Celyn Brown

Where Celyn is from

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Interview

What was your dream when you were a kid? What was the reason?

To become a veterinarian – because I love animals.

 

What was your dream when you were 18 years old? What was the reason?

I dreamed of starting my own psychotherapy clinic. During my undergrad, I gained experience in both psychology and business. I wanted to use my business degree to help people and didn’t want to lose touch with my passion for psychology.

 

What made you start thinking about social entrepreneurship/social enterprises? When was that?

I didn’t feel fulfilled in my business program until I started a course on Social Enterprises in my final year. I was excited about finding an effective way to use my business background to make a positive impact in an area I was passionate about. My professor introduced us to social entrepreneurs who inspired me to start thinking about my own possibilities.

 

How much do you think social entrepreneurs play an important role in the world?

Social entrepreneurs play a huge role in the world by setting an example for what’s possible. If business had always been driven by a social mission, the world would be a very different place today.

 

What would you say to future social entrepreneurs / those who are interested in social entrepreneurs?

Stay true to yourself and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

 

What is your favorite quote? Who said that quote?

“The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it…”  – Raffiki, The Lion King

 

Who Celyn is

Yes, her name is Celyn and it is pronounced “Kaylin.”

Celyn is a very creative person. I think that she does not want to follow the way that normal people think or do. She tries to be unique. I saw a photo that she edited for her team meeting invitation. She was screaming in the sky and “Meeting” was written as if she were saying it. It was funny.

Celyn is  very fun to talk to as well. Of course I enjoy having conversations with her all the time, but also it seems like everyone does whenever I see someone is chatting with her. One reason is because Celyn uses body language a lot and she expresses her emotion with various face expressions, hand movements, etc.. Her stories are dramatic every time and  are worth listening to.

Celyn is clever and good at leading a team. This is an observation from my experience as her teammate. She shared her opinions either during classes or in our team meetings many times, reacted to what each of us said and organized the conclusion or result quickly. It was such a great job and I enjoyed working with her.

 

Awesome Episode

As I mentioned earlier, Celyn and I were teammates one time during the  year. I was so excited about working with her because I was curious about her “work mode.”

Unfortunately, Celyn had to be absent from school mostly during that time because she was sick and had an issue at the same time. I liked working with her and she was taking a very important role in our team so I called her, talked her on the phone after the class and she caught up with us every day.

I did not do something special, I just did the same as everyone would have done for her, but since then, our friendship grew, we became closer and became good friends.

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The Power of MSE

What Celyn is holding is a symbol called “go-en(ご縁)”, which means ‘fate’, ’destiny’ and ’special tie.’

I believe that it is meant to be that we met in San Francisco! I studied Social Entrepreneurship with Celyn for a year, saying “We will make the world a better place.” I would love to spend the rest of my life with MSEs (Master of Social Entrepreneurship; my classmates) until the very day I die. They have already completely changed my life.

At the same time, however, I also think that we should not be together all the time, because that is not the reason why we learned Social Entrepreneurship. That is not how we will deliver the impact we want to give to society and to the world.

I think MSEs are like dandelions. We were seeded at the first day at Hult and we bloomed on our graduation day. Our mission is that we spread all over the world like dandelions and seed the future, the next generation, from each place where each of us has landed.

本当にありがとう(Honto ni Arigato-); Thank you very very much for everything!! The world needs you! Let’s make the world a better place together!!

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