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Hidden Wealth with Dignity with John Hope Bryant            September 10, 2010

Hidden Wealth with Dignity with John Hope Bryant Penn alumni and friends got together for a great evening for a stimulating talk by John Hope Bryant of Operation HOPE followed by an exciting panel discussion with Elaine Wong, David Ben Kay, Pat Chang and Bill Valentino. Read about them all and see the pictures from the special evening below.

John Hope Bryant is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, the bestselling author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), advisor to the last two sitting U.S. presidents, a thought leader, social entrepreneur and businessman in the business of empowerment.

On the heels of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he also spoke on his work and leadership philosophy, Latvian President Valdis Zatlers, on February 8th, 2010, received John Hope Bryant on behalf of the Republic of Latvia as the second speaker for the distinguished Latvia Presidential Speaker Series at Latvia University, on the topic of ¡°Economic Reset, Love Leadership in a fear-based world, and financial literacy as a new civil right.¡± The series hosts recognized world leaders. Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum served as the inaugural speaker. Mr. Bryant is also a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum.

On February 1st, 2009, in the midst of the worst global economic crisis of a generation, thought leader John Hope Bryant was chosen to speak at the closing session for the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland joining Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum, HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland, on the subject of ¡°dignity for all.¡± Learn more about John Hope Bryant here:


Elaine Wong
Partner ¨C Hao Capital

Ms. Wong is a Partner at Hao Capital, a Private Equity fund with over USD 500 million in assets under management. Prior to Hao Capital, Ms. Wong was part of The Carlyle Group¡¯s US and Asian growth equity funds. Ms Wong has spent most of her career investing in expansion stage companies across different industries, including technology, consumer finance, industrials and healthcare. She is currently a member of the board of directors of PAX Technologies, JuTaiLong, HuaFu Group Company, LP Amina, EH Logistics, SKR Health Care, and Ganglu Iron and Steel. Previously she was a member of the board of directors of ZhongDe Waste Technology AF (FRA:ZEF).

Ms. Wong holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi. She also holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Ms. Wong is the President of the MIT Club of Beijing and was selected as one of the 2010 Asian Society Young Leaders

Pat Chang
Bolong Capital

Patrick Chang was injured in a diving accident at age 13 that paralyzed him from the chest down. With determination and hard work, he overcame many obstacles to become one of the youngest Ph.D. students in economics at Stanford University only six years later.
While struggling with his disability, Patrick realized the critical importance of education and established a scholarship foundation in his fathers hometown of Beilun, China. In order to improve English-learning environment in China, Patrick recruited his sister, Michelle. Together, they created PEN (Patrick English Network) to provide students with a comprehensive platform for learning English.
Patrick is the investment manager for Bolong Capital, an investment partnership that focuses on the real estate market in the U.S. Patrick also worked as an investment consultant in Beijing and IT consultant in Silicon Valley. His story inspired a TV series, The Symphony of Life, which won the prestigious Golden Rooster Award.

Noteworthy facts about Patrick Chang (ÕÅÊ¿°Ø):

  • Entered Stanford Universitys Ph.D. program in Economics at age 19 and passed all qualifying examinations at age 20
  • Awarded honorary citizenships by Tianjin, Tangshan, and Ningbo
  • Founded one of the first charitable foundation in Beilun, Ningbo when 18 with life savings. Awarded over 1000 scholarships to date
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  • Created top-rated bilingual radio program in China (Patrick English Network)
  • Worked as technical (information technology) consultant to firms such as Yahoo, Chevron, and Johnson & Johnson
  • Provided inspiration for TV series, The Symphony of Life, which was shot on location in the United States and China

  • Bill Valentino

    Bill is a China based recognized scholar / practitioner of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability (SD) and Entrepreneurship. This encompasses domestic and international collaborations with key figures in a range of sectors at the forefront of these topics. His work and research are focused mainly on China covering multinational corporations, SMEs, local Chinese companies, communities, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies and universities both within China and internationally.
    His background is a rich mix of multidisciplinary perspectives and broad professional experience that draws the best of the worlds of theory and practice but also acts as a as a translator bridging the divide. As a practitioner he is Bayer¡¯s VP Corporate Social Responsibility China. In his business context he works from a sense of urgency and need to respond to demands on businesses to balance their impacts on people, planet and profits through strategies that create economic value as well as social and ecological value. His expertise in CSR, SD and Entrepreneurship is based on hands-on work and experience as a practitioner at Bayer where he conceptualizes and implements a wide range of projects in areas such as public health, rural development, micro-finance, disability issues, environmental issues, poverty alleviation, employee volunteerism and strategic philanthropy. To bolster professional effectiveness and life-long learning in these areas, Bill has completed training in programs such as: Heath care - Harvard School of Public Health, an ¡°Intensive Course in Health and Human Rights¡± at The Franois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights (2005): Environment: An alumnus of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), at the Center for Sustainable Resource Development of the College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley (2008) and ¨C Social Entrepreneurship: A student of the Social Entrepreneurship Program at the Stanford Business School¡¯s Center for Social Innovation (2010).

    His business credentials through education come from a MBA at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona and also from executive training at INSEAD, Singapore and the TUCK Business School at Dartmouth. His working experience, especially his expertise in China, comes from 24 years of work experience for Bayer in China. His broad range of responsibilities and positions includes: being a pioneer for Bayer¡¯s start-up in China, GM for the Crop Science Business, GM for Corporate Communications and his current position as VP for CSR.
    As a scholar he is an Adjunct Professor at China¡¯s prestigious Tsinghua University since 2006, teaching at the Center for International Media Studies. In 2004 he co-founded the Tsinghua-Bayer Public Health and HIV/AIDS Media Studies Program and is the Co-director of the program. In 2009 he expanded the program at Tsinghua to create the ¡°Tsinghua-Bayer Institute for Public Health¡± to focus on ¡°health literacy¡± which trains the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. He serves also as the Deputy Director of the Tsinghua Public Health Communication Institute. In addition he is an international speaker and lecturer on CSR both in China and abroad. Bill also holds a Masters degree in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University, New York.
    His academic work focuses on ensuring the validity and reliability of a research based approach to concept development and education for responsible leadership learning. This facilitates the integration of CSR, SD and Entrepreneurship into innovative business mindsets and processes that create economic as well as social and ecological value.
    Bill also serves as a Trustee on the boards of a number of Non-for-profit organizations including the Jane Goodall Institute China, the Foundation for Youth Social Entrepreneurship (FYSE), Aids Care China, Positive Art and The Grace Children¡¯s Foundation.He is intrinsically motivated by the idea that ¡°we must be the change we wish to see in the world.¡±

    David Ben Kay

    David Ben Kay ¨C ¿µÈçËÉ. David is a 20-year resident of Beijing having begun his study of China over 35 years ago in the U.S. With degrees from Brown University, The American Graduate School of International Management and UCLA Law School, he is lawyer who in private practice specialized in intellectual property. He was able to expand his interests in the creative world five years ago when he entered Microsoft China as General Counsel to lead the company¡¯s endeavors to spread the value of creativity and innovation to both the government and the general public. At the same time, he was able to deepen his exploration of my own creative side, moving into a space at 798 where he designed and created a unique loft ( which has now metamorphosed into the Yuanfen New Media Art Space

    Check out the inspiring video of David here

    Photos from our evening with John Bryant