Special Thanks To
Chris Lu, Deputy Secretary of Labor; Tina Tchen, Assistant to President Obama & Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama; New York Congresswoman Grace Meng; Cranston Mayor Allan Fung; Rhode Island State Senator, Joshua Miller; Susan Lee, Member of Maryland House of Delegates; Ed Chow, Secretary of Veteran Affairs; Lincoln Chafee, Governor of Rhode Island; Peter Koo, Member of the New York City Council; John Liu, the 43rd New York City Comptroller; and Professor Steve Kelman at Harvard for their efforts in accommodating the ILF Young Ambassadors.
ILF extends a very special special thanks to: CORO Foundation, Junyao Group, J&K Technology Holdings Limited, and AMESON (Ameson Education & Cultural Exchange Foundation) for supporting the 2014 ILF Young Ambassadors Program (partial list).
“I want to thank ILF for giving me this opportunity to attend this program. Throughout these 12 days, I’ve learned how the U.S. government operates, the global development trend, and some key success factors from some outstanding U.S. leaders. This newly acquired knowledge will be quite useful in my career. During this trip, I saw how true leaders operate. I felt the passion and learned how to truly become a true leader myself. From this experience, I will try my best to become a successful leader and hope to one day share my experiences with the next generation of Young Ambassadors.”
Vincent Xu (2009)
“This summer, I attended the Young Ambassador Program held by ILF, and what I gained is beyond words. Through the visiting and understanding of the center of politics/economy, historical sites, and also meeting leaders of successful firms; the program enriched my experiences as well as broadened my horizons. It not only equipped me with the tools to become a leader, but it also allowed me to understand more about what I expect out of myself and how to accomplish these goals. In addition to this, I’ve met many friends of common ideals. We’ve become everlasting friends, as friendship lasts despite the ending of this wonderful journey. When looking back on my decision to attend the International Leadership Foundation’s Young Ambassador Program, I am so grateful that I made the decision that I did and believe this program is extremely worthwhile.”
“In this program, I learned that leadership is not only a word, a behavior or a personality, but an ongoing process to create the vision, show our ambition, and lead people forward. We are by people, with people, and for people. It is not just a two-weeks-training, but a key for lifelong learning journey.”
“In just twelve days I was introduced to brilliant individuals, inspired by eloquent politicians and entrepreneurs, exposed to a thriving culture, showed around amazing sceneries and privileged governmental areas, and encouraged to pursue my dreams. The decision to participate in the Young Ambassador Program is one that I will certainly not regret. From the first meeting with our amazing program founder Chiling Tong to the friendships I made during the farewell dinner, the entire experience was simply incredible. The abundant amount of planning that must have taken place for an event of this scale was clearly apparent as the program was executed smoothly. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be part of this program, and feel blessed to have been surrounded by such warm and aspiring professionals, staff, and fellow young ambassadors. ILF prides itself in performing to the best of its ability and the Young Ambassador Program was yet another example of its dedication to that mindset. Thus, “Remarkable,” is the word that sums up my opinion of ILF and the entire Young Ambassador experience.”
“By attending the 2014 YA program, I learned a lot about the United States—not only its politics and economy, but also its culture and the way people communicate, and I would have never developed such an in-depth understanding of American society without the YA experience. I am so grateful for ILF’s considerate arrangements for the YA’s visit, training, and accommodation in the U.S. Thank you so much! Over the past several weeks, I reflected upon the meaning and
significance of the YA program. Through the program, ILF is devoted to building up mutual understanding and trust between young people in these two great countries: the United States and China. By fully participating in this program, I gradually found that there are many fields where China and the U.S. can learn from each other.” Charles Cui, School of International Studies, Peking University (2014)
“This Program provides me with the opportunity to have an overall understanding of American governmental policy, entrepreneurship, culture and history in an all round way, to meet and talk with the leaders and elites in American society, and to meet and learn from these talented young students both in Asia and the United States areas. Each training, site visit, and communication with leaders was greatly enjoyed and cherished by me. In addition, this Program is a process for me to have a deeper understanding of “leadership” skills, to know my strength and weakness better and to polish myself. Though 15 days is quite a short period, what I learned in these days is greatly conducive to me and I will utilize my strength, work on my weakness and apply what I learned in the past 15 days to my future career, education and life.”
Xindi Wu, East China University of Politial Science and Law (2014)
“This two-week trip is so unique and essentially influenced my future. My previous academic backgrounds include majoring in international politics at SISU and minoring in international trade and economy at Fudan University. Therefore, this trip gave me a precious opportunity to get close to America’s public policy, economy and culture, as well as exchange opinions with congressmen from Capitol Hill, Professor Steven from Harvard University and staff from U.S. Department of Commerce. In addition, the mock discussion at the Rhode Island State Congress House impressed me. I still remember the moment when I put forward the issue of prostitution legalization, which prompted a heated debate between the YAs. This experience really broadened our horizons and tested our logic and eloquence.”
Catherine Huang, Shanghai International Studies University (2014)
Darren Yeh, Sotheby Institute of Art
Li Qi, Harvard MBA & PhD at Cornell University
Wu Ying, PhD at University of Pennsylvania Law School
Yi-Lin Chiu, Hermes (2014)
Andrew Chun-Yang Hsu, Boston Consulting Group & UC Berkeley of Law
Cheng Zhe Liang, Founder & CEO at PinOn, Inc. in Boston (2014)
Kang Ling Chen, Professor at Fudan University (2014)
Ling Qing Chen, Judge Assistant at Minhang District People’s Court of Shanghai (2013) Wang Xing Wu, Founder of Shanghai Rural Education Technology Co., Ltd.