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  • How Givology Shaped My Career

    I got involved with Givology with my freshman year, and I’ve written at length about my various activities with Givology. As I look back on my Penn experience, I realized that Givology has even shaped my plans after college in two major ways. I think the Wharton Leadership Lecture with M. Night Shyamalan got me interested in the entertainment industry, and 4 years spent raising awareness for Givology made me realize that I need a job where I see a tangible benefit of my work every day. In fact, I’ve decided to work at Comcast | NBC Universal. That day is still vivid in my mind. I can still remember our remarks afterward. It really meant the world to me when M. Night Shyamalan spoke at length of how he saw Givology as a pure effort from the earnestness of our desire to give back from the start of our adult lives. I try to think of Givology in such idealized language when things get tough, and it has always helped me carry out my various plans for Givology. In fact, I am still inspire...
  • M. Night Speaks at UPenn

    A few weeks ago, M. Night Shymalan came to the University of Pennsylvania to deliver a lecture on leadership as part of the Wharton Leadership Lecture series. The event was in Ambani Auditorium, the largest auditorium in Huntsman Hall. In fact, every seat in the house was filled to hear M. Night talk about the lessons he's learned while producing and directing movies. It was an exciting and thrilling conversation that kept the crowd energized while describing the thoughtful process involved in producing a movie. As part of the Penn Chapter, I had the chance to stand near M. Night and ask him a few questions. At first I was nervous because I thought I would falter and seem to nervous. We had spent several days crafting a few questions in advance of the lecture and wanted to make sure it went off without a hitch. However, the first comment I remember from M. Night (in front of the full crowd) was "Oh how cute, he's so prepared!" I blushed a dark red after I heard tha...
  • M. Night Shymalan at Penn

    A few weeks ago, M. Night Shymalan came to the University of Pennsylvania to deliver a lecture on leadership as part of the Wharton Leadership Lecture series. The event was in Ambani Auditorium, the largest auditorium in Huntsman Hall. In fact, every seat in the house was filled to hear M. Night talk about the lessons he's learned while producing and directing movies. It was an exciting and thrilling conversation that kept the crowd energized while describing the thoughtful process involved in producing a movie. As part of the Penn Chapter, I had the chance to stand near M. Night and ask him a few questions. At first I was nervous because I thought I would falter and seem to nervous. We had spent several days crafting a few questions in advance of the lecture and wanted to make sure it went off without a hitch. However, the first comment I remember from M. Night (in front of the full crowd) was "Oh how cute, he's so prepared!" I blushed a dark red after I heard tha...
  • Givology at the Wharton Social Business Competition

    Hey everyone! Givology was a finalist at the first ever Wharton Social Business Competition! We had a great time present our ideas to a panel of esteemed judges. A few even ran incubators for social business ideas. Although we didn't win the competition (there were many great ideas) we gained valuable experience in understanding the challenges and questions involved in running a social business. There are so many challenges - scaling, measuring impact, and balancing the demands between profits and social influence. Attached are two slides - the key of presentation was to form a market place for our partners - Emerge Global and soon to be Million Arts. Our idea was to improve their online market presence to raise more awareness as well as connect our partners to the charities of famous designers, such as Tory Burch a Penn grad. We'll continue to work on the project in the future!
  • Givology at the Kidult Conference

    by: Jennifer Chen Givology’s president, Jennifer Chen, presented on the “How to Change the World in 90 Days” Panel at the Inaugural 2010 Kidult Youth Leadership Conference (www.kidultleadershipconference.com) at the Sheraton New York. She was joined by New York Givology team members, Catherine Gao, Danielle Matsumoto, Gina Lafleur, Daniyal Hussein, and intern Ekaterina Kosminskaya, who engaged over 200 panelists and attendees while showcasing Givology at the Exhibitions. The team not only shared the story of Givology’s inspiration and future vision with bloggers and Kidult media, but also was introduced to wonderful community leaders such as Christina Seid, owner of the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory; Mimi Valdez, award winning editor-in-chief/editorial director, accomplished entrepreneur and noted speaker; and Tammy Tibbetts, founder of She’s the First, a global campaign that promotes the importance of educating girls in the developing world. Many conference coordinators and attendees...