Wenli Jen, Ed.D. is an educational consultant, professor, motivational speaker, writer, nonprofit director and community leader working to improve professional development and learning in educational, community and business industries.
Specific consulting services include career counseling, professional development, management and leadership training. Dr. Jen teaches business ethics, leadership and management as a professor at CIAM, an accelerated MBA program in Southern California. She also teaches public health, health behavior, and community organizing at California State University, Dominguez Hills and psychology at University of the West.
Dr. Jen speaks at various events and international, national and state conferences. She has also been invited to numerous colleges and universities to speak about cultural competency, effective partnerships, community collaboration, leadership, self-esteem, women and girls’ empowerment and other topics. She had been invited to be a TED speaker and have spoken on “Repurposing Negativity” at the November 2013 TEDxPCC event and “Dare to Be My Age” at the April 2014 TEDxYouth@CityofIndustry event. She is also a contributing writer to the Asian American anthologies, Pho for Life and Miso for Life. She also served as a consulting producer and co-host on two shows for a local Time Warner Cable channel.
As a nonprofit director, Dr. Jen works collaboratively with behavioral healthcare agency and its constituents in Southern California. Dr. Jen consults for prevention programs, specifically family support, child abuse prevention, substance abuse prevention and gang prevention. She also directs the Center for Opportunity, Learning, Leadership and Building (COLLAB) to create economic opportunities, provide innovative learning spaces, foster leadership development, and promote effective community organizing and building.
Dr. Jen is an active member of various professional organizations and sits on various steering committees, councils and boards relating to education, health, media and the arts, including but not limited to: Los Angeles County Adolescent Health Collaborative, PBS So-Cal, the Harvard Graduate School of Education Alumni Ambassadors, Rosemead Educational Foundation, and United Nations Association – Pasadena Chapter. She works with the United Nations Global Compact to promote gender equity in business around the world and National Women’s Political Caucus. She is a member of the National Business Education Association and the American Educational Research Association.
Dr. Jen is the recipient of the 2012 Woman of the Year for the 24th Senate District of California and the recipient of the 2013 Woman of the Year for the 49th Assembly District of California. She is also the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni in Community Service from her alma mater. In August 2014, she was crowned Ms. California, Woman of Achievement.
She recently established the Dr. Wenli Jen Scholarship as the first donor for the School of Education at UC Irvine for undergraduate students majoring in Educational Studies. She has continued to make an impact in education through her various involvements in the community. Dr. Jen has been appointed to the U.S. Health and Human Services SAMHSA CMHS National Advisory Council.
Dr. Jen earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Irvine with a major in Social Science, specializing in Public and Community Service. She continued with professional goals with her undergraduate minor in education to obtain her teaching and administrative credentials also from UC Irvine. A graduate of Harvard University Graduate School of Education in the Human Development and Psychology master’s program, Dr. Jen also holds a doctoral degree from the University of Southern California in Educational Leadership and Educational Psychology. Dr. Jen currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with her family.
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