May 8th, 2021

Schedule

Time Session
10:00am – 10:15am Welcome Activities
10:15am – 10:30am Welcome Address: Ana McCullough
10:30am – 10:55am Keynote: Angela Duckworth
11:00am – 11:25am Keynote: Carlos Watson and Beverly Watson
11:30am – 12:15pm Breakout Sessions
12:20pm – 1:10pm Breakout Sessions
1:15pm – 2:00pm Networking

Breakout Sessions

Dealing with Crisis: Strategies to Support your Mental Health

Speakers: Dan Tzuang, M.D., Caroline Lee, Ph.D.
Join a clinical psychologist and psychiatrist, who have worked with children, teens, and adults, as they share strategies to support your mental health, especially during these times of crisis. The session will focus on questions about seeking therapy, taking medication, as well as strategies on coping with isolation, academic pressures, and family obligations. We’ll also leave time for your Q&A.

When Your Plans Change: Making a Career Transition

Speakers: Oscar Wong, Elizabeth Denhup, Fernando Rios, M.D., Karissa Justice
Sometimes the plan just doesn’t work out. As you learn more about your personal identity, strengths, and priorities, you might decide to pivot your career path. Our QuestBridge Alumni panel will offer tips on how to plan your next transition – we will cover how to create your gameplan, the mental and tactical steps in achieving your goal, and how much finances factor into decision making.

You Belong: Navigating Fear and Doubt in the Academy

Speaker: Demetrius Colvin
Have you experienced imposter syndrome since coming to college? Do you experience fear and doubt related to whether or not you belong at your institution? Who gets to determine whether or not you belong or matter at your school? This workshop will focus on explaining the psychosocial dynamics of navigating imposter syndrome that marginalized and underrepresented students in college may face as they matriculate. Participants will gain a more nuanced understanding of how doubt, fear, mattering, and belonging impact their educational journey and practice internalizing their sense of worth and validation.

Reimagine Networking: Creating Genuine Connections

Speakers: Shellby Fabian, Aleyna Bedir, Anjalique Knight, Sebastian Tilson
The practice of cultivating a network can be intimidating, especially for first-gen, low-income, marginalized, or underrepresented students and alumni, but we hear all the time that “it’s about who you know, not what you know.” How do you genuinely connect with industry peers to pave the way towards new opportunities and experiences? We are leading a discussion with QuestBridge Alumni to reframe what networking truly means to make it more approachable no matter where you are in your education or career.

Overcoming Adversity: One Scholar’s Mental Wellness Journey

Speaker: Cherrial Odell
The pandemic has revealed a critical need to address mental health across the nation, especially in low-income communities. Join QuestBridge Scholar, Cherrial Odell, who took a gap year to work for the Inspiring Children Foundation, mentoring others, acting as a spokesperson, and leading wellness initiatives. Cherrial will share her own story of navigating anxiety, depression, and suicide attempts as a teenager. Having spent several years honing mindfulness and meditation techniques, she will walk audience members through a guided practice and open dialogue about the tools that helped her find happiness.

Racial Justice: What Does it Look Like & How Do We Get There

Speakers: Shawon Jackson, Viet Nguyen, Yakira Mirabito
With increased attention on racial justice across the world, we have a unique moment to make real, sustained change. But what should that look like? And how can we get there? Join QuestBridge Scholars and Alumni in an open, candid conversation about what we can do, individually and collectively, to address the ongoing oppression we see against communities of color. Let’s plan for a more just future, today.

Map of Participants

Angela Duckworth Founder and CEO, Character Lab

Angela Duckworth is the founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance scientific insights that help children thrive. She is also the Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change for Good Initiative, and faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics.

A 2013 MacArthur Fellow, Angela has advised the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs.

Prior to her career in research, Angela founded a summer school for underserved children that was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study and, in 2018, celebrated its 25th anniversary. She has also been a McKinsey management consultant and a math and science teacher at public schools in New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia.

Angela completed her undergraduate degree in Advanced Studies Neurobiology at Harvard, graduating magna cum laude. With the support of a Marshall Scholarship, she completed an MSc with Distinction in Neuroscience from Oxford University. She completed her PhD in Psychology as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Angela’s TED talk is among the most-viewed of all time. Her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is a #1 New York Times best seller. Angela is also co-host, with Stephen Dubner, of the podcast No Stupid Questions.

Beverly Watson Principal, Watson Strategic Consultants

Beverly is the Director of the Scholars Program at King Philanthropies, where she is responsible for leadership development and community building for all Scholars in the King Scholars programs. She brings over 20 years of leadership experience working in a combination of fields, including international development, education, law and business. As Principal at Watson Strategic Consultants, Beverly also advises entrepreneurial leaders in education, business and non-profit sectors to operationalize strategic initiatives.

Previously, she held leadership positions in educational organizations including: Chief Operating Officer of XQ Institute, a foundation dedicated to transforming high school in the U.S; and VP of Relationship Management of Laureate Education, an international network of universities with over 1 million students across 28 countries. Previously, Beverly was the Founder and CEO of Global Imprints LLC, a company designed to empower communities and individuals to address pressing global issues through meaningful interactions and strategic international exchanges. Beverly’s other career highlights include: Associate Country Director for Mozambique for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a United States corporation founded in 2004, whose mission is to reduce global poverty through the promotion of sustainable economic growth; Project Development and Finance Associate at the law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP in NY; Director of Schools Division for Achieva.com, an internet start-up that helped high school students in the college application process.

Beverly graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She was a three-time exchange student to Brazil during high school, college and law school. She is fluent in Portuguese.

Carlos Watson Co-Founder and CEO, OZY

Entrepreneur and multi-Emmy-winning journalist and TV show host Carlos Watson is the co-
founder and CEO of OZY, a multi-platform media company that aims to help curious people see
a broader and bolder world.

As an interviewer, Watson has earned praise for his ability to get high-profile guests to open up
about a wide range of topics on camera. Throughout his career he has interviewed everyone
from world leaders (such as George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Tony Blair) and leading
politicos (such as Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton) to business leaders (such as Bill Gates
and Mark Cuban), public intellectuals (Ta-Nehisi Coates and Malcolm Gladwell) and figures
from sports and popular culture (including Alex Rodriguez, Naomi Campbell and John Legend).
Watson is the host of The Carlos Watson Show, hailed as the fastest-growing talk show in
YouTube history, which has featured guests such as Padma Lakshmi, Tomi Lahren, Pete
Buttigieg, Baker Mayfield, Gabrielle Union and Caitlyn Jenner.

A son and grandson of teachers, Watson brings a unique perspective given his journey from
growing up as one of four Black kids in a humble household on the outskirts of Miami to
becoming one of the most prominent leaders of color in the US media industry. Following the
murder of George Floyd, Watson penned a letter to OZY subscribers announcing his desire to
help “Reset America”, which subsequently went viral and led to the launch of the Carlos Watson
Show, a talk show that has been hailed as having one of the most diverse roster of guests in TV
history.

Ana Rowena McCullough Co-Founder and CEO, QuestBridge

Ana Rowena McCullough is Co-Founder and Board Chair of QuestBridge. While an undergraduate at Stanford, she co-founded Quest with Michael McCullough. For this, she received the Dinkelspiel Award for outstanding contributions to education at Stanford. She is Co-Founder and former VP, Content of Shmoop.com, a leading provider of digital curriculum for middle school, high school, and college students. McCullough has also worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, a consulting scientist to the Environmental Defense Fund, and a research associate for Stanford President emeritus Donald Kennedy (also a QuestBridge Board Member). McCullough holds a B.A. from Stanford in Human Biology and a J.D. from Stanford Law School where she focused on environmental and youth law.

Aleyna Bedir QuestBridge Alum, UVA '20 Staff Engineer, Bohler

Born in Turkey, and raised in Virginia, Aleyna attended the University of Virginia and graduated in 2020 with a civil engineering degree. She is currently working as a design engineer for a land development consulting and design firm in northern Virginia and is very excited to further connect with Questies!

Anjalique Knight QuestBridge Alum, Tufts '19 Latin Fellow, Charlotte Latin School

Anjalique is a proud North Carolina native who graduated from Tufts University in 2019 with a B.A in Africana Studies. For the past two years, she has been a teaching fellow at Charlotte Latin School, where she teaches 9th grade World History and a Human Rights Honors elective and will be moving into a full-time faculty role with the school in the fall. Anjalique’s professional interests include history, DEI work, classroom community building, and leveraging diverse (and seemingly unrelated) experiences and interests.

Caroline C. Lee, PhD Clinical Psychologist

Caroline C. Lee, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Newport Beach, California. Dr. Lee is a former elementary school teacher who works with children, teens, and adults, and specializes in treating anxiety disorders. She enjoys giving community mental health presentations and is currently working on a children’s book about mental well-being.

Cherrial Odell QuestBridge Scholar, Stanford '25 Intern, Inspiring Children Foundation

Cherrial Odell is a two-time suicide attempt survivor and incoming freshman at Stanford University. She
currently interns for the Inspiring Children Foundation which she accredits to helping save her life as a
teenager struggling with severe depression, anxiety, anger and suicidal thoughts through tools such as
mindfulness and meditation. Now, Cherrial has found a deep love for her life and is extremely passionate
about sharing it with others. She leads a twitch channel where she, along with a group of other young
people, share daily live and archived fitness, yoga and meditation sessions along with conversations
about mental health.

Dan Tzuang M.D. Clinical Psychiatrist

Dan Tzuang M.D. is a ABPN double board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist currently in private practice. In the past, he has worked as a staff psychiatrist at the UCI Student Health Center and also as an Associate Dean of Students at Pomona College. He is a proud Pomona College alum and is a graduate of the Keck School of Medicine at USC, and completed his adult residency at San Mateo Medical Center and his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Stanford.

Demetrius Colvin Director, Wesleyan Student Resource Center

While working as an administrator, educator, facilitator, and freelance consultant, Demetrius has advised and trained students, faculty, and staff on topics of identity development, counseling students in crisis situations, initiating and managing organizational change, and facilitating intercultural dialogue and understanding in higher education settings for the past 11 years. Motivated by a sincere passion to promote effective educational environments that are just and humane for all, he has sought out collaborations and strategic partnerships which allow him to advocate for practices that ensure that student needs and administrative actions are aligned. Demetrius earned his BA in International Studies with a minor in Russian from Case Western Reserve University, and his M.Ed. in counseling from the University of Maryland, College Park. Currently, Demetrius serves as the inaugural director of The Resource Center, Wesleyan University’s first multicultural center, and as an affiliate faculty member in the College of Education Studies at Wesleyan. His role is to maintain a centralized location on campus that recognizes and celebrates diverse and underrepresented identities and create meaningful avenues for both privileged and marginalized individuals and groups to learn together about privilege and intersectionality, and actively contribute to equity on campus.

Elizabeth Denhup QuestBridge Alum, UChicago '14 Software Engineer, Hinge Health

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Chicago in 2014 with a degree in Sociology. After graduating, she continued on to a Ph.D. program in Sociology at UW-Madison before dropping out to pursue a career in technology. Elizabeth currently works as a software engineer at a healthcare startup in San Francisco.

Fernando Rios, M.D. QuestBridge Alum, Columbia '12 Department Head, US Navy

Fernando Rios was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and moved to the California Central Valley when he was 10 years old. He is a graduate of Columbia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. He worked at a technology company in Silicon Valley prior to transitioning to medical school. He attended University of California, Davis School of Medicine after being awarded the Health Professionals Scholarship Program by the United States Navy. He is currently the department head for Marine Helicopter Light Attack Squadron 469 in Camp Pendleton, California.

Karissa Justice QuestBridge Alum, Penn '13 Founder, Work Can Be Better

Karissa Justice is the founder of Work Can Be Better, where she is a job search coach and content creator, as well as a talent acquisition consultant for values-driven companies. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania as a QuestBridge Scholar, and has worked in IT, event planning, higher education, and HR. Previously, she was the Vice President of Finance & Administration at Azavea, a geospatial tech company in Philadelphia, where she oversaw People Operations for 6 years.

Oscar Wong QuestBridge Alum, Stanford '15 MBA Student, The Wharton School

A proud native of Los Angeles, Oscar is currently a second-year MBA student at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania double majoring in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management. He is Co-President of the Wharton Tennis and Volleyball Clubs in addition to serving as an Admissions Fellow and Alumni Fellow. Last summer, he led growth and business operations as employee #10 at Vowel, an early stage software company. Before business school, he worked at Google/YouTube in the U.S. and Asia where he helped launch multiple products and programs including Grow with Google, the company’s largest economic impact initiative to date. Oscar was a first-generation college student at Stanford University where he studied Economics and Industrial Engineering.

Shawon Jackson QuestBridge Alum, Princeton '15 MPP/MBA Student, Harvard University and Stanford University

Shawon Jackson is an MPP/MBA student at Harvard Kennedy School and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Before graduate school, Shawon lived in DC and worked with Deloitte, doing consulting for the federal government. He also spent a year in the Dominican Republic with an education non-profit. At Princeton, Shawon was Student Body President and a Quest Liaison.

Sebastian Tilson QuestBridge Alum, Haverford '13 Consultant, IQVIA

Sebastian is a Consultant at IQVIA, a top healthcare strategy consultancy. Along with managing client relationships with senior sales and marketing leaders, he manages project teams of data scientists and clinical experts to deliver AI at scale in healthcare. Sebastian graduated from Haverford College in 2013 with a BA in Mathematics, and he lives in the greater Philadelphia area with his wife, Suyin, and their two children, Andrew and James.

Shellby Fabian QuestBridge Alum, Amherst '14 Member Experience Lead, Chief

Shellby leads a Member Experience team at Chief, an exclusive membership for women business leaders. She originally learned the value of networking when she found her first job out of college through Amhert’s Alumni Database. Since then, she’s navigated her career through building connections – from Design Consulting to Venture Capital.

Viet Nguyen QuestBridge Alum, Brown '17 MBA/MPA Graduate Student, Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard Kennedy School

Viet Nguyen is the executive director and co-founder of EdMobilizer, a national advocacy organization for first-generation, low-income students. He is currently pursuing a joint MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business as a Knight Hennessy Scholar and an MPA at Harvard Kennedy School. He graduated from Brown, where he was student body president and a trustee.

Yakira Mirabito QuestBridge Alum, Northwestern '18 Mechanical Engineering PhD Student, UC Berkeley

Yakira is a PhD student at UC Berkeley in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She is passionate about using design theory and methods to reduce unintended biases in engineering products and education. She holds a B.S. (2018) in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.

She is a founder and current leader for the first-generation and low-income graduate student group at UC Berkeley (FGLI Grads), which is focused on building community and supporting these invisible identities. In her free time, she’s on-snow training for freeskiing events or playing with her German Shepherd rescue named Tina Fey.

When Life is Hard: Challenge, Resilience, and Thriving

Many QuestBridge Scholars and Alumni have faced profound challenges in life, including and especially the last 14 months. What does it mean for individuals, families, and communities to have resilience in the face of hardships like constrained resources, injustice, and other life challenges? Join us for real talk with one of the world’s foremost experts on grit, resilience, and thriving, Angela Duckworth, who is the Founder & CEO of Character Lab and author of the bestselling book, Grit. Angela will be sharing her thoughts and experiences in dialogue with Ana McCullough, Co-Founder & CEO of QuestBridge.

Reimagine Networking: Creating Genuine Connections

The practice of cultivating a network can be intimidating, especially for first-gen, low-income, marginalized, or underrepresented students and alumni, but we hear all the time that “it’s about who you know, not what you know.” How do you genuinely connect with industry peers to pave the way towards new opportunities and experiences? We are leading a discussion with QuestBridge Alumni to reframe what networking truly means to make it more approachable no matter where you are in your education or career.

Racial Justice: What Does it Look Like & How Do We Get There

With increased attention on racial justice across the world, we have a unique moment to make real, sustained change. But what should that look like? And how can we get there? Join QuestBridge Scholars and Alumni in an open, candid conversation about what we can do, individually and collectively, to address the ongoing oppression we see against communities of color. Let’s plan for a more just future, today.

Dealing with Crisis: Strategies to Support your Mental Health

Join a clinical psychologist and psychiatrist, who have worked with children, teens, and adults, as they share strategies to support your mental health, especially during these times of crisis. The session will focus on questions about seeking therapy, taking medication, as well as strategies on coping with isolation, academic pressures, and family obligations.

When Your Plans Change: Making a Career Transition

Sometimes the plan just doesn’t work out. As you learn more about your personal identity, strengths, and priorities, you might decide to pivot your career path. Our QuestBridge Alumni panel will offer tips on how to plan your next transition – we will cover how to create your gameplan, the mental and tactical steps in achieving your goal, and how much finances factor into decision making.

You Belong: Navigating Fear and Doubt in the Academy

Have you experienced imposter syndrome since coming to college? Do you experience fear and doubt related to whether or not you belong at your institution? Who gets to determine whether or not you belong or matter at your school? This workshop will focus on explaining the psychosocial dynamics of navigating imposter syndrome that marginalized and underrepresented students in college may face as they matriculate. Participants will gain a more nuanced understanding of how doubt, fear, mattering, and belonging impact their educational journey and practice internalizing their sense of worth and validation.

Walking In Your Power

What does it look like to live authentically? How can we think about the conditions, influences, and people that helped create who we are today, from a place of strength and opportunity? Join siblings, Carlos and Beverly Watson, as they share their journeys as successful entrepreneurs, and lessons learned from creating lives of impact through a variety of fields from journalism to education.