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The Women’s Collective aims to build a community that inspires and supports AAPI women to become politically engaged by leading the national conversation on AAPI women representation in politics, uplifting AAPI women in politics, creating resources and tools for AAPI women to increase representation in public service, and to connect leaders and stakeholders.



11:00 - 11:15 AM

11:15 - 12:00 PM

12:00 - 12:30 PM

12:30 - 1:00 PM

1:00 - 1:15 PM

1:15 - 1:50 PM

1:55 - 2:30 PM

2:30 - 2:45 PM

2:45 - 3:30 PM

3:30 - 4:15 PM

1:50 - 1:55 PM

Opening Remarks

Panel #1: Asian American & Pacific Islander “Firsts”

Breakout Session A: How to ask a woman to run for office  

Breakout Session B: Determining which office is right for you



Panel #2: Race and Gender in Politics  


Panel #3: How to make the most of your network


Panel #4: How to run as a woman of color

Office Hours Breakout Session A: Managing personal finances during a campaign

Office Hours Breakout Session B: Staying healthy on and off the campaign trail

4:15 - 4:45 PM

Award Ceremony

4:45 - 5:00 PM


Many Asian American and Pacific Islander women elected officials are the first of their race or gender to hold their position. While we can celebrate their historic strides in office, we also know that the experience of being the only woman, only AAPI, or only person of color in the room is all too familiar. This panel will feature Asian American and Pacific Islander women electeds who were the “firsts” to hold their positions and will discuss the joys and challenges of breaking barriers in their elected offices.

Women are less likely to consider running for office than their male counterparts. When AAPI women doubt their qualifications or electability, we can provide the encouragement they need to make the courageous decision to run for office. This workshop will cover how you can persuade outstanding women in your network to take the next step and run for office.

So you’ve decided to run for office -- congratulations! Committing to run is one of the largest hurdles for women on their pathway to public office. Now, how can you choose the best office to run for given your experiences and passions? This workshop will guide you to find the right position for you.

Race, gender, age, and appearance are all factors that impact electability and likeability for women of color candidates. This panel will share some of the latest insights from the Barbara Lee Family Foundation in conjunction with the perspectives and lived experiences from an AAPI elected official.

One of the greatest assets in your campaign is your network! Your most dedicated donors and volunteers may be among your friends, family, and colleagues. This panel will discuss how to best use and expand your network so that you can grow your campaign.

Record numbers of women of color are running for office across the nation. However, candidates who are women of color face unique barriers on the campaign trail at the intersection of race and gender. This panel will feature women of color who despite these challenges successfully ran for office to create the change they wanted to see in their communities.

Some of the largest barriers to running for office are financial. However, you do not need to be wealthy to run for office! Many candidates have run successful campaigns on low budgets through grassroots fundraising and budgeting. This session will cover questions such as “can I run for office with a full time job?” and “how can I run with debt?” so that you can be prepared to run for office.

Running a campaign isn’t easy; but it’s important to find ways to take care of yourself for your health, wellbeing, and the success of your campaign. This session will discuss ways to prevent burnout and exhaustion on the campaign trail for a happier and healthier candidacy.


Next Session: September TBD

August 10-11, 2021


Summit Honorary Co-Chairs

With the theme “The Power of She,” we will gather in recognition AAPI women's time to run, win, & lead is now.​

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (IL)


Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)


Rep. Judy Chu


Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07)


Rep. Amata Radewagen (American Samoa)


Rep. Marilyn Strickland (WA-10)