Since 2014, Jiming Liang has sat on Childhood USA's Board of Directors and has played an instrumental role as the Chairman of the Project Committee. We sat down with her for our second installment of Childhood USA's "Spotlight On" series to find out more about her.
How long have you been a supporter of Childhood?
I have been involved with Childhood from the beginning through our co-founder, the Charles B. Wang International Foundation. I joined the board in 2014 as a representative of the Charles B. Wang International Foundation.
Why did you choose Childhood?
Mr. Charles B. Wang decided to become a co-founder of Childhood through his foundation because he was moved by Queen Silvia’s vision that every child is entitled to a happy and safe childhood. Mr. Wang’s foundation has funded many programs over the years focused on children’s health and education.
When I first started working for Mr. Wang’s foundation I was not a mother yet and I wanted to make a difference in this world. This is why I was drawn to working for Mr. Wang and his foundation. I think, intellectually, I knew that supporting children’s causes was important but, after becoming a mother, that feeling deepened. Now that I am raising three of my own, I am more personally aware and troubled that there are many children within my own local community and around the world that do not have the same opportunities as my children. I am trying to teach my kids, by example and by explaining how to be engaged in our community, how to address the inequities as all children deserve to have happy childhoods.
What is your favorite Childhood memory?
My favorite Childhood memory or actually memories are attending the project seminars where we brought all the grantees to New York to meet one another and share their work over the course of a day. It was such an inspiring opportunity to hear directly from the grantees the services they provide day-to-day. Their stories, commitment, and level of engagement was powerful. The grantees clearly enjoyed having the time to share with one another their triumphs and challenges and through that process learn from one another. There was such great energy and enthusiasm throughout all the seminars we hosted.
What are your wishes for Childhood in 2016?
My wishes for Childhood in 2016 are that we are able to support more new programs that take an innovative approach towards protecting children in the US and worldwide from exploitation. I also hope that our #EyesWideOpen campaign mobilizes millions to prevent and protect children from sexual abuse in their own communities.