Letters from the President

2017 Q2 Quarterly Update from the President

Dear GCC Chapter Presidents, Members, and Alumni,

Greetings from Yansong Pang, your Global President from Global China Connection Central Management Team. I hope you are starting the New Year with energy and liveliness. Tempus fugit and now we have reached the halfway of this academic year. With various initiatives and GCC 2017 Global Summit underway, I was fortunate to receive continued unconditional support and assistance from my Sr. Vice President Linqi Li (Linqi.Li@gccglobal.org). As we finish our first half of tenure, I’d like to make an announcement and share with you our progress and accomplishments.  

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First of all, let me proudly introduce you the most anticipated event of the year – 2017 GCC OFFICIAL WORLD SUMMIT. This is the ONLY GCC official worldwide summit, and will be hosted on April 15, 2017 at Cornell University. Why attend? 1) This is our annual tradition and pilgrimage; 2) You will meet with GCCers from all over the world including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (YES, all the way from the other half of the globe!); 3) You will have precious opportunities to personally interact with world-renowned people you only normally see on TV and in books; 4) You will learn the most cutting-edge political and business insights in the world. Our former speakers include the CEO of Forbes, multiple Nobel Prize winners, U.S. Ambassador in United Nations, Former Prime Minister of Australia, and TV celebrities including Yansong Bai (白岩松) and Liu Xiao Ling Tong (六小龄童). Book your ticket now to receive 20% off from regular price http://bit.ly/2lsh9EP. All of our central management team members and Cornell GCC Chapter are looking forward to meeting you at the summit. Tickets are selling out fast – secure your spot today!

Now, time for some exciting updates. Our team started out the past year with a major focus on increasing diversity and expanding our membership. Earlier this year, our VP of Network, Yatong Liu (Yatong.Liu@gccglobal.org), and her team conducted an active network checking process by contacting each chapter individually and updating their respective contact information. This initiative allowed us to advertise activities to and communicate with our local chapters more effectively. In the meantime, we continued to provide supports and resources for our new comers. In order to attract non-Chinese members, we pioneered a Humans of GCC marketing campaign to invite non-Chinese GCC alumni to discuss why they joined GCC and how GCC has benefited them. The results are obvious and I’m happily reporting that we have successfully established new chapters in Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan, Jacobs University in Germany, National University of Singapore in Singapore, and Penn State University, Northeastern University, and Georgetown University in the United States. We continue to receive strong interests from new schools for chapter establishment – please stay tuned for latest updates.

(Photo adapted from Sound of Music)

Every time I open our newsletter, I am so proud to see all the impressive events our chapters are hosting. Most recently, I was glad to expand our cooperation with Peking and Tsinghua University into a global scale, as our Yale-NUS chapter from Singapore, Berkeley chapter in the US, and Jacobs University Bremen chapter from Germany welcomed a group of Siyuan Delegation students for insightful exchanges on topics ranging from different educational experiences to international initiatives such as China's "One Belt, One Road" policy. I look forward to even more fruitful exchanges in the near future. Other notable activities include but are not limited to Inaugural Conference on US-China relations by Johns Hopkins chapter, McGill & Concordia Chinese Debate and Christmas Dinner by Concordia University chapter at Montreal Quebec, Nin-Chapter GCC Mixer by Columbia chapter, Madison's Got Talent by University of Wisconsin-Madison chapter, GCC Alumni Panel by Syracuse University, and GCC Internship and Networking Panel by Tufts University chapter. While we are appreciative of all the hard work from our local chapters, I’d like to give a shout-out to our marketing team. Each and every newsletter is composed of numerous hours and sweat (and hopefully no tears) from the marketing team, led by Sunan Qian (Sunan.Qian@gccglobal.org). We encourage local chapters to continue utilizing our newsletter to advertise the ongoing activities. A friendly reminder about the Diversity Award and Most Active Chapter Award, which will be rewarded to chapters during our annual global summit in April. Please refer to our previous newsletter (http://bit.ly/2kNvKMc) for application requirements and we look forward to review your submissions.

I also took pride in the services and benefits we were able to garner for our GCC members. On February 6 2017, Barbara Coward, an MBA Consultant and Marketing Executive from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), hosted an MBA admission event exclusive to our GCC members. Barbara and GCCers had a productive discussion about admission strategies and the importance of locations when choosing an MBA program. Moreover, our development team, under the leadership of Lifan Zhang, successfully formed a strategic partnership with the Master of Finance Beijing Program of Smith School of Business, Queen’s University in Canada, which will offer renewed resources for our GCC members and alumni going forward. Please feel free to send inquiries or sponsorship ideas to Lifan (Lifan.Zhang@gccglobal.org), and we will give our utmost efforts to all the possibilities.


Last but not least, thanks to Marshall Ma (Marshall.Ma@gccglobal.org), our technology guru, the GCC website is much more streamlined and easier for readers to find information. You will find all past newsletters at http://www.gccglobal.org/insights/ and GCC updates at http://www.gccglobal.org/presidential-letter/. Huan Lou (Huan.Lou@gccglobal.org), our financial wizard, is working on tax filing to help GCC retain 501c)3 non-profit status. I’d also like to welcome two new Central Management members, VP of Alumni Jianxiong Zhang (Jianxiong.Zhang@gccglobal.org), and Director of Public Relations Leah Zhang (Leah.Zhang@gccglobal.org), both of whom have been great contributors to our incoming summit.

The coming years will teem with uncertainties, and one of our biggest fears as human beings is the fear for the unknowns. Confucius once told his disciples “取乎其上,得乎其中”. The best way to cope with worries is to keep marching forward and shoot for the moon, because you will at least land among your own star. I’d like to end this letter with a quote from Dr. Seuss – Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

“So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact / and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. / And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)
So… be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray / or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places! Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!”

Happy connecting and carpe diem,

Yansong Pang (庞岩松) and the GCC 2016 Central Management Team,

Global President

Global China Connection


Happy New Year from GCC Central Management

Dear GCC Chapter Presidents, Members, and Alumni,

Happy New Year from the Global China Connection Central Management Team! We just had another big snowfall in Minnesota, and hopefully as Chinese proverb suggests, we are promised a fruitful year full of harvests, joy, and achievements. As you are trying to lose your holiday weights, we know we still have a lot on our plates!

[GCC Central Management Team Celebrating 2017 New Year Together]

New Year is a time for retrospection and anticipation. Recently I came across a short story that I thought also applies to the work we do at GCC. After the tide ebbed, many fish that came ashore were caught on shallow water on the beach, and will soon die from dehydration. A little boy was walking along the seashore, throwing the fish back into the water, one at a time. A passerby sneered at the young boy, “There are thousands of fish in the puddles – it’s impossible for you to save all of them. Why bother and who cares?” The boy replied while picking up a fish and threw it into the sea: “This one cares… and this one, this one, and this one…” Compared with the huge tasks we face, the power of our central management team seemed so little. However, for those who continue reading our newspaper, providing us with enthusiastic supports, and needing our help, we will continue to service you to our best ability.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to send me an email at yansong.pang@gccglobal.org. 【LinkedIn】Thank you again for reading.

Happy connecting, 
Yansong Pang, Linqi Li, Lifan Zhang, Sunan Qian, Betty Liu, Xiao Ma, and Huan Lou
Global China Connection

2017 Q1 Quarterly Update from the President

Dear GCC Chapter Presidents, Members, and Alumni,

Hope your term has been productive and your chapter lively so far. This is Yansong Pang (庞岩松), the Global President from GCC central management team. I’m enjoying a surprisingly warm winter this year in Minnesota, and I hope your cities are treating you kindly as well.

Let’s start with an update on our progress. Since the instatement of our new GCC central management team in August, we’ve been working diligently to increase GCC’s global geographic presence, to re-consolidate GCC’s image as the “Connection of WORLDWIDE leaders”, to form cooperative relationships with corporations, and to provide unconditional support to local chapters’ activities. So far we’ve produced solid results, with a record-setting 9 new chapters from 5 different countries currently underway (Betty Liu), a corporate sponsorship with China Europe International Business School (Lifan Zhang), a new bi-lingual GCC website under construction (Marshall Ma), a creative Humans of GCC marketing campaign (Sunan Qian), a more standardized financial accounting system (Huan Lou), and an Alumni Mentorship Program (Phillip Li). I’m fortunate to be able to collaborate with Sr. Vice President Linqi Li and my talented and hardworking teammates to continue contributing to GCC’s growth and success.

Global China Connection remains a nascent organization with unlimited potential and we need your continuous support to get us there. This year one of GCC’s key initiatives is to promote the diversity of our membership and strengthen GCC’s identity with an emphasis on CONNECTION. As a reminder, how GCC differentiates itself from other Chinese-student-run organizations is that it welcomes people REGARDLESS of their national or cultural backgrounds, and therefore it’s more accepting and has a mission, which is to help future leaders worldwide to establish meaningful professional and personal connections. Therefore, we are setting up two Chapter awards this year, Diversity Award and Most Active Chapter Award. Each award will recognize 3 chapters and will be announced in our GCC global annual summit in April. Besides a framed certificate, the winning chapters will also receive special prizes from the GCC central team. In order to qualify for the award, chapters need to complete the following tasks:

  • Diversity Award: Chapters please send to betty.liu@gccglobal.org 1) the names + emails + Chinese/Non-Chinese of your chapter management team; 2) the estimated number of chapter GCC members, and their demographic percentage breakdown, i.e. Chinese vs. non-Chinese.
  • Most Active Chapter Award: Chapters please send to sunan.qian@gccglobal.org1) news and updates on your current/past chapter activities – these will be used in our GCC global newsletters to promote your chapter; 2) plans of future chapter activities.

Last but not least, I’d like to highlight our efforts on Humans of GCC initiatives in our newsletters to promote the diversity of our membership profile. This is an adaption of Humans of New York, and each publication will feature several GCC members and discuss their involvements with GCC. If you know anyone in your chapter that has a wonderful story that you’d like to share, please send the stories to sunan.qian@gccglobal.org. Chapters get extra points for the awards if their submission to Humans of GCC stories get published in our newsletter.

Days are long but years are short. As GCC continues its fast-paced expansion, there are so many wonderful things that we’d like to accomplish yet time seems to fly. I remember when I was studying for the SAT back in my high school, I read an article about bumblebees: “Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know aerodynamics so it goes on flying anyway”. Challenges always present opportunities for growth. While we are single-mindedly determined to drive GCC to a better future, we call for your continued, much-appreciated supports. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to send me an email at yansong.pang@gccglobal.org. 【LinkedIn

 Happy connecting and carpe diem,

Yansong Pang and the GCC 2016 Central Management Team,

Global President

Global China Connection

2016-2017 Letter from the President

Dear GCC Members,

I am writing to you on behalf of the incoming 2016-17 Central Management team for Global China Connection. My name is Yansong Pang (庞岩松) and I have the pleasure to serve as the President of GCC this year. Allow me to tell you a bit about my experience, introduce the team, and describe our vision for the year.

I graduated from Carleton College in 2013 with double majors in Psychology and Math/Statistics and a minor in Cross-Cultural Studies, and currently work as a buy-side research analyst at Ulland Investment Advisors in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a long-only asset manager founded in 1997 by James Ulland, Minnesota's Chief Regulator of securities, banks, and insurance companies under Governor Carlson. In my spare time, I founded the Chinese Professionals in Minnesota Group which provides a professional network and information sharing platform for over 250 Chinese professionals of various industries in Minnesota through online and offline activities.

Joining GCC as a young professional in Minneapolis, Minnesota, I am prepared to continue growing our organization and reconsolidate GCC’s identity as the global bridge that connects future leaders together. This year, my team and I will focus on expanding and improving the quality of our network. We want to strengthen our identity as GCCers, members of a global pre-professional network of young leaders interested in China. We want to help you form connections beyond your own chapters, and introduce members to a range of concrete opportunities that will help you broaden your career. We will also focus on engaging our growing base of alumni, many of whom have now established interesting China-related careers, and ask them to mentor our members. Similarly, we will form exciting external partnerships with other China-related organizations that share our mission.

We cannot achieve these goals without your support and engagement, so we will be proactively seeking your input and participation. Please feel free to reach out to any of us with questions or concerns, and you can always contact me directly at yansong.pang@gccglobal.org or connect with me on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/pangyansong.

GCC is about meeting great people and forming amazing connections that will last well beyond your college years. I always believe that with stronger connection and wider information come greater opportunities. One is one and two are ten. I genuinely believe in the power of GCC to bring a life-changing experience. Below is one of my favorite quotes:

“A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face.” - Jorge Luis Borges

Just as all the dots of Steve Job’s early days led him to founding Apple, what we do to shape our experience today, however trivial or consequential, will eventually delineate our life story. Together we walk farther, and GCC will always be by your side. I am determined to lead a dedicated team of management to have a fun, engaging, and meaningful year ahead with you.

Best regards,

Yansong Pang (庞岩松)


Global China Connection