Wendy Shew: Founder, Building Education

March 8, 2021
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Tell us about your business/company or hustle. What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of as a company? What sets you apart from others?

Our Mission is to provide education to developing countries in the efforts to alleviate poverty. Our main focus’ are building schools and hosting women empowerment conferences. In April 2015, over 9,000 schools were destroyed in an earthquake in Nepal and less than 4,000 have been rebuilt. We serve to build schools and invite sponsors to Nepal with us to meet the beneficiary communities and children. We believe that every personal has the power to make a difference in the world and giving back changes the way that people see themselves in the world. It’s a transformational life experience.

Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you got started and how you got to where you are today.

My story starts with losing my mother at a young age. I began to rebel in life because I felt that the world had taken something from me. After becoming angry, violent, and a substance abuse, my wake up call was when I almost killed myself from an overdose. I changed my life by moving to LA to study aviation, learned to fly planes, and education empowered me. A few years into my career, I started taking self development programs and I decided to volunteer at a girl’s orphanage in India. After this trip, I sold all my things and left the country to start my own organization, Building Education.

What specific obstacles or challenges have you faced while on your journey? What were they and how have you overcome them?

I learned to turn the tragedy of losing my mother into purpose. Because she died at a young age and didn’t have the opportunity to leave a legacy behind, it has become my mission to make a difference in the world and leave a legacy of her love behind on behalf of her.

I also struggled with school and education as I was truant in school. Now that I have changed my world through education, I want to provide others with the same empowerment for others to change their lives, especially in developing countries.

What quality or characteristic of yours do you feel is most important to you as an entrepreneur? Why?

I feel that collaboration in finding a win, win, win for everyone is important. I think that you have found true purpose in life when you are helping others, receiving abundance, and able to provide a quality product or service that is unmatchable. I seek for the harmony in all things I do. Most importantly, I strongly believe in leading with the heart and following your intuition.

Have you quit your day job to pursue your hustle? If no, please write no. If yes, please tell us when, why, and how you finally left your job.

Yes, I left my career in aviation after my trip to India to volunteer. My CEO had a dinner with me and asked me what position I wanted and how much money I wanted to make. I realized that I had no Vision there and money didn’t drive me – making an impact did.

That was my trigger.

I knew in that moment that I was meant for more.

What advice would you give to someone who is just entering into your field?

 

Explore, follow your heart and intuition. Stay humble and learn as much as you can, don’t assume you have the best solutions for others.

Instead, come from a place of compassion and working together to create solutions. FUNDRAISE FUNDRAISE FUNDRAISE.

And share your story with everyone.

People should think about your organization from the moment that they think of you.


How has AHN contributed to your journey? Who have you met along the way? What problems has AHN helped solve for you?

AHN has allowed me to connect to so many other entrepreneurs that are doing the same thing. It has allowed me to be a small fish in a big ocean and learn. It has also contributed to fundraising goals of the organization, helped me to find our Secretary, secure more donors, and build brand awareness.

IT HAS HELPED ME TO CREATE FAMILY AND COMMUNITY IN SAN FRANCISCO.

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