Civic Leadership Forum Silicon Valley
Civic Leadership Forum Silicon Valley –Inspiring the next generation leaders
Civic Leadership Forum is presented by Silicon Valley Channel Ding Ding TV and India Currents four time a year since 2017. Over 1000 students, community leaders, parents, elected officials have participated. The contents from the forums have reached to 200,000 people in Silicon Valley Bay area and the United States. The forum provided a platform to empower the next generation in civic engagement and civic leadership in the Asian American communities while to create a national network of civic-minded organizations and leaders and work in unity.
Ding Ding TV is the first Chinese American Tech media and Internet TV to focus on content and connection for global entrepreneurs and Asian Americans, devoted to bringing out and enhancing the understanding by viewers of our interdependent global communities. Ding Ding TV has created more than 300,000 video content pages, branding these shows: Innovation Dialog, Frontier Technology Spotlight, and Tech News. These regular programs are delivered through multiple channels in the US and China, covering an audience at 200 million. Ding Ding TV is a trustworthy brand for high tech professionals and innovators in Silicon Valley and all over the world, adhering to the highest ethical and professional practices.
India Currents is a community media platform devoted to the exploration of the heritage and culture of India for the diaspora. It covers a wide range of subjects — heritage arts, Bollywood, literature, travel, food, health, and wellness — that is of interest to the global Indian.
To train Asian Americans to participate in the political process and our civic life.
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Topic: Voter Education: Ethnic Media Roundtable
Topic: From a family leader to civic leader: How do parents and children inspire each other?
On September 27th, the Civic Leadership Forum will focus on both parents and students. The forum is organized by Ding Ding TV and India Currents, support by Civic Leadership USA.
One of our speakers, Nancy Alvarez, is called “Latino Tiger Mom”, who is a low-income family but she sent her daughter to Stanford University. She strongly believes in the power of education to break the cycle of injustice in low-income communities, and her two daughters are the best examples of this practice. The other one speaker, Anjali Kausar is an Indian American Mom also a very active community leader. Currently, she is the C.E.O. for the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce. She also strongly believes in quality education and opportunities for all children, as they are our future and education sets the foundation for their ability to contribute to the constantly changing global society. Pragati Grover has served for four years on the Saratoga Union School District Board and passionate about the education of youth. She is a proud recipient of the 2011 Asian American Hero Award, an honor given to individuals who have made a significant impact in the community and who bridge differences among communities. They will get together do talk about how important to be positive examples for their children since their actions inspire their children and others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more to be a leader no matter where they are. This panel discussion will be moderated by Jeff Chow, who is a senior VP from Morgan Stanley.
Topic: What are the challenges facing Asian Americans? /How can we work together?
Xiaoyan Zhang, Ph.D. Data Scientist delivered and explained that Asian Americans lack a political presence, as only a handful hold elected offices at the local and national levels while explained how “All boats are lifted when the water rises”. Joel Wong, Editor for CLUSA, emphasized the importance of the presidential candidacy of Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard, who are both AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islanders) presidential candidates. Their candidacy raises the political image and awareness of Asian Americans, significant factors for the success of future Asian American candidates. The forum closed with a performance by the Indian American dancers from the Abhinaya Dance Company, who gave an interpretation of “I Have a Dream,” the life of Martin Luther King.
Topic: Hidden Heroes / Panel Discussion: Social responsibility: How can each one of us be everyday heroes?
Two heroes Nathan Ganeshan and Lei Liu are from Indian American and Chinese American communities, shared their experiences about how did they help others with limited resources and how did they react in dangerous situations with the attendees. The participants of the panel discussion talked about the “Social responsibility: How can each one of us be everyday heroes? As one panelist, Hung Wei said: You don’t have to be a public figure, like a politician but everyone can make someone’s life different.
Topic: Let our voice be heard/ Panel Discussion: What do you need to know and understand about 2018 Midterm election?
This Civic Leadership Forum is to spread awareness about the upcoming midterm elections. The president of the League of Women Voters in the Southwest Santa Clara Valley area, Eleanor Yick, delivered a keynote speech on the pros and cons of some of the California state ballot measures. The panel discussion regarding “The Main Challenges Silicon Valley Schools Currently Face” was split between student issues and teacher issues. For students, one of the main issues is redefining success to where academic performance is not the main focus. With teachers, the shortage of teachers increases the workload for each teacher and decreases the quality of education for that school. This is tied to the issue of housing in the Bay Area is expensive to the point where teachers are less inclined to want to live and work in the Bay Area.
Topic: How to bring your dream to the main-stream / Panel Discussion: Together to build a better future
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 of the forum, she started by telling about her educational background, as well as her experiences in the workforce as a professor and chancellor. A quote to take away from her keynote speech is that “Leaders do the right thing while managers do things right.”
Topic: How Can Civic Leaders Help to Foster the Next Generation of Change-Makers?/Panel Discussion: Flying together: Working as a team
The article was written by one of the forum attendees. On Monday, I went to an event at Ding Ding TV along with several other members of the ICSV. We had a really awesome time there meeting new people and learning new things. I got to meet entrepreneurs from age 60 to even as young as 17. I also got meet several former mayors of Cupertino. We live in Silicon Valley, a place full of new ideas and innovation. To survive in this great place, you need to learn how to take risks. I learned many steps to become a successful leader. I loved the fact that the 17-year-old is using his own time to help people who are in need. I also loved the story of one of the former mayor of Cupertino, who was falsely charged with corruption. However, he did not panic, followed his own mind, and did what’s right. I also learned that one important fact about being an entrepreneur. You have to take risks in order to become successful. Failing is only a step to being more successful.