Ten outstanding American mid-career leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors have been selected to participate in the first Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowships Program.
The program builds on Eisenhower Fellowships’ nearly two decades of professional exchange programs with China aimed at advancing bilateral dialogue and understanding between the two nations. Since 1995, nearly 100 Chinese emerging leaders have traveled to the U.S. on individualized Eisenhower Fellowships to meet with the leading experts in their fields.
The Zhi-Xing, or “learning and travel” program, is a fully-funded four-week professional and leadership development program that takes ascendant American leaders to China. Set to begin in October, the new program features intensive cultural immersion, group sessions with Chinese and U.S. experts and two weeks of individually-tailored travel and meetings in four to six Chinese cities.
“This first group of Zhi-Xing Fellows is embarking on a unique, tailored experience to enhance their understanding and engagement with one of the world’s most important nations,” said George de Lama, President of Eisenhower Fellowships. “We hope these young American leaders will experience a transformational journey that can bring new perspectives, inspire new collaborations and build long-term relationships.”
The 2015 Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellows are:
- Ajay Arora, Vice President, Environmental Services and Generation Resource Planning, Ameren Corporation
- Katherine Casas, Senior Director of Government Relations, Gate Way Group
- Winston Chang, Director, The Ambit Group; President, Stevie Boi LLC
- Holly Flanagan, Managing Director, Gabriel Investments
- Jamie Froedge, Vice President, Acquisitions and Development, Emerson Electric
- Christopher Laing, Vice President, Science and Technology, University City Science Center
- William Lambe, Senior Advisor, Community and Economic Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
- Sandra Licon, Senior Program Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Liza Rodriguez, Director of Research Operations and Qualitative Research, Research for Action
- Amy Shaw, Senior Vice President, Community Engagement, Nine Network of Public Media
Fellows’ bios are available by clicking here.
“People-to-People Exchange programs as Zhi-Xing China Fellowships, are fundamental to our mutual trust and understanding, and provide new impetus to the growth of our bilateral relations,” said Hao Ping, China’s Vice Minister of Education and a 1999 Eisenhower Fellow. “Through visits and discussions, these exceptional fellows will gain in-depth understanding of China and establish new relationships. This will help them expand their personal and professional network and surely pay enormous benefits to their lives and societies.”
The Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowships program is an initiative implemented by the China Education Association for International Exchange in partnership with Eisenhower Fellowships. The program is funded by Perfect World Network Technology Co., Ltd. and supported by China’s Ministry of Education.