On November 9, the Project Pengyou team co-hosted a special panel event at Cafe Sambal in Shanghai with the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) and the Hopkins-China Forum on how to effectively build China experiences into a career. Topics included getting started in your career, the importance of language skills, and what skills are needed to shape a meaningful China-related career.
Distinguished speakers included: Francis Bassalino, Founder and Managing Partner of Alaris Consulting; Trevor Clark, Senior Manager of Government Relations for AmCham Shanghai; Chynna Hawes, Manager at Edelman; Frank Tsai, Regional Research Manager at Control Risks. Each of the speakers, all of whom were Hopkins alumni, brought a different perspective from business to policy to PR.
Among other advice, they encouraged students to continue to improve their Mandarin through immersion, discussed the importance of learning by doing as well as building a strong interpersonal network.