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YOUTH: : Empowerment - Sept 30th
RCNY Youth Empowerment #2
RCNY's second Youth Empowerment virtual session will take place on Weds. Sep.30th from 7-8:00 pm. Featured will be Erwin Benedict and So-Young Kang. The meeting themes will be"Hacking Mental Health" and  "The Art of Applying Transformational Design Thinking to Your Life".
The first part of the meeting, "Hacking Mental Health will be moderated by Marvin and Clair and the second part *The Art of Applying Transformational Design Thinking To Your Life" will be conducted webinar style.

The Art of Applying Transformational Design Thinking to Your Life

Wednesday September 30, 2020
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT

Erwin Benedict Valencia

Erwin Benedict Valencia is currently the Team Physical Therapist and Assistant Athletic Trainer of the New York Knicks. He also acts as the team's Wellness Lead, initiating the team's mindfulness program, including the first-ever daily in-season breathwork program in the NBA, a passion he's been personally practicing for more than 30 years. He brings a truly "whole-listic" approach to athlete wellness and care, combining his knowledge in Sports Science and Rehabilitation, Manual and Movement Therapies, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, BioHacking, and Well-Being Coaching.

Raised and educated in the Philippines, Erwin is the first Filipino to be on the medical staff for both an NBA and Major League Baseball team. Prior to joining Knicks, he was the Major League Rehabilitation Director of the Pittsburgh Pirates for eight seasons. In 2013, he founded the socially-responsible global education company KINETIQ, which changed the way sports medicine workshops were done by bringing an element of personal growth in each of the "Happenings" around the world and launched the first-ever co-working space curated specifically for sports performance enthusiasts South Korea in 2016. His social initiative, #BeyondMedyo brings mental health awareness to the underserved youth of the Philippines about the changing landscape of possible successful industries they can get into beyond what culture dictates as "normal", and his non-profit 501(c)3 mentorship program, Grasshopper Project, brings true mentorship possibilities to many in the health, wellness, and performance fields otherwise left without guidance to succeed in the industry. He continues to serve as the Director of Medical and Performance Services for Baseball New Zealand and is a consultant to the South African Baseball Union, Czech Republic National Baseball Team, LG Twins Professional Baseball Team, and is the Sports Physical Therapy Expert for the Philippine Physical Therapy Association.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Philippines-Manila, a Masters of Education in Athletic Training & Sports Medicine from Plymouth State (NH) University, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with a concentration in Manual Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He also completed post-graduate fellowships at Yale University and Regis University, and holds an Advanced Diploma in Coaching (Executive & Leadership) from New York University and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

He begins every day in GRATITUDE and has found it his duty and responsibility to truly live life zestfully-- with the purpose of inspiring young Filipinos (and non-Filipinos) to pursue their dreams, be in service of others, and bring global impact, in whatever field they’re passionate about.


So-Young Kang

So-Young Kang is a pioneer and serial entrepreneur constantly looking at new ways of solving big challenges. Her latest challenge is focused on how to maximize human potential and reach billions through founding Gnowbe, which is disrupting the future of talent and work through a mobile-first, micro-learning, and employee experience solution.

This was spun-out from her first company, Awaken Group, a multi-disciplinary Transformation Design (TD) firm that integrates strategy, leadership, and innovation to catalyze change. Her experiences also include McKinsey & Company, Harvard Business School, and Citigroup. With the impact of her work, she was nominated to be a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014.

She believes in giving back having founded The Young Professionals’ Group (YPG) in 2000, a nonprofit dedicated to helping students achieve their professional dreams. She sits on the boards of LNKM and GeniusU. So-Young is a Korean-American based out of both the US and Singapore.

Her goal is to humanize the world, one has to be human. What does it mean to be uniquely human? With rising technology and AI, So-Young is concerned with questions on what it means to be human in the digital age. So-Young is passionate about addressing questions of ethics, values, and humanity in the age of AI. She does this through engaging with global leaders across multiple sectors including academic, government, technology, business, and social sectors as there are systemic challenges to be addressed.

The session will be moderated by Clair Wuesestenberg—Innovative artist, model representing Young Professionals,
and Marvin Mathew Product Manager at Master Card representing Global Shapers New York Hub.