Harvard Asian Alumni Summit 2014



More than 500 are joining us for the Second Harvard Asian Alumni Summit this weekend. Alumni, students, faculty and staff are coming from at least three continents, seven decades of graduation classes and every Harvard University school. The event promises to be even bigger and better than the hugely successful Inaugural Summit in 2010. 

The 2014 Summit will kick off on Friday, October 24, with an Opening Reception at the Knafel Center, hosted by the Dean of the Radcliffe Institute Lizabeth Cohen, and with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim MD ’86, PhD ’93 as the Opening Speaker.

The next morning will feature a Plenary on Changemakers: Defining 21st-Century Leadership, featuring Harvard alumni making a difference across fields and opened by the new Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana MA ’97, PhD ’98.

The Keynote Speaker at the Gala Lunch will be Pulitzer-winning journalist and author Sheryl WuDunn MBA ’86, who will also sign copies of her new book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity.

Sunday, October 26, will feature a conversation between professors Amy Chua AB ’84, JD ’87, author of The Triple Package, and Vivian Louie AB ’88, whose research explores Asian Americans and achievement. It will be moderated by Jeff Yang AB ’89, a leading chronicler of Asian-American culture.

A PATH APPEARS_revisedThe Summit will again present the ELEVATE Pitch Competition, at which the best for-profit and non-profit start-up teams will vie before a panel of expert judges for cash prizes and business services and guidance.

Our Closing Breakfast will again be catered by Flour Bakery, owned by pastry chef Joanne Chang AB ’91, who will attend and sign copies of her cookbooks.

New elements of the conference include:

• A special presentation on Admissions and Asians/Asian Americans at Harvard by Dean of Admissions William Fitzsimmons AB ’67, EdM ’69, PhD ’71, one of the world’s leading authorities on college admissions.

• To encourage the sharing of personal stories of being Asian and Asian American, we are launching the VOICES Storytelling Slam, hosted by Ellie Lee AB ’92, which will showcase live storytelling, with cash prizes for the winners.

• A Tribute to Harvard’s Asian Athletes — Past & Present, a dinner reception honoring Harvard’s Asian alumni and student athletes over the years, and—putting a further spotlight on Harvard alumni in athletics—a Future of the Sports Industry panel with executives, owners, and former pro athletes including Brad Kwong AB ’85, MBA ’93, co-owner of the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints and a former NHL managing director, and Rob Ohno AB ’86, Senior VP of the PGA Tour; and moderated by ESPN’s Pablo Torre AB ’07.

While it will be a jam-packed weekend, there will also be plenty of breaks and events designed for socializing, networking, reuniting with old friends, making new friends and just hanging out. We hope you’ll join us. It might be another four years till the next one!

This Summit is being produced with the support of the Harvard Alumni Association and the following University organizations: