Fifteen young professionals in the fields of entertainment, law, business, government service, and entrepreneurial start-ups are being mentored by Southern California members in both individual and group sessions over a six-month period. C-100 Vice Chair Stewart Kwoh said that the goal of the mentorship program is “to develop strong leaders who are both successful in their careers and involved in the community, including U.S.-China relations.” Mentees also volunteer for a C-100 project, such as the regional conference now being organized by the Southern California members, “Mandarin in the Schools,” and the annual conference, which will be in Los Angeles in 2012.
On March 19, mentees and mentors met together at the Crawford Family Forum of Southern California Public Radio (both Kwoh and mentor Charlie Woo are KPCC trustees), where they heard talks by KPCC President Bill Davis and California State Controller John Chiang and were able to speak in depth with each other about their concerns for balancing career and family and U.S.-China issues.
Managing the Mentoring and Leadership Program is the Asian Professional Exchange (APEX), which among other activities pre-screens mentorship applicants for final approval by the Committee members. The current group of 15 mentees was selected from about 50 applicants.
In June, prospective applicants for the second round of mentorships will attend a gathering with mentors and the first round of mentee graduates.