Marisa Kawabe is a University Innovation Fellow and senior at Converse College, where she majors in Psychology and Music (concentration in piano). At Converse College, Marisa is on the traveling golf team, secretary of the International Student Organization, and was a Career Peer for the Career Development Center. Marisa is originally from Tokyo, Japan, where she attended Seisen International School, until moving to Fayetteville, NC at the age of nine. After moving to the US, Marisa became an avid golfer, regularly competing in golf tournaments in North and South Carolina. She had a successful high school golf career, lettering during all four years. Marisa also took piano lessons regularly and is trained in classical and jazz music. During her middle school and high school career, she competed in, and won, numerous junior piano competitions as well.
Marisa grew an interest in entrepreneurship during her collegiate career. Her work with organizations on campus and her involvement with the golf team fueled her interest and passion in leadership, team building, and gave her an introduction to design thinking.