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Boss Of The Month JuLy: Alisha Fredriksson

Boss Of The Month
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Hello July

We are pleased to introduce our Boss of the
Month for July 2016, Alisha Fredriksson
from Sweden and Canada. Alisha, 21 years, is
the founder of Seema Circle, an artisan training
program for women, which developed into a
social enterprise and later into an inaugural
project of the UWC Project-Based Diploma, an
alternative high school program for motivated
students.


She is a WISE Learner’s Voice Fellow
2016, a Hive Global Leader 2016, a Finalist for
Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 in 2014, and a Three
Dot Dash Global Teen Leader 2014. Alisha is
driven by the pursuit of potential and the
intersection of entrepreneurship, education, and
design.
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Alisha, 21 years, is an entrepreneur, education
advocate and designer. She was always a
curious child. Born in Hungary to a Swedish
father and Chinese mother, she grew up
appreciating diverse lifestyles and the ability to
quickly adapt. At age six, she began tinkering
with beading and business, parading around her
neighborhood with a basket of fresh jewelry.
As her skills and designs quickly progressed,
she created an online boutique named Brite
Jewelry to sell her sparkly creations. Most of
her time, however, was devoted to rhythmic
gymnastics.
She spent nearly every day after school
practicing and perfecting her intricate routines.
As a senior national-level gymnast, she
competed frequently around Canada and ranked
as British Columbia’s Provincial Champion for
six consecutive years.
While studying in Vancouver at Prince of Wales
Mini School (an enriched public high school
program), Alisha became one of five Canadians to receive a generous scholarship for the
Students on Ice Youth Antarctic Expedition. For two weeks, she sailed around the Antarctic
Peninsula with a team of 90 students, scientists,
and polar ambassadors to study climate change
and experience education in its essence: as a catalyst for curiosity and creative problem
solving.

Back at home, Alisha missed having penguins
as professors and the world as a classroom.
She scoured the web for another adventure and
found her way to the Mahindra United World
College of India, a two-year residential college
with over 200 bright students from 60+
countries. At UWC, she studied the International
Baccalaureate Diploma and learned primarily
from the people around her. From courtyard
conversations with peers to bumpy bus rides
across the country, UWC was about awareness
and exploration – of herself, others, and the
rapidly changing world around her.
In an attempt to sidestep her international
school bubble, Alisha connected with a local
nonprofit named Akshara and began sharing her
love for jewelry making with some of the women
from nearby villages. Word quickly spread and
more women joined her jewelry group as a
means to develop new skills, connect with a
community, and generate income and
independence. Soon enough, over 50 women
from 11 villages had joined the artisan training
program, which Alisha named Seema Circle ,
after her roommate. Seema developed into a
social enterprise and later into an inaugural
project of the UWC Project-Based Diploma, an
alternative high school program for motivated
students.
By chance, an alternative university visited the
campus in rural India. The school was brand
new, with no students or classrooms but with
intriguing potential to reimagine higher
education. The Minerva Schools at KGI offers a uniquely immersive, rigorous, and student-centric experience in seven of the world’s
greatest cities. Alisha was fortunate to join 27
other students in Minerva’s Founding Class, the
most selective undergraduate program in the
United States.
In September 2014, the class moved into the
first residence hall in San Francisco and worked
closely with renowned faculty and staff to
design student life and build the components of
an innovative institution from the ground up.

Her Final Words for You(th):

“I would encourage youth
to lead with intention,
curiosity, and humility.
There is so much you can
learn from everyone
around you. Practice
asking good questions – of
yourself and of those you
meet and focus on lessons
learnt over accolades
earned. Remember that
there is a wealth of
opportunities out there,
but that you can create
your own opportunities as
well! Start a new project,
ask another question, and
surround yourself with
people who will challenge
and inspire you.”

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