April 20, 2017

Woo Greater China Business Conference at UCLA Anderson Looks at U.S.-China Relationship

Focus on collaboration opportunities and challenges amid increasing uncertainty and complexity

LOS ANGELES, (April 20, 2017) — UCLA Anderson School of Management is hosting its 11th annual Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference, “A New Chapter for U.S.-China Relations: Investment, Growth Strategies and a Collaboration Opportunities,” on Friday, April 21, 2017. This year’s conference will bring together successful U.S. and Chinese business leaders, investors and influencers who will share their perspectives on the changing dynamics, implications and future of the U.S.-Sino relationship. Their discussions will focus on investment opportunities and growth strategies that embrace cooperation, stimulate innovation, drive sustainable economic growth and facilitate cross-border growth in this new chapter for one of the world’s most important and strategic relationships.

Following a career panel lunchtime discussion for students with past and present leaders of UCLA Anderson’s Greater China Business Association (GCBA) and UCLA’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), the conference will be officially opened by: UCLA Anderson’s Dean Judy Olian; Michael Woo, Los Angeles’ first Asian-American city councilman, son of conference founder Wilbur K. Woo and dean of Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design; and Pin Tai, president and CEO of Cathay Bancorp and Cathay Bank’s CEO. This will be followed by an opening address that will provide an overview and business perspective about China.

“Relations between the world’s two largest economies are entering a new chapter,” says Woo. “Events, such as the UCLA Conference, can provide insight and a better understanding of how the U.S.-China relationship will evolve under the new administration to confront differences, resolve conflict and find mutually beneficial solutions to competition through new cross-border collaboration.”

Plenary and concurrent sessions throughout the afternoon will address connecting the U.S. and China in the media and entertainment industry through capital, culture and innovation; driving innovation and change through the development of new strategies, technologies, products and business models; as well as a review of cross-border investment trends, patterns and opportunities and the various investment financing strategies. Speakers will also discuss the surging Chinese investment in U.S. real estate markets and thoughts on how U.S.-China relations will evolve under the new administration as the relationship faces increasing uncertainty and complexity.

Speakers include representatives from Alibaba USA, Cathay Bank, CEC Capital China Telecom Americas, China UnionPay USA, Coolpad Americas, Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP, DMG Entertainment, Elite International Investment Fund, Hurun Report, IMAX Entertainment, Landsea Holdings, NantHealth, PwC, RedBridge Capital LLC, Shiang Law, Sony Pictures, World Trade Center Los Angeles and the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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 2017 Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference is sponsored by PwC and Cathay Bank at the platinum level. This year’s conference is organized by the Center for Global Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in association with UCLA Anderson’s Greater China Business Association (GCBA) and UCLA’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA). Cox Castle Nicholson and Landsea are bronze sponsors. The China Enterprise Council, UCLA Asia Pacific Center and UCLA Center for Chinese Studies are supporting organizations. To view the full schedule and panel topics for this year’s conference, please visit the 2017 Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference website.

About the UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management

The Center for Global Management (CGM) prepares UCLA Anderson students to understand, shape and succeed in the complex world of global business. Through a variety of academic, immersion and experiential programs, the center provides conceptual frameworks through which to view various regions and economies, and instills in students the necessary global, social, intellectual and psychological competencies to become well-rounded global citizens.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management

UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world, with faculty members globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Located in Los Angeles, gateway to the growing economies of Latin America and Asia and a city that personifies innovation in a diverse range of endeavors, UCLA Anderson’s MBA, Fully Employed MBA, Executive MBA, UCLA-NUS Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Master of Financial Engineering, Master of Science in Business Analytics, doctoral and executive education programs embody the school’s Think in the Next ethos. Annually, some 1,800 students are trained to be global leaders seeking the business models and community solutions of tomorrow.

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