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Howard Cheng is an alumnus of NTLP (’98, ’99), and a serial entrepreneur, community advocate, and Marine Corps veteran. His fifteen years of business experience spans from music management, sourcing and logistics, to international retail-chain management. His latest venture with SmartCreo, Inc., is addressing the need for early STEAM (STEM + Art) enrichment among young learners – developing edutainment board games, apps, and content that bring out the fun and creativity in everyday science and math for children and families. Howard has been a supporter of minority, women, and veteran entrepreneurs as a staunch advocate for entrepreneurship and innovation at Minority Serving Institutions – to incentivize and accelerate faculty-student innovations. He is passionate about creating value for others, making global connections, and finding ways to uplift communities. Howard is a graduate of Marshall School of Business, Univ. of Southern California, and Howard University School of Law. He is a member of Sigma Delta Tau Legal Fraternity, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and an Advisory Board Member of National Teen Leadership Program.
NTLP has been a major cornerstone of my personal and leadership development. From the first experience to the continued friendship and sense of belonging to a community of amazing fantastic people, I have been most deeply and positively impacted by the legacy and experience that is NTLP. In my moments of greatest self-doubt and uncertainty, I have often reflected on my NTLP experiences for strength, comfort, hope and insight.
When asked, what’s something you hope to see in the future with regard to youth and teens, Howard replied, “What I hope to see is a future where NTLP has an even larger global imprint with our signature programming and good works because every teen deserves to develop the leader within to maximize their own potential as valued members of society, to have a community of people who believe in and support them. I hope that today and tomorrow’s youth will continue to have a larger voice and platform to make change. It’s been happening since 1992, and I look forward to NTLP’s next 25 years!”