Sharon Chae

Class Year: 

2002
Hometown: Anaheim Hills, California, USA

School: 

Villa Park High School

Language: 

Korean

Throughout her years at Penn, Sharon both contributed to and gained from her affiliation with the Huntsman Program. As a Korean Target, she was the first student to establish ties between Penn and Seoul National University for study abroad, a valuable connection that current Huntsman students continue to utilize.  The Huntsman program taught Sharon to appreciate the critical intersection between government and business, a concept which influences her career choices to this day. Wharton equipped her with financial knowledge that she later put into practice as part of the Financial Leadership Development Program with Johnson and Johnson. After her two years with Johnson & Johnson, she opted for a less traditional path, pursuing meditation training at Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado. While there, she began to develop an interest in non-profit management, leadership and governance. This interest led her to pursue a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Management at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Sharon concentrated her graduate work on Business and Government as well as Politics, Advocacy and Leadership. While at Harvard, Sharon served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Asian American Policy Review, and as the Executive Director of ASPIRE, a non-profit mentoring disadvantaged youth. The Huntsman program had prepared her well to balance extra-curricular activities and volunteer work with her academic pursuits. Sharon is currently working as a Strategy Management Consultant at Accenture's Public Service Group, advising Federal Government clients to apply cutting edge business leadership and management practices to achieve success.