February 28, 2013
UCLA Anderson Hosts Seventh Annual Woo Greater China Business Conference
Influential U.S. and Chinese leaders discuss China’s impact on business
LOS ANGELES - UCLA Anderson School of Management will host its seventh annual Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference, titled "Opportunities, Challenges, and Future Strategies During a New and Transitional Era - A Dialogue Across the Pacific," on Friday, March 1, 2013. The event draws influential U.S. and Chinese business leaders and academics to talk about growth industries, strategies, and burgeoning investment opportunities following China's transition in leadership and how Chinese companies are innovating and expanding abroad.
"With China's new leadership setting the country's agenda for the next decade, including foreign trade and economic policies, it's critical to understand how this will impact U.S.-China business relations and opportunities," said Michael Woo, Los Angeles' first Chinese-American city councilman and son of conference founder Wilbur K. Woo. "The Woo Conference brings together impactful leaders to discuss how their businesses have been impacted by the growth and demand of the Greater China region and explore the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."
With the recent increase of inbound Chinese investment into the U.S., this year's conference will also highlight the experiences of several Chinese enterprises that are at the forefront of globalizing Chinese companies. Chinese executives from a range of different sectors will share their successes and lessons learned from investing in the U.S., as well as how they are exploring cross-border innovation and collaboration opportunities.
Congresswoman Judy Chu will give the keynote address, which will be followed by a macro overview of China's economy by William Yu, Economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, and a business perspective provided by Alan Chu, Partner and China Business Network Leader at PwC.
Panel discussions and sessions throughout the event will feature executives from: SolarReserve, Peak Sports USA, Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC) International USA, Launch Tech Co. Ltd. USA., Cathay Bank, HTC America, Lenovo China, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Global Innovation Integrators, Panda Restaurant Group, Trina Solar Inc., China Unicom Americas Operations Ltd., and Wing Lung Bank (China Merchants Bank).
"The Woo Conference is one of our most important events, which is no surprise given China's vital impact on global economies," said Judy Olian, Dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management. "We're pleased to host a forum showcasing innovative and influential business relationships in China's markets, highlighting opportunities for future cross-border investments."
Born in China in 1916, the late Wilbur K. Woo received his bachelor's degree in business administration from UCLA. He endowed the Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference at UCLA Anderson with the goal of promoting understanding of the economic ties between the Greater China region and United States. He established the Conference to show his gratitude for the training he received at his alma mater many years ago.
The 2013 Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference is sponsored by PwC and Cathay Bank. This year's conference is organized by the Center for Global Management at UCLA Anderson School of Management in association with the Greater China Business Association and the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. To view the full schedule and panel topics for this year's conference, please visit: http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/wooconference.
About the Center for Global Management at UCLA Anderson
The Center for Global Management (CGM) is a privately funded center at UCLA Anderson that serves as the focal point for advancing the school's global agenda and as the coordinating mechanism for UCLA Anderson's global programs and activities. Building upon and integrating the programs and activities established by UCLA CIBER, CGM serves to promote a global management mindset in students, faculty, alumni and the broader community through teaching programs, course development, research support and community engagement, and enhance the visibility and impact of UCLA Anderson's global footprint.
About UCLA Anderson School of Management
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