Episode 11: Exploring Scientific Research ft. Shriya Naidu
Shriya is a postgraduate in Neuro-psychology and currently works with IIT Gandhinagar on Outreach projects for Cognitive Science. Her past successful projects include the Brain Awareness Week in May 2020 with support from Dana foundation and International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and NeuroNovember 2020 - a collaborative event with Stimulus and Project Encephalon. She aims to make science available to communities and societies to encourage public health awareness and build curiosity in science. She is also a passionate environmentalist and conducts campaigns that help people adopt a low waste lifestyle.
In today's episode, Shriya discusses the lack of research and field exploration opportunities in subjects such as psychology or cognitive science. Listen to how Shriya tackles this topic through founding Stimulus, and how you can get involved in research now!
Episode 12: Amplifying Voices of POC ft. Grace Wang
Grace is a high-school senior from Texas. Through her passion in journalism, she founded Voices of POC, where she amplifies the voices of POC by sharing their stories. She has been a part of her school’s yearbook staff for three years, which is where she found her passion for journalism, as she really enjoys speaking with people. Whether that comes in the form of an interview or a conversation with friends, it brings her a lot of joy when she can connect with someone’s emotions and thoughts. A current goal of hers is to constantly shed light on the voices of minorities and uncover the ongoing racism in our communities.
Listen to how Grace's interest in journalism led her to start Voices of POC, and find out how the conversations she's had with strangers has impacted her life, along with the importance of amplifying these voices through her work.
Episode 13: Building a Successful Nonprofit ft. Audrey
Audrey Pe (@audreyisabelpe) is a student at Stanford University and the founder and executive director of WiTech (@witechorg) — a nonprofit organization based in the Philippines that aims to educate, inspire, and empower youth to break gender barriers and use tech to make a difference in society.
Her work with WiTech has garnered her recognition as a 2019 Global Teen Leader, 2020 Pinterest Council of Courage member, 2018 Zonta Young
Women in Public Affairs District awardee, 2019 Zonta Women in Technology Asia-Pacific District Scholar, Opportunity Desk 30 Under 30 Changemaker, 2020 Women in IT Advocate of the Year Finalist, and 2019 Women in Tech Global Aspiring Teen Award Finalist. A two-time TEDx, ASEAN and UN speaker, she has delivered over 30+ talks and has also been featured in local and international publications like Forbes, Esquire, and Elite Daily.
Find out what inspired Audrey to start WiTech, and how her passion for WiTech's mission led her to make her startup a success, with a reach of thousands of individuals from across the world. Learn about her experiences, her impact, and how you can also take the initiative to make an impact of your own!
Episode 14: Diving Deep Into Neuroscience ft. Chimanyi Balusu
Chinmayi Balusu is an undergraduate sophomore pursuing neuroscience and medical humanities at Columbia University. At 16 years old, she founded Simply Neuroscience, a global student-led non-profit organization dedicated to expanding interdisciplinary neuroscience and psychology education, outreach, and awareness for over 30,000 students worldwide. She is also a researcher with a background in neurodegeneration and is currently contributing to cognitive neuroscience and brain injury studies. For her work investigating the effects of a longevity compound on brain
tissue in age-related diseases in mice, she was named an International Science and Engineering Fair finalist and the California Science and Engineering Fair's Student of the Year in 2019. Chinmayi is passionate about youth science communication, building inclusive spaces for women in STEM, mentorship, and public speaking. She is a Presidential Volunteer Sevice Award, Daily Point of Light Award, and Multiplying Good One in a Million Award recipient for her community service.
Learn about how Chinmayi's once-small project turned into her biggest one yet, and how she is empowering people of all ages to further explore the world of neuroscience and psychology. Find out how you, too, can get involved, and how you can use your own passions to create change.
Episode 15: Changing the World Through Empathy ft. Tarina Ahuja
Tarina Ahuja is a freshman at Harvard who cares deeply about social justice and civil rights issues. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Young Khalsa Girls, a grassroots organization founded in 2012 with a mission of empowering young girls to serve their communities through selfless service and advocacy. She is also the co-founder and president of The Greater Good Initiative, a youth-led, youth-run, national policy think-tank working to write and advocate for policy at the local, state, and federal levels in the sectors of economy, public health, education, civil rights, and
environment. She is the youth ambassador for the National Democratic Institute’s and Running Start’s DISRUPTHER program, an initiative envisioned to increase women’s political participation around the world. She was the youth keynote speaker at the Madeline Albright lunch and the Foreign Policy HerPower Summit in 2019. At Harvard, she currently serves as a representative on the Undergraduate Council (Harvard College’s Student Government), a representative on the Service to Society Council, and chair of the Institute of Politics CIVICS program.
Learn how Tarina utilizes her focus on empathy to make a real impact, and how she stays driven throughout all her work. Find out why she believes that youth are at the center of all this change, and how you can be a part of it all.
Episode 16: Founding a Thriving Company ft. Georgia Messinger
Georgia Messinger (she/her/hers) is a junior at Harvard studying psychology and computer science from Los Angeles, CA. She is the founder of two companies Trill Project, an anonymous social network for mental health peer support, and Girls Get IT, a computer science education and mentorship program for female-identifying and non-binary elementary schoolers. She is also an early team member at Valance, a professional network for people of color, where she manages the Valence Funding Network to connect more Black founders with access to capital for their
companies. She is the daughter of immigrants, mixed-race, and a first generation student who deeply believes in using her education and experience in the world of social entrepreneurship to help others. All her work focuses on the intersection between social impact and technology. You can follow Georgia on Instagram @geoorgiaaa and Twitter @geomessinger.
Learn about how she founded and manages two successful startups, and how she balances her academic work and entrepreneurial ventures at the same time. Find out what encouraged her to dive deep into entrepreneurship and create supportive communities.
Episode 17: Landing Your Dream Internship and Career ft. Stephanie Nuesi
Stephanie Nuesi is the CEO and Founder of Max Up, a career coaching firm whose mission is to maximize the potential of the future leaders of the nation. She has interned in various top accounting firms, tech companies and different banks in New York City and California. Stephanie is passionate about career coaching and public speaking. She has given over 100 workshops and events in 7 countries and has been guest speaker for companies like Wiley, The AICPA, UBS, and more. Stephanie has been featured on The Well, The CPA Journal, Josh Talks USA, and more. She has
helped over 1,000 students and professionals from all over the world with her company Max Up, where she provides career coaching and professional development strategies and resources to help them land their dream careers. Because of her passion to keep involved with the community, she was chosen as a 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholar.
Learn about how Stephanie went from barely being able to speak English as a newcomer to the U.S., to helping thousands of individuals in America land their dream careers, while also sharing her own story to the world at the same time.
Episode 18: Becoming a Recording Artist ft. ANON
ANON is a recording artist from the Bay Area, CA. She has been recording music for a little over 2 years and has been releasing her work on major platforms such as Apple & Spotify. She is a big advocate of self care and holistic wellness which has been a strong influence in her life as well as her music. She encourages emotional release to those listening to her work for the full experience. Her biggest goal as an artist is to bring healing to her audience through her music.
Find out how she completely changed her career path after taking time off school, eventually opting out completely, and instead pursuing her passion for becoming a music recording artist. In today's episode, ANON talks about how her main focus changed from graduating college and obtaining a 9-5 job, to finding the key to living her life to the fullest, free of burdens.
Episode 19: Tackling the Mental Health Stigma Through Film ft. Ella
At the age of only 19, Ella is the director of Broken Flames Productions, which is building a slate of mental health based projects, and has had her work selected for BAFTA accredited festivals and featured by various news outlets. She works as a mental health activist and is an ambassador for teen mental health charity stem4. She is campaigning for better representation of mental health in the media, and was awarded Positive Female Role Model Of The Year at the Darkus Magazine Awards. Her first short film Faulty Roots which she made when she was only 18, was nominated for Best Script by
Film The House which is run by Parliament and sponsored by Disney, Warner Bros, Lionsgate & more. Her animated short 'Dreary Days' premiered at Enimation film festival and was just selected for Monstra Film Festival, one of the biggest animation festivals. She is also working on a new film "Self-Charm" and "Smudged Smile."
In this episode, Ella talks about how her work spreads mental health awareness, along with how she first discovered her passion for film.
Episode 20: Becoming a Published Teen Author ft. Risha Chaurasia
Risha Chaurasia is a 14 year old author, blogger and literature advocate spreading positivity through writing from India. She published 2 books so far, TRUCE and Tales of Twinkling Tweens.Her books are available on Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback format. Her blog is called Straight From My Pen on Instagram. She is also a literature advocate and has advocated for the love of reading on both national and international platforms. Find her on Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
In this episode, Risha takes you behind the scenes of writing and publishing novels by the age of 13, while also balancing a social life, academics, and running a blog on the side. Find out what her motivation is for reading and writing, along with the impact she strives to create through her work.