Mission & History

ASPIRE aims to build and empower a community of Asian American women leaders through identity development, mentorship, and education. 

Established in 2001, Asian Sisters Participating In Reaching Excellence, Inc. (ASPIRE) is a Boston-based, volunteer-run, non-profit organization that supports the professional and personal growth of Asian American girls and women. Our mission is to engage, educate, and empower Asian American girls and women to become effective lifelong leaders.
ASPIRE acknowledges the specific socio-cultural pressures faced by Asian American girls and women and targets these issues to develop their leadership and career skills. We recognize the need to develop leadership programs for women and youth, but also to address leadership through the lens of an Asian American female in America. One of our main focuses is to eliminate the widely perpetuated "model minority" myth and to help young Asian American women create their own story on their path to success. By tailoring our programs for girls and women in Boston’s diverse and growing Asian communities, we hope that we can truly make a change in the perception of Asian American women in our society and in the minds of the girls and women we serve. 
With a strong membership base of more than 1,700 members nationwide and more than 150 volunteers, ASPIRE aims to create a cross-generational community of Asian American girls and women that fosters dialogue, learning, support, mentoring, self-exploration, and relationships beyond ASPIRE. By strengthening our own sense of community and connectedness, we hope to provide women of all ages with programs that serve as a vehicle to learn from each other, inspire social change, and encourage and promote leadership in Asian American girls and women.

Board of Directors



Winette Vo
Grace Abe
Melanie Liu
Nischa Xiong
Megan Wong
Bianca Eyales
Jee Soo Kang
Jessica Nguyen
Jenney Szeto

Rita Yeung
Wenjun Zhai
Janet Chen
Sheila Yang

ASPIRE is almost entirely run by volunteers. By volunteering your time you will be joining a community of like-minded women from all sorts of backgrounds working together to make a difference. ASPIRE is a group effort that includes regular maintenance of a non-profit, fundraising, marketing, and youth mentorship. We ask for a one-year commitment for team members and a two-year commitment for board members.
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