Two Hundred Attend Kickoff to Third Los Angeles Leadership Mentoring Program

6a00e5520895f588330167667e112c970b-320wiCommittee of 100 Chairman Dominic Ng welcomed over 200 young and mid-career professionals to the Third Leadership and Mentoring Program Kickoff Panel Discussion and Mentee Graduation on July 28 in Los Angeles. Ng encouraged the participants to become “fully participating citizens in American society,” taking part in community activities as well as excelling in their careers.

Cultivating LA Group2012 Southern California
mentors and mentees.

Stewart Kwoh, C-100 Vice Chair of the Southern California
region and Domestic Programs, moderated a panel of California C-100 members who
spoke candidly about professional and personal challenges on their career
paths. The panelists were Panda Restaurant Group Founder and Chairman Andrew
Cherng
, C & L Restaurant Group Chairman Herman Li, Charlotte Russe
President and CEO Jenny Ming, and Jones Day Partner Brian A. Sun.
They stressed the importance of being multi-dimensional and balancing the
advancement of their careers with giving back to the community. “Having a
positive impact on your community is gratifying,” said Sun, “and essential to
enjoying the fruits of your career.”

Cultivating LABrian Sun, Stewart Kwoh, Charlie Woo, and Andrew
Cherng

Film producer Teddy Zee and Megatoys CEO Charlie
Woo
serve on the
planning committee for the Southern California
program along with Kwoh and volunteer Belle Hsu. The 2012 mentors were Li, Sun, John Chiang, Julie Fong, Ming Hsu, Shu
Li, Paul Lin
, Charlie Sie, William
Wang,
and Janet Yang. Throughout
the year, mentors lead discussions with small groups of mentees and introduce
them to the Committee’s programs and events, including the Annual Conference. As
a distinctive feature of this program, each mentor meets individually with a
few mentees, creating lasting connections. As Woo told the 2012 graduating
class, “Once a mentor, always a mentor. It is really wonderful to play a
supportive position as your career develops.”

Charlie Sie LA Mentoring(Pictured:  Mentor Charlie Sie) Mentees gave testimonials about their mentorship
experiences. Law school graduate Annette Wong said that the C-100 Mentorship
Program helped broaden her field of vision: “[I looked] inward at my identity
as a Chinese American, outward at the community of my peers and other Asian
Americans, and upward at the C-100 members and their inspiring leadership.” Joseph
Sun thanked mentor Charlie Sie for sharing his passion for research and for volunteer
projects such as helping the Palos
Verdes School
District develop a Chinese language program. “I
now have a greater appreciation for the importance of taking a seat at the
table and having our voices heard on issues affecting the Asian American
community.”

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