May 2008 By Jane Leung Larson
The 17th Annual Conference of the Committee of 100 ended with its signature mentoring program, “Bridge to a Bright Future.” Over 300 young Chinese Americans participated in roundtable discussions on career and life choices with leading figures in academia, consulting, finance, entertainment, law, public service, and science and technology, most of them Committee members. Joining the 36 members who volunteered to serve as mentors were conference speakers Michelle Kwan, Public Diplomacy Envoy, and Karen Tse, who heads International Bridges to Justice, a non-profit organization, as well as representatives of the three mentoring program sponsor companies, Chubb Personal Insurance, HSBC, and Southern California Edison.
“With our unique mentoring program, we would like to contribute further to our society by ensuring a healthy pipeline of future leaders,” said John L. Fugh, Chairman of the Committee of 100. Opening speakers for the session were Albert Yu, former Senior Vice President of Intel and an originator of the C-100 Mentoring Program; Steve Chen, Co-Founder, YouTube; Wan Ling Martello, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Strategy, Wal-Mart International; and Congressman David Wu (D-OR).
Mentees had the chance to attend Saturday’s conference session, which was geared to the interests of young people with a conversation between television journalist Lisa Ling and figure skater Michelle Kwan, and a panel on creativity moderated by writer Adeline Yen Mah with YouTube’s Chen, piano prodigy Marc Yu, and MacArthur Fellow Julie Su.
The Committee hosts an innovative website for mentees, with personal stories of Committee members, and mentee social networking. Go to www.c100mentoring.org.