Title: Do Good Well: Your Guide to Leadership, Action and Social Innovation
Topic/Genre: Adult Education
Publication Date: March 2013
Nina Vasan’s road of writing Do Good Well began at home in Vienna, West Virginia, where she grew up watching her family and community champion a shared value: social responsibility. As a teenager, she observed that fellow students had passion and promising ideas for addressing social problems, but there was no system to channel, engage, and sustain their efforts. Inspired to create this opportunity, she worked with the American Cancer Society to launch ACS Teens; through an online network, ACS Teens served as an incubator for social change: it trained, mobilized, mentored, and united student volunteers, empowering them to recognize their potential as leaders and work together to find creative solutions for improving health in their communities. For her leadership as a young social entrepreneur, Nina was recognized as one of ‘America’s top 10 youth volunteers’ by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a Young Adult Winner of the National Caring Award, and a Girl Scouts National Young Woman of Distinction.
Winner of the $50,000 top Grand Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Nina presented her research during the Nobel Prize Ceremonies at the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar. She studied Government at Harvard College, graduating as one of Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women. During the 2008 Presidential Election, she served as Co-Leader of Battleground State Outreach for Barack Obama’s Health Policy Advisory Committee. Internationally, she worked at the World Health Organization in the Office of the Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan.
Currently completing an MD at Harvard Medical School, Nina has been honored as one of our country’s most promising young scholars by a number of corporate foundations including Coca-Cola, Toyota, Tylenol, and Target, and publications including Cosmogirl, Time Inc./Teen People, and USA Today. An Olympic torchbearer, she represented her home state as West Virginia’s Junior Miss at America’s Junior Miss, where she won the top national prizes for Scholastics and Community Service, as well as the Spirit of Junior Miss, an award voted on by the 50 contestants. Compelled by her own personal struggles, Nina is now working to apply the methods of social innovation and entrepreneurship to mental health. She will pursue a residency in psychiatry, where she hopes to contribute to developing tools and technologies that empower patients with mental illness by improving health, building community, and advancing opportunity. Nina enjoys speaking around the country to all audiences, especially students and young leaders.