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Lotus Leadership Awards Gala

Thursday, April 25, 2024, 6:30 PM

The Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle, NYC

Lotus Leadership Awards Gala

Thursday, April 25, 2024, 6:30 PM

The Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle, NYC

Lotus Leadership Awards Gala

Thursday, April 25, 2024, 6:30 PM

The Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle, NYC

The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Leadership Awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions towards women’s and girls’ empowerment and gender equality in Asia and the Pacific. The awards are hosted annually by the Lotus Circle, a vibrant and diverse community of philanthropists supporting The Asia Foundation in its work to strengthen economic, social, and political rights and opportunities for women and girls across Asia and the Pacific. Drawing on the knowledge and networks of our work in more than 20 countries through 17 country offices, and local partners, the Foundation invests Lotus Circle Funds strategically to transform the lives of women, girls, and their communities.


Bangsamoro Women’s Movement

At the frontlines for self-determination and peace

On the Philippines island of Mindanao, decades of violent conflict have shattered lives across all communities, but women especially suffered. Braving overwhelming risk, a remarkable group of women brought people together across ethnic and religious lines to advocate for lasting peace and amplified the voices of women at the highest levels of peace negotiations. The Bangsamoro Women’s Movement helped shape the eventual peace agreement by ensuring respect for the rights and interests of women. With the establishment of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, the movement strengthened the fledgling autonomous government, raised collective voices, and facilitated greater social cohesion and trust. The Asia Foundation has proudly supported the Bangsamoro Women at every step. Tonight, we honor their brave and tireless efforts to build a better future for Mindanao.

Visa and Visa Foundation

Committed to promoting women’s economic empowerment in Asia and the Pacific

Visa demonstrates its commitment to women’s economic empowerment through initiatives that feature skills training, mentoring, capital, and networks across Asia. Alongside The Asia Foundation, we have worked to support women-led businesses and women entrepreneurs with digital and financial skills development along with a technology upskilling initiative. Our collective efforts place us on track to reach more than 35,000 micro and small business owners and women job seekers across the region with essential training and tools.

The award will be accepted by Vice Chair, Chief People and Corporate Affairs Officer, Visa, and Board Chair, Visa Foundation Kelly Mahon Tullier

Thank you to our generous sponsors



Winnie C. and Michael Feng
Lin and Stephen Jamison
Yumi and Eiichiro Kuwana
Janet Middleton Montag
Hee-Jung and John Moon


Debby Carter and CJ Conroy
Linda Filardi and Gary Talarico
Courtney Klipper


Cheng-Ling Chen and Andy Chou

Shelly and Michael Dee | The Hoglund Foundation

Sydnie Kohara and George Laplante
Carlene Carrasco Laughlin
Amanda Minami, Aime Chao, and the Minami Legacy Fund for Equity in Action

Kathleen M. Pike
Missie Rennie and Zach Taylor
The Edward John and Patricia Rosenwald Foundation
Libby and Patrick Scheideler
S. Mona and Ravi Sinha
Suzanne E. Siskel
Stephanie and Jeffrey Sun

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Zoey Hou at [email protected].