CARY, NC, July 15, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The NC Chapter of the International Leadership Foundation (ILF) and the North Carolina Asian American Coalition (NCAAC) jointly announced the winners of their Entrepreneurship and Leadership Contest 2021 on Saturday. Adrian Tong and Dylan Norona received the gold award for their idea to reform the nursing home inspection system in North Carolina to save tax money – to the extent $ 14 million per year.
Chiling Tong, CEO of National ACE and founding president of the International Leadership Foundation, and Joel Szabat, former Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Aviation and International Affairs, presented three winners with the US Presidential Service Award. This landmark opportunity marks the first group of Asian Americans in North Carolina to receive this award. Siu Tong, Hannah Chan and Lihong Yu were honored.
Adrian Tong (left) and Dylan Norona won the gold award at the North Carolina Asian-American Coalition Young Entrepreneurship and Innovation Contest for their idea of reforming the inspection system for nursing homes in North Carolina. This would potentially save taxpayers $ 14 million a year.
“Sometimes great ideas and entrepreneurship is not about making money, it’s about saving money,” said Hannah Chan, Chair of the International Leadership Foundation for North Carolina.
The Young Entrepreneurship and Leadership Contest researches and promotes the innovative entrepreneurial talents of young Asian Americans. This year’s concept was inspired by the theme “Big challenges require better solutions” and encouraged candidates to develop new and innovative strategies and technologies. The goal of this contest is to raise awareness among Asian Americans about public services and promote opportunities for our younger generations to participate in the future.
The event also celebrated the three US Presidential Service Awards winners. This landmark opportunity marks the first group of Asian-American in North Carolina to receive this award. Siu Tong, Hannah Chan, and Lihong Yu were honored.
“It is a great honor to receive this award, not for my professional achievements, but for giving back to my community. As an Asian-American immigrant, to receive this award from the President of the United States The United States is one of the greatest achievements of my life, “said Siu Tong, Recipient and CEO of Cary Medical Management.
Cooling tongs, CEO of National ACE and Founding President of the International Leadership Foundation and Joel Szabat, Former Deputy Minister of Transport for Aviation and International Affairs gave keynote speeches. Krishana politely, Director of Operations and Constituent Services, delivered a message on behalf of the Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina Mark Robinson. north Carolina house the representative legislative bodies Erin Pare of District 37 and David Willis of District 68 also made remarks to participants and encouraged the youth to be curious and be courageous in their beliefs.
“I haven’t had the opportunities that some of you have before you today. I never thought I’d have the opportunity to leave … Asia and fall in love with the culture, “said Rep Willis.” Don’t lose the curiosity you have now. Understand your culture and use that knowledge to make the state, nation and world a better place. “
The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) has received bipartisan approvals from Presidents Trump, Obama and Bush, as well as the Senate minority leader. Mitch McConnell and speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi. Its mission is to promote civil awareness and public service in the Asian community.
The Asian American News Network (AANN) was the media sponsor of this event. AANN is an innovative media company that brings an Asian-American perspective to current events. “AANN’s vision is to inspire the next generation of Asian-American leaders,” said Chloe Chan, CEO of AANN.
The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization that promotes civic awareness, public service, and economic effectiveness among Asia-Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Our mission is to develop young leaders in the United States, Asia, and other Pacific countries in the fields of public service, entrepreneurship, and international business and politics through a network of business and community leaders.
SOURCE International Leadership Foundation, North Carolina Chapter