Sep 4, 2019
Social Entrepreneurship & Building Community with Founder Theresa Siaw on Women Entrepreneurs Radio
Theresa Siaw is a social entrepreneur and founder of the OMNI Medical Student Training Program, which helps students who have trained at foreign medical schools to prepare for their first job in the United States. It is her passion to improve not just the physical health but also the whole life of the community.
Through her philanthropic work, Theresa has been able to help a multitude of people; everyone from children, the elderly, domestic violence victims and the homeless. She has created a number of different programs that offer not just support to these groups of people but also directly delivers necessities to those in need. Theresa does not just stop in her own community, she has helped aid international relief efforts after natural disasters, including being a first responder in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. In addition to being a first responder for Hurricane Maria, Theresa also hosts an annual Backpack Give Away to underserved children, and a Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway to ensure everyone is able to celebrate Thanksgiving, sponsored single mothers in need of uniforms to stay in school and feeds the homeless every Thursday.
Theresa believes that a leader should be an advocate for the people in its neighborhoods, not a celebrity. She strives to be available to the community and seek their input on ways to reduce crime, improve education and access to healthcare, and enhance the overall well-being of Chicago.
Theresa was born on the southeast side of Chicago; both her parents were African immigrants from Ghana and continuously expressed that education was the most important achievement. Theresa earned a B.A. in Multicultural Marketing from DePaul University in 2010. Immediately after school, she began working in community healthcare at the Humboldt Park location of San Pablo Medical Center. With the encouragement of her mentors, Amer Rustom, MD, Eric Mizuno, MD, and Anthony Tedeschi, MD, former CEO of Weiss Memorial Hospital, she went on to found her own medical student training program.