The Importance of Developing Future Leaders

About This Webinar

In this webinar replay, co-hosted with USHCA’s partner International Student Conferences, Inc., you’ll hear from a panel of former and current diplomats, government officials, and international education exchange experts as they explore the importance and urgency of developing future global leaders. Our panelists share their narratives and how their experiences have led them on their career paths. Additionally, they’ll discuss how world politics can influence people’s lives and the roles they come into, and how everyone, regardless of age or background, can have a stake in global affairs and become a leader.

This event is part of USHCA’s ongoing series, The Way Forward, where we discuss different ideas and initiatives used by the US and China and how they can be applied to the Heartland region.


Outreach Partner



Ambassador Kurt Tong

Partner at the Asia Group

1984 - 1985 Japan America Student Conference Alumnus

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Yang Xinyu

Minister Counsellor of Education of the Chinese Embassy in U.S.

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Reta Jo Lewis, Esq.

Senior Fellow and Director of Congressional Affairs - The German Marshall Fund of the United States

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Megumi Muto, Ph.D

Deputy Director of Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development - Japan International Cooperation Agency

1985 - 1986 Japan - America Student Conference Alumna

Laurie Dennis

Laurie Dennis

Assistant Director - Center for East Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Special Guest

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Lister Chen

1st China-America Student Conference Executive Committee Member

University of California - Berkeley

2019 Japan-America Student Conference Alumna



Min Fan

Executive Director U.S. Heartland China Association

Linda Butcher

Executive Director - International Student Conferences

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