Proudly announcing the mentors for our inaugural Mentor Fellowship Program! You can also check out this year's competitors and judges.

Cyndy Yu Robinson

Cyndy Yu-Robinson is the Executive Director of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and connecting Asian Professionals. She also runs the Triangle's Best Karate martial arts school with her husband.

Prior to NAAAP, Cyndy was a Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Lenovo. She was also the Communication Director and Congressional Liaison at the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).

Cyndy holds a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. She also holds a Master's in International Studies, Global Policy, and Strategy from the University of California San Diego. In her free time, Cyndy is passionate about recycling and fitness activities.

Cyndy was a Final Round Judge for the 2019 SASEtank Competition. She returns this year as a mentor. Learn more about Cyndy.

Marvin Abrinica

Marvin Abrinica is the Founder and CEO of Wunderfund, a company that invests in early-stage companies. He is also the Co-Founder, CFO and CMO of Esoteric Brewing Co.

Prior to Wunderfund and Esoteric Brewing, Marvin worked at Procter & Gamble (P&G) for 18 years, where he held various roles within brand management and sourcing.

Marvin holds a BA in English and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati. In his free time, he enjoys drinking protein smoothies, playing the guitar, and reading compositions by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Marvin was a Virtual Judge for the 2019 SASEtank Competition. He returns this year as a mentor.

Reena Kansal

Reena Kansal is the COO and Story Facilitator at Leadership Story Lab, a company that helps clients find meaningful and memorable ways to connect with their audiences. The Lab has coached thousands of executives from companies such as Allstate, Comcast, and SC Johnson. Reena is also an advisor and teacher at Meher Dance Company, where she teaches kids classical Indian and Bollywood dance.

Prior to joining Leadership Story Lab, Reena was in several management roles at startups and smaller companies mostly within the Chicago area. She was also a consultant for several years at Accenture.

Reena has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She also has an MBA and MEM from Northwestern University. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, reading with her kids, watching Friends, and Orangetheory Fitness.

Reena was a Virtual Judge for the 2019 SASEtank Competition. She returns this year as a mentor.

Trista Li is the Founder and CEO of KitcheNet, a company that brings healthy eating into the office workspace. In return, their purchases help provide more fresh pop-up markets in the South Side of Chicago. She is also on the Advisory Board for Good Food is Good Medicine.

Prior to KitcheNet, Trista was the Market Lead at Kiva where she provided alternative financing opportunities to underserved entrepreneurs. She has also worked in other roles in varying industries, including trade management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and strategic planning at the Mexican Institute of Social Security.

Trista holds a BA in Economics and Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. She also has an MBA and MPP from the University of Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys watercolor painting, watching Rick and Morty, and learning different languages.

Trista was a Final Round Judge for the inaugural 2017 SASEtank Competition. She was also a Virtual Judge for the 2019 SASEtank Competition. She returns this year as a mentor and her 3rd year with SASEtank.


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