[NY] Making Social Media Work for You: A Workshop for Women of Color
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

[NY] Making Social Media Work for You: A Workshop for Women of Color

Join The Cosmos on Thursday 11/29 for an intimate workshop to demystify social media and to grow your account. Led by designer and art director Catherine Kim, who successfully launched a new career off the power of social media, you'll receive useful tips, actionable strategies, and honest feedback for your project in a supportive small-group space! We will be centering women of color for this workshop.

This workshop includes:

  • Getting over fears so we can confidently share personal work

  • Brainstorming projects and feedback for your idea

  • Identifying your audience

  • Utilizing social media to gain visibility, find clients, and connect

  • Goal-setting

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[NY] The Cosmos Book Club No. 4: All You Can Ever Know
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

[NY] The Cosmos Book Club No. 4: All You Can Ever Know

  • Asian American Writer's Workshop (map)
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The Cosmos Book Club is reading All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung for our fourth gathering in November. Come join us for a thoughtful discussion at Asian American Writers' Workshop. Both readers and non-readers are welcome!

"What does it mean to lose your roots—within your culture, within your family—and what happens when you find them?

Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From early childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hopes of giving her a better life; that forever feeling slightly out of place was simply her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as she grew up—facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as an Asian American and a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from—she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth.

With warmth, candor, and startling insight, Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets—vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong."

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[NY] The Cosmos NY Retreat
Oct
5
to Oct 7

[NY] The Cosmos NY Retreat

Join The Cosmos in upstate New York for a transformative 3-Day Weekend Retreat that fosters what past attendees have called "Effortless Sisterhood" You'll learn how to overcome blockers, embrace your multidimensional identity through self-love, and live on your own terms as an Asian woman. Together, we'll explore personal and professional growth without any compromises while supporting one another on our individual healing journeys. That's our definition of wellness!

RSVP below to be the first to hear when tickets go on sale! This will be our last retreat of 2018 and for the foreseeable future as we set our sights on bigger projects.

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[NY] Everyday Beauty: Floral Arrangements with Little Joy
Aug
25
3:00 PM15:00

[NY] Everyday Beauty: Floral Arrangements with Little Joy

Creators: Nia Starr & Melina Smith of Little Joy, Inga Chen of Tea with Inga

Have you ever walked out of Trader Joe’s or your local bodega with bunches of fresh flowers, wondering how to turn them into a arrangement worthy of your coffee table? Well, we’ve tried (and failed) so we’re teaming up with floral and design collaboration Little Joy to show us the ropes! Nia and Melina will teach us how to create beautiful AND affordable floral arrangements. We’ll also be serving up tea-infused cocktails and other surprises courtesy of Tea with Inga. This workshop will take place on a private rooftop overlooking Gramercy Park - we can't wait to welcome you under the golden hour sunset lighting for optimal IG stories.

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[DEN] Crazy Rich Asians Viewing Party + Trivia
Aug
16
6:30 PM18:30

[DEN] Crazy Rich Asians Viewing Party + Trivia

Creators: Joanne Liu, Director of Operations at Turing School of Software & Design, & Mary Jeannette Schultz, Director of Financial Workshop Initiatives at National Endowment for Financial Education

We're supporting Crazy Rich Asians by throwing a premiere viewing party in Denver too! Join our lovely hosts Joanne Liu and Mary Jeannette Schultz and fellow Cosmos women for a movie night at Alamo Drafthouse followed by trivia. You'll get to test your knowledge about the movie and its actors as we discuss the film together. Get all questions correct and you can enter a raffle to win a prize pack from the movie provided by Warner Bros! 

Your ticket includes a movie ticket, trivia (plus chance to win that snazzy prize pack), and new friends!

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[SF] Crazy Rich Asians Premiere Viewing Party
Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

[SF] Crazy Rich Asians Premiere Viewing Party

Let's sell out Theater 1 for Crazy Rich Asians!! It's already 50% sold out, so the finish line is in sight. Buy your tickets for the 7 PM showing at Alamo Drafthouse Theater. And yes, they are selling like hotcakes. We'll follow up with drinks so you can be in your feelings, Cosmos style. This is a community event - invite your friends and plus ones. Every ticket sold matters at the box office!

How to join:

  1. Buy your own tickets via Alamo Drafthouse for the 7 PM showing
  2. Join our FB event to coordinating meeting up the night of the movie.
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[NY] The Cosmos Book Club No. 2: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings
Aug
14
7:00 PM19:00

[NY] The Cosmos Book Club No. 2: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

The Cosmos Book Club is reading A Thousand Beginnings & Endings, a recently published story collection (and top community pick!) for our second gathering. The anthology contains fifteen reimagined short stories of East and South Asia folklore and ranges from fantasy to science fiction to romance. The book is compiled by We Need Diverse Books's Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman. We will engage in Cosmos style small group discussions around several of these stories and how it relates to us as multidimensional women. 

We are also so excited to welcome two authors who contributed to the anthology: Preeti Chhibber, author of "Girls Who Twirl and Other Dangers", and Sona Charaipotra, author of "Still Star Crossed", will join us for a Q&A session following our discussion!!

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[SF] Fertility 101 with Carrot
Aug
8
6:30 PM18:30

[SF] Fertility 101 with Carrot

  • 176 Banks Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)
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Creator: Tammy Sun, Founder and CEO of Carrot

Is it scary to think about your fertility? Rhetorical question, of course it is! But it's a huge part of our experience and empowerment as women. Women and underrepresented minorities still lack spaces to talk openly about our fertility options, and we believe that women from all backgrounds deserve access to knowledge and medical coverage.

That's why we dreamed up this  "Fertility 101" course!! In classic Cosmos community style, we'll be taught by one another. Tammy Sun will share her expertise on advocating for fertility benefits in your workplace. We'll have women share their real experience getting their eggs frozen so you know what to expect and can ask the questions that are too scary to say to your OBGYN. You'll leave with the knowledge to own your own fertility choices. 

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[LA] The Cosmos Retreat
Jun
22
to Jun 24

[LA] The Cosmos Retreat

Join The Cosmos in Joshua Tree for a transformative 3-Day Weekend Retreat that fosters what past attendees have called "Effortless Sisterhood" You'll learn how to overcome blockers, embrace your multidimensional identity, and live on your own terms as an Asian woman. Together, we'll explore personal and professional growth without any compromises. That's our definition of wellness.  

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[NY] Book Club Gathering No. 1: The Leavers
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

[NY] Book Club Gathering No. 1: The Leavers

The Cosmos Book Club is a monthly gathering of self-identifying women of Asian descent to read, discuss, and support Asian diaspora literature by women authors.

We are proud to welcome Lisa Ko to our first meeting, who will share with us a reading from The Leavers as well as participate in a Q&A session!

We will engage in thoughtful discussions around the book and how it relates to us as multidimensional women. Through reading and discussion, we aim to improve our understanding of complex issues, nourish our wellbeing, and reaffirm one another as a community.

 

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[SF]  (Re)Defining Self-Love and Self-Care
Jun
10
10:30 AM10:30

[SF] (Re)Defining Self-Love and Self-Care

  • 176 Banks Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)
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Creators: Haylee Thikeo, Storyteller & Coach and Lauren Ito, Community Craftswoman @IDEO

What does it look like to love yourself in a world that stresses both our physical and emotional beings? How do we equip ourselves with tools to break free from the chains of unworthiness and shame to embrace the power of our individual identities? This workshop will share the frameworks available to start your journey in redefining self-love. We will then build upon these frameworks in a guided writing workshop to map a foundation of goals and intentions to support your vision. Pause, step away from your everyday routines, and join us in creating your self-love roadmap. Come prepared to learn, let go of expectations, and write—all in a safe space with community.

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[NY] Dumpling Bros & Wonton In A Million: The Greatest Chow On Earth
Jun
2
6:30 PM18:30

[NY] Dumpling Bros & Wonton In A Million: The Greatest Chow On Earth

*Partner event in support of Wonton in a Million*

Come find The Cosmos, learn more about our community, and eat endless dim sum with us at Wonton In A Million’s 3-Year Anniversary carnival-themed party! 

Tickets include:

  • A dimsum tasting menu that's sure to leave you food coma'd
  • Dimsum-themed carnival games
  • Your favorite carnival foods: Cotton candy! Popcorn!
  • Dessert galore from local Chinatown favorites
  • The first peek at (and dibs on purchasing) the first ever Wonton In A Million dimsum plushies and a chance to win them in the carnival games!
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[NY] Unpacking Anxiety
May
24
6:30 PM18:30

[NY] Unpacking Anxiety

Creators: Sooah Kwak, Co-founder of Quiet Girl Collective, and Cassandra Lam, Co-founder of The Cosmos

Quiet Girl Collective and The Cosmos are joining forces to talk about anxiety - the ways in which it shows up for us and how to manage when feeling overwhelmed.  We’ll discuss why we get anxious in the ways that we do and explore how this relates to our identities as women of color:

  • Identifying toxic messaging and sources in our lives: family, friends, work, media, society
  • How anxiety and stress manifests in our lives
  • Acknowledging what's in our control vs. not in our control
  • Managing negative self-talk to practice self-affirmation
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[SF] Sexual Harassment 101
May
22
6:30 PM18:30

[SF] Sexual Harassment 101

  • 176 Banks Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Creators: Tammy Cho and Grace Choi, Founders of BetterBrave 

BetterBrave is the first place employees can safely turn to when they experience or witness any form of sexual harassment, discrimination, or retaliation in the workplace. Their online platform empowers individuals to speak up by educating them about their workplace rights and take action by equipping them with the right tools and resources. Since launching last year, BetterBrave has helped thousands of individuals across the nation and is recognized as a trusted resource by movements like Time’s Up and outlets including ABCMashableGlamourNYTimes, and more.

Sexual harassment does not discriminate across races, industries, and genders. Join us for a conversation with experts in dealing with sexual harassment - you'll learn how to identify sexual harassment and ways to take action on one of the most significant issues affecting society. This will be an interactive and empowering evening in a safe, supportive space. Allies of the cause are welcome. 

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[Denver] The Cosmos Launch Gathering
May
22
5:30 PM17:30

[Denver] The Cosmos Launch Gathering

  • 7336 East 10th Avenue Denver, CO, 80230 United States (map)
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Creators: Joanne Liu, Director of Operations at the Turing School of Software and Design and Katerina Jeng, Co-Founder and CEO of Slant'd

What does it look like for Asian women to flourish and thrive? Come explore this question with The Cosmos, a community of Asian women dedicated to learning and growing together and building a resilient support system for ourselves and our communities. This is the first event celebrating our launch in Denver.

Your ticket includes dinner, drinks, and new friendships that will help you live a life authentic to all the identities you carry. 

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[NY] Yoga for People of Color
May
20
10:00 AM10:00

[NY] Yoga for People of Color

Creators: Brittany Anderson, Yoga Instructor, and Cassandra Lam, Co-Founder of The Cosmos

Mindfulness practices contribute to healthier lifestyles, but all too often, those of us that need and deserve access to these tools are left out of the conversation. Time, money, and lack of diversity in the wellness world often prevent people of color from comfortably accessing resources, knowledge, and tools for wellness.

Our 3-hour Yoga for People of Color workshop strives to gather people of color in a supportive space that promotes empowerment, healing, and connection to our selves and our community while inspiring important dialogue.

The workshop will include a 1-hour slow flow yoga class, activities, and thoughtfully facilitated discussion (with lots of time for questions!) on topics such as:

  • What is mindfulness, yoga, and self-care? How can these practices help me in my everyday life?

  • Yoga is for every body and everybody: addressing common misconceptions and stereotypes about yoga

  • Benefits of a yoga practice: managing stress, calming the nervous system, mental health, physical health and mobility

  • Overcoming guilt related to self-care, self-love, and self-preservation

  • How to start an affordable yoga and self-love practice

Sliding scale pricing: $30-45. Limited spots available. No one turned away for lack of funds - email hello@jointhecosmos.com for information.

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[SF] Community Gathering: Mental Health & Wellness
May
17
6:30 PM18:30

[SF] Community Gathering: Mental Health & Wellness

Women are 70% more likely than men to experience depression in their lifetime. And it's estimated 50% of Americans who suffer from Major Depressive Disorder don't seek treatment. We can overcome mental health stigma by changing the way we talk about it, and that starts with creating supportive spaces to share stories. 

Join us for a potluck-style community gathering where we'll talk about mental health, wellness, and how we can overcome stigma as a community!

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[NY] Community Gathering: Finding Confidence
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

[NY] Community Gathering: Finding Confidence

Creators: Nisha Garigarn, Co-founder of Croissant & Cassandra Lam, Co-Founder of The Cosmos 

Growing up Asian American likely means we’ve had to upset, disappoint, or disagree with family members at one point or another. When our sets of values clash, how do we navigate our relationships with loved ones and manage different sets of cultural expectations? How can we develop confidence to show up fully in our work and lives? Join us for an evening of conversation and new friendships as we explore this topic at our community gathering.

Community Gatherings strive to bring Asian women together to authentically connect, support, and learn from one another in intimate spaces. This is a donation-based offering.

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[SF] The Arts & Tech - in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month by Looker, Box, Checkr, Amplitude
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

[SF] The Arts & Tech - in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month by Looker, Box, Checkr, Amplitude

  • 501 2nd Street San Francisco, CA, 94107 United States (map)
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*Partner event by Anicia Santos (Looker), Dana Layfield (Amplitude), Jessica Chiu (Amplitude), Natalie Uduwela (Looker)

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, AmplitudeBoxCheckr, and Looker are partnering to screen The Big Sick (written by and starring Kumail Nanjiani, a Pakistani-American) following a panel discussion about the relationship between technology and the arts. Come join Cosmos Co-Founder Karen Mok who will be sharing her thoughts on the intersection of arts, culture, and technology.

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    [NY] Practical Magic: Tea & Other Rituals for Self-Care
    Apr
    20
    7:30 PM19:30

    [NY] Practical Magic: Tea & Other Rituals for Self-Care

    Feeling exhausted after yet another long week? Me too, sister. Join us Friday evening for an intimate Gongfu Tea Ceremony led by our very own Inga Chen. We'll discuss the power of rituals for managing stress and slowing down, with a focus on sustainable, practical, and low-cost practices that can be implemented every day. Then we'll put our brainstorm into action by creating our own personal Self-Care Menus to take home, all while experiencing a beautiful tea ceremony!

    Your ticket includes 4 tea tastings, a Self-Care Menu to take home, and a special goodie bag.

     

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    [SF] Practical Magic: Rituals for Self-Care (Tea Tasting + Watercoloring)
    Apr
    8
    2:00 PM14:00

    [SF] Practical Magic: Rituals for Self-Care (Tea Tasting + Watercoloring)

    • 88 Guy Place San Francisco, CA, 94105 United States (map)
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    Join us in San Francisco for a special tea ceremony curated by Yang Hong, a tea aficionado who will teach us how to pair tea with wellness. She'll walk us through the art and benefits of slowing down to make tea daily, and share tips for building time for wellness into our busy schedules. This will be an intimate, relaxing, and cozy experience designed to give you a moment to connect with yourself in the present and flex your inner creativity. 

    Along with a holistic and high-grade tea flight through a gong fu cha pouring of 4 unique teas, you'll each get to create your own custom tea blend to take home in a glass bottle, guided by the history, health, and flavor components that best suit your needs. You'll also get a chance to play with soothing watercolors and learn some tips and tricks while making your own card, bookmark, or creative design to take home (all materials provided at the event). This will be a time to treat ourselves and come away wielding some practical magic with tea, art, and aromatherapy.

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    [NY] Take Up Space: Defying Dualities
    Apr
    7
    5:00 PM17:00

    [NY] Take Up Space: Defying Dualities

    Designer and friend of The Cosmos Bianca Ng will be showcasing her latest visual storytelling project titled "Defying Dualities". In honor of Women's History Month, this series explores the range of contradictions women struggle with and live through. Join us for an interactive art event, featuring a live interview with Bianca, Q&A, special fun activities, and food & drinks.

    Original artwork will be on display and for sale. Guests will get first access to limited handmade goods!

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    [NY] Gendered Contradictions: An Interactive Storytelling Dinner
    Apr
    1
    5:00 PM17:00

    [NY] Gendered Contradictions: An Interactive Storytelling Dinner

    What would you say if you knew that everyone is truly listening? Join us for Gendered Contradictions, an interactive storytelling dinner experience that brings 14 strangers - 7 men and 7 women - together in a supportive space to deconstruct some of the everyday assumptions, biases, and contradictions we each carry inside.

    Over a potluck-style dinner, we'll engage in dialogue to gain fresh perspectives and make new friends. Your ticket includes wine, a thoughtfully facilitated group experience, and storytelling exercises.

    This dinner is hosted in collaboration with Take Up Space, an annual storytelling project by artist and designer Bianca Ng. Conversations and activities will be facilitated by Bianca and Cassandra Lam, co-founder of The Cosmos.

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    [SF] Blockchain for All: A Primer on Blockchain for Women of Color
    Mar
    28
    6:30 PM18:30

    [SF] Blockchain for All: A Primer on Blockchain for Women of Color

    • 176 Banks Street San Francisco USA (map)
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    Join us for a 2-hour Foundations course on blockchain led by Empowerment Designer Saya Iwasaki. No prior experience with cryptocurrencies or blockchain required! Our mission is for women of color to be part of, and influential, in the blockchain and cryptocurrency dialogue. This isn't a panel - by the end of this hands-on session, you will have the tools to be part of the blockchain movement and a new community of support. We will demystify blockchain, explore different use cases and co-create inclusion practices that will help you learn, find communities and people, and dive deeper into blockchain. This is an exclusive curated version of the blockchain course Saya will be teaching at General Assembly.

    Read Saya's manifesto on changing blockchain from a conversation for the 1% to a conversation for all, and follow her journey on her blog, Building Blockchain.

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    [NY] Practical Magic: Tea & Other Rituals for Self-Care
    Mar
    23
    7:00 PM19:00

    [NY] Practical Magic: Tea & Other Rituals for Self-Care

    Feeling exhausted after yet another long week? Me too, sister. Join us Friday evening for an intimate Gongfu Tea Ceremony led by our very own Inga Chen. We'll discuss the power of rituals for managing stress and slowing down, with a focus on sustainable, practical, and low-cost practices that can be implemented every day. Then we'll put our brainstorm into action by creating our own personal Self-Care Menus to take home, all while experiencing a beautiful tea ceremony!

    Your ticket includes 4 tea tastings, a Self-Care Menu to take home, and a special goodie bag.

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    [SF] We Thrive: Breakfast Series No. 1
    Feb
    25
    11:00 AM11:00

    [SF] We Thrive: Breakfast Series No. 1

    • 176 Banks Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)
    • Google Calendar ICS

    What does it look like for Asian women to flourish and thrive? Come for brunch at our warm and cozy home in Bernal Heights and explore this question with us. We'll be serving up a tasty menu with nods to Californian, Korean, and Japanese cuisine. All food and beverages are included with your ticket.

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