Mimi Sheng is a junior in Wharton and the College, majoring in Urban Studies and concentrating in Finance. She randomly bumped into Katie on a flight from Beijing to Hong Kong, and would like to thank the woman who very kindly agreed to switch seats with her so that she could sit next to Katie and they could dream up FLCP. She is interested in social justice, technology, exploring Philadelphia, and meeting new people. A Civic Scholar at Penn, she is involved with CSSP, the Wharton Asia Economic Review, and Penn International Business Volunteers.
Steve Levick is a junior in Wharton and is blissfully undecided with his concentration. Through being involved with an entrepreneurship program at Lea Community School last fall and interning with Teach For America over the summer, he realized that he enjoyed working with the Philadelphia community, especially kids, and cares deeply about any and all issues of education inequity. After hearing about FLCP, he immediately knew he wanted to be apart of the project and looks forward to continue teaching at the Lea School. Beyond trying to save education in America, he is a manager for the men’s basketball team and works at the Office of the President at Penn, occasionally taking time to tend to his needs: food and sleep.
Katie Imielska is a sophomore in Wharton and the College, majoring in Health & Societies. She is inspired by the FLCP and believes it offers a fantastic opportunity for students to grow while at the same time helping make a difference in the West Philadelphia community. She loves playing tennis for the Club team and researching organizational behavior in the Management Department, and is an active member of Delta Sigma Pi.
Shani Ting is a junior in Wharton, concentrating in finance and decision processes. Her greatest goal in life is to change the lives of those around her, and FLCP was the perfect way for this to happen. As someone who was awful with saving money as a child, she hopes to create something that helps others understand the importance of financial literacy. Shani is also the Financial Executive of the Penn Taiwanese Society, Human Resources Vice President of the Wharton China Business Society, a research assistant to Professor Maurice Schweitzer, and on the team for a start-up company.
Jennifer Martinez is a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) with a concentration in Globalization. In addition, she intends on getting a minor in both Italian Culture and Legal Studies and History. She is the Fundraising Chair of Global Business Brigades at Penn, which helps under resourced microenterprises in developing countries. While browsing through GoPenn, she discovered the FLCP and was immediately fascinated by the purpose of the project; she hopes to improve her own financial literacy while being part of the team.
Katherine Long decided to found the Financial Literacy Community Project after a serendipitous encounter with Mimi on a flight from Beijing to Hong Kong. On the five-hour flight, Katie realized that both she and Mimi recognized the catastrophic effects of financial illiteracy among youth and saw the unmet desire in college students to put their professional interests to work to make a real impact on society. FLCP was her solution to bridge the gap. Katie is currently a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving dual degrees in economics at the Wharton School and philosophy at the College of Arts and Sciences.
Katie is passionate about social entrepreneurship and believes in the power of youth to create a sustainable impact in communities. Previously, she was a writer and college-life reporter at Seventeen, a contributor at Teen Vogue, and an editorial intern at Rolling Stone China. In 2008, she organized for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in New Hampshire by drawing on the enthusiasm and power of youth. She was director of the 800-strong Exeter Social Service Organization and founded Haute magazine, the nation’s first high school fashion magazine. Outside of FLCP, she is an executive board member of Penn Fashion Week, planning committee board member of the Exeter Alumni Association of Philadelphia, operations director of Wharton Entrepreneurship Conference, and a member of Delta Sigma Pi.