Alumni Gathering & Advisory Board Inauguration in L.A.

The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) Los Angeles Advisory Board hosted its inauguration on Saturday, March 7, 2015. The event included the chapter’s annual Youth Training, VIP reception, and luncheon with Asian Pacific American (APA) political, community, and business leaders.

(Photo Credit: Mr. Derrick Nguyen)


ILF Fellow alumni reunited in Downtown Los Angeles the night before the luncheon. Happy Friday! Thanks to Edward Chen (2002), Jonathan Lee (2012), Janet Guan (2012), Kathleen Ju (2009), Tar Rakhra (2014), Belinda Li (2014), and Charelene Yang (2014).



















Mr. Than Nguyen, ILF board member based in California, received The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). It was presented by Congresswoman Judy Chu and Ms. Chiling Tong, CEO of ILF. PVSA is “the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition.”

















Mr. John Chiang, Treasurer of California, was invited to the luncheon as a keynote speaker. He has been a great supporter of ILF and its LA Advisory Board for many years.



















ILF LA Chapter contributed enormously to cultivating the next generation of APA leaders. All contributions will benefit ILF scholarships for APA students. (From left) Ms. Ivy Sun, Honorary Chairwoman of ILF LA Advisory Board; Mr. Than Nguyen, ILF Board of Directors; Ms. Chiling Tong, CEO of ILF; and Ms. Linda Sun, Chairperson of ILF LA Advisory Board














ILF LA Advisory Board Members with Keynote Speakers and VIPs: Congresswoman Judy Chu, California Treasurer John Chiang, Mr. Bill Rancic, an American entrepreneur who was the first candidate hired by The Trump Organization at the conclusion of the first season of Donald Trump’s reality television show, The Apprentice.















VIP Table. ILF really appreciates Ms. Cindy Harris Chen (far right), who invited Mr. Bill Rancic to our event. She is also a member of ILF LA Chapter Board.

















Congresswoman Judy Chu giving remarks to more than 300 guests at the luncheon, where ILF LA Chapter Board Members, ILF Fellow alumni, VIPs, and community and business leaders were in attendance.














Ms. Linda Sun, Chairperson of ILF LA Chapter, was interviewed by local press.














Mr. Bill Rancic giving remarks.













With Boy Scouts Troop 228 from Arcadia. The troop provided color guard service for us.













ILF LA Advisory Board Members with Keynote speaker, Mr. Bill Rancic













Congresswoman Judy Chu with Ms. Ivy Sun, Honorary Chairwoman of ILF LA Advisory Board;  Ms. Chiling Tong, CEO of ILF; and Ms. Linda Sun, Chairperson of ILF LA Advisory Board













Congresswoman Judy Chu presented the Certificate of Congressional Recognition to ILF LA Chapter.

Judy Chu Procalamation








































ILF was excited to have many fellow alumni at the event this year. 2013 Fellow Jacqueline Jin (currently working at the U.S. Departement of State) and 2014 Fellow Tar Rakhra (interned at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders) served as Masters of Ceremonies at the event.













2004 Fellow Ma’Ayn Jonson,  a senior planner for Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), provided a testimonial on the ILF Civic Fellowship Program. Read more about her expertise and community involvement. 















Jonathan Lee, former Media Director/Fellowship Coordinator of ILF, making his testimonial on how ILF has impacted his life. He is the Founder of RapidCycle and is one of the rising young entrepreneurs in the area.













2006 Fellow Erica Lee (right) founded the sponsorshipping-llc. She provided a testimonial on how she learned about leadership through the ILF Civic Fellowship program and has developed her entrepreneurial spirit since then.





























2014 Fellow Belinda Li making a testimonial (interned at the office of Congresswoman Grace Meng).












It was extremely exciting to witness the reunion of ILF Fellow alumni!

Morning Youth Workshop















ILF LA Chapter annualy hosted its unique leadership training for local high school students who have leadership potentials. The training was orgnized and led by the Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) and their President and CEO, Mrs. Linda Akutagawa.

Local News Coverage on the event (Thanks to the China Daily USA Los Angeles!) in English

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