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Charles's work combines: Education, Non-Profit Organizations, and Upholding a Cause and Belief

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Day In The Life

Sr. Manager, Social Innovation Partnerships

Identify and support innovators who are working to empower youth

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    John F. Kennedy High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    English Language and Literature, General

    University of California-Berkeley

  • Graduate Degree


    Columbia University in the City of New York

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a General and Operations Managers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Sociology, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Volunteered at our school's radio station and got to experience journalism first hand.

  • 2.

    Changed my major from sciences to humanities (English and Rhetoric).

  • 3.

    Worked at CNN as a reporter and producer.

  • 4.

    Produced documentaries about changemakers, social entrepreneurs.

  • 5.

    Became a social entrepreneur myself, starting an organization to empower youth.

  • 6.

    Worked for global organizations that have similar mission as mine.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    "You should become a scientist or doctor or engineer, like many other Asian boys."

  • How I responded:

    Put yourself out there and try different experiences that are not expected of you. I signed up for an acting class and I then volunteered for our school's radio station, working as a reporter. Those experiences took my life in totally new directions.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • There are a lot of expectations placed on immigrant children. But you have to learn to go beyond "the script." Get good grades but make sure you are pursuing your interests and taking them further. Take on passion projects in your own free time.