We are pleased to announce that the 24th Annual Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala will take place on Friday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Now the registration is open. Please register today by clicking the link here.
The gala will be streamed live online and include presentation of the tribute to Ambassador Mondale, the Mondale Award, and Mondale Scholarship along with the auction, the Fund-The-Scholar fundraising and more.
Everybody is welcome to join us for free of charge. However, if you are able, please consider including our suggested donation amount of $35 or more to help offset our production and programming costs.
This spring we sadly lost Ambassador Mondale who had been a great inspiration to us for many decades and we therefore decided to dedicate this year’s gala to him.
Instead of having one single keynote speaker we have invited several speakers to share their stories about Ambassador Mondale as a tribute to him. We are honored by the participation of Senator Klobuchar, Ambassador of Japan Tomita, and Consul-General of Japan in Chicago Tajima. We will also hear the story of a Minnesotan war veteran who later went back to visit Japan because of an encouraging letter by Mr. Mondale. Please join us to remember the legacy of Ambassador Mondale.
Sarah Walbert is the Minnesota Trade Office Regional Trade Manager for the medical and biopharma industries, and for Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. While encouraging and facilitating trade, her responsibilities include helping Minnesota companies to identify and develop export strategies and opportunities in the international marketplace. She has led Minnesota delegations annually to the largest medical industry shows in the world. In addition, Sarah hosts delegations from abroad and is a point person for multinational Japanese firms who are looking at new expansion opportunities. Sarah speaks and reads Japanese.
Prior to state government, her private sector experience includes 20 years in strategic planning, negotiations, and new business development with a US-Japan management consulting firm. She held various management positions with American Express International in New York and overseas and opened its tours to China.
Sarah has volunteered on a variety of boards such as Courage Kenny Foundation, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Lending Committee, and JASM, as well as that of the California-Japan start-up Kinovate Life Sciences. The University of Minnesota named her the first awardee for the Design of Medical Devices Conference Outstanding Volunteer for her many years of creating global connections.
Sarah holds a Master of International and Public Affairs from Columbia University in New York and received her B.A. summa cum laude in history from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
JASM is very pleased to present the Mondale Award to Sarah Walbert in 2021. Everyone is welcome to join us to honor Sarah.
Mondale Scholarship 2021-2022
Mondale Scholarship for 2021-22 is suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be watching the development of the travel situation and we hope to be able to support the students in 2022-23.
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