Calvin Yang M’17 always wanted to learn more about his identity as an American-born member of the Hmong community. It turns out he was far from alone in his pursuit.
“It was the most nerve-wracking, out-of-body, exciting thing I’ve ever done in my life. I felt like I couldn’t breathe.” Such was the reality of Amber Leong M’10 earlier this summer, walking out to a cold and quiet Los Angeles studio clad in a warm, yellow dress as a contestant on ABC’s “Shark Tank” with all eyes on her — including a group of five wealthy entrepreneurs-turned-investors.
On Oct. 6, Amber Leong M’10 made school history as the first Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota alumnus to appear on the popular show “Shark Tank” on ABC
She did not know it at the time, but Jennifer Backer-Johnson M’01, C’03, C’11, was always meant to be a juggler. These skills have come in handy as the superintendent for Lewiston-Altura School District 857.