On March 26th, the Ameson Foundation hosted the 2016 Ameson Spring Reception in the City View Room at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Studies. This reception was held in conjunction with the US-China Students Career Forum, a forum co-hosted by Ameson under the aegis of its Professional Pathways Program (PPP) and Zhimaqiao.com earlier that day in George Washington University Funger Hall. The reception served as the capstone for a series of events that addressed the issues and concerns facing graduating international students as they prepare to start their careers, either at home or abroad. In addition to many of the participants in the forum earlier in the day, reception guests included members of the Maryland-China Business Council (MCBC) and Ameson’s Executive Vice Chairman, Mr. Sean Zhang.
This reception was designed to provide young talent from across the nation with a chance to mingle with professionals and community leaders while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, live music and dance, and beautiful vistas of Washington, D.C.’s skyline.
Registration and a social mixer began at 7:00 pm., punctuated by brief addresses by Ameson’s Executive Vice Chairman, Mr. Sean Zhang, who spoke on the role of young people educated abroad as cultural ambassadors to both their host and home countries. Mr. Zhu Xiao Di, Deputy Director of the Ameson Foundation in Washington, D.C., and Jessica Zheng, Marketing Director at Zhimaqiao.com, also addressed the audience and provided insights on the day’s events. Following these opening remarks, the guests were regaled with several exquisite music and dance performances, including a Chinese lute performance by Ms. Effy Liu, an aria from a modern Beijing opera sung by Sophia Wu, and two modern dance routines performed by Ms. Linda Ryan and Ms. Kristen Lamb from GWU’s Theatre & Dance Department. After these performances, guests continued networking and connecting with individuals of like mind and interest.
The Spring Reception was the perfect coda for the US-China Student Career Forum in that it provided graduating students with a chance to engage professionals tête-à-tête in a social setting and raise questions not discussed during the forum. Ameson and its PPP program are devoted to helping young talent navigate the rough waters of the job market to make a difference as global citizens.