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Margaret Wong keynote address
Cleveland International Hall of Fame
2013 Class

Immigration attorney and author Margaret W. Wong gave the keynote address at the Cleveland International Hall of Fame ceremony on Wednesday May 8, 2013.

When Margaret Wong entered the Grand Ballroom, the excitement level grew.

Margaret Wong enter the Grand Ballroom with Dan Hanson

Margaret Wong entering the Grand Ballroom (with Dan Hanson)


Ratanjit Sondhe welcoming Margaret Wong

Ratanjit Sondhe welcoming Margaret Wong



Later speakers in the evening such as Cleveland State University President Dr. Ronald M. Berkman told how Margaret was a tough act to follow. Consul General of Ireland Aidan Cronin called Margaret a "force of nature."

Margaret Wong giving keynote address

Margaret Wong giving keynote address


Margaret Wong was introduced by Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com

Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com

Debbie Hanson





Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com



The video clips below feature highlights from Margaret Wong's keynote address. The mix of practical advice, humor and wisdom is not to be missed.

(Be sure to watch the videos full screen - click on the icon in the lower right)

The first part of the keynote gives a look back at the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.




Margaret told how happy she was that the 3 missing Cleveland girls Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus and Michelle Knight were found. Her initial reaction when she heard the news was to hope that the perpetrator was not a recent immigrant - Arab, Chinese, Muslim or whatever - because that would set back immigration reform.




Margaret told of some of the lessons from her book, The Immigrant's Way, which she generously gave copies of to the Hall of Fame attendees. She spoke about the definition of success and how it varies for different people and at different times of their lives. She said that "We are here to inspire and to be inspired."





Margaret Wong giving keynote address



The main focus of the speech was Margaret's 5 rules for success. In this clip she gave the first rule of success using examples from Jane Fonda and Ted Turner to the world's religions.




Margaret Wong giving keynote address



Her second rule of success is provocatively titled "Don't be stupid."




Margaret Wong giving keynote address



The third rule of success is "Money is not evil."




Margaret Wong giving keynote address


Margaret Wong's fourth rule of success is "Know who you are." We need to know our strengths and weaknesses and our circle of influence.




Margaret Wong giving keynote address



Her fifth rule of success is "Don't be seduced by power." Margaret gave the example of when the White House first called her.




Margaret Wong giving keynote address


Margaret ended her keynote address with a funny story about Las Vegas and Cleveland's Horseshoe Casino that involved gambling and chocolate covered strawberries.




Margaret Wong giving keynote address



Thank you for the terrific keynote address Margaret!


Be sure to mark May 7, 2014 in your calendar for next year's Cleveland International Hall of Fame induction.



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