Role Models

Virtual Conference


August 7 - 8, 2021

Our official


Check Who Makes The Event Possible

Day 1

Day 2


Day one

Saturday August 7, 2021

Our speakers and panelists include inspiring leaders in business, STEAM, and activism around the world who will share their stories and offer guidance to uncover your true potential.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Founder and Storyteller-in-chief of Let’s Care

Lead Director of Superposition

CEO of Spice it Up and Bright Futures

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm EDT

Executive Director of Emergent Works

Founder of The STEAM Connection


Day Two

sunday August 8, 2021

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm EDT

Author and Editor at Dear Asian Youth

Eden Full Goh

Founder of Mobot and SunSaluter

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm EDT

Lang Lang Foundation Young Scholar

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm EDT

Raffle winner announcement, networking, and recognitions.

Our official


Check Who Makes The Event Possible




The Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for students who are dedicated to representing the IRM Virtual Conference. Ambassadors have full access to the conference VIP package, participate in ambassador-exclusive giveaways, and earn Presidential Volunteer Service Award volunteer hours.


Be a part of an awesome team and making an impact in many ways!


Gain valuable exposure for your brand and help us encourage thousands of youths develop a sense of identity and purpose.


Frequently Asked Question


Michigan Youth Empowerment Foundation’s Inspiring Role Models (IRM) Virtual Conference aims to motivate youth to fully invest in themselves and explore their passions. We aspire to bring people of different interests together for collaboration and innovation. Our speakers and panelists include inspiring leaders in business, STEAM, and activism around the world who will share their stories and offer guidance to uncover your true potential. Together, we can build a better tomorrow.

As adolescents strive to develop a sense of identity and purpose, role models become important in helping identify the behaviours, attitudes, and qualities that make up an impactful leader.

Although this event is geared towards middle and high school students, we welcome all people regardless of age, location, or experience!

The conference is currently scheduled for August 7th – 8th, 2021, 12 PM to 6 PM EDT.


By becoming a partner, your organization will be featured on our website along with a clickable logo that leads to your web page. Moreover, all of our partners will receive VIP tickets to the conference free of charge, and be a part of an awesome team!

Link to Partner Contract


We strive to provide guidance and opportunities for motivated students around the world to help them pursue their passions. Many students lack a professional role model in their lives that can provide mentorship in a specific area, and we hope to change that. At IRM, youth will be able to hear from leaders and professionals in their industries and learn from them.

IRM will be held online via Zoom. There will also be a YouTube live streaming available. 

An event ambassador will be responsible for helping to bring in publicity for the event. The event ambassador program is a great opportunity to earn volunteer hours and all event ambassadors will be invited to the live Zoom meeting with Q&A sessions with the guest speakers! All students from grades 6 to 12 are eligible to apply.

General Pass (free) holders will receive an email for the conference’s YouTube Live link.

VIP Pass ($14.99) holders will be invited to join the Zoom live to have direct interactions with all of our speakers.

contact Info




Meet Our Ambassadors

your tickets

Michigan Youth Empowerment Foundation’s Inspiring Role Models (IRM) Virtual Conference aims to motivate youth to fully invest in themselves and explore their passions.

Michigan Youth Empowerment Foundation’s Inspiring Role Models (IRM) Virtual Conference aims to motivate youth to fully invest in themselves and explore their passions.

Matt SCott

Founder and storyteller-in-chief of Let’s Care

Matt Scott is a social impact & innovation community organizer and storyteller. He is the founder and storyteller-in-chief of Let’s Care, where he has interviewed 100+ changemakers to-date. He is the former global community lead of NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge, the world’s largest global hackathon, recruiting 100,000+ changemakers in 150+ countries in the process. Matt is a community moderator and writer with Sheryl Sandberg’s Option B coping with grief work, a youth venture mentor with LearnServe international, an advisory board member at SUPERBANDS, and a healthy relationships and sexual assault workshop facilitator with PAVE (Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment).


Matt recently gave a talk for the 100,000+ attendees of Autodesk University: Surfacing ideas and impact through inclusive storytelling.

Stephanie Su

Superposition Lead Director

Stephanie Su is an incoming UC Berkeley student interested in tech, business and social impact. She serves as Lead Director of Superposition, an international non-profit bridging the gender gap in STEM. Under Stephanie’s leadership, Superposition has expanded to 87 international chapters, hosted the Bay Area’s largest all-women hackathon twice, and organized 2 mentorship programs in partnership with Uber.


As an avid public speaker, Stephanie has been invited to over 30 speaking engagements, where she talks about women in STEM, student leadership, and more. In her free time, she builds her personal brand on LinkedIn, creating content covering student life, internships, and personal development. Within one year, she has amassed over 8500 followers and 2.2 million views across her posts. Stephanie is beyond excited to speak at the Inspiring Role Models Conference! Learn more about her at

Naomi Porter

CEO of Spice it Up and Bright Futures

Naomi Porter is a 16-year-old serial entrepreneur, education reform advocate and public speaker from Los Angeles, California.  She is the C.E.O. of two businesses:  Spice it Up and Bright Futures.  


Naomi founded “EntrepreYOUership-You can do it too!” in 2019 to provide free entrepreneurial education to youth. Her organization has served over the 1000 youth through 35+ workshops that equip youth with an entrepreneurial mindset. Most recently, her advocacy and entrepreneurial work has been featured in Forbes, Voyage LA Mag, and Wharton Business. 

Khalil "Army" Armstead

Executive Director of Emergent Works

Khalil “Army” Armstead is the Executive Director and a Founding Member of Emergent Works. He is committed to extending access to the support and opportunity that he was provided as a mentee in EW’s inaugural mentorship program. Army brings to EW decades of experience building relationships and community and inspiring and connecting people through performance in the music industry. After his own experience with the criminal legal system, Army was rejected from 195 jobs and struggled with mental health issues before finding and further developing the EW community first in his role as Operations Manager and now as Executive Director. Overcoming these experiences through his faith and resilience has shaped Army as a steadfast champion of mental health awareness and a strong proponent of the individuals and communities impacted by social problems being the ones building solutions to them. 

Danielle Boyer

Founder of The STEAM Connection

Danielle Boyer is a young award-winning Indigenous (Ojibwe) robotics inventor, author, activist, and tireless advocate for underserved youth who has been teaching kids since she was ten years old. Danielle creates innovative learning solutions utilizing robots that she invents and gives to kids for free to make technical education accessible. Armed with a desire to make the technical space an equitable one, she created The STEAM Connection, a nonprofit that has helped her reach hundreds of thousands of children worldwide with life-changing education. Danielle’s affordable tools champion the educational space and cost less than 20 USD to manufacture. By empowering underserved youth with technical skills, Danielle is helping them take back power in their lives, paving the way for a more sustainable, diverse, and innovative future. She has been named one of PEOPLE Magazine’s Girls Changing the World and a L’Oréal Paris Woman of Worth and was recently featured in Women of Worth, an NBC Special that can be found on Hulu. Danielle currently resides in Troy, MI.

Dilara Sümbül

Author and Editor at Dear Asian Youth

Dilara Sümbül is a fiction writer from San Francisco. She writes mainly experimental fiction and magical realism and has been published numerous times since she was 11 years old. She is an editor at Dear Asian Youth, where she works with a cohort of writers to put forth work that reflects marginalized young Asian voices. Also serving as Director of Communications at the Empowerment Collective, she leads a team of op-ed and press release writers to push for equitable policy that properly addresses the needs of marginalized people. She additionally works as a prose reader at the Farside Review. There, she votes on fiction and creative non-fiction pieces submitted for publication, as well as contributes to columns. Dilara belongs to the Emerging Writers Institute at Stanford University and was Student Speaker for her term at the School of the New York Times. Her work can be found in places such as the Farside Review, the Bluefire Journal, and the Black Sea Zine.

Eden Full Goh

Founder of Mobot and SunSaluter

Eden Full Goh is the Founder and CEO of Mobot, a mobile app testing solution powered by human-supervised, mechanical robots. Mobot’s 17-person team is backed by Primary Venture Partners, Newark Venture Partners, Bling Capital, RRE Ventures and Y Combinator (W19).


Previously, Eden built products that spanned the energy, healthcare and government sectors at Palantir Technologies and Butterfly Network. Before dropping out to accept a Thiel Fellowship, she studied Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science at Princeton University. A daughter of brave refugees, Eden is proud to be Chinese-Canadian, born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. Eden now lives in New York City with the love of her life and their senior pug.


She founded SunSaluter, a global non-profit that has deployed an open-source solar panel tracker design in 19 countries, impacting 17,000+ people. The SunSaluter has been honoured by the Forbes 30 Under 30, MIT Climate CoLab’s Grand Prize, the Westly Prize, Mashable/UN Foundation Startups for Social Good Challenge and the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge.


Eden was selected to be the coxswain for the 2012 Rowing Canada Aviron senior women’s pre-Olympic development team, where they won a gold medal at Holland Beker and the Remenham Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. In college, she was also a varsity coxswain and assistant coach for the Princeton University lightweight women’s rowing team.

Shuheng Zhang

Lang Lang Foundation Young Scholar

Shuheng has won top prizes in many competitions such as the Thousand Islands International Competition, David Dubois Piano Competition, Lee University International Piano Competition, MTNA and MMTA Competitions. He has been featured as soloist and performed concerti with orchestras, from Alfred, NY to Saarlouis, Germany.

A frequent participant in prestigious music festivals, Shuheng attended the Lang Lang International Foundation 2016 Allianz Junior Music Camp held in Warsaw, the 2017 Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival at Salt Lake City, the 2018 Emil Gilels International Piano Festival in Freiburg, Germany, and the 2019 Van Cliburn Jr. Piano Competition and Festival.

Outside of piano, Shuheng loves to read plays, hit the gym, and play hockey. Shuheng will be attending Harvard University the coming semester.