Michelle Nie

I am a third-year Business Administration major at the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business seeking opportunities in financial services.

About Me

Since watching my father start his own water management software company when I was 10, it has been my dream to join the alluring world of business. Therefore, I decided to pursue a degree in Business at the Haas School of Business, focusing on finance and entrepreneurship.

I am the Executive Director of 100 Strong, a Big Ideas at Berkeley-winning nonprofit that runs a mentorship and leadership development program for middle and high school girls from underserved communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

In March 2015, I attended the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference to represent 100 Strong, and I currently serve as the CGI U Campus Representative for UC Berkeley. 

I also serve as the External Vice President of the Berkeley chapter of the Prytanean Women’s Honor Society, the oldest collegiate women’s honor society in America. I have previous work experience in nonprofit consulting as a Summer Fellow at New Sector Alliance and in marketing as a Marketing Intern at DreamHost. For more information about my work experiences, please visit my LinkedIn page.

100 Strong

My greatest passion at Berkeley thus far has undoubtedly been leading 100 Strong, for which I currently serve as the Executive Director. 100 Strong works with low-income high school and middle school girls, pairing them up with UC Berkeley female undergraduates who help them develop leadership skills through building a community project. Since 2013, 100 Strong has trained over 80 mentors and paired them up with nearly 100 middle school girls at REALM Charter Middle School in Berkeley.

I first joined 100 Strong in 2013 as part of its very first mentor class. I met many amazing women, both college and high school students. But more importantly, I was exposed to glaring gender and income inequalities that prevented amazing young women from pursuing leadership roles. I became passionate about changing this reality, and I decided to join 100 Strong in 2014 as its Technology Intern.

As Technology Intern, I managed 100 Strong's Facebook page and website. I revamped our website and increased our social media engagements by over 600%. I also got to work with the leadership team of 9 other women in searching for partner schools, leading mentoring sessions, and representing 100 Strong at campus meetings and conferences. 

In May 2014, I became the new Director of Finance at 100 Strong. During my time in this role, I organized and directed an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that raised over $2,500 for our programs for next year.

I also managed all of the organization's finances, organized fundraisers, wrote numerous grant proposals, and managed my own intern. As a result of my efforts, our funds increased over $8,000 in the course of one year.

I now serve as the Executive Director for the 2015-16 year. I am manage the other 5 Directors and 3 interns, and I also train 25 new mentors through the training course we teach every fall semester. So far, over 40 eighth grade girls from REALM Charter School are participating in our mentorship program. We are also piloting a new workshop program at REALM's high school this year.

To learn more about 100 Strong, check out this article by the Big Ideas at Berkeley.

Clinton Global Initiative University

In March 2015, I attended the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference at the University of Miami to represent 100 Strong. My team members and I got to present at CGI U Exchange, an exhibit of different student projects selected for their excellence.

I am currently the CGI U Campus Representative for UC Berkeley. I work closely with Berkeley's Blum Center for Developing Economies to encourage students to apply and to foster a network of CGI U attendees on campus.

Prytanean Women's Honor Society

The Prytanean Women's Honor Society is the oldest women's collegiate honor society in the United States. Established in 1901, the Berkeley chapter has helped establish the University Health Services Tang Center, awarded annual $25,000 awards to female junior faculty members to expand their research, and participated in a variety of community activities related to educational access, homelessness and poverty, and sexual violence. 

Last year we hosted EmpowerME, an art gallery focusing on exposing gender inequality and creating dialogue about women's issues in our communities.