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3september20096On 5 October 2009, His Holiness delivered the keynote address at the North American Tibetan Professionals Conference in New York City. The three-day conference, which took place October 5-7, gathered 150 Tibetan professionals from the US and Canada to discuss Tibetan professional networking and their place within the exile community.

The Office of Tibet in New York, which organized the conference, reported that the Tibetan leader "applauded the initiative of gathering all the Tibetan professionals together and urged the Tibetan professionals to come out with concrete suggestions to improve education and career development initiatives within the Tibetan community in exile."

Participants at the conference came up with recommendations on improving the network of Tibetan professionals in North America, establishing networks within individual professional fields, and creating a volunteer corps to work in the Tibetan community in India and Nepal.

American actor and ardent Tibet supporter Richard Gere also spoke at the conference, stressing the professionals' relative position of power within the international Tibetan community and urging them to participate more fully in the Tibetan cause.

Other speakers included prominent academic figures such as: Lobsang Sangay, a senior fellow at Harvard Law School; Sonam Topgyal, a senior financial analyst at Stanford University; and Tashi Rabgey, Lecturer and Founding Director of Tibet Sustainable Governance Program as well as Co-Director of the Tibet Center of the University of Virginia. Several doctors, engineers, investment bankers, NGO representatives, and lawyers also spoke at the event.

Tibetans from 21 US states and three Canadian provinces attended the conference, representing 18 broad professional backgrounds, including: Academic & Research; Business & Finance; Medicine & Health; Information Technology; Law & Governance; Philanthropy & International Development; Architecture & Engineering; Social Policy and Community Service; Education; Library Science and Museum; and more.

This article is based on a press release by the Office of Tibet, New York.

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