It was called the "Breakfast for Champions," the annual
fundraiser to benefit the Commonwealth Institute, a non-profit
organization that helps women develop entrepreneurial skills and
expertise. On this particular June morning in 2001, more than
1,000 women gathered in the grand ballroom of Boston's Fairmont
Copley Hotel to network and to honor women entrepreneurs.
Virtually the entire "who's who" of the women's business
community was there, as well as investors, lawyers, and others
who work with and support women-led businesses.
Mr. Theodore Irving, in his valuable history of the "Conquest of Florida," speaking of the astonishing
achievements of the Spanish Cavaliers, in the dawn of the sixteenth century says:
"Of all the enterprises undertaken in this spirit of daring adventure, none has surpassed, for hardihood and
variety of incident, that of the renowned Hernando de Soto, and his band of cavaliers. It was poetry put in
action. It was the knight-errantry of the old world carried into the depths of the American wilderness.
In the late 1800’s, settlers in Utah’s Cache Valley had a dream to bring
higher education and greater opportunity to the people of the then
rural area. With little more than simple pioneering spirit and
determination, they opened the doors of the Agricultural College of
Utah in 1888 to a handful of students. Now known as Utah State
University (USU), that same founding spirit lives on today in Logan,
Utah, where present day enrollment exceeds 22,000.
This book, which you now hold in your hands, will
change how medicine is practiced around the world. It is
an extraordinary book written by an extraordinary medical
doctor who is also a pioneering scientist in the best
sense of the word. Prof. Rong Xiang Xu has a very rare
spirit, for he is a man with a compassionate heart who
observed the terrible suffering of his burns patients and
rather than simply accepting conventional treatments
(which do little to correct the burns trauma), this doctor
created, with much diligence and hard work, the new standard
of care for burns treatment.
The Pilgrims and Puritans, whose migration to the New World marks the beginning of permanent settlement
in New England, were children of the same age as the enterprising and adventurous pioneers of England in
Virginia, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. It was the age in which the foundations of the British Empire were
being laid in the Western Continent. The "spacious times of great Elizabeth" had passed, but the new national
spirit born of those times stirred within the English people.
The occupation by France of the lower Mississippi gave a strong impulse to the exploration of the West, by
supplying a base for discovery, stimulating enterprise by the longing to find gold mines, open trade with New
Mexico, and get a fast hold on the countries beyond the Mississippi in anticipation of Spain; and to these
motives was soon added the hope of finding an overland way to the Pacific. It was the Canadians, with their
indomitable spirit of adventure, who led the way in the path of discovery.