Sheila Xu

Sheila Xu

Harvard Kennedy School
University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business
Master in Public Policy Candidate & Master in Business Administration Candidate, 2024
Sheila Xu

As an oral and signing deaf woman, Sheila is committed to breaking down barriers for marginalized deaf communities in the U.S. and abroad. Sheila’s mission is the culmination of her past endeavors: teaching American Sign Language at a university in Venice, Italy, and conducting Fulbright research on deaf Italian entrepreneurs based on her pioneering MIT thesis, “The Emergence of a Deaf Economy.” Inspired by her eclectic experiences, she founded her consulting business to provide strategies for deaf-owned businesses to communicate the value of their brands in English and ASL. After graduate school, Sheila aims to establish a robust partnership between the public and private sector, with the goal of creating equitable and economic opportunities for the deaf communities. Sheila graduated from MIT with a Bachelor of Science in humanities and science, and is currently pursuing dual MBA/MPP degrees at Harvard and Wharton.

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