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The Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute (APAWLI)

APAWLI Fellowship Program

This is CAPAW’s signature leadership program. This program seeks to promote leadership of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) women in both private and public sectors by fostering the development of AANHPI women as Whole Person Leaders (link here from website). For 2022, the program is running virtually for the first time.

“Whole person leadership is grounded in one’s character, commitment, and collaboration with others and allows us to leverage our individual gifts and talents to bolster personal and professional development. It offers an integrated way for individuals to contribute their authentic selves and be more successful in an increasing complex and diverse workplace and more fulfilled in their daily lives.” It addresses individual, interpersonal, and institutional levels.”

The Center selects 12-16 AANHPI women throughout the country (APAWLI fellows) who have 8+ years of work/community experience and who are already acknowledged within their communities as talented high achievers and role models. This intense learning experience brings together women from diverse ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, geographic areas, ages, careers and interests. Applicants must possess the personal responsibility for their own self-development and the public responsibility for bringing teamwork, diversity, equality, and opportunity to their companies, organizations, communities, and families.



Here’s what

APAWLI Fellows have to say about the experience

“APAWLI gave me the strength to embrace my authentic self, to conquer my fears and to lead with my whole heart.”
Jessica Li, APAWLI Class of 2015

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For more than 20 years, and having graduated over 150 women, this has provided a unique opportunity for AANHPI women to gain valuable technical skills to advance in the workplace; develop a clearer understanding of their leadership strengths, assets, and gifts; understand the influence of culture on their leadership and in their relationships; learn and practice balance while traversing the ups and downs of leadership and transitions; and become connected to a growing network of women who are constantly striving to improve the institutions, families, and communities in which they live and work.


The first session focuses on improving yourself at the personal and individual level, and includes topics related to cultural identity, integration of the physical health and mind, and the qualities and characteristics to lead from within.


The second session turns to the interpersonal, focusing on strengths, skills and qualities in order to navigate workplace/community environments, especially during the ups and downs of leading others or facing challenges in your career.


The third session moves to the institutional and the power, authority, and influence needed to make change at the societal level. In that third session, participants come full circle in their leadership journey to celebrate where they have been and to identify their next steps as they move beyond the Program.

Drawing AANHPI women leaders together, while supporting their growth and urging these exceptional women to stride into the world and give back to their communities is only one outcome. During the program, each fellow has the opportunity to impact social change and demonstrate leadership through the identification and guided completion of a learning project that impacts at least 25 people. In addition, fellows receive individual and tailored coaching throughout the seven months to support their personal leadership development journey.

Program Dates: January 13, 2022 – December 8, 2022
Frequency: Every other Thursdays for 2 hours
Impact Project: December 2022 – March 2023
Participant Number: Up to 20

If you have questions about the program, please send inquires to info@apawomen.org.