MINN IDEA Summit Keynote Address

Friday, October 16, 2015

Keynote Address

Join MINN and keynote Vice President Walter Mondale for a dialogue on international refugee issues, including Minnesota's role in this arena, both past and current, and more at the 2015 IDEA Summit. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. MayKao Hang, President and CEO of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.

Vice President Walter Mondale

Vice President Walter Mondale

Walter F. Mondale’s record of public service includes Vice President of the United States, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, U.S. Senator, and Attorney General for the State of Minnesota.

He spent his boyhood in the small towns of southern Minnesota, where he attended public schools. He earned his B.A. in political science and his LL.B. (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota. In 1990, he established the Mondale Policy Forum at the Humphrey Institute to bring together leading scholars and policymakers for conferences on domestic and international issues.

Mondale helped manage Hubert H. Humphrey’s first successful U.S. Senate campaign, and years later, Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale were elected President and Vice President of the United States on in November 1976. In his first year as Vice President, after visiting camps in Thailand sheltering refugees fleeing the Vietnam War, Mondale worked to significantly increase the number of people accepted for resettlement into the United States, as well as increase funds to build refugee camps in neighboring countries. His efforts helped provide resettlement opportunities for 1 million refugees, including in Minnesota.[1]

President Clinton nominated him to be the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, as which he served from August 1993 to December 1996. Two years later, Mondale traveled to Indonesia to meet with President Suharto regarding the Asian financial crisis and economic reforms in Indonesia. Mondale has become a director of several non-profit and corporate boards. He serves as chair of The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. He is currently Senior Counsel with the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP, headquartered in Minneapolis with 20 offices worldwide. Read Walter Mondale’s full bio.

Moderator: Dr. MayKao Y. Hang

Dr. MayKao Y. HangDr. MayKao Y. Hang is the President and CEO of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving lives in the Greater St. Paul community and beyond through research, direct services and community building.

Wilder Research has reported that immigrants and refugees are at higher risk for developing mental health problems, compared to their native counterparts, due to previous trauma and/or the stress of migration and resettlement; such as war, violence, poverty, and acculturation. Wilder’s programs, such as the Southeast Asian Services program and Center for Social Healing and Wellness, provide culturally appropriate services for these communities.[2,3]

MayKao has extensive experience in the public and the non-profit sectors, serving low income and disadvantaged populations. She is committed to achieving an equitable society where everyone can prosper. She believes in harnessing and building social and civic capital to change the world.

MayKao has a BA degree in Psychology from Brown University, a MA degree in Social Policy and Distributive Justice from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a Doctorate in Public Administration from Hamline University. She is Deputy Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, a Trustee and Chair of the Grants & Community Initiatives Committee of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, Co-Chair of Itasca Project’s Socio-economic Disparities Work Group, an alliance of cross-sector CEO’s committed to reducing employment disparities, and an Advisory Member of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Dr. Hang has been recognized with numerous awards including the Community Champion 40 & Forward Award, the Humphrey Public Leadership Award, the Ann Bancroft Award, the Ultimate Hmong Woman Award, and the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans Leadership Award. Read MayKao Hang’s full bio.



1 - http://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/16/vietnamese-refugees
2 - http://www.wilder.org/Wilder-Research/Publications/Studies/Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health - Best Practices in Meeting the Needs of Immigrants and Refugees, Snapshot.pdf
3 - http://www.wilder.org/Programs-Services/Southeast-Asian-Services/Pages/default.aspx