As we approach the end of 2012, the organization’s vibrant health reflects strengthened staffing capabilities and focused program-based development – two strategic objectives set by the Chairman and Board in April 2012.
This year’s milestones were amplified by the gains from the team’s continuous strategic learning journey. I am grateful to have engaged with Columbia Business School to provide us with professional development opportunities via a series of high impact executive education courses. Our team’s valuable takeaways include grasping the fundamentals of change leadership and creating breakthrough strategies for C100. C100 applications of key lessons learned already produced impressive results in strategically positioning C100 in the Washington DC policy community.
The growth trajectory of our three program areas – Educational Exchange, Public Diplomacy, and Leadership Development – is entering an advanced stage of enriched content and extensive reach.
- Educational Exchange: The Journalist and Civic Leader Delegations continue to attract elite interest and participation. With the inaugural Civic Leaders Delegation in May and completion of the November Journalist Delegation, C100 is shaping the U.S.-China dialogue on the frontlines. Recently-returned C100 Journalist Delegates Jonathan Tepperman, managing editor at Foreign Affairs, Clive Crook, senior editor of The Atlantic and columnist for Bloomberg View, and Brian Lehrer, host of the Brian Lehrer Show WNYC have been blogging about their
China experience. To view their conversation and contribute your comments, visit http://www.wnyc.org.
- Public Diplomacy: As Chairman Dominic Ng referenced, the impact of C100’s China policy debate in Washington DC continues to reverberate. Building on the debate’s strong momentum, we released a verbatim China debate transcript, which was briefed to Members of Congress and key stakeholders in Washington. All expressed high interest in exploring future collaborative efforts.
- Leadership Development: High demand for participation in the New York Women’s Leadership Exchange, Washington D.C. Leadership Roundtable, and Southern California Leadership Mentoring Program attests to the Committee’s unparalleled appeal as a magnet that attracts rising Asian American leaders who aspire to learn from C-100 members.
With this year’s repertoire of high-profile accomplishments, 2013 promises to further expand C100’s role as the foremost non-governmental interlocutor between the United States and China. Looking ahead, the Committee will continue to bolster organizational capabilities and program development. As one of the Chairman’s strategic priorities, substantive engagement with the U.S. and Chinese policymakers will remain a central focus as the senior political leadership transition in Washington and Beijing is formalized early next year. The Committee’s Annual Conference in Washington D.C., April 24-25, 2013, represents the next phase in broadening C100’s contribution to the U.S.-China dialogue.
C100 members’ guidance and support are critical to executing our winning proposition: to bridge the future success of the U.S. and China by gleaning lessons from the past and fostering dynamic exchange in the present.
We look forward to forging ahead with C100 members, partners, supporters and friends in making 2013 another hallmark year.