Volunteer Spotlight: Maple Chen
A Pittsburgh native, Maple Chen, Manager of Omni Business Strategies at Aerie, was eager to give back to the city that she loves. After graduating from college in 2017, she went to work for American Eagle Outfitters (AEO).
Last year, Maple learned that AEO was a strong supporter of PA Women Work through volunteerism and grant funding. She was inspired to get involved after learning more about the organization. “This is an organization I want to be a part of,” she thought. Shortly after, Maple signed up as a volunteer mentor through the 3 Cups of Coffee program. “My involvement in the program helps me strengthen the community I am trying to build in the city.”
Maple recognizes the importance of support and mentorship during all phases of a professional career, and feels she can offer mentees information based on her experiences and cheer them on as they move ahead with their career goals. “It’s nice to get other’s perspectives at different stages in your life and career,” said Maple. “With my most recent mentee, we learned a lot from each other. ”
Additionally, she sees her participation in 3 Cups of Coffee as an opportunity to meet more working women and grow as a professional, herself. “Give 3 Cups of Coffee a try, it’s nice to expand your professional network,” said Maple.
Thank you to Maple for her continued volunteerism, and a special thank you to the AEO Foundation for their support of our 3 Cups of Coffee GRAD program.