Charlie had always been a great mentor and advisor to the very end. Most recently, he graciously accepted our invitation and delivered an inspiring and well-received opening keynote speech, A life of Learning and Surviving in Corporate America, with a full-house audience at the inaugural CESASC LEAP Career Development Forum at UCLA on February 23. (http://www.leapcareer.org/speakers/charlie-sie). He shared frankly his personal journey as a successful Chinese American, advocated energetically CESASC and importance of community dedication to all the audience, and garnered immediately many young followers on the spot. After the event, he called me on February 26 to express his strong encouragement, constructive suggestions, and insightful outlook on the LEAP future.
Charlie set a prominent example for all Chinese Americans, humble yet courageous, smart yet diligent, passionate and caring. His passing away has been a terrible and unexpected loss to Chinese American community. He will be missed. My sincerest condolence goes to Maureen and the family.