Date and time: Saturday, September 17, 3:30PM-5:30PM
Speakers: Dr. James S. C. Chao, Secretary Elaine Chao and Ms. May Chao
Event fee: Free for members of the Renwen Society, China Institute, affiliates of SUNY and full-time university students. $5 for non-members.
Location: Schwartz Theatre of the State University of New York College of Optometry, 33 West 42nd Street (between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue, across from Bryan Park), State University of New York, College of Optometry
In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of China Institute, the Renwen Society of China Institute will present a special program on Saturday, September 17, honoring Dr. James Si-Cheng Chao with Renwen’s first Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy. Joining him at the event will be his daughters, The Honorable Elaine Chao and May Chao. They will share with the audience their family’s immigrant experiences in overcoming challenges to advance in this country through education, faith, diligence, optimism, and contribution to society.
Dr. James S. C. Chao is a recognized leader in international shipping, finance and philanthropy. After earning an MBA from St. John’s University, Dr. Chao established Foremost Maritime Corporation. The company later evolved into Foremost Group, where he still serves as Chairman. Under Dr. Chao’s leadership and management, Foremost Group has become a global leader in promoting sustainability through the adoption of environmentally friendly ship designs and technology.
Dr. and Mrs. James S.C. Chao dedicated their lives to promoting the values of education, volunteerism and philanthropy. More than 5,000 American and Chinese students have been given the opportunity to widen their horizons through the generous scholarships provided by the Shanghai Mulan Education Foundation, and other Chao family philanthropies. Throughout his career, Dr. Chao has received innumerable academic, professional and civic awards.
The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, the 24th U. S. Secretary of Labor (2001-2009), is the first Asian American woman to serve in the President’s Cabinet in American history. Under Secretary Chao’s leadership, the Department of Labor made the advancement and inclusion of the Asian American community a top priority.
Secretary Chao’s distinguished career spanned the public, private and non-profit sectors. She was President and CEO of United Way of America, Director of the Peace Corps, Deputy Secretary of the U. S. Department of Transportation, Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission. She has also worked in the private sector as Vice President of Syndications at Bank of America and with Citicorp.
May Chao graduated with high honors as a Wellesley Scholar in three years with a degree in economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard Business School with a concentration in general management and finance. In 2002, she was appointed by New York Governor George Pataki to serve as Chair and Executive Director of the New York State Consumer Protection Board. She also serves on the Harvard Business School Alumni Board. Most recently, after the passing of her beloved mother, Ruth Mulan Chu Chao, she co-authored a book on recovering from grieving entitled: Good From Grief.
The Confucius Institute at the State University of New York College of Optometry is the cosponsor of this event.
This event will be in English. Free for members of the Renwen Society, China Institute, affiliates of SUNY and full-time university students. $5 for non-members. Advance registration is required. Follow Renwen’s WeChat: chineselectures