April – June 2010 | By Bernice Hong
On June 12, the Southern California Region of the Committee of 100 kicked off its first Leadership and Mentoring Program with a panel discussion on leadership. Over 150 young professionals attended the morning event and received wisdom, encouragement, and direction as they strive to become leaders in their respective fields. Stewart Kwoh, Debra Wong Yang, William Wang, and Teddy Zee were panelists. The panel discussion focused on the panelists' paths to success and their involvement in the community. Following the panel presentation, audience members asked the panel about numerous topics. C-100 Members John Chiang, Herman Li, and Charlie Woo also attended.
This is the first event in the Southern California Committee of 100 Leadership program, which will match C-100 members with mentees for a 6-month mentorship. At least 12 C-100 members will mentor one to four mentees each. Mentees also will be required to take part in a C-100 project, based on their interests. The Asian Professional Exchange (APEX) has been helping to administer the program.
C-100 Vice Chair Kwoh describes the goal: “The leadership/mentoring program’s primary intention is to develop young professionals by sharing the skills and life lessons of Committee of 100 members, in hopes that this process may foster future Committee of 100 members and strengthen community leaders. We would like to develop strong professional business and community leaders, who are closely connected to their community, promote community involvement, and are interested in carrying on and enhancing Committee of 100’s mission.”
Applications for the mentoring program must be received by August 2. Applicants must be young professionals under age 40, with a college degree or comparable experience, be enthusiastic about learning and continuing a legacy of excellence, and be respectful representatives of their community. They also should have a significant interest in C-100’s mission of fostering better U.S.-China relations and promoting the participation of Chinese Americans in all aspects of American society.
For more information, contact Kwoh at email@example.com