In a little less than a month, I will be joining my father and sisters for the grand opening of a very special educational center named in honor of my mother, Ruth Mulan Chu Chao. Our mother was a formidable woman in her own right, serving as an inspiration not only to us, but to a large community of Asian Americans who witnessed her dedication to education, history and philanthropy. Harvard Business School’s new Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center will open its doors on June 6th, and as a fitting tribute to my mother, will be the first building on campus named for a woman and for a person of East Asian ancestry.
On March 25, 2015, Angela Chao, Deputy Chairman of Foremost Group, will be a featured speaker at the annual Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Shipping 2015 Conference and Trade Exhibition. Angela will be joined by four other leaders of the international maritime industry on a panel discussing the topic of “Generational Shift.” Her co-panelists will be: Phrixos B. Papachristidis, CEO and Managing Director of Hellespont Ship Management GMBH & Co. KG, Vassals Kertsikoff, Chairman and CEO of Eletson Gas LLC, Nikolas P. Tsakos, President and CEO of Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. and Chairman of INTERTANKO, and Fritz Heidenreich, President and CEO of Q88 LLC. Dagfinn Lunde, Chairman of Executive Ship Management and former Shipping Head of DVB Bank, will moderate the panel discussion. The session will delve into generational dynamics within family businesses of the shipping industry, and present panelists with questions such as “What did you learn from your father? Was he right? What have you taught your father?” — and other subjects sure to inspire debate in and outside of the Conference facilities. Continue reading