Answered by Christopher Kuo:
Since you have been on this "Two Piano Journey” for approximately three years, performing with your mom and helping organizations, what have you learned about what makes an organization successful and thrive?
Every organization that has succeeded has forged its own path. The common threads we've identified are that the organizations that do scale add an unbelievable amount of value to their communities with the resources they have, are growth minded, and filled with passionate employees and volunteers who care deeply about the cause they serve every day. I was drawn to Wu Yee for these exact reasons.
Now that you have gotten to know Wu Yee better and become our newest Board Member, how has your perspective changed? What is your main focus for Wu Yee?
To me, serving on Wu Yee's board has been an immense opportunity for me to learn the inner workings of a large nonprofit organization serving thousands of families. The decisions being made in the boardroom impact families working towards the best possible future for their children. I am honored to share in that responsibility. My main focus for Wu Yee is the Wu Yee Ambassadors. Our Board Members have developed a volunteer program that has potential for long lasting impact for the families Wu Yee serves. This program will do much to support our children while shining a spotlight on Wu Yee within the diverse, corporate community in the Bay Area.
How did growing up in a musical family with strong role models influence you?
I am grateful to my parents for my upbringing. There is a certain joy that is unlike any other to be woken up in the mornings by beautiful music. I'd hear my mom playing the piano and my dad rehearsing on his trumpet.
Ever since I was a young boy, my parents taught me the value of serving my community. We performed my first benefit concert when I was in elementary school and every year after that. In the end, I am simply living a life filled with music and service and it hasn't changed since my childhood.
Do you have a favorite memory growing up? What other activities did your family participate in?
I remember so vividly the first time I touched a piano. My mom played a duet with me as I played the middle C for four whole notes. I was immediately enraptured. 20+ years later, playing the piano with my mom is one greatest joys of my life.
We love to travel - we have shared so many memories together. Our favorite destination to date is Hawaii - nothing beats that perfect sunny weather!