By Tenzin Monlam
DHARAMSHALA, November 16: A Tibetan woman has been named by the Forbes Magazine among its 30 under 30 list this year. Tenzin Seldon, co-founder and CEO of Kinstep became the second Tibetan to be listed in the magazine’s 30 under 30 list in Social Entrepreneurship category.
Saldon’s Kinstep, a B2B tech platform, helps pre-vetted immigrants with employment directly in the community. Along with the employment opportunities it also battles the 'under-the-table' system that often leads to exploitative labor practices.
Seldon, 28, holds the honor of being the first Tibetan to receive both the Rhodes and Truman scholarship.
The San Francisco-based Tibetan entrepreneur thanked Kinstep’s co-founder Adrienne Huesca and their team for their work and all those associated with them. “Humbled to be featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 list”, she wrote on her Facebook, “None of this is possible without the grounding of my Tibetan roots and people, and guidance from our spiritual leader, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.”
She further said, “Most important, heartfelt shout out to the immigrants and refugees Kinstep works for and with. Many of them never receive a word of acknowledgement or recognition for their sacrifice. Yet, they show up every single day and it is our honor to show up for them.”
Born in India, Tenzin Seldon immigrated to the US as an adolescent. Following her studies in Stanford and Oxford Universities, she also worked at Bangkok-based UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), a regional development arm of the UN for the Asia-Pacific region.
She later moved to San Francisco, where she started her company. She shared that it proved to be the ‘single greatest’ challenge and opportunity.
“I quickly learned that behind every entrepreneur's story is enduring resolve, countless (often invisible) failures, and an unflagging tribe of people that deepen their path,” said the 28-year-old.
Her inclusion follows Tsechu Dolma, 25, founder of Mountain Resiliency project, who featured in the same category last year. Dolma’s project addressed the poverty and food insecurity prevalent in mountain communities.