At the age of 15, Amber moved from her hometown of Harbin, China, to Mie, Japan, knowing no Japanese language or culture. She was placed into a high school that had low expectations for its graduates: not one had attended a formal university. Instead of following the standard path for women in the area, getting married and becoming a housewife, Amber pushed aside her high school responsibilities and independently studied English from scratch for 14 hours a day for two years. After eight attempts at the university-entrance English test, Amber became the first student from her high school who was accepted to a formal university. Through this experience, Amber has since committed herself to learning and personal growth.
During Amber's junior year of college, she founded TEDxRoppongi with the mission of encouraging social innovation. Through designing TED-like experiences, Amber embraced her passion of creating experiences that help people connect, communicate, and collaborate. Amber has since created empowering experiences for global women's initiatives: Girls20, a program to cultivate a new generation of female leaders and increase female labor force participation worldwide; Womenwill, a Google initiative to create economic opportunity for women everywhere and help transform ways of working to make workplace practices more inclusive; and, now, SheShaped, an undertaking aimed at creating a global community of collaboration that celebrates and empowers women from all industries.
Amber has adopted a few of Toni Morrison’s words as her motto, "When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.”