In honor of International Women’s Day, I wanted to highlight the real women in my life who continually strive to make a difference.
Debra Suh is the executive director of Center for Asian Pacific Family. This non profit organization works to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. I hope to be collaborating with them this year for their 40th anniversary gala celebrating their contribution to the community. Debra’s compassion and strength reminds me what leadership looks like.
Patima Komolamit is the program director for all three of CPAF’s shelters. When I first met Patima, she told me she was working for CPAF and supplementing her income with a restaurant job. On top of that she was a single mother to one child! I couldn’t believe it. I talked with her today and she’s still supplementing her advocacy work with a weekend job. When I think of tireless and committed, I think of Patima.
Tanja Djelevic, my wonderful trainer! Tanja is a health and fitness coach who is sincerely committed to helping people be in their body in their truest sense. Whenever I see Tanja, I think, she should have been cast as Wonder Woman! But the honest truth is that she navigates her personal life and business life with such integrity, we are constantly making each other cry when we see each other because we talk about the world and human beings and it always feels honest. Tanja is constantly pushing herself to be the best part of herself and her dedication to helping others is what the world needs more of right now.
Lynn Chen, my dear friend and former on screen girlfriend from Saving Face, is constantly working to put herself and her ideas forward in a way that constantly amazes me. She’s always sharing her process publicly and most recently she started Asian Women in Entertainment, a small monthly gathering of women who meet to basically connect and share problems and trouble shoot them together. It’s very restriction free and easy being a part of this group.
Kimberly Rose Wolter, one of my closest friends. Kim is a mother of two and currently attending UCLA for her masters in Screenwriting. She is exhausted, energized and passionate about bringing a point of view that is not normally covered in the Hollywood mainstream. Kim is hapa (bi-racial) from Hawaii and we champion each other in our conversations on the phone and long walks on the beach. NOT. We are working all the time, who has time for walks on the beach? Come on!
Well, maybe today, we can reward ourselves with looking at a photo of a nice beach? Here’s a toast to gender equality and hard working women everywhere!
“I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.” – Nora Ephron