Anita and her mother.

Anita and her mother.

Anita Hossain

Rei and her grandmother.

Rei and her grandmother.

Rei Wang

My parents immigrated to the US from Bangladesh and found creative ways to instill their culture and share the life lessons they’ve learned with me and my brothers: through storytelling. I loved the stories they would tell, so much so that I decided to share our heritage by performing Bengali plays all around the country. Through these stories I was able to gain valuable perspective and connect with a place eight thousand miles away; a place my parents once called home.

My passion is building community and enabling leaders to gain confidence, certainty, and conviction in their lives and careers. What they all have in common is the willingness to be vulnerable — to say what they feel, who they are, and what they need. That’s the source of power that sustains. This is why I’m excited to build The Grand and enable us to authentically connect as humans, and share the stories that make us who we are.

I lead with curiosity and empathy which empowers others to find their voice and tell their stories. I launched a women's peer group at Deutsche Bank and a storytelling series for Wharton MBAs. Most recently, as the Head of Knowledge at First Round Capital, I helped hundreds of entrepreneurs connect deeply, candidly share their concerns, and learn from each other. My work on creating safe spaces is featured in the First Round Review. I’m also an executive coach with Reboot and a certified NLP Practitioner.

I was born in China and lived with my grandparents and my great-grandmother all under one roof. My grandparents were teachers, lifelong learners, and culture bearers of our community. We constantly had neighbors of all ages over for tea and conversation. These discussions enriched my education.

I’ve been fortunate to see the immense value trusted networks and elite alumni groups can provide. I also know how hard it can be to penetrate these private forums, especially when you have no one to introduce you. This is why I’m passionate about building The Grand, and making quality education more accessible.

I love building communities and designing learning experiences. I was an early Product Manager and the Global Community Lead for General Assembly where I created education products for thousands of students to pursue careers they love. More recently, I was at First Round Capital where I served as CEO of Dorm Room Fund. I nurtured a community of 250+ startups, and counseled entrepreneurs on topics ranging from fundraising to management. For my leadership on Dorm Room Fund, I received the Forbes 30 under 30 award.