Ages 14 – 17

OWN Inspiration Camp has been a signature experience at OWN Academy since our inception. This year we are designing for ages 14 – 17 and taking a new spin on our concept and focusing on personal and professional development with the best coaches in town. Through holistic development and experiential learning, we work with industry leaders to nurture well-rounded future leaders.

Leading is not only about managing a team, but about understanding yourself, your values, your skillset, and your mindset. This year, we will bring together high potential students to equip them with the techniques and mindset to success through workshops with a different industry expert every day.

This 5-day intensive program challenges and empowers students to analyze and heighten their capabilities from various angles.

Dates: Monday, September 30 – Friday, October 4


  • Identify and effectively communicate your personal brand
  • Develop an entrepreneurial mindset to adapt to diverse problem solving scenarios
  • Exercise creative thinking and problem solving to connect with your audience
  • Connect with yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually to embody the growth mindset
  • Learn tools and attitudes to lead holistically


Mentor: Sarah Vee

In the age of social media, building your online presence and learning to express your values is increasingly important in the talent market. Through this workshop, Sarah Vee will teach you how to refine your brand and persuade others to tune into your opinions. The workshop will cover self discovering and how to package your own opinion, visual storytelling and how to communicate visually, and the importance of building your own brand to stand out from competition. The workshop will close with ways to utilize your own brand to strengthen college apps and future interviews.



Mentor: Vivek Mahbubani

Past speeches in auditoriums, how can public speaking help us in our day to day lives? Local stand up comedian Vivek Mahbubani will lead students through the ways to present ideas clearly, speak confidently, and understand and connect with their audience. Through stand up comedy, students will learn how to think creatively for funny ideas, problem solve for the humorous point, develop interpersonal skills to connect with their listeners, and present themselves to communicate their ideas.



Mentor: Adam Raby

Regardless of whether you are an individual, a non-profit, or a business, having an entrepreneurial mindset is crucial to solving the complex problems of today. Through this workshop, Adam Raby will lead students through case studies of problem solvers who changed their communities and the world. Carrying the lessons from Day 1, students will analyze their values and the problems they want to solve and learn how to consider factors such as sustainability and finances in their solution ideation.



Mentor: Stephanie Cuvelier

Health and wellness extends beyond simply physical health. In Stephanie’s workshop, students will learn how to mentally and physically take care of themselves day to day and also during stressful times. Students will begin by identifying what health and happiness mean to them and how these concepts guide their lives. Through nutrition, time management, and meditation, students will learn to adopt the growth mindset and set their own expectations for themselves. Students will leave the workshop with tools to reframe failure, tackle stress, and be the best version of themselves every day. This section will include an overnight camp where students can immerse themselves in a natural environment, disconnect from technology and gain deeper insights into their mental and physical wellbeing.




Monday, September 30 – Friday, October 4
(with overnight camping Thursday night)


Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 4pm

Thursday 7am – Friday 6pm (overnight camping)


Central / Kennedy Town & Sai Kung / Tai Long Wan


14 – 17 years old
* Exceptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis

Group Size

Maximum 15 students (minimum of 8 required in order to hold the class)

What to Bring

Students will need to bring a charged Octopus card and prepare their own sleeping bags and camping backpack.

Drop Off and Pick Up Location

TBC (Central / Kennedy Town)



Sarah Vee

Sarah Vee was born and raised in Hong Kong and is the Co-Founder (and current Digital Marketing & Events Director) of Highlight Asia, a Marketing, PR, and Events company that was founded in 2016. A photographer by training, she works with artists as a talent manager and has also built a brand for herself. She will be teaching students how to build their own brand.

In 2012, Sarah began working with Maximal Concepts as a PR Executive and since then has developed an extensive background covering public relations, digital marketing and various events. Her previous experience ranges from large scale events such as grand opening ceremonies (e.g. Blue Butcher, Mott 32) to evening events (e.g. PLAY, Star Cruises, Asia World Expo), as well as pushing boundaries within content creation and marketing campaigns that allowed her to establish a company in just 4 short years. She also founded Guilty Culture, an e-commerce website for women’s luxury dresses that ships worldwide, and “Girls of LKF”, a community that combines social networking and support for women in Hong Kong through events.


Adam Raby

With a background in advertising, Adam Raby is an entrepreneur who built an Asian-inspired men’s luxury swimwear brand after noticing a gap in the market.  His company Mazu Resortwear is named after the goddess of seafarers, and uses traditional colors in its design.

Passionate about sports and a rugby player himself, Adam has also worked in branding, sales, client relations, and business development.


Vivek Mahbubani

Vivek Mahbubani is a Hong Kong-bred bilingual stand-up comedian performing in both Cantonese and English. Having been crowned the Funniest Person (in Chinese) in Hong Kong in 2007 followed by his victory in the English category at the Hong Kong International Comedy Competition in 2008, Vivek has had the opportunity to take his sense of humor all over the world including Hong Kong, China, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Canada and USA.

Having been ranked as the top comedian in Hong Kong, in 2014, the World Famous Laugh Factory in USA ranked Vivek as one of the top 10 comedians in their Annual Funniest Person in the World Competition.In 2015, he was handpicked as one of the comedians to represent Asia’s best in Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s inaugural “Comedy Zone Asia” shows.In 2016, he was featured in Comedy Central’s first ever “Stand up Asia!” shows.

Vivek will be teaching students the fundamentals of using humor and storytelling to connect with audience in public speaking and presentations.


Stephanie Cuvelier

Stephanie is a fitness and health fanatic, interested in learning about what motivates people to stay in shape, putting their health first. She is a Nike Training Club Trainer, a former Hong Kong representative of the Women’s Rugby Sevens full-time scholarship program at the Hong Kong Sports Institute, and has also previously represented Hong Kong in Women’s Netball. 

Stephanie is an Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Scientist with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New South Wales in Sydney. She has a deep passion for exercise prescription for the elderly and other special populations, specialising in the prevention and management of chronic illness, such as cardiovascular and metabolic disease.

Stephanie has worked as an Exercise Physiologist designing and implementing health management and exercise rehabilitation programs for private clients with a variety of lifestyle conditions, acute/chronic injuries, rehabilitation goals and exercise adherence issues. Many of the specialised skills that can only be developed working in rehabilitation and exercise physiology have empowered Stephanie to safely help professional athletes and her personal training clients achieve their individual goals even when present with an injury or chronic pain.

Yielding both experience and knowledge, combined with her passion for maximizing her clients physical and psychological well being, Stephanie is the person to help you work towards achieving your health and lifestyle goals.


Natalie Chan

Natalie Chan is an engineer, corporate professional, film producer, adventure seeker, educator, entrepreneur, and a member of the Global Shaper community. Chan’s dedication in education was sparked from the realization that there is a gap between schools and the real world. To address this gap, Chan founded OWN Academy in 2016, as a 21st Century education solution with a focus on talent discovery and career development. Her goal is to help students find their own direction through exposure to modern industries and inspiring mentors, provide future-proof skills training, and bridge industries to the classroom. As a result of Chan’s diverse achievements, she was selected as one of the Davos 50, representing Asian youth to attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2019.


Thomas Tran

Thomas Tran is a designer, artist, and educator. From small town Tiffin, Ohio, USA, Thomas is a first-generation Asian American who understands the complexities of growing up within conflicting and differing cultural mindsets and expectations. His personal navigation to understand these complexities has led him to pursue creativity and the arts as a means of expression. Thomas studied as a fine artist before focusing on design where his curiosity in object and spatial experiences led him to be a product and environments designer.

He has worked within consultancies designing for top brands such as Samsung, The North Face, Gatorade, Microsoft, Intel, and others before bringing his understandings into the field of education. As an educator, Thomas worked as a Director of Innovation Center in Singapore, creating a space that delivers and develops programs that support young people in creativity, critical and process-centric thinking, and skills training for an international school. His understanding of design and design thinking has led him to support schools globally in the idea of instilling a mindset within young people that can help them navigate the worlds potential challenges. Through education, his hope is to support young people in developing a mindset to navigate their personal identities and be able to understand their value and share them with others to be valued as well.

*** Fall program contents and mentors may be subject to change.