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Em Kuo

Northwestern University




Em Kuo is a queer, gender fluid, Taiwanese-American advocate who is driven to leverage her voice and privilege to effect positive, systemic social change. Throughout her early childhood, Em was raised in the Christian faith and regularly attended church while simultaneously grappling with her gay identity and gender fluidity. Coming from a conservative, low-income, immigrant family, Em struggled to understand her 'otherness' throughout adolescence and instead poured her energies into schoolwork and student government positions. While at Duke University, she then actively began to integrate her true self with her outward self and found her first queer chosen family in Out for Undergrad (O4U), a nonprofit dedicated to empowering high-achieving LGBTQ+ undergraduates with the resources they need to succeed as authentic business leaders. Here, she saw models of LGBTQ+ excellence and was hooked; Em ultimately held several leadership positions across 2015 to 2021, including National Conference Director of the 2019 O4U Marketing Conference. Professionally, Em is on a mission to take technology and scale for social impact in every organization she joins. After five years at Amazon and OMD, Em is now a MBA + M.S. in Design Innovation (MMM) Candidate at Northwestern Kellogg School of Management and the Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering. She serves as the Kellogg Student Association EVP of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, an ex-officio Board Member of Howard Brown Health (the largest LGBTQ healthcare provider in Chicago), the VP of Intersectional Allyship and Advocacy in Pride@Kellogg, and a Career Management Center Career Peer. After Kellogg, Em will continue embarking on a career in product, coaching, empathy, and inclusion. Em is thrilled to continue challenging the status quo and investigating ways to make products and organizations more equitable and accessible, advocating for those on the margins who are oft forgotten. 

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