Ellie Wen ’05 told La Femme club members at their meeting Nov. 17 to accept their challenges and to move on.
The Alumni Office recommended Wen to speak to students about optimism, the fifth goal in the La Femme club’s 11-goal system. One alumna is invited to speak each month.
“I don’t have any regrets. I like to think of everything as it happens for a reason, and because of that, it has made me stronger,” Wen said.
The La Femme club aims to foster self-empowerment in girls, though boys are encouraged to join the club as well.
This year’s topics are aspiration, wealth, energy, spirituality, optimism, missions, experiences, natural state, education, self-awareness and social circles.
Wen graduated from Stanford University in 2009, majoring in drama and minoring in sociology.
She works as an independent producer and has produced and co-written the feature film, “White Frog” and co-produced the feature film titled “Senior Project.”
Wen has also worked at Creative Artists Agency and at CBS Films.
“I encountered a lot of rejection, especially as an Asian-American in the entertainment industry, but I learned that it has only made me smarter,” Wen said.
Wen showed the trailer for “White Frog”, and then closed the meeting with some advice for students, especially Asian- Americans, interested in the entertainment field.
Wen said students should actively seek opportunities, especially for the many organizations out there that can help students interested in a similar career path.
“I thought her speech was very inspirational and a great help for all the aspiring students here that want a future career in the entertainment industry,” Neda Mazdisnian ’16 said.