International Leadership Foundation OC Chapter Meets with Chiling Tong and Joel Szabat

Anila Ali (sitting extreme left), Jamal Khwaja (standing right) and others at the function

The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is a non-profit organization that promotes civic awareness, public service, and economic effectiveness of the Asian Pacific Americans and now the South Asian community. ILF’s mission is to develop young leaders in the United States and other Pacific Rim countries in the fields of public service, entrepreneurship and the international arena through a network of business and community leaders.

COPAA board members, Adnan Khan, Hamid Malik, Gazala Adaya Shauk, and other community leaders such as Jamal Khwaja, Razina Tar and Rashid, and Mariam Khosravani have formed the new Orange County Chapter of the ILF.

The OC Advisory Board met with Joel Szabat, founder of ILF, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation and his wife, Chiling Tong, CEO of ILF at a dinner hosted by Mr. Jamal Khwaja.

The advisors assured ILF of their full support and welcomed the decision of the ILF leaders to include South Asian students into their excellent programs. COPAA board member, Anila Ali, informed the ILF about its great relationship with the Pakistan Student Associations of Southern California. Moreover, for the next year, the advisors will be meeting with interested South Asian American students from California who would like to get a Washington DC Civic Fellowship for the year 2010. This will be a great opportunity for South Asian students to see how government works and thus get leadership training.

ILF has provided scholarships and leadership training for over 1,000 select APA college students from across the country over the past 10 years. The Washington DC Civic Fellowship is the nation’s most prestigious civic leadership development program designed specifically to foster the next generation of APA leaders. Each year, approximately 35 outstanding college students are awarded ILF fellowship. Each Fellow participates in a supervised training program, including a public service internship and regular seminars, to learn how to access government and public policy to help the community. ILF also sponsors approximately 120 additional college students each year for leadership training, in conjunction with other leading APA organizations. The ILF helps prepare its Fellows to become future leaders in the academic, cultural, business, community, professional, and public arenas.

ILF Advisory Board will be attending an exciting business and leadership conference, comprised of various events, policy discussions, and meetings with Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress and other high-ranking officials. This conference also includes a Global Strategic Economic Forum, business-to-business matchmaking and the ILF’s annual gala.

The OC Advisory Board was given advisory medals as an initiation gesture.



Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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