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Bank of America Women’s Leadership Series


Tuesday, March 29, 2022
6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Program

In the age of food blogs, viral social media, and countless cooking shows on competing streaming networks, audiences have gained new accessibility to the food and restaurant industry. In many ways, this has allowed a more diverse group of female chefs and food bloggers to become famous. From YouTube personalities to immigrant founders of restaurant businesses, Asian American women have found new ways to share their cultural history and identity with wider audiences through their food and recipes.

Asia Society welcomes renowned food writer Priya Krishna for a conversation about the transformation of the industry in recent years, including the challenges of being symbolized as an Asian woman in the food industry, the impact of COVID-19, and how her food – and her writing – reflects her relationship with herself and the world.

About the speaker

Priya Krishna is an Indian-American food journalist and YouTube personality. She is a food journalist for The New York Times and has already contributed to the new yorker, Eaterand TASTE (as a columnist). She is also the author of several cookbooks, including Indian-ish, a cookbook she wrote with her mother. Krishna previously worked for Enjoy your meal and appeared on their popular YouTube channel from 2018 to 2020. Prior to that, she also worked in the marketing department of lucky peach, a food magazine created by David Chang. Most recently in 2021, she also wrote a cookbook with Chang titled Cooking at home: or how I learned to stop worrying about recipes (and to love my microwave). Krishna grew up in Dallas, Texas. Her parents emigrated from India to the United States in the 1980s. Krishna attended Dartmouth College where she double majored in government and French and graduated in the class of 2013.

About the moderator

Pooja Lodhia joined KTRK and the ABC13 Eyewitness News team as a general reporter in the spring of 2012. Before jumping to Houston, she reported at Eatel News Magazine in Baton Rouge; WLUC in Marquette, Michigan; and WFTX in Fort Myers, Florida. Some of his most memorable stories include the final space shuttle launch at Cape Canaveral, Hurricane Isaac in New Orleans, and a loose moose in Michigan. She truly believes that every person has a story worth telling, and she is honored to be able to do so. Pooja was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has family here in Houston. She holds degrees in English Literature and Journalism and a minor in Modern Dance from Emory University in Atlanta.

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About the Female Leadership Series

The Women’s Leadership Series (WLS) celebrates influential and diverse women who are making a substantial impact in business and culture, locally and globally.

Previous programs:
Bank of America Women’s Leadership Series: Asian American Women Leaders Advocating for Racial Justice
Bank of America’s Women’s Leadership Series Highlights Pioneering Women Breaking Barriers in Space Exploration
Bank of America Women’s Leadership Series Highlights the Role of Business and Government in Climate Change Solutions
Year Six of Bank of America’s Women’s Leadership Series Opens With A Spirited Discussion About Black-Asian Solidarity
Bank of America’s Women’s Leadership Series Concludes Fifth Year, Highlights Houston Nonprofits and New York Leader Nurturing the Community During COVID-19
Asia Society Hosts Journalist Ann Curry for Bank of America’s Women’s Leadership Series
Asia Society Launches Bank of America Women’s Leadership Series 2019-2020 with Former PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi
Asia Society Concludes Bank of America’s 2018-2019 Women’s Leadership Series Season with a Focus on Women in Entertainment
Bank of America Women’s Leadership Series Highlights Local Energy Executives and the Importance of STEM Education
Bank of America Women’s Leadership Series Launches 2018-2019 Season with Famous Asian Women Chefs
Asia Society Concludes 2017-2018 Women’s Leadership Series with Women in Fashion Party
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Year Three of the Women’s Leadership Series Begins with Medical Innovators
Former UK First Lady leads dialogue on women’s education
Women’s Leadership Panel Addresses Women’s Representation in the C-suite
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The Women’s Leadership Series Steering Committee is chaired by Niloufar Molavi. Members include Nancy C. Allen, Dr. Dina Alsowayel, The Honorable Theresa Chang, Dr. Anne Chao, Kathy Goossen, Dr. Ellen Gritz, Richa Himani, Brigitte Kalai, Mandy Kao, Shirley Kwan, Sultana Mangalji, Vani Rao, Sue Sim, Y. Ping Sun and Rita Touma.

Title Sponsor

Presenting Sponsors

Anne and Albert Chao
Nancy Pollok Guinea

Main Sponsors

Additional support

The Honorable Theresa W. Chang and Dr. Peter Chang
Kathy and Marty Goossen
Mandy and William Kao
Dr. Peter and Shirley Kwan
Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron
Sultana and Moez Mangalji
Niloufar Molavi/PwC
Sue and Randy Sim

About Asia Society Texas

Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diversity of perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating Asia’s vibrant diversity, inspiring empathy, and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Covering the fields of arts, business, culture, education and politics, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community – trusting in the power of art, dialogue and ideas to fight prejudice and build a more inclusive society.