PolyStrong is a non-profit organization established in 2017 to instill and empower Pacific Islanders with a new vision of who they are, the value of their culture, and the innate capacity they possess to become leaders in today's global industries and society.
Recently featured in large media outlets like Forbes and Entrepreneur, Philip and Melissa Niu are quickly forging the path as the thought leaders in the upcoming wave of an estimated $335 billion industry by 2025. Parachut, the brainchild of Philip and his wife, Melissa Niu, is setting a new bar which experts are validating as a catalyst that will change the face of consumerism and ownership in industries all over the world starting with photography and camera equipment.
Philip was highly recruited as a stand out athlete out of Arizona and chose to play tight end at Brigham Young University. From humble beginnings, Philip learned from his Tongan father to value experiences and relationships over stuff. Giving others access to things that bring great human connection and experiences is the fuel behind Parachut as he drives a mission to a more responsible and impactful way for us all to enjoy life. Awarded as a Top 40 Under 40 Entrepreneur, Philip leads his company with a “people first” mentality.
As a former volleyball collegiate athlete Middle Blocker at Washington State University, Melissa set conference records as a Pac-12 standout. Upon graduation, Melissa started her career in front of the camera at NBC in Seattle and Fox Sports while branching into Corporate Marketing for the Seattle Seahawks before making the jump to the entrepreneurial world. Now recognized as a Top 30 Women to Watch in Business, she’s teamed up with her husband to continue to build what Utah calls a “Top 10 Startup to Watch”.
Now living in American Fork, Philip and Melissa are busy building a technology company, serving in the community and raising a family with their three daughters, Liv, Charli and Naomi and brand new baby boy, Maikeli.
Project Creation Director || Nike
Film Director || Night Visions, Imagine Dragons
Professional Volleyball Player || 4 time Olympian
President || 101 Financial
Real Estate Agent || Realtypath
Director of Economic Development || Washington City, UT
Former Mayor || Pleasant Grove
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Co-Owner || CFES
All-American Water-Polo Goalkeeper || Gold Medalist
Attorney || University of Utah
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Our Leadership Summits have been recognized by attendees, presenters, and administrators as ground-breaking in approach and quality. Our 2020 Leadership Summit in March and our Entertainment and Technology Summit in October will continue this tradition with an unparalleled line-up of guest speakers, and presenters, and our popular professional panel discussions.
Our Foundation is building a sate-of-the-art online network with innovative ways for Pacific Islanders to access peers, educational opportunities. and corporate recruiters all over the world. Our feature product will be a social media engagement platform called PolyStrong ProfIsles which allows members to upload professional (and personal) profiles and posts.
PolyStrong is committed to providing valuable learning opportunities in sports, education, technology, and other areas. Past athletic clinics have featured world-class athletes like four-time Olympian Logan Tom and Volleyball legend, Alan Alan. In the future, we plan to expand our offerings to include Technolgy Camps and Competitions, Leadership Retreats, and College and Career Clinics.