Jimmy Cuneyt Gurkan - New York, New York, October 13, 2017 - On Friday, October 13th, Asia Initiatives organized its 16th annual gala based on a universal goal: to raise human dignity, to help each woman reclaim their rights, and to address challenges with confidence. The delightful evening honored multifaceted elements of courage and compassion and took the audience on an enlightening journey. Panel discussions featured icons like the honorable Mr.Ban Ki Moon the 8th Secretary General of the United Nations, Gloria Steinem, Dr. Eva Haller and Yue-Sai Kan, all of whom brought amazing and unique perspectives on their generosity, perseverance, and commitment to closing the gender gap. A well-attended event with personalities from all walks of life such as New York city leader, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Ambassador Cho Tae-yul (Permanent Mission of Republic of Korea to the UN) Madame Kim Hyekyung (wife of Ambassador Cho) Madame Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (Executive Director of UN Women) and Madame Ban Yoo Soon-taek to name a few. This conglomeration of zealous entrepreneurs, activists, media personalities, and millennial groups attended to support the Social Capital Credits (SOCCs) concept of Asia Initiatives and put forth their ideas on translating it into communities around the world. The success stories of the SOCCs projects shared by Dr. Geeta Mehta, founder of Asia Initiatives, inspired the audience on how love, courage, compassion and inspiration can change a woman’s destiny and ultimately impact the future of her family.