Hinrich Foundation alumni leadership committee meets in Manila
Seven promising and committed members of the Hinrich Foundation Alumni Leadership Committee (ALC) met on Nov. 21 at The Peninsula Manila, Philippines, to give a formal structure of the organization.
The attending ALC members were Laura Xiao, Roger Li and Celeste Zeng from China; Megan Thomas and Ben Wong from the United States; Khiem Vu from Vietnam; and, Lorie Cascaro from the Philippines. Those who were not able to attend included Jean Shen from China, Naratevy Kek from Cambodia and Ramjan Miah from Bangladesh.
Merle Hinrich spoke to the committee during the induction ceremony, sharing his vision and the importance of the ALC in trade. He had been in Manila to attend the APEC summit and the Foundation’s Council of Members meeting on Nov. 18 to 20.
Also participating in the morning were members of the HF CoM: Alan Binnington, Michael Nock, plus HF management team, CEO Kathryn Dioth, Alex Boome, Bill Stacey, Steve Olson and Mark Grainger.
Stacey gave a presentation on personal financing and Olson talked about the international trade policy research of the Foundation.
Three pillars: ALC structure
The ALC members discussed about the importance of having a president to serve as the face or representative of the committee, to liaise, act as spokesperson and oversight of projects.
The Foundation’s Program Director, Alex Boome, emphasized the importance for the leaders to have “passion” to ensure that they are eager to contribute.
During a working lunch, they grouped themselves into three, according to the pillars of the committee: Engagement, Skills Development and Training & Careers.
Each group planned their programs and activities to effectively perform their functions.
The Engagement team aims to create activities that would actively engage all scholars and alumni, including potential candidates or scholars.
They agreed that there is a need to foster a community of loyalty and camaraderie during the whole duration of a scholar’s experience.
As Dioth put it, “Engage is the word in 2015.”
The Skills Development team basically identified four areas to provide training and tools to members and potential members. The areas included knowing yourself, educational courses, practical trainings and an online library.
The Career team identified three phases to engage everyone who will be interested in trade and eventually become part of the Alumni Association. Their activities include seminars, workshops, field trips, internships, mentoring and job placement.
The first president
Laura Xiao was elected as the first ALC president through secret balloting while the members, together with Dioth and Boome, were in a van, maneuvering through Manila traffic coming from their old Intramuros tour.
They also chose their vice presidents and members based on the groups that were formed during lunch. The vice presidents are Thomas for engagement team, Cascaro for Skills Development, and Zeng for Careers.
Everyone enjoyed a sumptuous dinner and drinks to end the day, carrying with them a vision of a larger community and Mr. Hinrich’s legacy.
About the author – Lorie Cascaro