Charles Tsai

Charles Tsai

Sr. Manager, Social Innovation Partnerships


Fossil Group

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Volunteered at our school's radio station and got to experience journalism first hand.
Changed my major from sciences to humanities (English and Rhetoric).
Worked at CNN as a reporter and producer.
Produced documentaries about changemakers, social entrepreneurs.
Became a social entrepreneur myself, starting an organization to empower youth.
Worked for global organizations that have similar mission as mine.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
John F. Kennedy High School
undergrad
Bachelor
English Literature and Rhetoric
University of California-Berkeley
graduate
Graduate
Journalism
Columbia University in the City of New York
Career

Career

Sr. Manager, Social Innovation Partnerships

Identify and support innovators who are working to empower youth

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Upholding a Cause and Belief
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

Day to day, I'm talking to inspirational changemakers who are working to empower youth in different ways, helping them think through challenges and connecting them to people and resources that might be helpful.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Having started my own non-profit organization myself, I have first-hand understanding of the challenges that social innovators face. So starting my own social change projects gave me the best learning I needed for this work.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Start your own social change projects. Make a positive difference in your community and in the world.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Sociology, History, or anything that helps you understand the world deeply.
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

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

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.

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant
First-Generation Immigrant

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.