personal story, fun facts, & values
It was always about saving lives
During my time at Penn, I studied vigorously to pursue my childhood dream to save lives and make a difference. My answer was through medicine; however, I came to realize that there's more than one remedy to save lives within beyond my biology or chemistry books.
If you're not lost, you're not much of an explorer
I decided to do some exploring and after a while, stumbled across social entrepreneurship through exposure to the Hult Prize Foundation after deciding to apply to become a Campus Director for Penn. From there, I realized just how much someone can do to make a difference in the world.
Furthering my Education
From there, I applied for an M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership at Penn's School of Social Policy & Practice (Class 2019) with the hope of creating something of my own to make a difference in the world by empowering youth to create impact. In March 2017, I was accepted.
United Nations, Bill Clinton, a London Castle, & sitting next to the CEO at dinner
I was then invited to travel to London for Hult Prize and found myself sitting next to the CEO at dinner. There, I pitched to the Hult Prize Foundation about my idea of creating an all-Ivy League platform for Hult Prize, which landed me my first job, working for them at their international accelerator. What had then become Hult Prize Ivy ultimately challenged 1000+ Ivy League university students to innovate to solve the world's most pressing social problems.
Empowering youth to fulphil their dreams
I believe we need to give more than we get.
During my senior year at Penn, I noticed that my colleagues were applying to what seemed to be jobs in almost every other city except for Philadelphia. After calling the city home for 4 years, something just didn’t feel quite right. I was unsettled by the notion of students coming to Philly for four years to get their education, getting the most transformative years of their lives, calling the city home, and leaving without giving anything back.
I knew I wanted to do something about it and decided to put my degree to good use when I was still in school. I founded a 501(c)3 nonprofit that year called Fulphil, which teaches high school students social entrepreneurship to inspire them to grow economic development of the resilient cities they call home.
As of 2019, we've taught over 1,500+ youth to create 500+ startup ideas that impact their local communities.
My work with Fulphil has helped me gain recognition on Forbes, NPR, TEDx, SiriusXM, and more.
Fund for high school entrepreneurs
I was inspired by my students and their ideas ranging from gender non-conforming clothing lines, to language learning apps teaching cultural competence, to biodegradable cafeteria trays made out of seeds to plant trees upon composting. But there was one problem they kept facing: the truth is, there’s nothing easy about funding a startup when you’re 15-years-old.
I wanted to help in some way and created The Maker Books, a creative product design company with the singular mission to "make ideas happen." The Maker Books funds student social enterprises through creative products: each notebook is dedicated to a specific student social entrepreneur, who receives 50% of the profits, while the remainder supports Fulphil’s programming to teach more students how they can make an impact through innovation.
You can either run away from problems are do something about them
Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, I became restless over the question of "how is it fair that the most impact we can make is staying at home while people like my own dad who is working at 4 hospitals are risking their lives to protect ours?" I decided to come together with few fellow UPenn engineers, alums, and social entrepreneurs hault our own business operations to create Project SHIELDS, which mass-produces face shields to protect our medical frontline. We're producing 2,500 shields per day and are growing strong, even having features on ABC 6, NPR, and more.
Some interesting ice breakers :)
IVY LEAGUE GOLF TEAM CAPTAIN
I was recruited to play golf for the University of Pennsylvania, allowing her to receive admission to play golf in the Ivy League. Serving as one of Penn's top five scorers, a few highlights of my college golf career include competing in the Ivy League Championship in 2016 and 2017 as one of Penn's top players and being Team Captain my senior year.
I began playing golf at the age of 8. I was JGS and Polo Ranked TOP 30 internationally in my recruit year (2014). With a full academic schedule taking Honors and AP courses exclusively, I made time to practice golf at least 3 hours daily. I was a junior golfer aspiring to become a collegiate student-athlete at an institution that would value me as a team member and scholar while providing an environment that fosters my development as an athlete, intellectual, and individual—definitely very glad I found Penn to be a place to call home for five years of my life.
Some of my highlights include being the first female in the city of Los Angeles have a three-peat win (2012, 2013, 2014) for the Los Angeles City Section Final. Each year, I've broken the record, breaking my own record my second two wins.
Now you see her, now you don't
At an early age, I was very shy so my grandfather taught me magic at age 4 to get me out of my shell. I've continued to pursue this art alongside him since then. I am a member of the fraternal world-class Magic Castle in Hollywood, California, home to renowned magicians like Houdini and even others like Neil Patrick Harris. I've been a member since I was 13 years old. I've had the fortunate opportunity to perform there as well as regional events, also being invited to perform at America's Got Talent at age 12.
Some core personal mantras for everything I do and care about :)
EMPOWERMENT. I believe empowerment is all about creating opportunities for ourselves and others and transforming it into something more.
IMPACT. I measure my success by the impact I make on those around me and in my work. I always try to make my best effort to give back and pay it forward.
START SMALL. The biggest impact is often packaged in the smallest forms. What's the smallest thing you can do today to make an impact?
RESILIENCE. Being an entrepreneur, it's all about adaptability and scrappiness—failing fast and fixing faster, and getting back up when you fall.
COLLABORATION & COMMUNITY-BUILDING. Your impact at the end of the day isn't just about those you're set to benefit at the end of the day but it's about those you help along the way.