Lee-En Chung, SEAS ‘88

Lee-En Chung, has been noted as the first female in Florida to be licensed as both a certified general contractor and a registered professional engineer. In 1992, she founded Ivy Ventures, which provides construction monitoring and Owner’s Representative services for banks and owners on commercial buildings, hotels, restaurants, medical offices, sports venues, apartment complexes and custom homes. Her consulting projects include Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, PF Chang’s, Staples and the spring training facilities for Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota.

Lee-En was appointed by a Florida governor to serve on Florida’s Construction Industry Licensing Board. She became an Entrepreneur Finalist in the 2013 Tampa Bay Business Woman of the Year, while Girls Inc. has honored her for Adult Volunteer in the Southeast. SRQ Magazine recognized Lee-En for the “2014 Women in Business – Leadership Circle.” Based in Sarasota, she has moderated panels for University of South Florida and UN Women and has been the keynote speaker at AAUW’s Tech Trek for top 8th grade girls excelling in STEM. For Columbia University, Lee-En has served on the Board of Managers for Columbia Engineering (CESAA), on ARC (committee for recruiting and interviewing students in Tampa Bay) and as president of the Columbia Alumni Club in Sarasota (2008-2014); she is also a member of the Society of Columbia Graduates. For the Asian Columbia Alumni Assn. (ACAA), Lee- En has emceed the Lunar Banquet in Chinatown and presented the Achievement Award to Professor C.K. Chu at ACAA’s 20th Anniversary Gala. She also has mentored Columbia students for about 20 years. Chung earned a BS in civil engineering from Columbia and has learned up to six languages. Huffington Post has published Lee-En’s blog, featuring travel, sports, entertainment, comedy and healthy living.

Chung plays tennis in Sarasota, while her running races include her first half marathon in Central Park in 2014, the JFK Runway Run (5K) in 2015 and the Sarasota Music Half Marathon in 2016. 

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