Student & Alumni Spotlight of the Month: Laura Chen (BS '15)

Laura Chen
Students at the NYU Stern Undergraduate College are immersed in an experience that teaches them about the positive impact they can have on the world around them. Undergraduates involved in the Stern chapter of Net Impact are particularly concerned with exploring all the ways that doing good business can change the world for the better.
Laura Chen (BS ‘15), who has served on the executive board of Net Impact since her freshman year, says that the organization has been an important part of life at Stern. She also says that playing an important role in the club’s growth has been one of the highlights of her time in New York City.
“The very first club I joined at Stern was Net Impact. I really connected with the mission of using business skills to solve social challenges,” says Chen, whose concentrations at Stern include finance and economics. “As part of the e-board, I have also had the opportunity to go to three Net Impact Conferences - in Baltimore, San Jose, and Minneapolis. At each conference, I’ve learned a ton about how companies and nonprofits approach social impact.”
A native of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, Chen has taken full advantage of the extracurricular opportunities available to her at Stern. She spent a semester abroad at NYU Shanghai, where she says she met some of her best friends and was able to explore temples, bike through mountains, and enjoy new and delicious foods.
Chen, who is a senior, hopes to pursue a career in the tech industry after graduation. She interned at a wide range of companies including Roosters, Case Commons, and Salesforce.
“The Salesforce office has a classic tech company quirkiness with treadmill desks and smoothie machines,” says Chen. “I analyzed large amounts of data for our clients and developed strategies for customer retention. “
Overall, she says one of the best things about Stern is the full slate of events and experiences available to undergraduate students. And at every step, she says she learned and picked up skills that will help her in the future.
“I learned so much through Net Impact, my semester abroad in Shanghai, case competitions, my MBA mentor, the workshops at the Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurs Lab, and my peers in Stern and NYU at large,” says Chen.
“There are tons of events happening at Stern all the time - speaker events, conferences, networking sessions, workshops. You just have to seek out these opportunities by talking to people and subscribing to the right newsletters. Go to as many of these events as possible, because you will learn so much.”