Name: Chelsea Borchers
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Major(s): International Studies, minor in Spanish for the Professions
Current job: Senior Manager – Business Development, Li & Fung
Tell us a little about the path from graduation to your current job/career: Moved to Shanghai after graduation, taught English for a year, did education consulting. Moved to Taiwan in 2011 and studied Chinese at National Taiwanese University for 15 months. Moved to Hong Kong in 2012 and started working in sourcing/supply chain. Joined Li and Fung’s management program in 2015. Currently work with large retailers in the United States on their private label programs – helping them source and make product in 12 countries. Develop strategies to help clients thrive in a challenged retail market.
Any internships/pre-professional experiences at JHU? Interned for Colorado Congressman Mark Udall – Fall 2007 – House of Congress in DC
What extracurriculars were you involved with at JHU? Alpha Phi, Students for Choice/NARAL, Newsletter
In what ways did your Hopkins education prepare you for your career? Helped to always search for answers to any questions; made me a resourceful learner; let me get used to being uncomfortable with subjects and topics out of my league and to find solutions to problems
Any classes, faculty members, or involvements at JHU that helped to shape your career interest? How did they do so? Chinese language at Hopkins – sparked my interest in living in Sino-speaking countries
Favorite Hopkins memory: All 4 years were amazing – I can’t pick just one!
What about being a Hopkins student do you miss the most? Being surrounded by passionate students and teachers.
How did going to school in Baltimore affect your college experience and opportunities for pre-professional experiences? I loved Baltimore – such a diverse city with so many different facets. Being so close to DC gave me the opportunity to get involved in politics as well.
Knowing what you know now, what would you want to tell your pre-college self? Do everything. Join every club, every sports team, every activity. You never know where it will lead you!