SOURCE: Committee of 100

April 19, 2008 19:34 ET

Committee of 100 Annual Conference Ends With Showcase of Young Chinese American Talent

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 19, 2008) - The 17th Annual Conference of the Committee of 100 ended today with its signature Mentoring Program, "Bridge to a Bright Future," which brought together 250 young Chinese Americans with members of the organization who are all leading figures in academia, consulting, finance, entertainment, law, public service, and science & technology. Over 30 Committee members volunteered to serve as mentors, sharing their experiences and offering advice in intimate and interactive roundtable discussions with the young professionals.

"This year's conference reflects the Committee of 100's mission to support and promote the contribution of Chinese Americans to all aspects of society," said General John L. Fugh, Chairman of the Committee of 100. "With our unique Mentoring Program, we would like to contribute further to our society by ensuring a healthy pipeline of future leaders."

The Annual Conference showcased the achievements of Chinese Americans in a variety of fields. At the Annual Gala Dinner, the Committee of 100 honored Ming Hsieh, President and CEO of Cogent Systems, with its Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy Award. During the panel sessions over the three-day meeting, talented Chinese Americans shared their insights on a range of issues relating to the Chinese American community and U.S.-China relations. Among the speakers were Michelle Kwan, the Olympic medal-winning and world champion figure skater; Ang Lee, the Oscar-winning film director; the critically acclaimed actress Joan Chen; Steve Chen, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer of YouTube; Kai-Fu Lee, President of Google China; and others. (Joan Chen, Steve Chen, and Kai-Fu Lee are Committee of 100 members.)

Michelle Kwan spoke about her career during the lunch prior to the start of the Mentoring Program, which was attended by the "mentees." She highlighted her role as an inspiration to youth in America and around the world and as a U.S. Department of State Public Diplomacy envoy. "One of my missions is to encourage young people," she told participants. "I'm not there to talk to them but to talk with them."

Next year's Committee of 100 Annual Conference will be held in Washington, DC, from April 30 to May 2, the Committee's Executive Direct S. Alice Mong announced.

Founded in 1989 by prominent Chinese Americans, the Committee of 100 is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit membership organization composed of Chinese American leaders in a broad range of professions. With members' knowledge and experience, the Committee is committed to a dual mission: (1) encouraging stronger relations between the U.S. and Greater China and (2) encouraging the full participation of Chinese Americans in all aspects of American life.

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