The Asia Foundation’s Young Lotus Circle Gathers in New York to Empower Women Across Asia


The Young Lotus Circle host committee

New York, April 3, 2015 — The Asia Foundation and the Young Lotus Circle, a diverse group of young professionals who support The Asia Foundation Women’s Empowerment Program, held an event in New York City on April 2, 2015 in order to raise funds to improve social, economic and political opportunities for girls and women in developing Asia. The event, held at Klein Sun Gallery, noted for its program of cutting-edge contemporary Chinese art, brought together individuals from a variety of fields with a shared interest in advancing the rights and opportunities of women and girls and helping them to reach their potential.

Said Lin Nie Jamison, a founder of The Young Lotus Circle, a Lotus Circle Advisor and the evening’s co-host, “I was blessed with an excellent education and opportunities, but that’s not the case for many women and girls in Asia. The Asia Foundation is working to reverse this trend to a very high degree of success.”

Lotus Circle Advisors, Lin Jamison, Emily McLellan, Winnie C. Feng, and Masako Shinn

Lotus Circle Advisors Lin Jamison, Emily McLellan, Winnie C. Feng, and Masako Shinn

A short and moving video documentary about women and girls in Asia and The Asia Foundation was screened. Guests mingled and enjoyed a silent auction that raised flexible funds that will be used to create on the ground impact. Lotus Circle founding member and advisor Masako Shinn, a trustee of The Asia Foundation, also spoke to the standing room only crowd, enthusing: “I am overwhelmed with the youthful energy here tonight and so impressed with the commitment and passion of The Asia Foundation and the Women’s Empowerment Program to improve the lives of Asian women who are facing extreme adversity.”

The event was co-chaired with Emily McLellan, a Lotus Circle Advisor. Winnie Feng, a founding Lotus Circle Advisor and 2014 co-chair of the annual Lotus Leadership Awards Gala in Manhattan, also attended. The host committee for the evening included Emily Chang, Tania Das, Jennifer Fan, Robin Garner, Chaitanya Mehra, Shannon Pan, Aubrey Raimondi, Chad Shampine, Deshi Singh, Neil Singh, Jeff Sun, Michael Wong, Calvin Tse, and Leyli Zohrenejad.

On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in New York City, The Asia Foundation and The Lotus Circle will honor Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author Sheryl WuDunn, and women’s rights advocate and Director of the Centre for Social Research Dr. Ranjana Kumari as this year’s recipients of the Lotus Leadership Award. Now in its fifth year, the Lotus Leadership Award is presented to outstanding individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the well-being of women and their communities in Asia.

Read more about the Foundation and its Women’s Empowerment Program. To view a slideshow from the event, click here.

Related locations: New York
Related programs: Lotus Circle, Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality

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