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Tibetan professionals urged to shoulder greater responsibility

October 13, 2009

Tibetan Review
October 12, 2009

Some 150 Tibetan professionals working in 21 US
states and three Canadian provinces took part in
a conference in New York on Oct 7 under the
rubric of North American Tibetan Professionals
Conference. The gathering was addressed by the
Dalai Lama who urged those present to shoulder
more responsibilities within the Tibetan
community. In particular, he called on them to
come out with concrete suggestions to improve
education and career development initiatives
within the Tibetan community in exile.

Hollywood star and long-time Tibet activist
Richard Gere also addressed the conference. He
urged the Tibetan professionals to bring a new
paradigm to the Tibet movement with their active
and skillful participation.  He said the Tibetan
professionals were in a position to make a real
difference in terms of capacity building as well
as in social and economic development within the
community both in and outside of Tibet.

During the 3-day conference, the participants
discussed four broad issues: (i) Networking of
the Tibetan professionals; (ii) Establishing a
resource-base to nurture future Tibetan
professionals; (iii) Role of Tibetan
professionals in strengthening the community and
(iv) Connecting the Tibetan professionals to contemporary Tibet.

The participants in the meeting belonged to 18
broad categories of professional backgrounds,
including Academic & Research; Business &
Finance; Medicine & Health; Information
Technology; Law & Governance; Philanthropy &
International Development; Architecture &
Engineering; Social Policy and Community Service,
and Education, Library Science and Museum.
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