Alva Gardner-Perez is a powerhouse. She graduated from Northeastern in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in International Business a minor in French. After this, she attended Cambridge University, The International University of Monaco (an INSEEC University), and City University (University College of London) as well.

Alva was one of WWE’s first ambassadors, but her journey with women’s empowerment started long before. She has been an advocate for women since high school, founding a Colorado State-wide Diversity Initiative, and has been active in female empowerment in the workplace in every shape possible. After graduation, she worked at Barclays and started…


Nora Yousif

This past week we had Nora Yousif join us for our first-ever Women Who Empower Breaking Barriers event to talk about designing your money map. Nora is a 3rd generation financial advisor at Empow(Her) Wealth Group at RBC Wealth Management as well as a top “40 Under 40 Professional” by Boston Business Journal. Her parents are immigrants from Lebanon, and they first came to the US with the clothes on their back and a little bit of money in the hopes of having the American dream. …


No, we’re not. Poetry has been around for thousands of years and it sure as hell can survive us. But since you’re here, let’s talk about poetry.

Most of you probably began and stopped reading poetry in high school. Maybe a few of you tried your hand at it and came up with something starting with “roses are red, and violets are blue”. But really, how many poets do you know in our generation? We see Tumblr style poetry coming from Rupi Kaur — no judgment there, her writing can be highly relatable, it's just not my thing. Thanks to…


I grew up in a house where business was discussed rather frequently. For as long as I can remember, my Dad has had a paper and plastics company in Nigeria. Some might remember standing against a wall or a door to mark how tall you were, I, on the other hand, used to get someone to trace me on one of the lengths of paper made in the factory. Understandably, when we moved out of Lagos it became rather difficult to save my life-size tracings. Regardless, the memory itself has been etched in my mind as the first time I…


I must say I’ve postponed writing this, out of fear and perhaps even to remind myself that though we have entered a new year, we still stand in the shadows of 2020.

As I write, the UK is in the early days of another total lockdown (which should have been implemented weeks ago), and the news is full of footage from the riots in the US capital which were provoked by possibly the most orange president the world has ever known. With so much uncertainty, intention setting within this mess has proven ridiculously challenging. None the less, I still believe…


As a student, there are few words that either cause an involuntary cringe or fuel a flame of motivation and passion inside of you.

Mentorship seems to be one of those words. If it wasn’t clear, I fall into the latter description. Mentorship has acted as one of the largest pivots in my young life — you know, the moment where you come across something and then everything changes direction indefinitely.

During my first semester at Northeastern University all I did was study for class, hang out with friends and eat (freshman 15 is real). …


The Husky Startup Challenge is Northeastern’s semester-long venture incubator and flagship program of the Entrepreneurs Club. The program helps students become founders and entrepreneurs through several boot camps and personal mentorship.

Last semester, I had the honor to act as co-director of this program, working with the rest of the team to support 46 new student ventures full of motivated and ambitious student entrepreneurs. The program concludes in a pitch completion, known as Demo Day, where the top 12 ventures get to pitch on stage for up to $6,000 in cash prizes. …


At the beginning of the summer, when HSC was first thrown into my life I didn’t know what to expect. I walked into my first meetings with my eyes wide open thinking that this would be an amazing addition to my life. To be frank, HSC could never be simply an addition to my life and it quickly became my life.

After some some odd meetings with little direction, I came to understand what I assumed was the true mission, creating a handful of workshops designed to teach students about the different aspects of becoming a startup. I threw myself…

Elina Agrawal

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