More often than not, we highlight the amazing efforts of non-profits and the people that work hard behind the scenes. This week, however, we change things up. We want to show you that an individual – just one person – with passion, enthusiasm, dedication and knowledge can make a difference. Meet Rose Mishaan, 25, a Student and Activist behind the International Jewish Solidarity Network. When she’s not in class, she’s partnering up with several organizations, educating others, rallying and brainstorming. She’s helping to organize a growing community of young individuals towards the Palestine Solidarity Movement and is working around the clock to squeeze every ounce of energy she has towards the betterment of the Palestinian people. Learn more about Rose, how she got started, where she’s headed and what motivates her as we feature her in this week’s Non-Profit Spotlight
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Who do you know became a tech programmer at the age of 10? Went to college at the age of 14? And at 24 years old is getting paid to be an entrepreneur by the Venture Company they work for? Don’t know anyone with an impressive background like that? Well, now you do. Meet Andrew Chen, 24, Entrepreneur-in-Resident at Mohr Davidow Ventures. When Andrew isn’t working, he’s working on his next grand idea. When he’s not doing that, he’s either browsing the web, reading 200+ blogs, newspapers and magazines to further advance himself or meeting with the brightest people in Silicon Valley to see what they’re up to. Learn more about Andrew Chen and what’s on his entrepreneurial plate as we feature him in this week’s Young & Professional Profile.
Driven to be a superstar Journalist, Poh Si Teng, 22, has worked around the clock for years to make sure her reporting of important issues are top-notch. That’s not all that drives Poh. Besides her career in journalism, she is also the Co-Founder and Director for theCICAK – a non-profit Malaysian political and pop culture e-zine aimed at informing and connecting Malaysian youth. theCICAK helps create awareness of important issues and unites forward-thinking Malaysians towards progress. Learn more about Poh Si Teng and theCICAK as we feature her in this week’s Non-Profit Spotlight.
You often hear that it is important to find your ‘niche’ in business in order to become a very successful entrepreneur. With over 25,000,000 businesses just in the United States alone, finding your niche can seem a little daunting. For Javier Soltero, 32, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Hyperic, time, patience and experience helped him to realize what his was. Javier runs the only open source systems management software built to run the Next Generation Data Center. His technology resume and list of accomplishments has helped him identify and reap the opportunities that Hyperic now offers him in this industry. His belief in his team and their conviction towards success provided them with just that – Success. Learn more about Javier and how his team at Hyperic survived two years of 100% revenue growth as a self-funded company and more as we feature him in this week’s Young & Professional Profile.
Community Servings is a non-profit organization that supports the livelihood of individuals with HIV/AIDS, life-threatening illnesses and those who are disabled by providing them with free, nutritious and culturally appropriate meals delivered directly to their homes. Rosario Dominguez, Director of Programs of Community Servings shares some numbers that we share with as food for thought. In the last 3 years they have served over 1200 homes: 95% of their clients live below the poverty level, nearly half (46%) of who gets aid are children or families and 73% come from communities of color. The greatest challenge this organization deals with is keeping up with the demand for their services. Learn more about how Community Servings runs so successfully on volunteers, donations and of course the hope they inspire in their client base as we feature them in this week’s Non-Profit Spotlight.
Turning a passion into a career is what most (if not every) young professional strives for. The pursuit to make this happen is often a long and tiresome journey filled with many trials and tribulations. Rachna Vohra, 26, Writer, Editor, Entrepreneur and Forward-Thinker, didn’t want to wait that long for her career-happily-ever-after so she decided to take on the business and publishing world head on. By day Rachna is a Technical Writer. By evening she is a published Author. By night she is an Entrepreneur and Visionary constantly thinking of her next business idea or book series. How does she do it? We had to find out. Learn more about this young 24/7 Writerpreneur as we feature this rising star in this week’s Young & Professional Profile.
If anyone has every told you that you can’t meld all your passions into a successful career, then they only said that to you because they couldn’t figure out how to do it themselves. If you want proof that this is possible, all you need to do is turn to Sabiha Basrai as an example. Sabiha, 24, is a Graphic Designer by trade and an Activist by nature. She bridged her love of the two worlds by taking a job working at the Design Action Collective, a design and communications agency that supports design work for important non-profit and activist organizations. She first knew that she could be successful in pursuing a career in design without having to compromise her social justice passions when she completed her Senior Project on the history of political poster art. Check out some of Sabiha’s beautiful work and learn more about what she is up to as we feature her in this week’s Non-Profit Spotlight.
The love of storytelling catapulted this week’s Young & Professional profilee, Alec Cartio, 30, to a world of business success. Instead of just sitting back and enjoying the entertainment that music videos provided us growing up, he decided to get his hands dirty in it. He blended his love for music, art, stories and business by founding Atlantis Pictures, a company dedicated to providing affordable top quality music videos and commercials for the worldwide market. His resume of accomplishments and milestones is impressive with his work being featured on over 20 satellite and National channels such as MTV and VIVA in Europe. Learn more about this successful multimedia entrepreneur as we feature him in this week’s Young & Professional Profile.