I am a Beijing-born, German-raised, Canadian-American citizen, married to a Costa Rican. Thanks to the opportunities given to me by my family, I’ve been exposed to many cultures and educational systems. Though I did not study STEM myself, I come from a family of engineers and have worked in the technology sector in Silicon Valley since 2010 and encounter the gender imbalance in the industry on a daily basis. Before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, I was a Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group, based both in Berlin and Beijing, another field where female employees, especially at the highest levels, are in the minority. As a result, I want to contribute my skills and network of inspirational professionals to the Qian Zheng Memorial Scholarship community, in order to inspire and empower our Scholars to become the role models and economic multipliers of their generation.
I established the Qian Zheng Memorial Scholarship in 2011 after having been involved with Yanxing for a couple of years and being really impressed with the way the organization was run, as well as the positive energy of its members. My biggest role model has always been my high-achieving, multi-talented mother and I could not think of a better way to honor her spirit than to empower other young, high-potential women in the STEM field. I’m extremely grateful to have had a great community of supporters, mentors and donors who have been contributing their time and money to this cause.
I received dual-Bachelor’s in International Studies and Business, and an MBA from University of Pennsylvania and its The Wharton School. Besides serving as a Board Member of QZMS, I spend my free time learning Spanish, practicing my handstand, and ensuring that my daughter is fluent in Mandarin while growing up in a trilingual household. I value and strive for self-improvement, gender equality and social impact, and hope to make the world in which my daughter is growing up a fairer one for all.