Actualités — September 18, 2014
Po Man Lo of Hong Kong selected as one of the 2014 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World
For her extraordinary work combining education and entertainment as a business platform, Po Man Lo of Hong Kong was named a 2014 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment.
Graduating from Duke University at 19 with a degree in psychology, Po Man Lo moved back home to Hong Kong to work as a Samaritan counselor supporting those suffering from severe depression. During this time, Lo’s family was negatively affected by the Asian financial crisis and SARs epidemic, compelling her to join the struggling family business. As other businesses suffered, Lo brought creative ideas to save Regal Hotels Group through a campaign featuring their luxury housing developments and hotels on Hong Kong’s leading television station.
Despite her immense success as a young business executive, Lo resumed her dream to create impact by contributing to the psychological development of children. She turned her pet poodle into a cartoon character named Bodhi and published Bodhi Happy Family: Moral and Civil Education, a collection of comic stories to inspire moral development in children. Endorsed by the Hong Kong education department, it was adopted as a textbook in all Hong Kong schools. She expanded Bodhi’s story to a full commercial venture, Century Innovative Technology (CIT), driven by the mission to inspire wisdom and compassion in children through animation and games.
Building an edutainment brand to make learning fun and effective, Lo now has a 3D animated series teaching children about morality and overcoming obstacles with wisdom and compassion, rather than resorting to negative means. With the success of the TV show, Lo has since launched Bodhiworld.com, an online edutainment platform with a cutting edge approach to stimulate optimal development of multiple intelligences and positive traits in children. Combining education, entertainment and technology, the site integrates educational games, intelligence assessment and multimedia content. Her goal is to provide equal access to quality education so that children are empowered through knowledge to pursue their ultimate dreams.
JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impact on a local and global level.
These ten exceptional individuals will be honored at the 2014 JCI Awards Ceremony featuring the 2014 JCI TOYP Honorees on Friday, November 28 at the 2014 JCI World Congress in Leipzig, Germany.
About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5,000 communities across more than 100 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a sustainable global impact.
Visit www.jci.cc to learn more.
Krissy Durant, Membership Services Director, JCI (Junior Chamber International)
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