JESS ENG AND LAURA TSAI / HTLC 2020 Co-Directors
Dear Friends of HTLC,
Welcome to the HTLC community! The Harvard Taiwan Leadership Conference provides a weeklong, one-of-a-kind learning experience for students in Taiwan that celebrates creativity, collaboration, and thoughtful and forward-thinking. Now, after over a decade of conferences, there are hundreds of HTLC alumni spearheading change around the globe. Through educational and interactive workshops and social activities and showcases, students will walk away with everlasting friendships, growth mindsets, and novel ideas to tackle difficult academic, social, and global issues.
As the HTLC directors this year, we’re so excited to lead, encourage and nurture this blossoming community of leaders, creatives, and future change-makers. Each year, students learn and grow as much from the teachers and teaching assistants as the teachers and teaching assistants do from the students. This reciprocal learning -- teachers alongside students thinking deeply about social and political issues in Taiwan and the world, posing questions to Taiwanese leaders and influencers, and engaging in intellectually stimulating conversations with our diverse student cohort -- cements HTLC as a life-changing experience.
The people of HTLC truly make the conference. Because of you, the students, HTLC has one of the best communities we have ever encountered. Believe it or not, we both met for the first time at the conference and have both come to cherish what HTLC means to us. As teachers, we distinctly remember the conversations in the lunchroom, the tirelessly rehearsed dances and skits on stage, and the exhilarating field day. Most importantly, we remember the personal conversations and the friendships formed during the conference. Former students have told us their confidence has skyrocketed after attending HTLC and they return to their communities more self-aware and ambitious. This is the growth we strive for every year.
Ultimately, HTLC’s mission is a message of personal growth and collaboration. When August rolls around, we hope to see you for the 2020 Harvard Taiwan Leadership Conference.
Jess Eng '21 & Laura Tsai '22
Co-Directors, Harvard Taiwan Leadership Conference