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Meet Our “Future Leaders” | A Young NGO Leader On the Rise

国家 Canada 班级 Class of 2023
姓名 Zoe Morgan

Meet Our "Future Leaders"是北京大学光华管理学院“未来领导者”国际本科项目推出的专题系列报道,通过讲述该项目来自全球的学生丰富且多元的故事与思想,展示“未来领导者”项目学生的青春风采。

今天带你认识来自加拿大女孩——Zoe MorganZoe积极参与公益服务,通过选美大赛发挥影响力,为母校、社区以及世界的发展贡献自己的一份力量!

#Meet Our "Future Leaders" # is a series featuring the personal stories of students in PKU Guanghua's "Future Leaders" International Undergraduate Program.

Today we're introducing Zoe Morgan, an enthusiastic Canadian student currently completing her studies in the "Future Leaders" Program at the Guanghua School of Management. Zoe originally studied at Queen’s University in Canada, she continues to make impacts through community service programs at Queen's, in her community and around the world!

Zoe Morgan Profile

Zoe Morgan is a Canadian student currently completing her studies in the "Future Leader" Program at the Guanghua School of Management. She originally studied at Queen’s University in Canada, where she involved herself in student life by starting a club based on meditation, spirituality, and yoga.

Zoe is also a globetrotter, she has traveled to 13 different countries including Portugal, Costa Rica, South Africa, Indonesia, and Singapore in the past two years, which has allowed her to make connections around the world to broaden her horizons. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in international development, leading to her desired career path of a consultant in developing countries or NGO leader.

Zoe sees life an opportunity to constantly learn and gain new experiences, while using this wisdom to give back to the world.

Inner beauty queen

Something that I am proud of is representing my province of Nova Scotia in the Miss Teenage Canada national pageant. Not only did this experience give me the confidence to showcase my authentic self, but it also provided me with the opportunity to be a community role model for thousands of young girls both in-person through charity events and parades, and online through blogging and social media. All the pageant contestants were encouraged to choose a platform, and I chose to advocate for youth empowerment throughout my reign.

Zoe representing Nova Scotia in the Miss Teenage Canada national pageant

Having the title of Miss Teenage Nova Scotia provided me with the position and connections to start a local non-profit organization in my community to help involve youth in volunteer projects.

Busting the bubble, becoming a true global citizen

As a girl from a small town of only 10,000 inhabitants, I often felt like I was in a bubble. Most people I knew growing up lived the same limited experiences based on what their family and peers did, however I always knew that there was more out there for me.

When I embarked on a two-month volunteer trip to Ecuador after finishing high school, I thought it was so cool to explore a foreign culture. I realized that although people may seem quite different on the outside, on the inside we are all going through the same shared human experiences.

Growing up, I did not have the opportunity to learn much about Eastern cultures, philosophies, and ways of life. The "Future Leaders" Program provided me the perfect gateway to break the bubble in which I grew up in and explore international perspectives.

Mastering business management in China with a strong awareness of cultural differences

Throughout my time in this program, what impressed me the most was Chinese thinking and ways of life. Growing up in North America, I have been living in an individualistic culture my whole life, where people prefer to work toward personal gain rather than collective outcomes.

Based on what I learned from courses such as Chinese Management, taught by Professor Ma Li, and Cross-Cultural Communication, taught by Professor Yang Bai, business relationships in China are based on a system of mutual trust and "guanxi". Through learning about different business mindsets and cross-cultural communication, the program helped me lay a solid foundation and gave me confidence to build rapport with business stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.

Zoe with her classmates at PKU campus

A global classroom

I thrive in an international environment academically and professionally. Being part of Future Leaders has provided me with the connections and cross-cultural experience to make this dream of mine into a reality.


At Guanghua, I have truly been embracing the global classroom experience by interacting, traveling, and doing group projects with students from Europe, the Middle East, South America, and of course China. Together, we can leverage our cultural differences as some of our best assets, which will allow us to make tangible impact. Also, I really enjoy learning languages, and my Business Chinese courses with Bao Qianli has allowed me to understand the beauty of the Chinese language and even write characters (han zi).

Throughout my last year at Guanghua, I will strive to continue to learn Mandarin by engaging in day-to-day interactions with local students.

Finding peace of mind and harmony through philosophy and meditation

I really enjoy learning about philosophy! Through books and podcasts, I have been able to gain insight on subjects including the nature of consciousness and the meaning of life. I also like to expand my understanding of the inner world of my mind through meditation.

In February 2022, I attended a 10-day silent meditation retreat at a monastery in Thailand, an experience which allowed me to feel gratitude for nature and for the gift of life. During the Covid-19 pandemic, people are paying more attention to mental health because of quarantine, remote working and learning. To help students at Queen’s better cope with mental distress, I used my personal experiences with meditation to start a club to offer students a safe space to achieve inner peace during the uncertain times.

Together, we explored a wide range of spiritual topics such as yoga, Buddhist philosophy, and mindfulness meditation techniques.

PKU Guanghua “Future Leaders” Program

The Guanghua School of Management founded the "Future Leaders" International Undergraduate Double-Degree Program in partnership with 15 of the world’s best business schools, giving students the opportunity to gain an understanding of their local markets while also immersing them in one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic economies in the world: China. This program focuses on admitting top students with outstanding leadership potential from Peking University and its partner institutions. After completing their first two years of study at the institution in their home country, students live and study together with classmates of diverse backgrounds from all over the world—including students from China—for two more years as a single cohort at Peking University.