WYD is a network built to inspire and support young women to explore different career paths, pursue their interests, and find their purpose.
Through WYD workshops, speaker events, and mentorship opportunities, we hope to connect young women with influential individuals and trailblazers who are eager to share their stories and experiences with the next generation of young leaders. Above all, WYD is a community created to empower young women and provide a platform for personal growth and career development.
Founders Kathleen Chen and Natalia Sanchez-Nigolian met through the Pasadena community, and immediately connected over a mutual interest in storytelling and entrepreneurship. They began WYD out of a desire to highlight remarkable individuals, provide resources for budding entrepreneurs, and create opportunities for young people to develop their talents and kickstart their careers.
The WYD Founders
Kathleen is a high school senior at the Westridge School for Girls in Pasadena, California. She is highly involved on campus and serves as an editor on Yearbook and head and founder of the Taiwanese Affinity. From a young age, Kathleen was enthused with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and problem-solving mentality. Through her family’s footwear business, Kathleen was exposed to the world of design, manufacturing, supply chain management, sales, and international business. As an aspiring entrepreneur, she has met successful people in business and other endeavors from all over the world. She is currently working on multiple projects, including Relieviate, a psychology-based app to help students’ enhance their wellbeing, track their moods, and promote mental health on campus. The startup will partner with schools to make the app’s offerings and services accessible to all students. She also brought LaunchX, a business club for budding entrepreneurs, to her school and continued with Women in Business, an organization focused specifically on empowering and supporting women in their careers. This year, she established two start-ups to promote Relieviate and WYD and began working with low-income teens to talk about their struggles and help them pursue their dreams. Kathleen is also currently working towards her Gold Award, the highest honor for Girl Scouts. Her goal is to help more girls and women become their best selves and to have confidence as students as well as in their careers. She is also an advocate for social justice and founded Vocal Asians for Change, a forum to amplify voices from the Asian community.
Natalia currently works as a Product Manager at Korn Ferry Advance, a career coaching service that uses one-on-one sessions and advanced technology designed by behavioral and social scientists to help propel client’s careers forward. Natalia is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she studied Political Science and Journalism. At Penn, Natalia became a certified public speaking coach, working with students from underprivileged backgrounds as well as university undergraduates in the Wharton and Engineering schools to strengthen their presentation skills and make them more effective and confident communicators. She also served as a member of Penn Student Government during her four years as an undergraduate, where she worked to promote the wellbeing of underrepresented student groups. Her journalistic work has been published in The Philadelphia Citizen, the Daily Pennsylvanian, and 34th Street Magazine. Her interest in storytelling began with a passion for writing, which she discovered at a young age. Her introduction to the world of journalism came in high school, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of Polytechnic School’s Paw Print publication. As she interviewed teachers, administrators, alumni, and students, she realized how much she loved weaving these interviews into stories that highlighted the talents and insights of those around her. Natalia believes that everyone has a story, and strives to give individuals a voice to share their knowledge and experiences to build a supportive community for young people. She hopes that the WYD podcast will give the next generation of leaders access to information and tools that will inspire them and help them develop the confidence to follow through on their dreams and aspirations.