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Paying it forward, inspired by the power of women

Cal Parents Annie Kuo and Roger Liang typically focus their philanthropy on three specific areas: education, health care and minorities. In fact, the couple created an endowed scholarship at Berkeley several years ago to help expand students’ educational access to the same type of world-class education enjoyed by their two daughters­—Katie (’15) and Daphne, a current undergraduate.

Knowing these parents well, the Cal Parents team recently approached the couple about boosting their support by making a gift to the Chancellor’s Impact Fund. The fund, a vital campus resource, provides research and innovation opportunities for Berkeley faculty and students in each of the couple’s areas of interest.

This resonated with Kuo and Liang, but they wanted to include their daughters in the decision-making process. And for good reason: Katie and Daphne both plan to eventually participate in the family business, BizLink—a global manufacturing company that provides electrical components to businesses including Tesla, a neighbor to BizLink in Fremont, California.

“We look forward to continuing the family business with powerful female leaders,” says Kuo, who worked as an accountant at Bizlink, then later bought out the company and become its president. Ultimately, the family made a $200,000 gift to the Chancellor’s Impact Fund, and their generosity didn’t stop there. Inspired in part by current female leadership and women’s initiatives at Berkeley, they also made a $100,000 pledge to the newly established Center for Gender, Equity & Leadership at the Haas School of Business.

“We are all so impressed with Chancellor Carol Christ’s strong leadership,” says Liang, who is BizLink’s chairman, “though powerful women are not new to our family.”