U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, CPE2016

CLC Advisors, LLC is honored to be invited to the U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, CPE2016 in Beijing, China this month running concurrently with the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Undersecretary of State Richard Stengel. CEO Cindy Chin joined members of the Secretary’s Office of Women’s Global Issues (S/GWI) as a delegate of the U.S. Women’s Pillar, presented on women’s entrepreneurship, and a speaker and mentor at the U.S.-China Women’s Leadership Exchange and Dialogue (WE-LEAD) in partnership with Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women Initiative.

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During the Working Session with the All-China Women’s Federation 中华全国妇女联合会she reported on the state of women’s entrepreneurship in the United States and potential impact and the importance of collaborations between the U.S. and China in the private and public sectors:

“The presence of American companies in China will play an important role in empowering women and girls in both entrepreneurship and anti-domestic violence issues in both countries.  Strategically looking for global ecosystems that can support high-impact work by fine tuning strategies across several cross-functional industries and sectors to solidify foundations and stakeholders in a company’s growth as well as GDP.

Venture funds now look for women entrepreneurs and diversity. After studies from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and McKinsey Global Institute report, we know that advancing gender equality and the advancement of women can increase the annual global GDP by $12 trillion, or 11% by 2025. The public, private, and social sectors need to act together to close the gender gaps. In a full potential scenario where women play an identical role in labor markets to that of men, as much as $28 trillion or 26 percent could be added to global annual GDP by 2025. In China alone, the figure is even greater at 12% increase by 2025 or $2.5 trillion than any other country. Startups with at least one woman co-founder outperform all-male teams. In some VCs, that could mean as much as 62% in better performance and investor returns.

We need to support multi-lateral and multi-national organizations that require private-public sector partnerships, strength regional norms and intellectual property rights, cooperation on human rights, domestic violence, and gender equality.

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The potential for innovation in China is tremendous. Global entrepreneurs who are starting businesses must have a China strategy if they want to obtain scaleable global growth. Currently, China’s long-term market potential is ripely positioned to have greater impact in global GDP growth than other parts of the world and can learn from the mistakes of the West an innovate with great scale. Such examples include the realm of Fintech and mobile payments, agricultural business innovations, and the potential to leapfrog growth in these areas.

As global business and industry leaders are advocating the support of women, I want to emphasize the importance that as women, we have a wonderful opportunity for continued collaboration, dialogue, and communications that can have higher impact for female entrepreneurs beyond the support of mentorship of businesses and the borders of both countries.” – Cindy Chin, CEO CLC Advisors, LLC

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Our Blue Dot

By Cindy Chin, CEO & Founder CLC Advisors, LLC

Preparing for #LucaTweetup at the ESA/ESRIN in Italy next week, I came across Carl Sagan’s wisdom in the words he penned not too long ago and how applicable it is due to recent current events in Eurasia. Sagan’s words echo my sentiments and the spirit in which I choose to participate – with humility, compassion, an open mind, the willingness to learn, and share in the spirit of inclusion. There is work to be done.

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

– Carl Sagan

Earth Photo: NASA

Photo credit: NASA

Social Impact Exchange Scaling Impact 2013: Day 1

By Cindy Chin, CLC Advisors, LLC CEO

Freedom Tower, One World Trade Center
New York City

On my walk home in the rain from the Social Impact Exchange Conference about scaling impact in cities and a room of wealth and affluence, I encountered this view of Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center. It afforded more than the memory of what occurred on 911, but what it takes to rebuild and how it can happen – collaboration amongst cities, governments, people, country, philanthropy, and the private sector.

In public school education in the United States where math and English are the anchors in education strategy, the arts and culture are set aside against a limited amount of resources and priorities. In an increasingly globalized world, that leaves behind many Americans in a conflicting identity crises of a swirling melting pot. Without a platform or an economic market in the education, philanthropy, or government involvement in the arts and culture, the risk is rising conflicts of the freedoms of expression. Technology alone will not be the solution. Communication, expression of voice or thought, is the key to enable widespread systematic change.

This one building, one of a few, represents how America can rebuild itself after tragedy, catastrophe, setbacks, and failures. Its lessons will continue to teach well into the future for generations to come. The arts and culture helps heal the human condition in tragedies and crises. Then what must remain is hope.

“May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow. May the soft winds freshen your spirit. May the sunshine brighten your heart. May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you, and may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.”
– Irish blessing