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Paul Kawata, Executive Director

AIDS Organization Leader Paul Kawata

After a close friend died in the early 1980s, during the dawn of AIDS, Paul Kawata became involved in HIV/AIDS issues. Today, as Executive Director since 1989 of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), he is the longest serving and surviving AIDS-organization Executive Director in the United States. NMAC is the only national nonprofit that focuses on HIV/AIDS among racial and ethnic minorities. It provides support to community-based organizations through trainings, on-site technical assistance, conferences, publications, and other services. Paul oversees the general operation of NMAC, works to raise funds from major donors, and serves as the public face of the organization during events such as its annual United States Conference on AIDS. More than 70 percent of U.S. HIV/AIDS cases are among minorities; thus, Paul says his organization’s work is greatly needed. Read more about Paul Kawata and the National Minority AIDS Council in this week’s Nonprofit Spotlight.

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Article published on Jun 29th, 2007 | No Comments | Trackback | Categories »
Dr. Juan-Antonio Carballo

Venture Capital Maestro Juan-Antonio Carballo

For Dr. Juan-Antonio Carballo, the fear of launching his own venture capital firm lasted all of three seconds. At age 36 and as a General Partner of Argon Venture Partners, Juan-Antonio saw the tech market of Western Canada as almost entirely untapped, and as such, jumped into what he knew would be a guaranteed business success. Based out of Silicon Valley, California and Alberta, Canada, he and two other General Partners found that the greatest profits were reaped through early investments in technology start-ups. Guiding new projects through the full line of development to marketing allows Juan-Antonio to ensure a project’s stability and ultimate market value. If this weren’t successful enough, can we just add that he has three advanced degrees up his sleeve as well? Learn more about his never-ending drive and the company’s upcoming projects as we feature Dr. Carballo in this week’s Young & Professional Profile.

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Article published on Jun 24th, 2007 | No Comments | Trackback | Categories »

What Have You Accomplished? (Part 1)

Item published on Jun 24th, 2007 | 2 Comments | Trackback | Categories »
Every week we spotlight the talents and accomplishments of amazing young professionals across various ethnic Diasporas and professions. This week we’d like to highlight successful young professionals across time and regardless of their ethnicity. Young professionals have the ability to succeed early on in life, and here’s some proof (in addition to the over 500 interviews we’ve published to date) that anything is possible. Let’s break it down by age, shall we?
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Jeanne Barrueta, Program Manager

Hispanic College Fund, Making College a Reality

While many people are staunch supporters of the “bootstrap” motto, few could say that a helping hand, an inspiring mentor, or a friend with encouraging words didn’t lead to ultimate professional success. The Hispanic College Fund (HCF), based in Washington, DC, offers this support through a variety of ways, be it college preparation seminars for teens, university scholarships, internships, mentorships, and so much more. When HCF founders launched their innovative program 14 years ago, it was out of frustration at how few Latino students could afford to pursue the college degree that would eventually lead toward upward mobility. Program Manager, Jeanne Barrueta, tells us that this non-profit sees itself helping mold future leaders by supporting those pursuing degrees in business, science, engineering, technology and math. What she has found in response is that HCF alumni turn right around once those degrees are in-hand to donate what they can to further the Hispanic academic and professional cause, thus supporting the next generation of leaders. Learn more about the Hispanic College Fund in this week’s Non-Profit Spotlight and how your mentorship or financial contributions will be able to help thousands more achieve their dreams.

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Article published on Jun 24th, 2007 | No Comments | Trackback | Categories »
Somdev Devvarman
(photo cred: Matt Riley
UVa Athletics Media Relations)

2007 NCAA Men’s Tennis Champ, Somdev Devvarman

What do John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, and Somdev Devvarman have in common?

All three have won NCAA men’s singles tennis championships.

On May 28th, 2007, the 2nd-seeded Devvarman, of the University of Virginia tennis team, defeated the University of Georgia’s John Isner (the top seed) 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 to win the 2007 NCAA men’s tennis singles championship.

The 22-year-old champion is from Chennai, and is the first person of Indian descent to win the NCAA men’s singles tennis title (this history dates back to 1883.) A sociology major, Somdev will enter his senior year in the fall of 2007. We caught up with Somdev a few days after he’d won the title.

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Article published on Jun 24th, 2007 | 1 Comment | Trackback | Categories »
Ajai, Singer and Songwriter

Singer-Songwriter Ajai, Crossing Musical Boundaries

Singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Ajai, 21, isn’t constrained by boundaries. Genre, instrument choice and language pose no limits for him when it comes to making music. Ajai has studied both ancient Indian ragas and modern-day rock, and from engrossing himself in these two disparate musical worlds, he has found a creative freedom. His boundary-crossing songs, which reflect his American and Indian roots, will be available on iTunes later this year, and he’s in talks with major labels in India to get his debut disc on sale across the entire subcontinent. Ajai learned to play the piano before he could even read, and from that starting point, he has matured today into an artist whose music was featured in the movie “Offshore.” Read more about this young musician’s rise to success as we feature him in this week’s Young & Professional profile

Article published on Jun 24th, 2007 | No Comments | Trackback | Categories »

Keeping Jain Youth Connected

Jainism is a minority religion in the United States, and adherents are geographically dispersed throughout the country. Amit Jain, 25, is part of an organization that is keeping young Jains connected. As Director of Project Development of Young Jains of America (YJA), he manages various projects pertaining to Jains in the 14-to-29 age group. The mission is to create a network of young members of the faith and establish a forum for sharing Jain heritage and religion. For example, YJA is working to keep Jain youth connected online by building a social networking site called Jainster.com. The organization doesn’t just put on its own activities and projects, though. It has also supported other organizations with which it shares a common cause, such as Habitat for Humanity and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. To learn more about Amit Jain and his organization, check out this week’s Non-Profit Spotlight.

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Article published on Jun 24th, 2007 | No Comments | Trackback | Categories »

New Opportunities at The CulturalConnect

Item published on Jun 20th, 2007 | No Comments | Trackback | Categories »
We’re looking for people to scope out the hottest young talent in the professional world. We’re seeking smart people to identify and get in touch with young professionals breaking age barriers in their company, starting their own companies, doing the corporate thing by day – moonlighting as something totally different at night and perhaps even breaking down stereotypes with their career choice.
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Mostafa Aghrib, Director, Morocco

Children of Abraham: Global Interfaith Connectors

What first started out as a photojournalism project by two high school students documenting the stark similarities between Judaism and Islam has now evolved into a successful global non-profit that fosters important dialogues between Muslim and Jewish youth via the Internet. Mostafa Aghrib, 32, Director of Children of Abraham in Morocco, tells us that 160 students from 43 countries have graduated from its online program and have gone on to provide important interfaith awareness and connections. Learn more about Children of Abraham, its online program and how to get involved as we feature it in this week’s Non-Profit Spotlight

Article published on Jun 18th, 2007 | No Comments | Trackback | Categories »

Factoid of the Week: (Super) Young Professional World Records

Item published on Jun 18th, 2007 | No Comments | Trackback | Categories »
The record for the youngest professional artist was achieved by Phoenix Trinity Perego (USA, born 23 April 2004). She had a formal gallery show displaying her work along with a live auction of two of her first works, at The Casement, Florida, USA, on 25 May 2006 when she was 2 years and 32 days old.
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