 91101

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Cause Mobilizes APA Community For Its 25th Annual Gala: “The Time Is Now!”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Haidee Pan

Director of Marketing & Communications

Phone: 626-356-9838

Email: haidee@causeusa.org

CAUSE mobilizes APA community for its 25th Annual Gala – “The Time Is Now!”

Pasadena, CA – March 23, 2018 – Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the L.A. Hotel Downtown (333 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071).

The schedule of events is as follows:
6:00 P.M. VIP Reception | Pacific Room
6:00 P.M. Silent Auction & Networking | California Ballroom Foyer
7:00 P.M. Dinner Program | California Ballroom

The CAUSE Annual Gala is the premier APA event for those interested in politics and community. It boasts the largest attendance of APA elected officials and is a celebration of those striving to make an impact in our community. More than 100 APA federal, state and local officials from all over California will be in attendance. The gala also serves as the largest fundraiser of the year for CAUSE. Funds raised help sustain our many programs and services, which include voter outreach, training, and education and leadership development programs. Our programs have proven to be successful in encouraging increased civic engagement and political leadership in the Greater Los Angeles area and beyond. Additionally, 400+ guests are expected to attend this year— all of whom are dedicated to elevating the APA community.

This year’s theme is “The Time is Now!” CAUSE Executive Director Kim Yamasaki says, “As our country enters a new era of politics, it is important, now more than ever, to mobilize and empower our community, to make an impact in future elections.”

We are delighted to recognize the following honoree for their audacity and resolve to stand as a leader for the APA community:

Inspirational Leadership Award
Los Angeles Councilmember David Ryu

Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represented the 4th council district which includes the neighborhoods of Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and a portion of Koreatown.

Ryu studied economics at UCLA; Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers; won a prestigious United Nations graduate internship; and was a Netkal Fellow at USC’s School of Social Work.

As Senior Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke, he worked for years on issues like public health, housing, children and family services, transportation and senior services. He helped oversee the County budget and worked for a time as a Special Investigator for the Auditor-Controller, rooting out waste and fraudulent expenditures.

Ryu returned to the non-profit world and served as Director of Development and Public Affairs at one of Los Angeles’s largest non-profit health care providers: Kedren Acute Psychiatric Hospital and Community Health Center.

On July 1st, 2015 Ryu became the first Korean American to serve on the LA City Council and only the second Asian American.

“The work that CAUSE does to empower leadership and organize the API community is remarkable, effective and important,” Councilmember Ryu said. “I am so honored to receive this award, and to work with CAUSE on bringing a new generation of leadership to the fore, inspiring the voices of our community, and ensuring that Asian-Americans remain a key part of the Los Angeles story.”

Press will receive complimentary admission; to reserve your press spot, please RSVP with Audrey Soriano by email at audrey@causeusa.org or phone at (818) 621-3642 by Tuesday, April 3.

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the civic and political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through nonpartisan voter registration and education, community outreach, and leadership development.

For press inquiries, please contact CAUSE via phone at (626) 356-9838 or email at info@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website, www.causeusa.org. Our offices are located at 260 S. Los Robles Avenue, #115, Pasadena, CA 91101.

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CAUSE Welcomes 2017 Veterans Initiative Fellows

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Haidee Pan

Director of Marketing & Communications

Phone: 626-356-9838

Email: haidee@causeusa.org

CAUSE  Welcomes 2017 Veterans Initiative Fellows

Los Angeles, CA – August 25, 2017 – Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) will host the 2017 Veterans Initiative Kickoff on Friday, August 25, 2017 at the Hershey/Crocker Room of the Omni Los Angeles Hotel (251 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012), from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Join us as we welcome the 2017 class of Veterans Initiative fellows!

The kickoff will feature keynote speaker, The Honorable Jay Chen of the Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees & Lieutenant of the US Naval Reserve.

The CAUSE Veterans Initiative is a fellowship and civic leadership program for veterans and reservists who are seeking community leadership roles outside of the military. The Veterans Initiative program was specifically designed for veterans interested in increasing the accessibility and awareness of available veterans resources as well as learning how to effectively advocate on behalf of Asian Pacific American (APA) veterans issues. In this program, participants are provided with mentors, professional development opportunities, and issue/policy briefings.

During this program, participants will not only gain insight on issues related to the veteran community and how to provide assistance, but will also be exposed to opportunities for individual professional development. Exclusive access to a network of prominent mentors and enhanced political awareness are a few notable examples.

This program is open to the public. Elected officials, community leaders, press members, family, and friends are welcome to join. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at CVIKickoff.eventbrite.com.

$15 valet parking. Nearby parking lots are available at varying rates.

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the  political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community through nonpartisan voter outreach, training, and education as well as leadership development.

For any further inquiries, please contact CAUSE via phone at (626) 356-9838 or email at info@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website at www.causeusa.org. Our office is located at 260 S. Los Robles Avenue, #115, Pasadena, CA 91101

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CAUSE Hosts Graduation For Leadership Academy Class Of 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Haidee Pan

Director of Marketing & Communications

Phone: 626-356-9838

Email: haidee@causeusa.org

CAUSE Hosts Graduation for Leadership Academy Class of 2017

Pasadena, CA – August 18, 2017 – Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) will host the 2017 Leadership Academy Graduation on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the KPCC The Crawford Family Forum (474 S. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105), from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

The CAUSE Leadership Academy Graduation celebrates the 2017 Leadership Academy class’ completion of a rigorous nine-week internship program. Join elected officials, community leaders, local press, and families to congratulate the leaders of tomorrow!

The graduation will feature keynote speaker, Congressmember Judy Chu of the 27th Congressional District of California and Master of Ceremonies Jack Song, Marketing & Communications Lead at LimeBike and an alumni of the CAUSE Leadership Academy (Class of 2001).

Since its inception in 1991, the CAUSE Leadership Academy develops a pipeline of leadership for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. The program prepares its participants to be leaders at the forefront of the democratic process through learning the importance of civic engagement and political participation. Graduates of this program have gone on to run for political office and have become leaders in politics, business, and nonprofits.

The CAUSE Leadership Academy offers opportunities for students to gain firsthand experience in politics through constituent services, community organizing, community relations, and legislative research. Interns are required to participate in civic leadership workshops, work full time in a political office, attend an APA internship conference in Sacramento, and complete a group voter engagement project.

The Class of 2017 Leadership Academy Cohort includes:

  • Anna Katrina Alvarado, California State University, Los Angeles | Intern at the Office of California State Assemblymember Chris Holden

  • Sylvia Guan, University of Pennsylvania | Intern at the Office of California State Senator Josh Newman

  • Sabrina Inoue, University of Michigan | Intern at the Office of California State Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi

  • Jeffery Jen, Pomona College | Intern at the Office of US Congressmember Judy Chu

  • Nayada “Mint” Katavetin, University of California, Berkeley | Intern at the Office of Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti

  • Diana Lam, Wellesley College | Intern at the Office of California State Assemblymember Ed Chau

  • Hanah Lee, Yale University | Intern at the Office of California State Senator Ed Hernandez

  • Dim Mang, University of Michigan | Intern at the Office of California State Controller Betty Yee

  • Erika Ngo, Whittier College | Intern at the Office of California State Treasurer John Chiang

  • Sonia Romero, University of Southern California | Intern at the Office of US Congressmember Adam Schiff

  • Stephanie Sun, University of California, Berkeley | Intern at the Office of US Congressmember Mimi Walters

  • Eric Thai, University of California, Davis | Intern at the Office of California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon

  • Allison Vo, University of California, San Diego | Intern at the Office of US Congressmember Lou Correa

  • Helen Yu, Duke University | Intern at the Office of California State Senator Ben Allen

  • Olivia Zheng, Amherst College | Intern at the Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu

This program is open to the public. Elected officials, community leaders, press members, family, and friends are welcome to join. Admission is free and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 16 at CLAGraduation.eventbrite.com.

Street parking and parking at local lots are available at varying rates. Public transit is encouraged.

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the  political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community through nonpartisan voter outreach, training, and education as well as leadership development.

For any further inquiries, please contact CAUSE via phone at (626) 356-9838 or email at info@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website at www.causeusa.org. Our office is located at 260 S. Los Robles Avenue, #115, Pasadena, CA 91101

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CAUSE Hosts the 2017 Women In Power Annual Leadership Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Lindsey Horowitz

Director of Programs

Phone: 626-356-9838

Email: lindsey@causeusa.org

CAUSE Hosts the 2017 Women in Power Annual Leadership Conference

Pasadena, CA – July 21, 2017 – Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) will host the 2017 Women in Power Annual Leadership Conference on Friday, July 21, 2017 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel (506 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071), from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with a network reception to follow from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

The Women in Power (WIP) program aims to create opportunities for candid discussion regarding issues that women leaders face and to explore strategies for overcoming them. The WIP annual conference and networking programs help foster a community built on leadership, inspiration, and mentorship, empowering women to achieve their full leadership potential.

The program also serves as a recruitment tool to be able to ensure we are engaging with women of all different industries and ensuring that they are encouraged to apply and go through our other pipeline building and leadership development programming efforts such as the Leadership Academy and the Political Institute.

We are delighted to recognize the following honorees with the 2017 Women in Power Changemaker Award:

The Honorable Maria Contreras-Sweet
24th Administrator of the US Small Business Administration

Maria Contreras-Sweet is the 24th Administrator of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and was a member of President Obama’s cabinet. As a business leader, California state cabinet official, and entrepreneur, Contreras-Sweet’s achievements in bringing efficiencies and modernization to large scale organizations have earned her international acclaim. Her drive to bring SBA into the digital age, and expand into broader domestic and global markets, has yielded record results in lending and contracting for small businesses. Contreras-Sweet is a founding director of The California Endowment, a $3 billion foundation dedicated to improving the health status of Californians. She served on the boards of Blue Cross of California and numerous other nonprofit organizations.

Ming Chen Hsu
Director at the JT Tai & Company Foundation and Former FMC Commissioner

Ming Chen Hsu has extensive experience in international trade and commerce in both the public and private sectors. She was appointed as a Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission by former President George HW Bush and was confirmed by the United States Senate in 1990. She served on the commission for ten years. Hsu was actively involved in negotiations with the Chinese Ministry of Communications, which led to the US-China Maritime Bilateral Agreement signed by President George W. Bush and Premier Wen Jiabao in Washington in 2004. She’s the recipient of awards including the US Maritime Medal of Freedom, the Woman of Year Award from the Asian-American Professional Women’s Association, and George Washington University’s Alumni Achievement Award.

The schedule of events is as follows:

8:00 – 9:00 AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 AM

Opening Remarks

Kim Yamasaki
Executive Director, CAUSE

Nita Song
President & COO, IW Group

Sponsor Remarks

Trisha Muse
Director of Community Relations, Southern California Gas Company

9:15 – 10:30 AM

Panel 1: Women Leading & Influencing

What does it take to succeed in today’s workforce, especially in industries where there aren’t traditionally many women leaders? What unique perspectives and leadership styles do women in power bring to the table? Panelists will discuss what factors led to their rise to the top and the importance of gender diversity across all industries.

Shelly Kapoor Collins
General Partner, Shatter Fund

The Honorable Sachi A. Hamai
Los Angeles County CEO

Moderated by Nita Song
President & COO, IW Group

10:40 – 11:50 AM
Leadership Development Breakout Session: Language of Leadership

Language is a powerful tool. Language is the most common way we create and replicate culture in organizations. We use language to endorse for the talent of others or to sponsor them. Yet, when we use language in an automatic way, bias can creep into our choice of words, inadvertently softening our advocacy. Learn the language of leadership so that you can be the best advocate for yourself, your peers and your teammates.

Lori Nishiura Mackenzie
Executive Director, Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University

11:50 AM – 12:20 PM

Fireside Chat: Technology & Next Generation Leadership

New media is changing how we view the world around us and ourselves. The next generation of female leaders is utilizing online platforms, social media, and other avenues to influence our communities. We’ll hear insight from leaders in this space at different stages in their careers to learn more about how media is providing new opportunities for representation and empowerment.

Angeline Vuong
Director of Strategy & Marketing, Open Listings

Julie Zhan
Actress, Dancer, & Producer – YouTube Creative

Moderated by Mariko S. Carpenter
Vice President for Strategic Community Alliances, Nielsen

12:30 – 1:30 PM

Luncheon

Sponsor Remarks

Emily Wang
Senior Vice President & Director of Marketing and Community Development, East West Bank

2017 Women in Power Changemaker Award

The Honorable Maria Contreras-Sweet
24th Administrator of the US Small Business Administration

Ming Chen Hsu
Director at the JT Tai & Company Foundation and Former FMC Commissioner

1:30 – 2:45 PM

Panel 2: Power with a Purpose

What good is power if there is no purpose behind it? How can a sense of meaning and desire to serve your community drive your personal success? Panelists will share their path to leadership, what led them to serve their communities, and how their community leadership enhanced their professional careers.

Faye Washington
President & CEO, YWCA Greater Los Angeles

The Honorable Betty T. Yee
California State Controller

Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed
18 Million Rising & #GoodMuslimBadMuslim

Moderated by Kimberly Freeman
Assistant Dean for Diversity Initiatives & Community Relations, UCLA Anderson School of Management

2:45 – 3:00 PM

Closing Remarks

3:00 – 4:00 PM

VIP Reception

3:00 – 5:00 PM

General Networking Reception

Tickets are $85. Please RSVP by Tuesday, July 18 at wipconference.eventbrite.com.

Hotel valet parking is available for event attendees at a rate of $22.00 per car. Other parking options are available in the surrounding area at varying rates

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the  political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community through nonpartisan voter registration and education, community outreach, and leadership development.

For any further inquiries, please contact CAUSE via phone at (626) 356-9838 or email at info@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website at www.causeusa.org. Our office is located at 260 S. Los Robles Ave., #115 Pasadena, CA 91101

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CAUSE Welcomes Leadership Academy Class Of 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Lindsey Horowitz

Director of Programs

Phone: 626-356-9838

Email: lindsey@causeusa.org

CAUSE Welcomes Leadership Academy Class of 2017

Pasadena, CA – June 23, 2017 – Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) will host the 2017 Leadership Academy Kickoff Press Conference and Reception on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (350 S. Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017), from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Through this program, CAUSE will welcome and introduce the 2017 Leadership Academy Cohort. Program participants will share their stories and passion in serving the community. The Honorable Mike Eng of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees will serve as the keynote speaker for the program.

Since its inception in 1991, the CAUSE Leadership Academy develops a pipeline of leadership for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. The program prepares its participants to be leaders at the forefront of the democratic process through learning the importance of civic engagement and political participation. Graduates of this program have gone on to run for political office and have become leaders in politics, business, and nonprofits.

This year, CAUSE received a record number of applications from elite students across the nation. Participants went through a rigorous and comprehensive reviewing process. Decisions are made based on academic and personal excellence, as well as demonstrated leadership capabilities in extracurricular activities.

The CAUSE Leadership Academy offers opportunities for students to gain firsthand experience in politics through constituent services, community organizing, community relations, and legislative research.

Class of 2017 Leadership Academy Cohort includes:

  • Anna Katrina Alvarado, California State University, Los Angeles | Intern at the Office of California State Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD-41)

  • Sylvia Guan, University of Pennsylvania | Intern at the Office of California State Senator Josh Newman (SD-29)

  • Sabrina Inoue, University of Michigan | Intern at the Office of California State Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (AD-66)

  • Jeffery Jen, Pomona College | Intern at the Office of US Congressmember Judy Chu (CD-27)

  • Nayada “Mint” Katavetin, University of California, Berkeley | Intern at the Office of Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti

  • Diana Lam, Wellesley College | Intern at the Office of California State Assemblymember Ed Chau (AD-49)

  • Hanah Lee, Yale University | Intern at the Office of California State Senator Ed Hernandez (SD-22)

  • Dim Mang, University of Michigan | Intern at the Office of California State Controller Betty Yee

  • Erika Ngo, Whittier College | Intern at the Office of California State Treasurer John Chiang

  • Sonia Romero, University of Southern California | Intern at the Office of US Congressmember Adam Schiff (CD-28)

  • Stephanie Sun, University of California, Berkeley | Intern at the Office of US Congressmember Mimi Walters (CD-45)

  • Eric Thai, University of California, Davis | Intern at the Office of California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (AD-63)

  • Allison Vo, University of California, San Diego | Intern at the Office of US Congressmember Lou Correa (CD-46)

  • Helen Yu, Duke University | Intern at the Office of California State Senator Ben Allen (SD-26)

  • Zheng, Amherst College | Intern at the Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu (District 4)

This program is open to the public. Elected officials, community leaders, press members, family, and friends are welcome to join. Admission is free and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 21 at CLAKickoff.eventbrite.com.

Underground parking is available at the L.A. Chamber on West 4th Street. Parking costs $2 for every 15 minutes with a maximum daily charge of $6. Additional parking is available at 417 South Boylston Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017. The parking is one block away from the L.A. Chamber and costs $7 per vehicle. Metered parking is also available surrounding the L.A. Chamber.

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the  political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community through nonpartisan voter registration and education, community outreach, and leadership development.

For any further inquiries, please contact CAUSE via phone at (626) 356-9838 or email at info@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website at www.causeusa.org. Our office is located at 260 S. Los Robles Ave., #115 Pasadena, CA 91101

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CAUSE Mobilizes APA Community For Its 24th Annual Gala – “Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders”

CAUSE mobilizes APA community for its 24th Annual Gala – “Empowering Tomorrow’s

Leaders”

Pasadena, CA – February 27, 2017 – Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) will be celebrating its 24th Anniversary on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the L.A. Hotel Downtown (333 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071). This year’s theme is “Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders.” As our country enters a new era of leadership, it is more important than ever to empower the future leaders and change-makers of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.

The schedule of events is as follows:

5:00 P.M. VIP Reception

6:00 P.M. Silent Auction & Networking | California Ballroom Foyer

7:00 P.M. Dinner Program | California Ballroom

The CAUSE Annual Gala is the premier APA event for those interested in politics and community. It boasts the largest attendance of APA elected officials and is a celebration of those striving to make an impact in our community. More than 100 APA federal, state and local officials from all

over California will be in attendance. The gala also serves as the largest fundraiser of the year for CAUSE. Funds raised help sustain our many programs and services, which include voter outreach, training, and education and leadership development programs. Our programs have proven to be successful in encouraging increased civic engagement and political leadership in the Greater Los Angeles area and beyond.

Additionally, 500 guests are expected to attend this year— all of whom are dedicated to elevating the APA community. We are delighted to recognize the following honorees for their audacity and resolve to stand as leaders for the APA community:

Partners in Public Service Award

The Hon. Anthony Rendon, 70th

Speaker of the California State Assembly and

Annie V. Lam, Principal, Lam Consulting Group

Speaker Rendon and Ms. Lam have exemplified the importance cross-sector partnership in civic leadership. Their commitment to public service in government and the nonprofit industry is commendable. Speaker Rendon and Ms. Lam’s long-standing support for the APA community includes supporting CAUSE’s past programs and helping us to inspire the next generation of civic and public service leaders.

Speaker Rendon was elected to the California State Assembly in 2012 and was sworn-in as the 70th Speaker of the Assembly in 2016. He represents the 63rd California Assembly District, which includes Bell, Cudahy, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, South Gate and a northern portion of Long Beach.

Ms. Lam specializes in governmental affairs, organizational development, and nonprofit management. Ms. Lam serves as the executive director for four nonprofits with complementary missions: the Asian Union Election Committee Education Fund (AUECEF), the League of California Cities Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus, the League of California Cities Women’s Caucus, and the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus Institute.

Community Championship Award

Mr. John Kobara

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

California Community Foundation

After serving five years on the Board of Directors, Mr. Kobara was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the California Community Foundation in 2008. For more than 40 years, Mr. Kobara has been leading and managing diverse and complex non-profit and for-profit organizations, including CK12 Foundation, OnlineLearning.net, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. More than anything, Mr. Kobara considers himself an educator and teacher. He has taught hundreds of classes and workshops for undergraduate and graduate students, including participants in CAUSE’s leadership development programs for many years.

Corporate Citizenship Award

Mr. Patrick Niemann

Managing Partner – Greater Los Angeles

Ernst & Young LLP

As Managing Partner for Greater Los Angeles at Ernst & Young LLP, Patrick Niemann leads a team of 1,600 professionals who serve more than 1,000 innovative and entrepreneurial companies. Mr. Niemann is also a client-serving partner who works with public and private companies in diverse sectors. Prior to his current role, Pat managed EY’s Greater Los Angeles Audit practice and served as industry leader for the Media & Entertainment and Japanese Business Services practices. For many years, Mr. Niemann and EY have been actively involved in the Los Angeles community and dedicated to empowering and giving back specifically to the APA community.

Certificate presentations and press interviews will take place during the VIP reception. Press will receive complimentary admission; to reserve your press spot, please RSVP with Lindsey Horowitz by email at lindsey@causeusa.org or phone at (323) 573-3452 by Friday, April 14.

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the civic and political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through nonpartisan voter registration and education, community outreach, and leadership development.

For press inquiries, please contact CAUSE via phone at (626) 356-9838 or email at info@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website, www.causeusa.org. Our offices are located at 260 S. Los Robles Avenue, #115, Pasadena, CA 91101.

2017 CAUSE Political Institute – Now Accepting Participants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Contact: Lindsey Horowitz

Director of Programs

Phone: 626-356-9838

Email: lindsey@causeusa.org

 

2017 CAUSE Political Institute – Now Accepting Participants

 

Pasadena, CA – November 28, 2016 – Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is now officially accepting candidate forms for the 2017 CAUSE Political Institute.

 

The CAUSE Political Institute (CPI) is a political leadership and advocacy training certificate program for high-potential professionals with seasoned leadership experience and a passion for serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community in California. The program was co-founded by CAUSE and the USC Dornsife Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics in order to ensure a pipeline of political and civic leadership for the APA community.

 

CPI trainings consist of policy seminars, skill development workshops, intimate roundtable discussions with notable leaders, and group work. Training sessions and activities are led by a unique array of seasoned politicians, campaign professionals, and other civic and issue experts who will share their best practices and personal insights. Participants complete the program armed with the skills, knowledge and network vital to advocate for the APA community and run for elected office.

 

CPI is open to participants through a nomination-only process. Elected officials at the state and federal levels are invited to look within their networks to identify and nominate two candidates per year for the program: one in public service, and one from the broader community. While this program is geared towards individuals pursuing public office, the program is also highly recommended for individuals desiring community leadership roles in the private and non-profit sectors.

 

If you are interested in participating in this program, please click here. The candidate information form and nomination package must be received by Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.  All submitted materials will be carefully reviewed by the CPI Selection Committee.  Please contact CAUSE at info@causeusa.org or at (626) 356-9838, if you have any questions.

 

It is the policy of Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability.

 

 

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the  political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community through nonpartisan voter registration and education, community outreach, and leadership development.

 

For any further inquiries, please contact CAUSE via phone at (626) 356-9838 or email at info@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website at www.causeusa.org. Our office is located at 260 S. Los Robles Avenue, #115, Pasadena, CA 91101

 

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CAUSE To Host Voter Education Workshop Focusing On The General Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  

Contact: Lindsey Horowitz

Director of Programs

Phone: 626-356-9838

Email: lindsey@causeusa.org

 

CAUSE to Host Voter Education Workshop Focusing on the General Election

 

Pasadena, CA – October 14, 2016 – Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE) will be holding a Voter Education Workshop and Dim Sum Reception at the Grand Plaza Community Room in Downtown Los Angeles (601 N. Grand Avenue) on Wednesday, October 19th from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 This voter education session will be geared primarily towards English, Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking seniors who are seeking easily accessible information about voter registration and voter re-registration, in addition to absentee ballot information, ballot propositions and other information regarding the November 8th General Election.

The workshop will be conducted in English, Mandarin and Cantonese and will begin with an overview of the voting process and ballot measures. It will then be followed by a question and answer portion and will end with a dim sum reception. The event is free and open to the public.

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the  political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through nonpartisan voter registration and education, community outreach, and leadership development.

For press inquiries, please contact CAUSE via phone at (626) 356-9838 or email at info@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website, www.causeusa.org. Our offices are located at 260 S. Los Robles Ave., #115 Pasadena, CA 91101.

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CAUSE Welcomes Leadership Academy Class Of 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Aki Leung

Director of Programs

Phone: 626-356-9838

Email: aki@causeusa.org

CAUSE Welcomes Leadership Academy Class of 2016

Pasadena, CA – June 9, 2016 – Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) will host the 25th Leadership Academy Kickoff Press Conference and Reception on Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (350 S. Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017), from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Through this event, CAUSE welcomes and introduces the 25th Class of Leadership Academy participants to the community. Program participants will share their stories and passion in serving the community. The Honorable Mike Eng, Vice President of the Los Angeles Community College Board will serve as the keynote speaker for the event.

Since its inception in 1991, the CAUSE Leadership Academy develops a pipeline of leadership for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. The program prepares its participants to be leaders at the forefront of the democratic process through learning the importance of civic engagement and political participation. Graduates of this program have gone on to run for political office and have become leaders in politics, business and nonprofits.

This year, CAUSE received a record number of applications from elite students across the nation. Participants went through a rigorous and comprehensive reviewing process. Decisions are made based on academic and personal excellence, as well as demonstrated leadership capabilities in extracurricular activities.

The CAUSE Leadership Academy – Washington, DC Program offers opportunities for students to gain firsthand experience in politics through legislative work, attending various legislative briefings and hearings, and conducting policy research.

Class of 2016 Leadership Academy – Washington, DC Cohort includes:

  • Haeeun Blessing Jee, Harvard College | Intern at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Edwin Saucedo, University of Southern California | Intern at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The CAUSE Leadership Academy – Los Angeles, CA Program offers opportunities for students to gain firsthand experience in politics through constituent services, community organizing, community relations, and legislative research.

Class of 2016 Leadership Academy – Los Angeles, CA Cohort includes:

  • Zenni Duong, University of California, Davis | Intern at the Office of U.S. Congressmember Judy Chu

  • Kevin Hsu, Claremont McKenna College | Intern at the Office of California State Treasurer John Chiang

  • Sabina Li, University of California, Los Angeles | Intern at the Office of California State Controller Betty Yee

  • Jess Xinyi Liu, University of Michigan | Intern at the Office of U.S. Congressmember Adam Schiff

  • Eric Phung, Yale University | Intern at the Office of California State Assemblymember Ed Chau

  • Phoebe Shen, Scripps College | Intern at the Office of California State Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez

  • Joanna Tien, University of California, Los Angeles | Intern at the Office of U.S. Congressmember Grace Napolitano

  • Xuan Le Tong, University of California, Riverside | Intern at the Office of Los Angeles Unified School District Boardmember Scott M. Schmerelson

  • Erika Zheng, University of California, Berkeley | Intern at the Office of Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti

This event is open to the public. Elected officials, community leaders, press members, family and friends are welcome to join. Admission is free and light refreshment will be provided. Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 15 at cla2016-kickoff.eventbrite.com. Parking is at 417 S. Boylston Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017 ($7 cash only) and additional street parking is available.

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the  political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community through nonpartisan voter registration and education, community outreach, and leadership development.

For any further inquiries, please contact CAUSE via phone at (626) 356-9838 or email at info@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website at www.causeusa.org. Our office is located at 260 S. Los Robles Ave., #115 Pasadena, CA 91101

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CAUSE Board Chair Charlie Woo And Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu Speak On The New Wave Of Young Asian American Voters In Los Angeles County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joshua Alegado

Programs Coordinator

Phone: 626-356-9838

Email: joshua@causeusa.org

CAUSE Board Chair Charlie Woo and Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu speak on the new wave of young Asian American voters in Los Angeles County

Pasadena, CA — June 23, 2016 — New wave of young Asian American voters in LA County means change is on the way, according to Pat Brown Institute Poll. Survey has warning signs for both the Republican and Democratic parties.

What:

The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA will host a press and community event to release findings from its Asian American poll on civic engagement and political behavior. The event will be held on June 29 from 8–10 a.m. at Cal State LA’s downtown campus located at 801 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90017. The poll, conducted in collaboration with the nonprofit, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, surveyed 1,865 Asian American registered voters in Los Angeles County, and included Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, Korean Americans and Filipino Americans.

The survey reveals major differences between younger and older Asian American voters on social issues, religion, and partisanship. The event will include a presentation by Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, director of the PBI-Cal State LA Poll. Commenting on the results and their implications will be Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu, Chair of (CAUSE) Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment Charlie Woo, and Cal State LA Professor and Director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Program, Ping Yao.

When:

8–10 a.m., Wednesday, June 29. Click here to register for the #PBIAsianAmPoll. Reserved seating in the front will be held for members of the media who have registered.

Where:

Cal State LA’s downtown campus, 801 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, 90017. Parking is free with validation at the parking structure located at 801 South Grand Ave. Public transit stops are also within walking distance of the downtown campus. For additional information, visit the Pat Brown Institute or call us at (323) 343-3770.

More:

Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, who held office from 1959 to 1967, brought the Pat Brown Institute to the Cal State LA campus in 1987. The Institute is a nonpartisan center for community engagement, civic education, public policy forums and debates, youth leadership, and applied public policy research. The Pat Brown Institute has developed a series of distinguished and accessible programs to carry out the mission of the University and create more inclusive and empowered communities across Southern California.

Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the political and civic empowerment of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through nonpartisan voter registration and education, community outreach, and leadership development.

For press registration and inquiries, please contact CAUSE by phone at (626) 356-9838 or by email at joshua@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website, www.causeusa.org. Our office is located at 260 South Los Robles Avenue, #115, Pasadena, CA 91101.

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CAUSE Hosts Women In Power: Leadership In Entrepreneurship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Aki Leung

Director of Programs

Phone: 626-356-9838

Email: aki@causeusa.org

CAUSE Hosts Women in Power: Leadership in Entrepreneurship

Pasadena, CA — January 27, 2016 — The Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) will be hosting Women in Power: Leadership in Entrepreneurship at City Club Los Angeles (555 South Flower Street, 51st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071) on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This Women in Power panel discussion program will feature some of Los Angeles’ top entrepreneurial women. Through candid discussion, panelists will continue the program’s tradition of empowering women to rise to the top. Panelists include:

  • Ellen Chen, Co-Founder and President, Mendocino Farms

  • Toni Ko, CEO, Butter Ventures, and Founder, NYX Cosmetics

  • Pooneh Mohajer, CEO and Co-Founder, tokidoki

Nita Song, IW Group’s President and Chief Momentum Officer will moderate the program.

CAUSE will facilitate a candid discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing women entrepreneurs. While reports from the United States Census Bureau show that women-owned businesses have increased by 79% since 1997, businesswomen still face significant struggles in achieving the same ground as their male counterparts. Forbes recently announced that the majority of women-owned businesses start their companies with 50% less capital and that only 4 % are able to generate over $500,000 in revenue.

Panelists will delve into the heart of these challenges, share how they were able to rise above, and point out why leadership made all the difference. CAUSE will explore what made their individual brands successful as well as how they grew those brands to reach success. By sharing their experiences, panelists intend to encourage members of the audience to follow suit.

This event is in partnership with the National Association of Women Business Owners – Los Angeles and was made possible due to the support of East West Bank and Ernst & Young. Please RSVP by Monday, February 1, 2016 at wip-entrepreneur.eventbrite.com. Admission is $35 per person and valet parking is $10 with validation. Please contact Kim Yamasaki at kim@causeusa.org or at (626) 356-9838 for sponsorship inquiries.

Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the political and civic empowerment of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through nonpartisan voter registration and education, community outreach, and leadership development.

The Women in Power program aims to create opportunities for candid discussion regarding issues that women leaders face and to explore strategies for overcoming them. The panel discussions and networking programs help foster a community built on leadership, inspiration, and mentorship. The program helps women professionals achieve their full leadership potential.

For press registration and inquiries, please contact CAUSE by phone at (626) 356-9838 or by email at aki@causeusa.org. General information can be obtained from our website, www.causeusa.org. Our office is located at 260 South Los Robles Avenue, #115, Pasadena, CA 91101.

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