Featured Student Leader: New York University College of Arts & Science Entrepreneurship Association’s Kasey Ma

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Which current startup has caught your eye?
Without a doubt, Poshmark has caught my eye. It is a mobile application that allows users to sell, exchange, and display their fashion closets to each other. With such a user-friendly interface, I have made numerous sales, emptying out my huge closet full of unworn or unwanted clothing. Not only is this app a great way to made side cash, but it also solves the problem of clothing donations. I am against clothing donations because I know that a lot of those charity organizations do not actually give the used clothes to those particularly in need. Most of the clothes are in fact turned into commodities of exchange into a corrupt, profitable second-hand clothing industry. For me, Poshmark has been the perfect solution because I know who my customers are and I know that they truly want the clothes.

If you were to start your own business or work for a startup which industry would you want to work in?
I would desire to be in the “fashion-tech-social” space, meaning, I would want to be involved in the e-commerce industry and collaborate with several designers and their merchandise, while also being able to give back to the community. Since I have a strong interest in fashion and the tech space, this field would be a perfect fit for me. I strongly believe in working for a job you are passionate about, that is challenging, and that is able to benefit and encourage others to follow in your footsteps..

As Co-President of the Tech Comm Club, what impact have you had on the entrepreneurship community at your school?
As Co-President of NYU’s CAS Entrepreneurship Association (CASEA), I have accomplished a lot for myself and for the entrepreneurial community at NYU and the greater New York City. Almost every day I am contacting several student, alumni, and other outside entrepreneurs in order to collaborate with them for future events. Our main mission for the club is to welcome every major and field of interest into the entrepreneurship community. We want to demonstrate that entrepreneurship does not discriminate against any industry and that it is not imperative to have a business background in order to initiate your own start-up. With this goal in mind, I have hosted many events with industries from food, finance, tech, fashion, and many more. Our biggest event is our annual Insight@NYU Conference where we invite entrepreneurs at every stage of development from 6-8 different industries to share their stories and encourage others.

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Dr. Yvonne Wang
Technology Commercialization Club | Co-President
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Featured Student Leader: Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneur’s Kevin Zhang

As we promote youth and entrepreneurship, we are featuring entrepreneurial student leaders showcasing how each one has made an impact on their community across North America. In this blog, Dr. Yvonne Wang shares how she has made an impact in the entrepreneurial community in Edmonton.

Which current startup has caught your eye?
I’m a huge fan of Premise. They’re an econometric data platform informing decisions by government agencies, global CPG manufacturers, and more.

Which startup city would you want to work in? Why?

New York, hands down. This is particularly because I think the Columbia network is strongest here in Manhattan, though; additionally, I think New York is growing faster, has a more vibrant cross-section of different industries, and is easier to get around without a car. I’ll settle for the weather.

As Co-President of the Tech Comm Club, what impact have you had on the entrepreneurship community at your school?
As President of the Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs, I’m most proud of our team’s work on executing our mission to inspire, educate, and launch the next generation of entrepreneurs from Columbia.

We’ve put together a workshop series called Product Challenge, which helps students take their ideas to product specs. Women Entrepreneurs Month is launching with 100+ women signed up for its mentorship program and some of the biggest names in NYC involved. And we’ve hosted numerous events with fantastic speakers like Alexis Ohanian, Jack Dorsey, Ben Smith and more.

Dr. Yvonne Wang

Technology Commercialization Club | Co-President
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Featured Student Leader: Undergraduate Commerce Society’s Chris Benedict

As we promote youth and entrepreneurship, we are featuring entrepreneurial student leaders showcasing how each one has made an impact on their community across North America. In this blog, Dr. Yvonne Wang shares how she has made an impact in the entrepreneurial community in Edmonton.

What are your career goals?

I will be graduating from the University of Toronto, with a degree in Bachelor of Commerce with a Specialist in Accounting and Major in Economics.  This degree is really my first stepping stone in the direction where I picture my career to be in the next 5 years.  I have always been passionate about the technology sector with respect to working or starting a start-up. I am excited to pursue my CA, CPA during the next year and after I earn my professional degree, I hope to join a tech start up or start my own company. I do not want to plan beyond 5 years for the reason; not to blind myself to opportunities I can’t foresee

How has working for a startup helped you in your career development?
I am most interested in biotechnology and food science and technology i.e. probiotics and nutraceuticals.

How did your experience with the University of Toronto Undergraduate Society contribute to you realizing your career goals?
I have had numerous opportunities to work with an amazing team of mostly MBA students to organize seminars, workshops and networking events for students and postdoctoral fellows across campus to learn about innovation and entrepreneurship. We want to help to establish key connections between students and members of the entrepreneurship community in Edmonton to enhance transfer of ideas and technologies from the University of Alberta to the market.

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Technology Commercialization Club | Co-President
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Featured Student Leader: Laurier Marketing Association’s Carlee Dowsett

As we promote youth and entrepreneurship, we are featuring entrepreneurial student leaders showcasing how each one has made an impact on their community across North America. In this blog, Dr. Yvonne Wang shares how she has made an impact in the entrepreneurial community in Edmonton.

Which current startup has caught your eye?
As VP of Internal Affairs in my third year, I was responsible for coordinating LMA’s events. It was satisfying to not only realize the success of the events that I coordinated but also realize the positive impact that it had on WLU students. I was so pleased to give students the opportunity to find their passion. The impact on the student body is how I realized my career goals. I decided that I wanted to be an event coordinator a few months into executing the events and I couldn’t be more excited about my future thanks to my experience on LMA!

If you had a chance to get mentored by one person, who would it be and why?

I’ve never really had one specific person I would want to be mentored by, probably because I have just found my passion recently. At this point in my life I would want to be mentored by an individual who knows what it is like to work and live in the event coordination industry. I feel like this individual would give me an honest look at the industry and give straight-to-the-point feedback. Being mentored by someone who has the same passion as me would really drive my work ethic to make my dreams happen!

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What is one piece of advice you have to students getting involved?

Don’t get involved in a campus club just to add it to your resume, get involved because you are genuinely interested. Even if you don’t know what you want to pursue in your future, that’s OK! Get involved in something you think you would enjoy doing. Remember, you get what you put in. Chances are you will work harder in an environment that you enjoy. You will get greater value and who knows, you could potentially find your career goals along the way like me!

Carlee Dowsett

Technology Commercialization Club | Co-President
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Featured Student Leader: Entreprneurship and Innovation Association’s Ali Al-Ebrahim

As we promote youth and entrepreneurship, we are featuring entrepreneurial student leaders showcasing how each one has made an impact on their community across North America. In this blog, Dr. Yvonne Wang shares how she has made an impact in the entrepreneurial community in Edmonton.

Which current startup has caught your eye?
There are quite a few startups I’m interested in. It changes with time—it’s like I have a new crush every week. I’m always fascinated by hard-tech startups (those who’s IP is based off university research) and by those in the news space (media is very dear to me; my first startup was a news platform). So my current favorite is Spitz, a speed reading app that enables you to read up to 500 words per minute (regular reading is around 220 wpm). Imagine the impact of this technology!

If you were to join a startup would it be in idea, development, launch or growth phase?
Idea phase, no doubt. I want to make the biggest impact—I want to work on meaningful ideas. I’m sure that I can learn more from working at a startup in subsequent phases, and I’ll do that eventually, but for another year or so I want to try my hand again at a startup in the idea phase, to see if I can apply the lessons from my first failed venture. It’s all about what you want to learn and how you go about it.

As President of the EIA what impact have you had on the entrepreneurship community at New York University Polyrechnic?

In a college of 5000 students, 1600 are on our newsletter and 1200 on our social media—we reach over half the campus. It’s not the magnitude of the numbers that makes me proud, but the degree to which it proves our impact. Our largest regular event draws over 250 people to watch 6 student startups pitch to real investors for feedback. A Summer Incubator Program we organized launched 8 student startups, 2 of which went on to funding, a program that was institutionalized by the Univeristy for its success (now NYU’s Summer LaunchPad). Our impact encouraged the University to bring us on as co-hosts for their annual $40k startup and prototyping competition, Inno/Vention. I could go on, but the main success has been making the students and our members believe that they can control their own future and their own development, and they can.

Dr. Yvonne Wang
Technology Commercialization Club | Co-President
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Featured Student Leader: Cornell Old Ezra Finance Club’s Patrick Orzel

As we promote youth and entrepreneurship, we are featuring entrepreneurial student leaders showcasing how each one has made an impact on their community across North America. In this blog, Dr. Yvonne Wang shares how she has made an impact in the entrepreneurial community in Edmonton.

Why did you join The Finance Club?
Prior to coming to Johnson, I worked at Pratt & Whitney, a large commercial and military jet engine manufacturer, in various roles within manufacturing, operations, and supply chain. Being an engineer by trade with limited formal financial education, and determined to make the transition into investment banking, I knew that I needed to supplement the first-year core curriculum with additional finance and career prep workshops that Johnson offered. The Old Ezra Finance Club satisfied my needs by providing its members several finance-focused educational lectures, interview workshops, and overall corporate briefing preparation in several different capacities.

What is one piece of advice you have to students getting involved?

Business schools offer a wide variety of clubs from professional to community focused charters. It will be tempting to join several clubs during first semester to prevent yourself from missing out during the two short years of business school. However, you will benefit more from each organization if you limit your involvement to two-three clubs. Specifically, I recommend devoting the majority of your time to the professional club that is focused on your career and taking its initiatives seriously. I attended all club meetings and workshops and feel that my focused participation allowed me to excel during the recruiting season.

What are some of the skills that you have gained being involved on campus that you feel are transferable to your career?
Weekly, a member of the Finance Club’s board provides an overview of a selected finance topic ranging from bond pricing to accretion/dilution analysis. Specific to investment banking, I have learned the fundamentals of valuation required to be successful this coming summer. The club also allows its members to focus on their soft skills. As President, I have the opportunity to not only develop my emotional intelligence (EQ) but also enhance my leadership and management skills. Leadership is a skill that cannot be practiced enough and thus I encourage students to take advantage of the leadership opportunities while at business school.

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Technology Commercialization Club | Co-President
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Featured Student Leader: New York University Marketing Society’s Stan Rosenberg

As we promote youth and entrepreneurship, we are featuring entrepreneurial student leaders showcasing how each one has made an impact on their community across North America. In this blog, Dr. Yvonne Wang shares how she has made an impact in the entrepreneurial community in Edmonton.

How did your experience with The Marketing Society contribute to you realizing your career goals?
The Marketing Society has allowed me to enhance my knowledge of the marketing industry while also making an impact at NYU Stern. I always enjoy finding great speakers for our events, mentoring underclassmen, and working with both fellow students and administration to make the club possible. This opportunity has acted as a sandbox, allowing me to hone my leadership, communications, and entrepreneurship skills, three things I will carry with me in my marketing career.

What is one piece of advice you have to students getting into entrepreneurship?
My biggest piece of advice would be  to “Don’t be Afraid To Take Risks.” Too many students are afraid to start their own organizations, run clubs, or take any sort of leadership initiatives while at school. College is the best time to fail; you won’t lose your life savings, just a small bit of time and effort. Also find other students that are passionate like you. When you work with others that share your vision, anything is possible.

What are some of the skills that you have gained being involved on campus that you feel are transferable to your career?
One of the main skills I have learned is the importance of effective communication. As a club leader, I’ve had the opportunity to present to faculty, cold call potential speakers, and engage alumni to become more involved. No matter where I end up, I know my experience with Marketing Society will give me a leg up.

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Technology Commercialization Club | Co-President
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Featured Student Leader: Ivey Entrepreneurship Club’s Krysten Milne

As we promote youth and entrepreneurship, we are featuring entrepreneurial student leaders showcasing how each one has made an impact on their community across North America. In this blog, Dr. Yvonne Wang shares how she has made an impact in the entrepreneurial community in Edmonton.

Which current startup has caught your eye?
This year I’ve been really interested in Shopify and Wattpad. I have a keen interest in social, mobile, and internet-based startups, so I’m naturally interested in what both of these companies are doing. I think they both have fantastic business models with tremendous potential, not to mention it’s always great to watch as Canadian startups flourish. I’ve also been following Big Viking Games quite closely. We had co-founder Albert Lai speak at one of our club events, and he was such an interesting guy and very much an inspiration. They seem to have a great culture there and are another Canadian startup with a ton of potential so I’m looking forward to seeing what they do next.

Which startup city would you want to work in? Why?
Right now I would like to work in Toronto, primarily because I love the city and feel that the startup community is vibrant there and has a lot of potential to grow in the coming years. I would love to work in NYC or San Francisco someday as well, but am currently interested in growing my network in Toronto as I’ve already met some really fantastic entrepreneurs there.

As Co-President of the Tech Comm Club, what impact have you had on the entrepreneurship community at your school?
We’ve had a number of exciting events and initiatives this year with the Ivey Entreprepneurship Club. We created a Facebook page and group where students can chat about all things related to entrepreneurship, and have seen a lot of interaction on the page, which has been great in terms of promoting a sense of community and collaboration. We have had guest speaker panels, brainstorming sessions, networking dinners with successful entrepreneurs, as well as a number of collaborative events with other entrepreneurial foundations like BizInc and Tech Alliance here in London, including a trip to Communitech in Waterloo. We also had a trip to Cyberposium at Harvard Business School and continue to promote various start-up business plan competitions and other entrepreneurial events regularly.

Dr. Yvonne Wang
Technology Commercialization Club | Co-President
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Featured Student Leader: Human Resources Student Association’s Sarah Campitelli

As we promote youth and entrepreneurship, we are featuring entrepreneurial student leaders showcasing how each one has made an impact on their community across North America. In this blog, Dr. Yvonne Wang shares how she has made an impact in the entrepreneurial community in Edmonton.

How did your experience with the Ryerson Human Resource Student Association contribute to you realizing your career goals?
Through my involvement in Ryerson’s Human Resources Student Association (HRSA), I was given many opportunities to network with industry professionals and partake in many events related to HR. Since we host our annual Alumni Night, OBCC (Canada’s largest Organizational Behaviour case competition), and information sessions, I have met many individuals in the HR field and gained a lot of insight into issues facing today’s HR environment. Through this knowledge and the information gained in my HR courses, my interest in HR has evolved and I have begun to narrow down the specific areas I see myself working in.

What are some of the skills that you have gained being involved on campus that you feel are transferable to your career?
I have been able to focus on developing my leadership skills as I lead a team of 11 students on the HRSA. Being able to work with many different individuals, support, guide, and develop them as leaders has been an amazing learning experience! Along with leadership skills, I have improved my organizational and planning skills. Leading the HRSA requires me to stay informed on all aspects of the team, our events, and our liaisons with other groups. Not only with the HRSA, but balancing other initiatives, school and my own personal life has required me to keep a thorough calendar reminding me of tasks and upcoming events!

What are your top 3 reasons students should join the Ryerson Human Resource Student Association?
1. Create new connections – The HRSA opens up doors for meeting many new students on campus and with Ryerson faculty and industry professionals. Since being on the team, my network has increased immensely and I have created lasting friendships through the team and valuable contacts within and outside of Ryerson.

2. Grow as a student leader – Being a student leaders helps you develop transferable skills that can be applied to any job in the future. Specifically developing interpersonal skills is one of my reasons I joined the HRSA, as working with many different individuals, dealing with conflict resolution and problem solving are all situations I have faced.

3. Stepping out of your comfort zone – Joining a student group brings you new experiences, allowing you to try new things and broaden your comfort zone!

Dr. Yvonne Wang
Technology Commercialization Club | Co-President
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Featured Student Leader: Your Next Career Network’s Victor Zhang

As we promote youth and entrepreneurship, we are featuring entrepreneurial student leaders showcasing how each one has made an impact on their community across North America. In this blog, Dr. Yvonne Wang shares how she has made an impact in the entrepreneurial community in Edmonton.

Which current startup has caught your eye?
Bionym has got to be one of the most interesting wearable tech start-ups that I’ve seen recently. Some fellow U of T students co-founded the company and created a wrist-band device which uses your hearbeat as a unique identifier. I can’t wait to see the how developers integrate this with locking/unlocking of devices or even location-aware products. I actually also can’t wait to get my hands on one.

Which startup city would you want to work in? Why?
San Francisco and the bay area is my city of choice! Such a vibrant mix of technology, art, great foods, cafes and non-Canadian cold! Also it just feels like the world of tech in SF is extremely tight-knit which makes it that much quicker to learn, grow and build startups.

As president of Your Next Career Network, what impact have you had on the entrepreneurship community at your school?
The team of 42 students on You’re Next Career Network this year have helped grow exposure and build excitement about startups in Toronto. We are excited to be launching Canada’s largest start-up event – drawing over 80 startups (across Canada and USA) and expecting over 1500 students on Feb. 25th at the MaRS Discovery District. Over the past few months, we have also partnered with many startups including Kiwi Wearables, Uken Games, Nvest and more to host demo days, company tours, and networking events.

Dr. Yvonne Wang
Technology Commercialization Club | Co-President
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