How many people will be at The Summit?
Up to 500!
Where and when will it be?
New York City, late Aug / early Sept 2019
How long will it last?
One day! (expect a weekend date)
Who will be attending?
Asian women creators, entrepreneurs, freelancers, designers, artists, and rule breakers from across the world. Women from age 18-65 have attended our events, and our ambition is to have a truly intergenerational gathering.
We are committed to making this an intersectional event. As a community we are inclusive of self-identifying women, femmes, gender nonconforming, queer, and transgender individuals of Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian, and mixed descent.
What is the Summit going to be about?
The theme of the Summit is IMAGINATION. We are a community dreaming up the world we want to live in, that recognizes our identities and experiences.
Representation: How do we, as creators, make the representation that’s authentic to us? What does that look like?
Money: How do we make sure we’re getting paid what we deserve for what we make? How do we handle money in a healthy way, acknowledging money has been a taboo/sensitive topic in our culture.
Health & Wellbeing: How do we take care of our mental and physical health as we hustle, build, make, and create? How do we find care that is thoughtful about the Asian woman experience?
Support: How do we support each other as a community? What does that FEEL LIKE? (hint: amazing)
What vibe can we expect?
We are breaking conference norms!!!! No panels, no small talk, no petty judgment. That’s been the ambition of all Cosmos experiences.
We’ll make cool stuff together: Honoring the “acts of service” love language of our Asian moms, we will be connecting and learning through creating. Some ideas on the table: making zines, public art, mixing beats, creating our own custom tote bags….we aren’t just talking about creating representation for us. We’re going to make it together.
We’ll have honest AF conversation: We’ve been to so many panels that glossed over the real details of our stories. We will be forgoing panels for facilitated storytelling sessions and intimate small group sessions. We’ll all leave with new friends that last after the Summit (we’ve seen this happen from the retreats and workshops we did in 2018!)
We’ll have experiences for introverts AND moments to reflect and recharge: We know how draining summits can be (having been drained all too many times ourselves). We’re committed to creating a space for introverts and time during the day to recharge and reflect, without feeling FOMO.
Where can we see the programming?
We are still finalizing the programming and will share in the next few months! Trust that we’ll have a full lineup of workshops, conversations, food, and immersive experiences :)
Will ticket prices go up?
Yes, this is the lowest price we’ll be selling GA and VIP tickets for.
Will you offer scholarships?
Yes. One of our crowdfund rewards is a scholarship for women in need. If you’re interested in partnering with us to fund scholarships, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
Who are you partnering with?
We are currently having conversations with potential partners - please contact us at email@example.com if you or your brand are interested!
Why are you crowdfunding?
Today women of color receive less than 0.2% of venture capital funding. Our parents are immigrants who worked hard to give us a better life in America, but they do not have funds to support a private “friends and family” angel round. In this sense, we crowdfund because we must.
But we choose to see this positively: crowdfunding aligns best with our mission. From day one, co-creation and collaboration have been part of our founding community principles. We want our initiatives to be transparent and clear to the community. Every dollar raised towards our goal sends a powerful message: our community is here and supporting one another.
Where is the money going?
The funds raised will help us put an initial deposit down for a venue in Brooklyn, NY; use top quality audio/visual gear to ensure optimal sound quality; design a custom immersive art installation featuring work by women in the community; create custom swag and goodie bags for all Summit attendees; rent chairs and decor for maximum Instagram-friendly aesthetic; and fairly compensate the programming & production team: photographers, videographers, workshop facilitators, artists.
About The Cosmos
What is your mission?
The Cosmos is a fast-growing community for Asian women creators, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and artists to flourish and thrive. Through content and experiences, we empower Asian women to create the representation and culture change we deserve.
When did you launch?
March 8, 2018 on International Women’s Day!
What are your services?
Learn more at https://www.jointhecosmos.com/
Is there a fee to join?
No! You can join at jointhecosmos.com
What cities are you in?
Our community members are all over the world. Currently we have events in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Denver. Get in touch with us if you want to host an event in your city!
How can I get involved?
Join the community, and invite any Asian women in your life who might want to join as well!
Besides donating, how else can I support you?
We'd greatly appreciate if you could help spread the word about our campaign!