JiLon Li graduated cum laude from Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Science and Management at the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 earning a B.S. in management and finance from the Wharton School of Business and a B.A in neuroscience from the College of Arts and Sciences. As a student, he was unanimously elected President of the Penn Speech & Debate Team in the second semester of his freshman year. He would go on to co-found and become Lead Project Manager of Consult For America, a pro-bono small business consulting organization, his sophomore year. During that time, he was also elected as Captain of the Penn Judo Club. In recognition of his involvement at the University, he was elected to the board of the Student Activities Council – the University’s student activities governing council – his junior year.
After graduating, JiLon became a project manager at Accenture, a Fortune Global 500 company, implementing healthcare projects in both the commercial and M&A (Merger and Acquisition) spaces. His most successful engagement was the complete integration of the information technology department of a $5.9B company, where he managed more than 15 work-streams and completed the integration on time and 10% under budget, resulting in his promotion. Internal to the company, he was the national Inclusion & Diversity Lead planning and implementing programming for more than 1,100 analysts. He also co-founded Accenture Orators, a company-wide public speaking training initiative that provided materials and training to over 200 employees.
JiLon graduated in 2011 from Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, NJ where he was Captain of the Speech & Debate Team, President of RAAD (Ridge Against Alcohol and other Drugs), and editor of the school newspaper.
JiLon currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and he will be attending law school at the University of Pennsylvania. When he’s not writing, he can be found cooking, ballroom dancing, and reading about famous historical leaders.