Anne Cheung is a senior associate scientist at Biogen in Massachusetts. Several years ago friend Anne Rapin came home from the Peace Corps having been in Cameroon. Anne C. learned about the educational disparities women face. Being acutely aware of the role that education played a large role in her trajectory to becoming a scientist, she felt compelled to do something about it. Together the two Anne’s started A2Empowerment a nonprofit company dedicated to empowering women through education. Since its founding in 2008, the company has awarded over 980 educational scholarships to young women in Cameroon. All overhead is covered by these two co-founders.
On top of running a nonprofit while working full time, Anne was a mentor for many years to a young woman (now in the workforce!) through the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, and is involved with the Biogen Community Lab, where she teaches school kids about science and mentors them on their science fair projects.
Anne Cheung figured out what resonates most with her and acted on it, as well as loans her expertise to work with young minds in a field that could use as many female role models as possible. She is a role model for any of us who aspire to have the same kind of impact!
(photo credit: Kathleen Dooher)
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