Irene Fernando is a co-founder of Students Today Leaders Forever, a non-profit youth leadership organization headquartered in Minneapolis. She has a bachelor’s in Business and a master’s in Education, both from the University of Minnesota. Currently Irene is a Bush Foundation Fellow and works at Thrivent Financial. Community engagement includes Global Shapers Minneapolis Hub, Carlson School of Management Board, and Alpha Gamma Delta Alumnae Chapter.
Irene made her TEDx debut in 2012 and did another talk in 2014. In 2013, Irene was recognized as 40 under 40 by the Minneapolis St Paul Business Journal, as well as among the Real Power 50 by Minnesota Business Magazine.