Leadership in College Panel



11.18.2017, 2:30 - 4:00PM

CGIS South, Room S050
1730 Cambridge Street
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138

What does it take to be a leader in college? Hosted by ASPIRE's Youth Leadership Program, we invite high school students to learn from recent college grads and current university students on how to best take advantage of your college experience.

Panel Speakers

Annvie Nguyen
Northeastern University
Annvie went to high school in Houston, TX, and is now a 4th year senior graphic design student at Northeastern University. She has served on executive boards for Vietnamese Student Association and Eon Dance Troupe at NU. In the summer of 2015, she studied abroad in Kunming, China. In 2016, Annvie completed a summer internship with Iron Mountain, and most recently wrapped up a seven-month design co-op at Brigham and Women’s.
Elizabeth Lin Johnson
Brigham Young University
Liz Johnson grew up and was raised in Las Vegas, NV. She graduated from Brigham Young University's Advertising Program and found her passion in client relationship. After working in several advertising agencies and start-up companies both on the East and West coast, she started her own in-home bakery called Lizzie's Bakery. She recently moved from Los Angeles to Boston and is excited to start her new adventure here!
Janet Chen
Wellesley College
Janet Chen was born in Taiwan and grew up in Chicago, IL. Janet graduated Wellesley in 2010 and was President of the Taiwanese Cultural Organization and Chair of the Asian Awareness Month Committee. She majored in Art History and English. She went on to get a Master's of Letters in Art History from the University of Glasgow. She currently works in Collections Management at the Harvard Art Museums.
Melanie Liu
University of Central Florida
Melanie is a content producer at DigitasLBi here in Boston. Originally from Florida, Melanie graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas high school in Fort Lauderdale and then moved on to the University of Central Florida. While in Orlando, Melanie shifted from a Biomed focus to Sociology with a minor in Mass Communications and a certificate in Writing and Rhetoric. She's worked in many industries as a server, a production assistant, and even a Disney princess, but ultimately found her path as a producer working in the commercial advertising space working on clients like Dunkin' Donuts, Bank of America, and Goodyear.
Sam De Lara
Northeastern University
Sam is a fourth year Media Arts major with concentration in Animation and minors in Game Art and Graphic Design at Northeastern University. She was the District One Media Specialist from 2015-2016, NU Barkada Media Specialist from 2015-2016, and NU Barkada External Public Relations officer from 2016-2017. At the moment, she is the Treasurer of the Northeastern Animation Students Association. Sam is currently a 3D generalist and animator with passions in VR/AR and storytelling.
Bianca Eyales
Brown University
Bianca is a proud Pacific Ocean hopper, splitting her years before college between Los Angeles, CA and Manila, Philippines. She finished high school at International School Manila before attending Brown University where she received her degree in Biology and Science & Society in December 2016. At Brown, Bianca was involved in the Theta Gamma chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority where she served as Vice President - Finance and later President, Brown Student Agencies where she was Assistant Marketing Manager before becoming Director of Business Development, and Filipino Alliance where she served as Social Chair during her sophomore year. Today, Bianca works in Creative Strategy at Digitas, an advertising agency, where she spends her days learning and applying knowledge about people's behaviors, cultural trends, and current events in relation to the health field.


Interested in our panel? RSVP by emailing bianca@girlsaspire.org, or joining our Facebook event.



Youth Leadership Program is a 6-month program specifically tailored to the needs of Asian American high school women. Recognizing that young Asian American women have specific cultural and developmental needs, the YLP curriculum focuses on building identity, encouraging self-confidence, and developing leadership skills.

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