SASE created a silent auction that is in line with one of its pillars - mentorship. The goal of SASE's auction is to connect our members to mentorship and networking opportunities with executives, professionals, and other SASE members while fundraising to support SASE's mission.



SPOTLIGHTS
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EXPERIENCE:
Snowboarding Adventure
MENTOR & AUCTION DONOR:
Khanh Vu
Executive Director of SASE
MENTEES & AUCTION WINNER:
Bao Nguyen

Khanh Vu, the Executive Director of SASE, offered a snowboarding adventure which was won by Bao Nguyen. Despite the offer being a snowboarding adventure, Khanh also mentored Bao during the session. Bao describes it as “fun and amazing…[it] helped [him] to understand [his] professional development”. Khanh enjoyed the experience and was happy to provide advice and his connection to Bao to further his success.
Khanh and Bao
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EXPERIENCE:
Beer Distribution Facility Tour and Meal for 2
MENTOR & AUCTION DONOR:
Shweta Kurvey-Mishra
SASE Board Member &
Vice President of Human Resources
at Silver Eagle Distributors
MENTEES & AUCTION WINNER:
Tony Nguyen and guest Aimee Chun

Tony and his friend, Aimee Chun, partook in the distribution tour and brewery. They both also had the opportunity to talk to Shweta about their career aspirations and work/life balance. Shweta said, "It was great interacting with young professionals and seeing their energy, enthusiasm, and drive they have to make meaningful progress in their lives."
Shweta and Tony
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EXPERIENCE:
A Chicago Chinatown Food Tour
MENTOR & AUCTION DONOR:
Christopher Lui
Systems Engineer at Collins Aerospace &
SASE HR Recruitment Manager &
Midwest Regional Manager
MENTEE & AUCTION WINNER:
Ashwin Malik
Lead Developer at Multiply Technology &
SASE Giving Manager.

Together, they embarked on a gastronomic tour around Chicago’s Chinatown which included a sumptuous dim sum experience at MingHin Restaurant, boba at Chatime, and visits to the local bakeries. They later met up with former SASE National Conference Coordinator Annie Wang for dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Viet. Together, they were able to foster robust discussions surrounding personal and professional growth, graduate schools, SASE processes and initiatives, and networking strategies. Chris says, “Meeting with Ashwin was a meaningful experience for the both of us.”
Christopher and Ashwin
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EXPERIENCE:
Lunch or Dinner for 2 with Ajay Mehta: Houston, TX or San Francisco, CA - Join Shell veteran Ajay Mehta for a sumptuous lunch or dinner, with a side of mentorship!
MENTOR & AUCTION DONOR:
Ajay Mehta
SASE Board Member and General Manager for New Energies Research & Technology with Shell Oil Company
MENTEES & AUCTION WINNER:
Edward Doan & guest Stephen Nguyen
students at Lamar University,
College of Engineering

Recently Ajay had the opportunity to meet with Silent Auction winner Edward Doan and his guest Stephen Nguyen at a French restaurant in Houston for several hours over a free-wheeling conversation on a wide range of topics. Edward and Stephen came prepared with a good set of questions and Ajay was able to share his thoughts on potential career options, areas for professional development, and cite specific examples from his own career on what has worked well and what has not (and why) for him. Ajay says, “It was a fulfilling experience for me personally and I’m glad that it was useful to Edward and Stephen.”
Ajay and Edward