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May 18, 2006

As a former recipient of a Woman Warrior award bestowed by the Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition (PAAWBAC), Leslie Tang-Schilling, special guest at the 2006 Monarch Awards, threw her hands up at the podium, exclaiming: “I’m inspired – I’m ready to start over again!”

Leslie – who serves on the University of California Board of Regents and is founder/president of Union Square Investment Company – was referring to the remarkable accomplishments of the five Asian Pacific Islander women being honored as emerging young leaders in the Bay Area at the Monarch Awards ceremony on May 18.

The first-ever PAAWBAC Monarch Awards were conceived to support and promote new leadership by identifying API women who are making waves and contributions at an early age. It represents a shift from the Woman Warrior awards, which PAAWBAC presented from 1983 to 2005 to 101 Bay Area API women for their long records of outstanding achievement and community service.

Linda Yee of KPIX-TV served as mistress of ceremonies for this year’s event, which was attended by family and other supporters of the awardees, and by PAAWBAC members and friends. Nordstrom, a PAAWBAC supporter for many years, was a major sponsor of the awards ceremony, and hosted this event at its San Francisco Centre store. Other corporate sponsors were AARP California, St. Francis Memorial Hospital and Pacific Gas & Electric.