Bay Fang (Young Leader 2007)
Principal, Podesta Group
What can Americans learn from the Swiss?
We could take some lessons from the Swiss in terms of our educational system - the Swiss put more of an emphasis on its secondary education, as well as vocational training. We could also learn to be more punctual!
What can the Swiss learn from the Americans?
Not to take things as seriously...
What defines your leadership style?
I don't like much of a hierarchy - I work best in a team environment, in which no one is afraid to tell me what they really think.
What qualities do you most admire in a person?
Humility. Intellect. Generosity.
What are your greatest strengths?
Intellectual curiosity. As a former journalist, I'm also pretty good at getting people to open up. And I talk to everyone.
What is your greatest weakness?
Where do you live?
Adams Morgan, DC
Where are you from?
What is your favorite leisure activity?
Biking and hiking!
What is your goal in life?
No one goal. To have adventures, to love, to live life to its fullest.
About Bay Fang
Bay Fang just accepted a position as a Principal at the Podesta Group, a DC-based government and public relations firm, where she will be helping to build the international practice. Until recently she was the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the US Department of State, a position she assumed in 2011. In that capacity, she oversaw press and public diplomacy for Europe. Previously, she was the diplomatic correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, covering foreign affairs. Before that she was a correspondent-at-large for U.S. News & World Report magazine, serving as its chief correspondent in Iraq from 2003 to 2004. She was one of the first journalists to be allowed into the mountain training camps of the PKK, a Kurdish guerrilla movement deemed as terrorist-controlled by the U.S. government. Prior to that assignment, she covered the war in Afghanistan, arriving just after the bombing campaign began in October 2001 and staying on to report on the fall of the Taliban and the rebuilding of the country. She was one of a handful of journalists present at the Taliban uprising at Mazar-e-Sharif in December 2001. Bay was Beijing Bureau Chief for U.S. News & World Report from 1998 to 2002. She won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 1999 for her story “China's Stolen Wives,” about women who are kidnapped and sold as wives in the Chinese countryside. Bay is a graduate of Harvard University and studied in Hong Kong as a Fulbright scholar.