The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) congratulated Dr. James S. C. Chao, entrepreneur and philanthropist, during the 2016 Awards Gala on the legacy he and his family have built to help the Asian American community. The Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center, dedicated by Harvard University on June 6, 2016, is the first building named after a woman and the first building named after an Asian American in Harvard’s 380-year history. The ceremony included remarks by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Ed Markey, Harvard University President Drew Faust, Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria, and speaking on behalf of the family, Secretary Elaine Chao, the first Asian American woman appointed to the President’s cabinet in history, and Angela Chao, Deputy Chairman, Foremost Group. The family received letters of congratulations from all five living Presidents: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Vice President Joe Biden. The Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center is a tribute to the life and legacy of the family matriarch of, in Harvard’s words, this most prominent and accomplished Chinese American family.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shared inspiring words during the 2016 ILF Awards Gala. He relayed his experience overcoming polio as a young boy. He lauded the Asian American community for upholding its heritage while pursuing the American Dream. Leader McConnell said that the only way to fail in America was to give up and encouraged Asian Americans to pursue our dreams. ILF thanks the Senate Majority Leader for his encouraging remarks aimed at motivating current and future Asian American leaders.