A record 266 Tanoto scholars attended the Tanoto Scholars Gathering 2015 on 12-15 August. Held annually since 2010, the event is organised by Tanoto Foundation.
At the Tanoto Scholars Gathering 2015, there were many programmes and activities to engage its participants in team-bonding, character development and the nurturing of leadership capabilities. There were also career talks and seminars on social media and public speaking.
These activities are for the benefit of Tanoto scholars, seen to be future leaders and key decision-makers in Indonesia.
Tanoto Foundation is co-founded by Sukanto Tanoto and Tinah Bingei Tanoto in 2001 as the philanthropic arm of the Tanoto family. Tanoto Foundation aims to alleviate poverty through 3Es: Education, Empowerment and Enhancement.
Mr Sukanto Tanoto graced the event with Mrs Tinah Bingei Tanoto, and their youngest son, Anderson Tanoto.
The elder Tanoto shared an invaluable advice for those in attendance:
"To progress, one can learn from various sources, not just restricted to school teachings. When we make a mistake, we can use it as a learning opportunity too. Whereas to be a good leader, we must start to lead or to lead oneself, to adapt into the surrounding environment, and eventually learn how to become a leader of this nation. And it is also important to have social sensitivity to the environment and community around us and offer the necessary help when required. These are key attitudes that propel Tanoto Scholars to be future leaders of Indonesia."