2013 Career Forum for Asian Students Successfully Held at UT Dallas

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The Career Forum for Asian Students was successfully held on September 6, 2013 at University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). The Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA DFW Chapter (CIE-USA/DFW) hosted the event along with the Naveen Jindal School of Management of the University of Texas at Dallas, US-China Chamber of Commerce, and Association of Chinese Professionals.

The four-hour forum was filled with inspiring and educational presentations. It brought together 220 graduate students from business, science and engineering majors. The forum consisted of a general session and three breakout sessions. Dr. Carolyn Reichert, director of the graduate program of finance, opened the event. Three keynote speakers were invited to speak in front of the audience. Mr. Lawrence Allen, former Managing Partner of Heidrick & Struggles Beijing Office presented the market dynamics and demand of global human talents. Dr. Charlie Chen, CEO of DFW Technology, elaborated his visionary “formula” for career success and types of human talents. Ms. Adrianne Court, Chief Human Resources Officer of Transplance, addressed a variety of topics including job hunting, resume building, interview techniques, internship opportunities, and career planning.

The event followed by three breakout sessions, where Mr. Sammy Yang, Chairman of the Board of CIE-DFW, Mr. Michael Weng, CEO of Cetetek Technology, Inc., Mr. Megan Lapham, COO of Healthcare Art Consulting, LLC., and Scott Ewert from Grant Thomton delivered their inspiring presentations to facilitate students in science and engineering, finance and management, respectively. A networking reception with delicious refreshments was provided to the enthusiastic participants after the presentations.

The feedback from the students were very positive. Dr. Frank W. Anderson, Senior Lecturer of Finance responded right after the event that “Already, I am receiving emails from students wanting to know if we can do this every semester.” The event was exemplary collaboration among university and local chambers of Asian professional associations. All organizing parties expressed their willing to advance the collaboration in the next year.

The event received strong support from the sponsorship of Rockwell Collins.