S2:E20 The Crazy Busy Puzzle Master, Buddy Leong

 Fasten your seatbelts, listeners. This episode is going to blow your mind. Buddy Leong is a senior at Punahou School, which likely makes him 17 or 18 years old. Judging by his LinkedIn profile, he has accomplished more in his short life to date than most of us have accomplished in our lives combined. I think it’s best if I let Buddy introduce himself via the “About” section of his LinkedIn page. Buddy writes, “I’m an aspiring social entrepreneur, youth leader, and investor. In 2015, I was part of the youngest team to win a StartUp Weekend and place as the first runner up in the Global Startup Battle business competition. I am passionate about our Hawaiʻi community and have over 4,000 community service volunteer hours. Currently, I am the Executive Director of an organization called Virtual Student Experiences which brings students together with industry professionals willing to share their industry knowledge, experiences, and tips with students. To improve on my finance and computer science technical skills, I have completed Introduction to Python Data Science at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and am enrolled in Google’s Data Analytics Certificate Program. I have held world rankings in two different video games, been in the top 1% of three, and can solve a Rubik’s Cube in about 1 minute.” How’s about that for an “About” section on LinkedIn? And, crazy as this sounds, what Buddy writes above is only the half of it. He has been a technical manager, talent acquisition specialist, business co-founder, back end operations manager and much more. Oh yes, he has a passion for finance and understands all too well how grades, transcripts and SAT scores fall short when it comes to knowing what a young person knows, is and can do.  Buddy’s parents are Hawaiʻi entrepreneurs, teachers and authors; it is through them that I became aware of Buddy’s work. Thank you, Kari and Evan Leong for partnering with me to make this interview happen! As always, our theme music and post production editing is provided by Daniel Gilad at DG Sound Creations. Please stay safe, wear your masks and get vaccinated when it’s your time (don’t wait, do it now).