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🤫 The secret of a $0 empire

Hey Changemakers, We’ve met many incredible people over the years at OCE’s summer cohort, but Audrey Cheng’s (Forbes30U30, social entrepreneurship) journey is one that is truly special. I know, I know... Maybe the “scrappy young founders that started from scratch” story is a little played out. And yes, today’s story follows this script. But trust me, this one REALLY works. Like, "from $0 in funding to becoming an award-winning million-dollar empire" works. Let's dive in.. But FIRST If you are...

4 days ago • 4 min read

Everyone wonders why Gen Z’s struggle with mental health gets worse every year. Well, here’s the truth that no one will tell you. The second you leave school this is what lies ahead…. But FIRST If you are new, welcome to OCE’s weekly newsletter curated for the ambitious youth…here are some articles you missed from previous weeks: 📈 How to get people to ACTUALLY respond Read More → 🎨 Best tools for building your passion project Read More → 📘 All Your Questions Answered Read More → On average...

11 days ago • 2 min read

Future Changemakers, I’m guessing you have questions about higher education, starting businesses, landing purposeful career paths. Before you decide to take the plunge, you want to really understand what it entails to work at the forefront of innovation, and to become a founder. Maybe you have some of the same kind of questions we had back when we were in school: How do I start my own business as a teen? Can you actually teach me how to do this? Will this be helpful for my future internship,...

11 days ago • 4 min read

The year 2020 remains etched in our memories. A year plagued with uncertainty, anxiety, facemasks, and sanitizer bottles. The simple became complex, and ease turned into struggle overnight. BUT – there is a silver lining. Every time there is a crisis, there is an opportunity. Here’s the truth: the best time to build something purposeful is when there is a LOT of chaos. When people are consumed by fear and uncertainty. When people are distressed and desperate for solutions. That’s the time for...

18 days ago • 2 min read

Hey Changemakers, If you’ve ever wanted to build with us, this email is for you. So, I talk a lot about biz building and innovating for your community. During the pandemic, we saw an opportunity to do things a bit differently. One that leverages the power of global connectivity: OCE Virtual Global Innovation Program. The goal? To co-create (with YOU) in the purpose-driven startup space powered by innovation across sustainable development, financial access, higher education in regions where it...

25 days ago • 4 min read

Higher Education, like it or hate it, you are going to need one and it’s not cheap. That’s because today, I’m talking student loans. You might have taken out one, or are planning to take out one but do you know how it actually works? And how it can also be an incredibly lucrative way of generating profit and make a positive impact? Ironically, the school doesn't teach you this but we'll give you a run-down of it today. But FIRST If you are new, welcome to OCE’s weekly newsletter curated for...

about 1 month ago • 3 min read

It’s always the things you overlook We’ve all been fooled by it at least once…Shiny Object Syndrome. Every now and then, we are tempted by the glamorous stuff around us such as jobs and businesses. We choose our careers and biz to build based on how “glamorous” they look on IG. I should know…I made that mistake, too. My first idea of a possible business was in the fancy world of fashion and ecommerce – hence my decision to join Walmart Ecommerce in their fashion division after graduation....

about 1 month ago • 4 min read

Hey Changemakers, Today marks 4 years since the wrap up of our inaugural OCE cohort. And boy oh boy has there been a lot of learning these last 4 years for me. Starting OCE, property management biz, and on a mission to bridging cultures. It has me thinking often about leadership… So today, allow me to share my reflection on the leadership lessons I most wish I could pass on to the 17-year-old Lena. And PS: 2024 cohort application is due end of this month, apply here ASAP so you don't miss...

about 2 months ago • 3 min read

If you’ve been following OCE on IG or TikTok (which you should), you’ve probably seen the shocking graph reporting pessimism among US high school seniors at an all-time high. Youth happiness is in decline due to a combination of social, economic, technological and ecological pressures. Source- WSJ We now live in a world where teenagers experiences "midlife crisis" before adulthood; a time when young people, historically beacons of optimism, report lower happiness than their elders. It's...

about 2 months ago • 3 min read

You know I’m all about learning through hands-on work. And the best way to do so is through an internship, then start your own project. But. Not all internships are created equal. One of my earlier “internships” was with a communications agency where I worked in a padded cubicle on a call center line. I’m pretty sure my first corporate experience was where dreams go to die. It was such a party that half of the team left within the first month- including myself. What’s so bad about it, you...

2 months ago • 4 min read
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