SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition will present PAAWBAC Network 2013 on Sunday, May 19, at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, 999 California St., San Francisco. This year’s theme is “Women as Game-Changers.”

Sen. Mazie Hirono with PAAWBAC co-founder Caryl Ito.

Check-in at 11:30 a.m.; lunch at 12 p.m.; program from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

The keynote speaker is Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), who is a “game-changer” as the first Asian American female senator. She will share her insights on leadership, community, and the personal experiences she brings to the nation’s capital.

PAAWBAC will also welcome a panel of distinguished women trailblazers who are making their mark in the Bay Area:

• Tessie Guillermo, president and CEO, ZeroDivide

• Aihui Ong, founder and CEO, Love With Food

• Aki Shelton, creative director, Moving Brands

The master of ceremonies will be ABC7 reporter David Louie.

Honorary co-chairs are San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and First Lady Anita Lee.

Donation categories: Friend, $125; Supporter, $175; Community Table, $1,500; Catalyst Table, $2,500. Proceeds will go to the PAAWBAC Catalyst Fund.

RSVP by Friday, May 3. For more information, contact Vicky Wong at or (415) 341-1223.

In addition to the hotel, parking is available at Grace Cathedral Garage, 1051 Taylor St.; Crocker Garage, 1045 California St.; and Masonic Center Garage, 1111 California St.

PAAWBAC was founded in 1980 by women representing Chinese, Chomorro, Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Samoan, Tongan, Vietnamese and other Asian and Pacific communities.  Among its goals are to promote the personal, professional and political development of Asian and Pacific women, and to increase their visibility and participation.

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