Monday, June 13, 2011

Leadership Awards Abound

Vishakha Desai
Nobuko Sakurai, Ida Liu, Masako Shinn, Winnie Feng, Carol Lyden, Alice Young, Missie Rennie, Carol Rattray, Gina Lin Chu, and Michael Green at Lotus Leadership Awards Luncheon
Last week in New York, The Asia Foundation and The Lotus Circle honored Dr. David Ho with its inaugural Lotus Leadership Award. Dr. Ho, founding scientific director and CEO of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, was honored for his contributions to the health and well-being of Chinese women and children. Dr. Ho revolutionized the world’s understanding of HIV/AIDS; his groundbreaking research and advocacy catalyzed landmark treatment and prevention programs in China and has saved countless lives.

The award was presented by David D. Arnold, president of The Asia Foundation, and Carol Yost, director of the Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program. Broadcast journalism veteran and author Lynn Sherr, who has reported on women’s issues and social change for thirty years as an ABC News correspondent, hosted the luncheon.

The Asia Foundation is the premier non-profit, non-governmental organization working to promote reform, development, equality, and prosperity in Asia.
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Lynn Sherr
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Dr. David Ho
The Lotus Circle, a new community of philanthropists working with The Asia Foundation to empower girls and women across Asia, created the award to recognize individuals who have contributed to the well-being of Asian women and society. To date, Lotus Circle members have supported innovative, on-the-ground girls’ and women’s empowerment programs in Afghanistan, Indonesia, and Vietnam, and they plan to expand their work going forward.

“Dr. Ho’s landmark policy work cleared the way for organizations like ours to speak candidly with young Chinese migrant women workers about their health and their rights,” said David D. Arnold, president of The Asia Foundation. Sixty percent of all migrant workers in southern industrialized China are women. Since the late 1990s, The Asia Foundation has educated more than 900,000 women in over 1,000 factories in more than 22 cities and districts in the Pearl River Delta about personal health, safety, and their legal rights as factory workers. He added, “In fact, we recognize our own values in Dr. Ho: a willingness to utilize and respect local social and political contexts in order to accomplish constructive, lasting reforms.”
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Carol Yost, Dr. David Ho, and David D. Arnold
“Millions of women in Asia are still at risk,” said Carol Yost. “Our work gives girls and women opportunities to improve their lives and escape vicious cycles of illiteracy, poverty, and ill health. We know that investing in women creates a dramatic multiplier effect of benefits for their families, communities and societies.”

To increase awareness about the need for women’s empowerment, the staff of In Asia (The Asia Foundation’s weekly blog) commissioned original, first-person essays by on-the-ground women’s empowerment specialists across the region.

The Lotus Leadership Awards Luncheon was launched, conceived and organized by Lotus Circle Advisors including luncheon co-chairs Gina Lin Chu, Carol Rattray, Missie Rennie, and Masako Shinn.
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Dr. David Ho, Janet Ketcham, and Gina Lin Chu
The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports Asian initiatives to improve governance, law, and civil society; women's empowerment; economic reform and development; sustainable development and the environment; and international relations. Drawing on nearly 60 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research.

In 2010, the Foundation provided more than $98 million in program support and distributed nearly one million books and journals valued at over $42 million.

Click here to watch “The Lotus Circle: Tell Her She Can,” an online film created by The Asia Foundation.
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Hirsohi and Masako Shinn
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William L. Ball III and Sarah Ball
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Kim Ninh and Gloria Spivak
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Motoatsu Sakurai, John Foster, Vishakha Desai, Gina Lin Chu, and Oscar Tang
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Dr. David Ho and Lynn Sherr
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Sheryl WuDunn and Bill Ulfelder
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Susan Shin
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Diandra Douglas and Lucia Hwong Gordon
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Claire Hallinan, Jennifer DeLotto, and Leslie Powell 
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Angie Tang, Lucia Hwong Gordon, and Michelle Tong
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Ida Liu and Melissa Chiu
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Connie Spahn and Alice Young
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Lynn Sherr and Carol Yost
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Vishakha Desai, Bianca Chu, and Gina Lin Chu
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Helena Martinez, Sue Ann Weinberg, and Missie Rennie
Asia Society and Soigné Kothari, owner of the Madison Avenue boutique Soigne K, hosted a special reception last Wednesday, June 8th to thank the committee, supporters, friends and honorees of Asia Society’s gala Celebration of Asia Week benefit held in March.

A highlight of Asia Week, which is an annual city-wide celebration of Asian art attracting a discerning clientele from around the world, the Celebration of Asia Week benefit raised close to one million dollars. Preparations are underway for next year’s benefit, which will be held during Asia Week 2012, March 9 through 17.
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Among the guests: Stephanie & John Foster; Honorary Chair Naeem Khan and his wife, designer Ranjana Khan, Mariam Azarm; Doria & Philippe de la Chapelle; Amy Fine Collins; Whitney & Philip Connor; Evie Evangelou; Caroline Firestone; Juliana Terian Gilbert; Mark Gilbertson; Ariella Golumb; Lucia Hwong Gordon; Kimberly Guilfoyle; Raul Higueras; Boo Van Ingen; Gemma Kahng; Cindy & Steve Ketchum; Anisha Lakhani; Suzanne Levine; Elizabeth Lind; Ida Liu; Julian Lwin; Mary McFadden; Soleil Nathawani; Anne Van Rensselaer; Charles Rockefeller; Katie & Fred Ryser; Rosena Sammi; Elizabeth Seherr-Thoss; Susan Shin; Maria & Bill Spears; Jon & Kristin Stephens; Zain Talyarkhan; Marret Taylor; Missie Rennie Taylor; Kari and Carl Tiedemann; Evelyn Tompkins; Beth Tunney; Annabel Vartanian; and Charles Wagner.
Anisha Lakhani, Susan Shin, Tana Chung
Anisha Lakhani, Susan Shin, and Tana Chung
For more information about the annual Celebration of Asia Week benefit, please visit
Doria de la Chapelle
Doria de la Chapelle
Soigne Kothari
Soigne Kothari
Katie Ryser
Katie Ryser
Stephanie Foster, Anne Van Rensselaer
Stephanie Foster and Anne Van Rensselaer
Amy Fine Collins, Stephanie Foster
Amy Fine Collins and Stephanie Foster
Billie Leigh Rippey, Joan Marcus
Billie Leigh Rippey and Joan Marcus
Dr. Dindy Engelman, Tana Chung
Dr. Dindy Engelman and Tana Chung
Angela Chen, Roy Cean
Angela Chen and Roy Cean
Doug Turner, Stephanie Fauster
Doug Turner and Stephanie Foster
Lara Buchholz, Kathy Wilson
Lara Buchholz and Kathy Wilson
Aleksandra Craig, Brinkley Skye
Aleksandra Craig and Brinkley Skye
Mariam Azarm, Stephanie Fauster, Susan Shin, Eiko Assael=
Mariam Azarm, Stephanie Foster, Susan Shin, and Eiko Assael
Shayne Doty, Ida Liu
Shayne Doty and Ida Liu
Hyemee Moon, Tana Chung
Hyemee Moon and Tana Chung
Dr, Dindy Engelman, Kimberly Guilfoyle
Dr, Dindy Engelman and Kimberly Guilfoyle
Maria Avendano, Anastasia Smith
Maria Avendano and Anastasia Smith
Doug Turner, Patricia Shiah
Doug Turner and Patricia Shiah
Heidi Lee
Soleil Nathwani
Soleil Nathwani
Soigne Kothari, Stephanie Foster
Soigne Kothari and Stephanie Foster
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) celebrated the leaders of today and tomorrow at its annual Benefit on May 23rd in the Grand Ballroom of Waldorf=Astoria. The evening of mixing and mingling included a performance by Michael Feinstein.

NAF is the largest developer of career-themed public high school academies in the country, and students attend this special event to showcase their work and network with top business executives, including several Fortune 500 CEOs.

The evening honored two top business leaders, Eugene A. Ludwig, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Promontory Financial Group and Richard D. Fairbank, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Capital One Financial Corporation, both of whom have been involved in assuring the success of the National Academy Foundation.
Kellie Abreu, Kathy Draghi, Beth Fischer
Ron Williams, former Chairman and CEO of Aetna (currently Chairman & CEO, RW2 Enterprises, LLC), Sanjiv Yajnik, President of Financial Services, Capital One, Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO of Xerox, Susan McAdam, Lowell McAdam, President and COO of Verizon Communications, Inc., JD Hoye, President of the National Academy Foundation
The Honorary Chair was Sanford (“Sandy”) Weill, former Chairman of Citigroup Inc. and Founder and Chairman of the National Academy Foundation.

Benefit Co-Chairs were Andy F. Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of The Travelers Companies, Inc., Ursula M. Burns, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Xerox Corporation, Robert C. Dughi, Executive Chairman of U.S. Retirement Partners, Jay Fishman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Travelers Companies, Inc., Linda Huber, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Moody’s Corporation, Harold McGraw III, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The McGraw-Hill Companies, and James D. Robinson III, General Partner of RRE Ventures.
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Richard D. Fairbank, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Capital One Financial Corporation with students
NAF is an acclaimed network of career-themed academies that open doors for underserved high school students to viable careers. For nearly 30 years, NAF has refined a proven model that provides young people access to industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals.  NAF academies focus on one of four career themes: finance, hospitality and tourism, information technology, and engineering. Employees of more than 2,500 companies volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships, and serve on local Advisory Boards. During the 2009-10 school years, 500 NAF academies served more than 50,000 students across 41 states, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NAF’s national graduation rate of 90% testifies to the effectiveness this effort.
Kellie Abreu, Kathy Draghi, Beth Fischer
Linda Huber, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Moody's Corporation looks at student projects
Kellie Abreu, Kathy Draghi, Beth Fischer
Ken Chenault, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, American Express Company and Jim Robinson, General Partner and Co-Founder, RRE Ventures, chat with NAF students
Kellie Abreu, Kathy Draghi, Beth Fischer
Donna Florio, JD Hoye, President of the National Academy Foundation, with Gene Ludwig, Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Promontory Financial Group, LLC
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Eugene A. Ludwig, Founder and Chairman of Promontory Financial Group, Paul Volcker, Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, JD Hoye, President of the National Academy Foundation.
On Wednesday evening, June 8, The American Friends of Blérancourt Inc. hosted a garden cocktail reception in the home of Sonja Tremont Morgan to launch its Gala Benefit Committee. The Committee will honor Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, the first recipient of the Anne Morgan Award of Excellence, during a gala dinner at The Pierre Hotel on October 20, 2011. The award serves to recognize women who have found themselves responding to a challenge, in society, the arts and in business, similar to Anne Morgan, the daughter of J.P. Morgan. The cocktail reception and gala dinner will benefit the Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt.

With the start of summer less than two weeks away, temperatures soared into the mid 90s. Guests cooled down with Ciroc vodka cocktails and Paul Goerg champagne while enjoying the twilight in Ms. Morgan's home and garden. Attending this intimate affair were Janna Bullock, Stephanie and Fred Clark, Richard de Combray, Nancy and Jerry Gehman, Carl and Gigi Grimstad, Elaine Uzan Leary, Miles Morgan, Jay Paul and Sandra Jones, Bonnie Pfeifer-Evans, Mario Rinaldi (Champagne Paul Goerg) and wife Simone, Lauren Roberts, George and Jeri Sape, Jean-Jacques de St. Andrieu (Air France), Kathleen Springhorn, Jamie Stream, and Vanessa Uzan.

Currently on exhibit at the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington D.C., is the Anne Morgan photography series, American Women Rebuilding France. For more information, please visit
Carl and Gigi Grimstad
Elaine Uzan Leary and Sonja Morgan
George Sape and Jean-Jacques de St. Andrieu
Bonnie Pfeifer-Evans
Janna Bullock
Lauren Roberts
Simone and Mario Rinaldi
Miles Morgan and Nancy Gehman
Patricia Duncan and Marquette de Bary
Vanessa Uzan and Eric Stroud
Jay Paul and Sandra Jones
Cesar Gaviria, Sonja Morgan, and Richard de Combray
Stephanie and Fred Clark
Services for the UnderServed honored Rob Davis at “Celebrating Independence,” the Annual Services for the UnderServed gala, held on Monday, June 6th at the Allen Room and Atrium in Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Proceeds from the event benefitted Services for the UnderServed which provides housing and supportive services to over 4,000 New Yorkers with diverse special needs and multiple challenges, enabling them to live with dignity in their communities, direct their own lives, and attain personal fulfillment. The event marked the launch of the SUS Veterans Fund, established to provide veteran services unfunded by government contracts.
Donna Colonna, Michael Vranos, Rob Davis, and Carolyn Powell
Jay Wee, Alexis Reid, Dave Wasserman, Aaron Padin, and Drew Train
The event included cocktails, dinner, dancing, entertainment and a silent auction. The evening was hosted by Andrew Zimmern of “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.” Music was provided by the Marcus Roberts Trio.

Members of the benefit committee included: Brian P. Crotty, Peter Friedland, Andrew Hurwitz, Barbara Lehrer, Marcus Mayo, James Vassalotti II, Thomas McCauley and Michael Vranos.
Jessica Brown, Maggie Chi, Erin Friedland, Rachel Liersch, and Mike Liersch
Honorary Co-chairs of the event were United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda Gibbs and Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health Dr. Michael Hogan.
John Alexander and Annette Holl
Claire Noland, Carrie Muchow, and Kelly Thomas
Ty and Amelia Brewer
Barbara Lehrer
Carolyn Powell, Andrew Zimmerm, and Donna Colonna
Kara, Florence, and David Hertz
Andrew Zimmerm
Suzie Whelan, Mike Whelan, and Emma Santucci
Gary Rakofsky, Cara Lamberg, and Josh Lamberg
Ariella Hurwitz and Andrew Hurwitz
Bonnie Nezaj and Rob Davis
Carolyn Powell and Nancy McGraw
Marcus Roberts Trio
Michael Vranos and Rob Davis

Photographs by Don Pollard (Asia Foundation); Patrick McMullan (Asia Society); Fernando Leon (Underserved).
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