Andrea M. / Founder of In Business and Life / NEW YORK, NY
"Growing up, it was incredibly hard for me to find like-minded, Asian American women who were conscious yet driven, thoughtful but action-oriented. The retreat was the first time I met a group of ambitious, open, empowering women all in the same room. Everyone was open and vulnerable which was so beautiful to witness. Cassandra and Karen have an incredible empathic ability to put soul into their events and I'm so grateful to have been part of the first one.
Here's to women who stand for something... are beautiful inside and out... and use their voice to create something in the world that doesn't exist yet."
Krystie M. / Co-founder of slant'd / NEW YORK, NY
"Being a first time entrepreneur has surfaced a new set of fears and insecurities, but knowing that I can call on this sisterhood for love and support gives me the strength to step into my power. Their energy and resilience give me the confidence that I can continue making a difference in the Asian American community—while still living my best life."
Katerina J. / Co-founder of SLant'd / DENVER, CO
"The community I felt at The Cosmos' inaugural retreat was on a whole new level — a level I didn’t even know existed until that weekend. I was able to instantly identify with the personal stories of 19 strangers, realizing that their stories are also my stories. Now I'm part of an effortless sisterhood of Asian American women who are committed to helping each other thrive."
Bessie C. / NEW YORK, NY
"I think I speak for more than myself, but I had felt such a loneliness and alienation for not having people in my life to have conversations as candid as we did. It's such a relief not to feel that way anymore, because I feel like I suddenly have sisters I never had before."
Jennifer x. / Investor & Tech Ecosystem Builder / NEW YORK, NY
"It was powerful to be surrounded by a group of such resilient, like-minded Asian American women from across the country who could so deeply relate to each other’s journeys. Beyond shared experiences, we became united in our commitment to overcome our histories and barriers to achieve holistic health, success and joy. The best part is the community and sisterhood continues after the retreat."
joann p. / audience manager @ great big story / NEW YORK, NY
"Cassandra and Karen created a safe space, where every one of us had permission to be our most authentic selves. For the first time in a long time, I felt heard. People told me that my feelings mattered, that my struggle was their struggle, and that I was more than enough. It was a powerful and healing experience to know that I wasn’t alone.
I have kept in touch with most of the girls post-retreat, and I am obsessed with every single one of them! I guess it was kind of like The Bachelor in that I fell in love 18 times - except everyone wins in Cosmos!"
TAMMY C. / CO-FOUNDER OF BETTERBRAVE / SAN FRANCISCO, CA
"This retreat reminded me why it is so important to find a community that understands and relates to the unique intersection of our identities. We found solidarity in sharing our stories with one another. We could relate on so many levels, whether it was related to family, finance or career. I’m eternally grateful for our sisterhood and pledge to do my part in ensuring that we all thrive!"