Mentor, mentor, where are you?
Looking for a mentor can be a challenging exercise. You need matched personalities, right chemistry, perfect timing etc. Have you been looking throughout your organization but couldn’t find one? Are you searching for a broader perspective than your current role? The CAAEN Leadership Training Program could provide the answer.
In its second year, the CAAEN Leadership Training Program provides leadership, mentorship, and communication training for future Asian American leaders. The 2008 program is organized by several 2007 graduates. The graduates found the program so beneficial that they decided to put what they learned into practice and have made significant improvements based on personal experiences.
“It was a great experience to learn about leadership and mentorship from four amazing, accomplished leaders,” said Christina Hsieh of AAA, a graduate of the 2007 program. She serves as the coordinator of the mentorship session in the program.
Held on Saturday, April 5th at Intel, the mentorship session was sponsored by the Committee of 100 and was a highlight of the program for the 28 students in attendance. Four Committee of 100 members, Albert Yu, Milton Chang, George Koo and Jensen Huang, spent the afternoon with employees from Intel, Cisco, HP, AAA, Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente, AT&T, and Deloitte & Touche. The students were nominated by their respective companies to participate in the program.
The session started with a lunch for the mentors and students to talk in a casual setting. It was then followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Intel Vice President, Chris Min. In a lively exchange of questions and comments, Albert, Milton, George, and Jensen shared valuable advice on career development, mentorship, leadership, personal development, and the role of Asian Americans in business and society.
“I truly appreciate them sharing their personal career experiences, leadership attributes, and business perspectives. I’ve gained new insights from their candid discussions and best practices,” said Jennie Hou of HP, a member of the 2008 class.
The students were particularly excited about the “family” breakout sessions, where they had the opportunity to have an intimate, smaller group dialogue with an assigned mentor and to seek personal advice from the mentors. The one and a half hour long session allowed the students to get “up close and personal” with the mentors.
The event concluded with each “family” sharing what they learned in their breakout sessions with the rest of the students and mentors. They all agreed to make use of those valuable learning.
"The learning does not stop today. You need to continue to practice as a leader when you are back to your company and employee group," said Alan Wong, CAAEN chairperson, in his closing comments to the students for the afternoon.