KELLY YANG, Founder and Managing Director of The Kelly Yang Project, is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School. Kelly entered college at the age of 13 and Harvard Law School at the age of 17. In 2005, at the age of 20, Kelly became one of the youngest graduates of Harvard Law School.
Kelly is a columnist for the South China Morning Post, writing on education, culture, China, and technology. Kelly’s column is widely read all over Asia. Her opinion pieces have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, CNN, and other newspapers and magazines around the world.
In addition, Kelly is the author of three children’s books, including, most recently, ‘Where’s Broccoli‘, Chameleon Press (Jan 2014), a best-selling children’s book in Hong Kong. Her newest book, FRONT DESK, a middle grade children’s novel, will be published in 2018 in the United States and Canada by Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, the publishers of Harry Potter in America.
As a writer, she’s designed KYP to instill a passion for writing in children from a very early age. At KYP, Kelly teaches Critical Reasoning, Global Thinking, Debate, and Model United Nations. She loves teaching and motivating her students. Under her guidance, Kelly’s students have gained admission into Harvard, Stanford, Yale, UChicago, Columbia, UPenn, Dartmouth, Cornell, and other top schools. In addition to teaching, Kelly also oversees curriculum development and teacher training and is extremely hands-on with every aspect of the KYP program, from lesson planning to student satisfaction and classroom dynamics.
Furthermore, Kelly is the writer/producer/host of a new global issues video series for teenagers: www.facebook.com/kellyyangproject or www.youtube.com/kellyyangproject. Each week, on her show, Kelly discusses a thought-provoking global issue in English and Chinese.
For her efforts in education, Kelly has won: the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year in 2000, USA Today All-USA College Academic 1st Place Team and; ‘CosmoGIRL! of the Year’ from CosmoGIRL! Magazine. In 2010, The Kelly Yang Project was named ‘Second Best Small Education Company in the World’ by The Education Project Global Summit in Bahrain. In 2011, Kelly chaired the Harvard Book Prize in Hong Kong and served as a board member of the Harvard Club of Hong Kong.
An experienced debater and commentator, Kelly is one of the most sought-after speakers in Asia on the topic of education. She has debated senior politicians on live TV, including Emily Lau on BBC and most recently debated politician Michael Tien at the SCMP Redefining Hong Kong Debate. Kelly regularly gives talks on education and has spoken at Cathay Pacific, CUHK, Lingnan College, Clifford Chance, Goldman Sachs, etc. As an author, she has spoken at Chinese International School, Renaissance College, Marymount Secondary School, Independent Schools Foundation, Glenealy School, International College Hong Kong, Island Christian Academy, American International School, and many other schools on writing, how to get published, and how to motivate children through writing. In December 2015, Kelly and her students were a part of the BBC 100 Women Global Debate. Kelly and KYP have been profiled on BBC, CNN, CCTV, TEDx,HKTDC, TVB, and Huffington Post Live.
Kelly Yang is the author of books: Front Desk, Parachutes