Amanda Chou selected for Clinton Global Initiative University


Amanda Chou, CMO of Thrive Projects, has been selected to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University in Boston this weekend.  Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) was established in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.

A founding member of Thrive Projects Inc., Chou is also president of the campus student organization, Thrive @ SU.  Both are based at the Blackstone LaunchPad in Bird Library.

Thrive Projects, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 2016 by three Syracuse University alumni who believed in becoming “global citizens” and launched a venture to educate and empower distressed communities in places like Nepal and Haiti. The venture won first prize in the social enterprise division in the 2017 New York State Business Plan Competition.

Thrive @ SU, a campus-based organization that is part of SA, takes Thrive’s philosophy of sustainable, community-based solutions, and applies it to the local Syracuse community, partnering with organizations like Interfaith Works.

Chou is traveling to Northeastern University from October 13-15 for the CGI U, a global conference that brings together students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges.

The most promising students from around the world were selected to attend, representing future leaders who can make a difference in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

As a prerequisite of attending the CGI U meeting, students developed their own Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable initiatives to address pressing challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world.   Student leaders will also engage with CGI U through a University Network that supports and mentors other innovative student commitment-makers from their respective campuses.

Chou is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in public relations at the Newhouse School and political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

As chief marketing officer for Thrive Projects Inc., she helped create a global footprint for that student startup.  She was part of the Thrive team that represented Syracuse University earlier this year at the prestigious Hult Prize competition. The Hult Prize is a crowdsourced platform for social good, named one of the top five ideas changing the world by Time magazine, aimed at launching disruptive and catalytic social ventures to solve the planet’s most pressing challenges.

Beyond her work with Thrive, Chou was the first Blackstone LaunchPad Global Media Fellow, selected in January 2017.  In that role, she has focused on student outreach, communications and engagement, and is building a network of Syracuse students interested in social entrepreneurship