July 13th CLUSA Event: “How To Bring Your Dreams To The Mainstream”
“How To Bring Your Dreams To The Mainstream”
Organizer: Ding Ding TV | Sponsor: Civic Leadership USA
Location: 3350 Scott Blvd., Building 54, Santa Clara, CA 95054 Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Civic Leadership USA founder and Chairman Mr. Sandy Chau delivered the opening speech at Ding Ding TV’s 3rd Civic Leadership Forum of 2018. Mr. Chau shared his experiences while studying and working in the Silicon Valley area. As Americans, Mr. Chau encourages everyone to contribute what they can in order to better America as a whole.
Dr. Rose Tseng Ph.D. was one of the keynote speakers at Ding Ding TV’s 3rd Civic Leadership Forum of 2018. She started by telling about her educational background, as well as her experience in the workforce as a professor and chancellor. She shares her love for contributing to the community. One of her summarizing points is to look at both internal (friends and board) and external needs (community and beyond). A quote to take away from her keynote speech is that “Leaders do the right thing while managers do things right.”
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain.
Keynote Speaker: Rishi Kumar – Saratoga Councilmember
Moderator: Vandana Kumar – India Currents Publisher
For Saratoga Councilmember Rishi Kumar, his life is dedicated to helping Saratoga, as well as the Silicon Valley, grow and progress. As one of the keynote speakers at Ding Ding TV’s 3rd Civic Leadership Forum of 2018, Councilmember Kumar used his knowledge and experience as a community leader to inspire current students who are involved in similar activities at school (i.e. Interact Club of Silicon Valley, Hanlin Youth) so that they can bring that back to their clubs. He also emphasized certain concepts that are not only applicable to students but also working adults who hope to advance their business or things that they are passionate about. Such concepts include not being afraid to take risks, utilizing one’s social networks/social media accounts, the importance of being able to network and speaking in front of an audience. Councilman Kumar ended his speech by answering questions from students from the audience.
Keynote Speaker: Pavan Raj Gowda – Founder of Green Kids Now Inc.
Moderator: Vijay Rajvaidya – Managing Director at India Currents
Ever since he was young, Pavan Raj Gowda has been heavily involved in his community. Now 18 years old, Pavan has already written two books (both are available on Amazon), and founded his own non-profit organization: Green Kids Now Inc. The goal of his organization is to bring kids from around to world to share experience and take care of the environment through STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). At Ding Ding TV’s 3rd Civic Leadership Forum of 2018, Pavan shared his experiences as a climate leader in his community and encouraged the audience to do the same in order for the world to be a better as well as cleaner place for future generations.
Following the keynote speeches for Ding Ding TV’s 3rd Civic Leadership Forum of 2018 was a panel discussion on the topic of building a better future together. Below is the list of panelists as well as the moderator:
Stacie Shih, District Director for California State Assemblymember Ash Kalra
Raj Salwan, Councilmember of Fremont
Shao Yang, President of Fremont Unified School District
Shanti Balaraman – President and CEO of Children’s Innovation Center
After introducing themselves, the panelists were able to voice their plans to build a better future within their respective fields. Following the panel discussion, attending students had the opportunity to ask the panelists questions that would help them understand the panelists’ role in society and how they convince the public to support their goals and vision.