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How She Got There: Lisa Chan, President of The Strive

Posted Jun 12 2011 - 12:00am

Name: Lisa Chan
Age: 20
Job Title and Description: CEO and President, The Strive
College/Major: B.A. Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
Website: www.thestrive.org
Twitter Handle: @thestrive
 

Her Campus: What does your current job entail?

Lisa Chan: Running The Strive requires me to be able to stretch myself across many tasks at any given time, and sometimes, all at once. From acquiring inspirational stories about teens making a difference in their community to building corporate partnerships, being CEO of The Strive, like any other non-profit, is a full time job. Most importantly, aside from the usual tasks, the most important requirements that my job demands is the passion, courage and dedication to improving the lives of youth in low-income public schools – making sure every student gets a chance at excellence.

HC: Is there such a thing as a typical day?  
LC: There is no such thing as a typical day running a non-profit. One second I may be at a radio station promoting a contest we have for teens and the next I could be test tasting cupcakes (I can’t complain about that one!) Though my tasks vary from day to day, making nothing typical about the days in my week, there is a common ground that I always keep in mind… the very reason I founded and continue to work so dedicatedly with this cause:
The Strive exists as an organization to strive towards addressing a social problem: inadequate K-12 Public Education nation-wide (through this 3 step cycle). And every day, I do my very best to act as a microphone to make people aware of this and give them an opportunity to help change it.
With budget cut after budget cut, The Strive works to supplement gaps created by empty promises from the government. We work in hopes of providing as many students as we can, the foundation that they need to reach their full potential.

And so, I remind myself of our mission statement at the very beginning and end of every day: The Strive, formerly known as The Bay Area Strive, is a 501 c(3) Non-Profit geared towards improving public education and creating young leaders nationwide. We accomplish this by providing K-12 Public School students with the educational resources, leadership encouragement/ foundation and inspiration (i.e. our goals: education, leadership, empowerment) to be successful, make a difference, and reach their professional dreams as a scholar and community leader.

HC:What was your first entry-level job in your field and how did you get it?
LC: This was my very job in the non-profit world and I achieved it by dreaming big! With guidance from Daly City Councilmember, David Canepa along with much encouragement from family and friends, I was able to formulate the problem I wanted to target, how I wanted to do it, and most importantly, why! I continued to go on with this endeavor with thick skin, learning from mistakes and taking criticisms with a grain of salt.

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