“I’m going to keep trying and fighting to do what I love.”

Natalie Hofer, rising sophomore at Agnes Irwin High School

Natalie Hofer is a rising sophomore at Agnes Irwin High School and has been swimming ever since she was 3 years old. At the age of 12, she broke the 50 M Breaststroke League record at the 2017 Individual Championship Meet with a time of 36.20 seconds (her record still stands unbroken today)! As a trailblazer on the swim team, she currently ranks 124th in the United States in her signature 200 YD Breaststroke, all while being one of the youngest members. …


“I came to this country with no network… but I think things turn out okay eventually, and you just have to trust that and give it your all.” –Malvika Bhagwat

Malvika Bhagwat is currently the director of outcomes and efficacy at Owl Ventures, a venture capital firm that has invested in EdTech companies like Remind and Quizlet. Previously, she worked at Emerson Collective and Newsela. Malvika focuses on the use of data to measure the impact of initiatives, and she has built assessment strategies to produce 800+ quiz items per week. Malvika received her Masters in Education from the Harvard…


“Success comes when other people love what you do.”

Claudia Schneider, Owner of Lani Ice

Claudia Schneider, owner of Hawaiian-shaved-ice-business Lani Ice, is a recent graduate of San Diego State University, completing her undergraduate degree in 2.5 years. Since 2016, she has been smoothly running the business alongside her father and younger brother, expanding the menu to now include açaí bowls, smoothies, and poke bowls. Channeling her passion for art, Claudia has also diversified revenue for Lani Ice through t-shirt designs and paintwork on the business’ shack and tour bus. …


“We are telling stories and writing the history books for tomorrow.”

Sonie Osagie, CNBC Director of Strategic Content & News Partnerships

Sonie Osagie, strategy and operations professional at CNBC, has more than a decade of experience in the media industry with focuses on digital video and audio, data analytics, content strategy, and journalism. Growing up in a household of avid news-watchers, she developed an interest working in the media, eventually leading University Television (UTV 13) and writing for the Daily Pennsylvanian during her undergraduate career at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Sonie advises current MBA business students as a career coach at Columbia Business School and oversees the business development…


“Build something quickly; get it out there, be embarrassed about it.”

Austin Neudecker, Co-Founder of Startup San Diego

Austin Neudecker, “startup addict” and co-founder of the non-profit Startup San Diego, has built and advised fledgling tech companies over the past 10 years. Through failed attempts in the medical technology space, his experience has spanned a stint in venture capital and founding innovative businesses like Temi, a speech recognition service that we, the Penn Innovators in Business Team, use ourselves! Currently, Austin strives to close the resource gap in his hometown by advising companies, planning mentorship programs, and most importantly, facilitating a collaborative, positive platform by startups for…


“Innovation at its heart is problem solving. It’s how we’re going to fix this problem using technology we already have. — James Hobson, YouTuber, Inventor, Entrepreneur

James Hobson is the creator of “The Hacksmith” YouTube channel which has over 8 million subscribers and 700 million views. As CEO of Hacksmith Entertainment, he runs a team of innovative engineers that take fictional ideas from movies, comics and video games and turn them into real working prototypes. While the prototypes are not commercially viable, their innovative process of creation has inspired many youth looking to pursue fields in STEM. Previous projects by…


“I think that leadership is something that we project onto the world because it gives us the ability to predict something… whether the top person has any effect at all is still debatable. For comparison, if the conductor were to fall off the stage, the orchestra would continue playing.” –Dr. Alexandra Michel, scholar practitioner

Dr. Alexandra Michel, previously an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, has done extensive ethnographic research on investment banking. Her work has been featured in a multitude of media outlets, including Fox News, NPR, the New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. She is now a professor…


“Give yourself time to be a person.”

Nathan Chen, an Olympic figure skater and student at Yale University, has over 17 years of skating experience on the ice rink. From the onset of his athlete-driven career, he has dominated competitions and championships, setting records and gaining a reputation as the “Quad King”. Despite his young age, his big dreams of competing at the Olympics is manifested in his tremendous passion, grit and appreciation for the sport. All the while, Nathan is balancing a normal life as an undergraduate student. …


“Follow your own piper, make your own beat, find your own rhythm”

Dr. Klausner, a plastic surgeon

Dr. Klausner is the founder and president of the Center for Cosmetic Surgery which is a facial plastic surgery practice in Naples, Florida. He is also a triple-Penn Alumnus, having studied undergraduate, med school, and residency at Penn*. As a medical student, he searched for a specialty that combined office practice with surgery. This led him to specialize in otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery. He first worked as an employee in a large, multi-specialty group practice in Illinois before considering opening his own clinic. Today, he is a…


“It can be easy to negotiate on behalf of others but it’s harder to negotiate on behalf of yourself.”

Alicia Sontag, the co-founder of Prelude Growth Partners, is an innovative and strategic leader in the beauty industry. Prior to establishing her own company, she was the Global President of Beauty at Johnson & Johnson. Prior to that, she was an Executive at Estée Lauder including leadership roles at Bobbi Brown and Clinique. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the undergraduate program at The Wharton School of Business, Alicia began her career at McKinsey & Company, where she spent 5 years…

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