Red Thread Foundation for Women recently passed 10 years of supporting women’s educations through over $16,000 in scholarship awards. In celebration of this milestone, we will highlight key members of our foundation and our scholarship winners over the course of this year.

To start, let’s meet Nina, the President of Red Thread Foundation for Women!

Nina Young

Where are you these days?

I live in sunny Southern California, in the Los Angeles area. I was born in Tula, Russia but immigrated to the US when I was 5 years old. 

What is your day job? What do you do for fun?

I’m a dietitian, working with people from all walks of life to develop healthier habits and a better relationship with food. I’m passionate about nutrition and how lifestyle affects our health. For fun I head to the outdoors. On weekends you can find me hiking, road cycling, camping, and rock climbing.

What was your college experience like? Any words of wisdom you would give to yourself as an incoming student?

I wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember, so naturally I majored in pre-med when I began college. I was surprised to discover through my college experiences that pre-med was not for me, and that I still had a lot to learn about myself. My main lessons from college were not the content of my courses, but the life skills I began to hone — networking, effective communication, critical thinking, and of course failing and changing course with grace and humility. These skills prepare you for life beyond college, no matter what career you ultimately choose. 

What drew you to the Red Thread Foundation for Women? What motivates you?

As an immigrant whose family was unfamiliar with the American education system, I benefited greatly from outside guidance, mentorship, and financial assistance on my path to college. I am inspired by Red Thread’s mission to support international young women in reaching their dreams, and motivated by a desire to pay it forward and empower others in the same way others have empowered me.

What is your hope for the scholarship recipients we have supported over the past 10 years?

I can’t believe it’s already been 10 years! My hope for our scholarship recipients is that they use education as a stepping stone to shattering limitations and becoming leaders in their fields. 

What is your hope for the organization for the next 10 years?

My hope is that Red Thread is able to grow both in our capacity to provide scholarships and in the scope of our global network of accomplished international women. Women’s education benefits all of society, and my hope is that our organization will continue to expand our promotion of this important cause.