Nine American Leaders Selected as 2019 Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellows

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Eisenhower Fellowships has selected nine American professionals it will send to China on a special month-long fellowship in its 2019 Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship Program.

Eisenhower Fellowships 2019 Zhi-Xing Program Fellows

“This year’s Zhi-Xing Fellows are forward-thinking innovators, addressing some of the most important issues of our times. We’re pleased to welcome them into the global network of Eisenhower Fellows,” said Dr. Robert M. Gates, chairman of Eisenhower Fellowships.

Eisenhower Fellowships has selected nine American professionals it will send to China on a special month-long fellowship in its 2019 Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship Program.

These dynamic Fellows represent a diverse group of leaders from across the United States and across a broad range of fields, including emerging technologies in “smart cities,” diversity and inclusion, sustainable-development and renewable energy.

“This year’s Zhi-Xing Fellows are forward-thinking innovators, addressing some of the most important issues of our times. We’re pleased to welcome them into the global network of Eisenhower Fellows,” said Dr. Robert M. Gates, chairman of Eisenhower Fellowships.

Now in its fifth year, the Zhi-Xing program is designed to immerse ascendant American mid-career leaders in China and advance greater understanding between the people of the two nations.

A partnership between EF and the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), the fellowship program features intensive cultural immersion, group sessions with Chinese and U.S. experts and two weeks of individually-tailored travel and meetings in four to six Chinese cities.

From June 1 until June 30, the nine Eisenhower Fellows will travel throughout China, pursuing individual projects and engaging in transformative exchanges of knowledge and ideas with leading thinkers in their respective fields.

The program will begin in Beijing and conclude in Shanghai, where the Fellows will meet to share observations. They will then apply what they have learned after they return to the U.S.

“As we head into the fifth year of this program, we share the Fellows’ excitement about the enriching experience that lies before them. And we look forward to seeing the positive impact they will have on their communities when they return home,” said George de Lama, president of Eisenhower Fellowships.

The 2019 Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellows are:

Dustin Haisler
Chief Innovation Officer, e.Republic
Folsom, CA

Nancy Mancilla
CEO & Co-founder, ISOS Group, LLC
San Diego, CA

Samir Mayekar
CEO & Co-founder, NanoGraf Corporation
Chicago, IL

Jeanette Quick
Lead Counsel, Gusto
San Francisco, CA

Jonathan Sanchez Leos
Director, Fellow Affairs & Community, American Film Institute
Los Angeles, CA

Julie Shin
Head of Strategic Operations & Innovation, Productivity, Citigroup
New York, NY

Whitney Soenksen
Data Innovations Manager, City of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

Dana Wagner
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Impossible Foods
San Francisco, CA

Adelmise Warner
Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, SiriusXM and Pandora
San Francisco, CA

The recruitment and selection of EF’s Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellows was supported by seven steering committees around the United States—Philadelphia, Boston, Raleigh-Durham, St. Louis, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago—composed of prominent local leaders and Eisenhower Fellows.

Successful candidates for EF programs are exceptional leaders eager to advance their personal and professional growth who can articulate how the fellowship will help them to produce impactful change. Eisenhower Fellows commit to lifelong engagement with the organization and its nearly 1,600 active Fellows around the world.

Now in its 66th year and named for America’s 34th president, Eisenhower Fellowships brings together innovative leaders from all fields from around the globe who tackle big challenges to better the world around them. Since 1953, more than 2,400 mid-career leaders from 115 countries have benefited from the unique, customized experience of an Eisenhower Fellowship.

Eisenhower Fellowships identifies, empowers and connects innovative leaders through a transformative fellowship experience and lifelong engagement in a global network of dynamic change agents committed to creating a world more peaceful, prosperous and just.

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