See the Impact Design Immersion Fellowship awardees for 2020.
Carlotta has a passion for pediatric healthcare — she previously worked in a children’s hospital and a home for children with cancer in Germany and Peru. Prior to attending Stanford GSB, she worked for a healthcare startup and McKinsey & Company in Berlin.
Carlotta is focusing on mental health for children and adolescents — 50% of mental diseases start before the age of 14 and 75% before the age of 24. She strives to increase access to mental health resources and therapies for children and adolescents in Germany. Effective solutions for this underserved and vulnerable population are key for sustainable impact on the mental health crisis.
Shawon is passionate about social justice education and youth leadership development. After graduating from Princeton, he worked at an education nonprofit in the Dominican Republic. Afterward, he worked at Deloitte Consulting, supporting public and social sector organizations. Currently, Shawon is a dual-degree student between Stanford GSB and Harvard Kennedy School.
Our Voices Matter is a culturally relevant public speaking program for disengaged high school students of color. Through this program, students build their critical consciousness and communication skills, and feel empowered to advocate for themselves and their communities. Listen to Shawon explain why critical consciousness matters for public speakers.
Sarah Jacobson and Tori Seidenstein
Tori and Sarah are dedicated to using technology to improve people’s lives, particularly regarding health and financial wellbeing.
Previously, Tori was a software engineer at Facebook where she helped launch their first health product and scale it to serve millions of people globally. Sarah was a product manager at a health insurance startup and Square where she led multiple teams empowering small businesses and their employees.
Sarah and Tori plan to revolutionize the aging process from the arduous experience it is now to one seamlessly aided by technology. They are exploring the practical challenges family caregivers face in care planning and coordination, as well as the need for emotional support.
Jennifer is passionate about tech-enabled novel solutions to better population mental health and enable individuals to lead lives with dignity. Most recently, she connected the country’s largest education systems with digital prevention training on substance abuse, sexual assault, mental health, and other intractable issues. Prior, she worked on a coaching platform to make executive career coaching accessible and affordable. Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.
Jennifer is focusing on psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, using psychedelic substances alongside therapy to treat some of our society’s most debilitating mental health conditions — PTSD, depression, addiction, among others. She is partnering with community health initiatives and clinicians to better understand how to bridge the educational gap between treatments and patients in minority and underserved communities.
Charles is an MS/MBA candidate who is passionate about clean energy and climate change mitigation. He previously worked for Fenix International, an off-grid solar company based in Kampala, Uganda, and Boston Consulting Group in New York. Charles was born and raised in Hong Kong.
Charles is exploring technology, business model, and financing opportunities to accelerate global reforestation efforts, with an initial focus on Indonesia. Research suggests reforestation has the potential to sequester up to two-thirds of humanity’s cumulative carbon emissions.