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    Default MK to give welcoming remarks at C-100 11th mentoring event May 2, 2009 (vid added)

    Here is the agenda for the mentoring event for those of you that want to attend as a young professional (PDF):

    http://conference.committee100.org/2...daPublicEn.pdf

    It is $30 for registration. I went last year, and it was a very good experience, though I think it is cheaper this year! Also, Kal Penn will be there this year! (I would LOVE to see him speak!) Unfortunately, D.C. is just a bit far for me to travel this year, but maybe those in the area would like to attend the event. It is inspiring as an Asian American to see all these other Asians so incredibly successful in their respective fields.

    To register:
    http://conference.committee100.org/2...page=mentoring

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    I can't believe it, I am just two hours from DC. I could go to this event to hear Michelle give the opening address? There isn't a catch here? Like it is really hard to get a ticket? It Except that I could get really lost trying to find the venue? Is anyone else considering going? It looks like an amazing event with a number of speakers I would love to hear.

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    eventerbess, as long as you are a young professional, you can register for the mentoring event.

    However, to register for the three day conference is $450. You can see the prices for the varying events:
    https://secure.committee100.org/regi...gistration.php

    At the very least, if you wanted to get a glimpse of Michelle, you can go on May 2, and just go to the hotel to check it out (that much I gather at least) around the time she plans to give her welcoming remarks, and just find which conference room it is held in. You wouldn't be allowed in, but you might happen to see her.

    Hotel Information:
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    1127 Connecticut Avenue NW
    Washington, District Of Columbia 20036

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    I remember last year she gave a good interview at the same conference with Lisa Ling.

    Here is the playlist from YouTube. If you click on the link, the each of the four vids will automatically play once the previous one finishes:

    http://www.youtube.com/view_play_lis...&v=3loifTjpNew

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    Download links for Michelle's interview with Lisa Ling are here:

    http://mkforum.net/forum/showthread.php?t=20869

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    I talked to them at the mentoring part, and they said it was ok to come to hear the speakers. I registered. Now all I have to do is get up the nerve to go. And not get lost. they were not clear on directions, it is at the US Chamber of Commerce

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    Michelle is involved in so much good stuff. People out there know quality.
    ...Michelle Kwan's journey from figure skating champion to college graduate is one of excellence, determination and achievement.... Chris Chase

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    Quote Originally Posted by eventerbess View Post
    I talked to them at the mentoring part, and they said it was ok to come to hear the speakers. I registered. Now all I have to do is get up the nerve to go. And not get lost. they were not clear on directions, it is at the US Chamber of Commerce
    That's awesome eventerbess. Have a blast, I hope you meet Michelle up close and tell her all of us at MKF say hi I'm so jealous you get to hear Kal Penn talk!

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    little late to be asking, but it looks like michelle will be welcoming the mentoring part starting at 2? Not the 9:00am. I am about three hours away, so I was planning on getting there early morning. I am signed up for a noon conference as well as the mentoring luncheon and talks. That was the way the registration worked. I did not want to try to be there at 9am but don't want to miss michelle. Although I am very excited about some of the other speakers.

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    Bess, I hope you have fun in DC and most importantly you get to see Michelle. I think it's pretty awesome that you traveled 3 hours just to hear her speak.

    FYI: Don't be alarmed if you see a bunch of loud and crazy acting people wearing red today. It's game one of the Caps vs Penguins Hockey Playoffs. Go Caps

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    Before eventerbess comes back to give us her wonderful report , I found a short reference to Michelle's remarks here in this article:

    The panelists stressed the critical role mentors play in career development. "Mentors are incredibly important in whatever field you choose," said Lu. Later, at the start of the mentoring session, figure skating legend and U.S. Department of State American Public Diplomacy Envoy Michelle Kwan advised participants to be open-minded, to listen to mentors, and to work hard. "It's important to seek advice," she said. "Dream big and reach for the stars!"
    http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/s...e,809386.shtml

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    I went, I met her it was one of the most inspiring days of my life. I am going to try to get some pictures up. I told her everyone at MKF supports her and she said thanks.

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    Please, share whatever you wish to about your experience.

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    Fabulous, eventerbess! I'm so glad you went, and that is was so worthwhile and especially happy that you met Michelle! What a day!

    I hope I'm speaking for most of us here when I thank you for letting Michelle know that we at MKF care and that we support her 100%.
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    I don't know how much or what people want to know about the C100 encounter I had with Michelle. So I will give it a go. First off I wasn't sure what the conference was, it turned out to be an incredible gathering of people of asian american descent and their efforts to promote that community. I was almost the only non asian person in this huge room. But everyone was great to me.
    There was a panel discussion of public service that included Larry Chiu, Pres. Obama's cabinet secretary. Michelle showed up for this panel. At the end people were asking her for pictures, especially the younger guys. She was of course gracious. I waited my turn and asked, she commented that my disposable camera was the one she liked to use. Suddenly, no one was around her, just me, so I said something about how inspired I was that she went back to school, that it had motivated me to do go back. She said it had taken her nine years, but she made it. She asked me about what I was studying and where. Since I had lived in Denver, we talked about DU, what a nice school it was, how hard it is. Just sort of a conversation. I had just had knee surgery, there was an exchange about coming back from injuries. Then people started to move towards her and I said something to the effect everyone at MKF is supporting you and pulling for you and she said thanks, her eyes lit up when I mentioned it, so I know she connected immediately that I was referring to the forum.
    So, after all these years and dreaming of what if I ever got to stand next to Michelle and talk to her, it happened. She did not disappoint.
    She looked great, relaxed and happy. She was wearing a wonderful dress, black on the bottom, yellow sleeveless top, black heels. Her hair was down, really long.
    After the lunch, she gave the welcoming remarks for the next part of the program. Again for me this turned into an inspiring, great experience.
    The conference was an amazing experience for me, even if I had not met Michelle, or even seen her. Once again, inspiration and something special came from just a connection to Michelle and hearing about it on this site.
    I would be happy to do another post and try to get her remarks if people want me to. I took notes. Also, I had walgreens make a disc when I had the pics developed. I don't know how or if they can be posted, but would be glad to send the disc to someone if they know how how to do this and want to post them.
    The panel discussion was fantastic, but the remarks might fit better in the political section.

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    Eventerbess,
    Thanks for your wonderful report. I'd love to hear more and see pictures, too.

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    ..oh yes...we wanna hear about everything and see all the pics !..

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    Thank you for sharing your special "Michelle moment" with us.
    Of course, we'd love to see/hear more about the day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eventerbess View Post
    So, after all these years and dreaming of what if I ever got to stand next to Michelle and talk to her, it happened. She did not disappoint.
    She looked great, relaxed and happy. She was wearing a wonderful dress, black on the bottom, yellow sleeveless top, black heels. Her hair was down, really long.
    What a wonderful experience, eventerbess! They say that dreams do come true, and I'm so glad it happened for you. And what a great post, the best I've ever read on MKF!
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    Thank you so much eventerbess for sharing your experience. I would love to be able to those photos. Maybe when you receive your photos, I can help with them. I'd love to hear more tidbits, and even about your other experiences with the other speakers.I know how inspiring it is -- unfortunately, my position and life has barely changed since I went (as much as I had been inspired). however, the friend that I went with, has gone on to get her Executive MBA, and I know she is aggressive. It helps to hear how much success you can acquire as long as you believe in yourself.

    I'm so sad, I just realized that my report from when I went last year disappeared from our site's crash since it was in April. Oh so sad! Oh, maybe I can find it in the google archives that I saved... Maybe I should track it down...
    Last edited by Grace; May 4th, 2009 at 06:57 PM.

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    Please try, Grace!
    Your post was wonderful.

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    I couldn't sleep last night and CSPAN was carrying part of the C100 conference. The speaker talked about North Korea, and policy under Pres Bush. He said there was a luncheon at the white house where Michelle Kwan sat at the table with Pres Bush. They discussed N. Korea policy and that Michelle was keeping confidences that lots of people would like to know. His point was that there was a frank discussion of policy and this was so much better than using force, and that Michelle was part of it! I think the language he used was Michelle knows things she will never talk about. I was still half asleep, but it was very complimentary to her discretion and wisdom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eventerbess View Post
    I couldn't sleep last night and CSPAN was carrying part of the C100 conference. The speaker talked about North Korea, and policy under Pres Bush. He said there was a luncheon at the white house where Michelle Kwan sat at the table with Pres Bush. They discussed N. Korea policy and that Michelle was keeping confidences that lots of people would like to know. His point was that there was a frank discussion of policy and this was so much better than using force, and that Michelle was part of it! I think the language he used was Michelle knows things she will never talk about. I was still half asleep, but it was very complimentary to her discretion and wisdom.
    This means that Michelle likely holds a government Top Secret (or even higher, e.g., Special Access) security clearance. At a company years ago, I had to apply for and hold a Secret clearance in order to handle classified information significantly less important than highly sensitive diplomatic information.
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    Allright, I totally screwed up the post about North Korea, let me try again. I was half asleep. Michelle was seated at the table with a number of people discussing North Korea and nonviolent ways to deal with the country. Geo. Bush was at the table. The point was that she was seated at a table where important topics were discussed. The man talking, Dennis Wu was making the point that Michelle was insightful and could keep a confidence, not that top level policy decisions were being made. Just intelligent discussion
    Sorry

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    Having messed up one post, let me try to summarize what her remarks were at the conference. There were many inspirational speakers who sort spoke in a monotone. Michelle delivered her remarks with poise and polish. I can't do justice to what she said, but I will try to give the substance.
    I am paraphrasing
    When I was asked to be a part of the mentoring program, I said Yes! let me be a part of it. What is a mentor? Someone who inspires, motivates, gives guidance. There are people here who have achieved success in all fields, law, medicine, finance, the arts. Learn from all of them. There are many paths to reach your goals. At 28 I am not much older than many of the mentees here. There are many kinds of role models. No two people are in the same situation. Listen to what you hear here and apply what fits you. Expose yourself to as many ideas as possible.
    Some of my best mentors were my parents. They taught me I had to work hard and seek opportunity to succeed. I'll never forget one day my dad sat me down at the side of the rink and told me I was not the most talented individual, but that with hard work and determination I could be something. I have never forgotten that. I had to work twice as hard as everyone else. I got up at five thirty every morning three sixty five days a year to skate. I fell over and over just to learn one jump. I have the bruises and scars to prove it. I took every opportunity to go to every competition I could. I used those competitions to learn and improve. I took every comment I could get from every judge to learn and improve. The more feedback I could get from more judges the better I could be.
    I am not a brilliant or gifted student. And because of the training I had less time. So it was not that I studied longer, I had to study harder, be more focused. And if I was preparing for an exam or paper, I had to really focus. If I did not do so well on that paper or exam, I used that experience to do better next time. Don't be afraid to ask for help from your professors or other professionals.
    When I first became an envoy, there was no concrete job description. I had to develop one as I went along. I worked with Karen Hughes to develop that job. I listened and asked questions and in that way I acquired the knowledge I needed to do a better job.
    Be a sponge, soak up everything. We live in a global world, learn all you can about other people and other countries.
    If someone will PM or email, I will mail the disc with the pictures to them and they can post them. I don't know how to do it. I guess I could find a photo posting mentor (just joking)

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