The Southern California region of the Committee of 100 graduated its first class of mentees on July 9, successfully concluding a six-month mentorship by Committee of 100 members for 15 young professionals. This new program to cultivate leadership and dedication to community service was designed to help foster a new generation of Asian American leaders.
Mentees are under 40, come from a variety of professions and businesses, and are seeking to further their career as well as give back to the community. During the mentorship, they meet together with mentors both in group sessions and individually and volunteer for a Committee of 100 project.
Speaking at the July 9 session at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles were mentors Charlie Woo, John Chiang, Julie Fong, and Stewart Kwoh (pictured at left), with mentors Brian Sun, Herman Li, and Teddy Zee joining the discussion. California State Controller Chiang spoke about his pride as the son of immigrants from Taiwan and suggested to the mentees that the best work improves the lives of others.