Award-winning international speaker and published author, Jean Y. Foo, has established herself as a global serial entrepreneur of distinguished leadership and revolutionary ventures at the crossroads of education, technology, communications and the performing arts. With over fifteen years in the education industry and nearing ten years in the entrepreneurial field, Jean Y. Foo has developed proprietary products, models and systems for benchmarking pedagogical and operational standards in international industries. As a high-functioning strategist, Jean Y. Foo has successfully conducted purchases and sales, mergers and acquisitions, turnkey operations, turnaround operations, as well as corporate structuring. Jean Y. Foo has a progressive track record of building loyal and forward-thinking teams exceling in sales, profitability, scalability and product excellence. She is equally competent in licensing, regulatory and compliant protocols. A growth-oriented executive whose corporate priority is value creation through organizational, market and product alignment, Jean Y. Foo is also a dynamic communicator who articulates brand value through transformative customer engagement and media relations.
As Founder and CEO of Mastermind Crate, Jean Y. Foo is the innovator of the world’s first monthly business box-subscription with gamified social media programs that impart business skills and entrepreneurship to kids, teens and youths. Jean Y. Foo is also the creator of Mastermind Crate’s proprietary learning model “I BEAM,” acronym for five critical learning areas that are best modeled in order to provide successful entrepreneurial experiences: interactive learning; best practice learning; experiential learning; action learning; and motivational learning. With its mission aptly put forth as “Enlightening Business Leaders, One Child At A Time,” Mastermind Crate ships its monthly curated boxes globally, with key markets in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Mastermind Crate’s gamified social media programs feature a highly engaging online reward and loyalty ecosystem for young learners to share their entrepreneurial experiences through a digitally peer-supported environment. Expressing the guiding principle of education through enlightenment symbolized by Mastermind Crate’s logo of the light bulb, the intent of Mastermind Crate is to provide a revolutionary pathway early enough to influence how children in today’s world approach and think about entrepreneurship as a viable, fulfilling and perhaps necessary professional path in their lives.
As Founder and CEO of various companies, divisions and projects formerly and currently under the Focal brand – Focal Chinese Music, Focal Early Education Center, Focal Summer Institute, Focal Performing Arts Troupe, and Focal Educultural Ventures – for over six years, Jean Y. Foo has developed Focal to become a multi-center and cross-continental operation since its 2011 inception starting out with a one basement classroom in Boston’s Chinatown. Under Jean Y. Foo’s leadership along with an award-winning faculty, Focal continues to generate outstanding achievements at the student, faculty and organizational levels. Recognized as Boston’s leading K-12 learning institute for Chinese language, cultural arts and performing arts, Focal’s distinguished achievements include 1st prize winner of the 2013 New England Young Talent Competition (Choral Division), 1st prize winner of the 2015 and 2016 Boston Chinese Instrument Music Competition, 100% student passes in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) graded exams, recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Corporate Contribution Award by the North American Chorus Association, and recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Corporate Contribution Award by the Boston Chinese Musician Association. Focal’s students and faculty perform extensively at festivals and community events, including the annual Boston Mayor’s Chinatown Holiday Tree Lighting, the Boston Children’s Hospital Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Dana Faber Cancer Institute for the Asian American Breast Cancer Project, Franklin Zoo for CureSearch Children’s Cancer Research Fundraiser, the Chinatown August Moon Festival and the Quincy Lunar New Year Festival.
Jean Y. Foo’s leadership credentials began as early as in her childhood, during which she has taken up iconic roles in leadership councils and organizations at elementary school up till graduate school. Jean Y. Foo’s gift for leadership was identified at the age of eight when her teacher at Ai Tong School wrote in her report card that Jean “has leadership qualities.” She became a class monitor as well as a prefect, both roles which she held for five years during her elementary school studies, of which she was appointed as Vice Head Prefect in 1994, her graduating year at Ai Tong School. Once admitted into Zhonghua Secondary School, Jean Y. Foo was nominated to join the school’s prefectorial board during her first year, in which her recommendation on her nomination form was a prophetic one-liner “future head prefect.” True to form, in 1998, her final middle school year after four years from her nomination and acceptance into the prefectorial board, Jean Y. Foo became Zhonghua’s first female head prefect following a ten-year lineage of male head prefects, but only after a second election by which she won over ninety percent of the votes following a call for recount and re-election due to her gender, despite having acquired the majority of over sixty percent of the votes in the first election for the Head of Prefectorial Board role. Upon entering Victoria Junior College, Jean Y. Foo campaigned and was accepted for a student councilor role in the school’s highest office of student leadership following a successful voting session. By the time Jean Y. Foo graduated from high school, she had accumulated over ten years of leadership training and experience from her consistent and progressive roles as a top-elected leader.
During her graduate studies at Tufts University in America, Jean Y. Foo served as a member of the Tufts Entrepreneurship Society at Gordon Institute and Tufts Leadership Institute (2007-2009). Jean Y. Foo became a Founding Member of the National Association of Asian American Professional Entrepreneurship Track in Boston (2010-2011), and Executive Director of the Boston Chinese Musicians’ Association (2014-2016).
As an international speaker, Jean Y. Foo started her public speaking training at the age of thirteen. In addition to winning multiple prizes as a national-level debater, story-telling contestant and speech competitor, Jean Y. Foo’s acclaimed public speaking record include Valedictory Address at Zhonghua Secondary School (1998), Matriculation Speaker at Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2008), Keynote Panel Speaker at the Asian Women in Performing Arts Speaker Series (2014), and Distinguished Speaker at Zhonghua Secondary School Distinguished Speaker Series (2015). Jean Y. Foo is a familiar face at press conferences, media interviews and editorial features addressing issues pertaining to her corporate ventures, professional development, social issues and community work.
Jean Y. Foo is an Amazon-published author of her autobiography “Bach Rides Camel,” where using her own curveball stories in her music-making journey, unveils how choosing endeavors beyond what one is traditionally trained for can unlock transformative life opportunities and potential. Jean Y. Foo is also the author of “From Business Livelihood to Entrepreneurial Leadership” and “The Art of Transformation,” both books which are to be released in 2017 and 2018 respectively.