Currently, her passion project is Fremont College and Fremont Private Investments where she serves as Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer.
Her passion for higher education developed while pursuing her doctorate on work-based learning leadership at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. As a vehicle to develop her dissertation, she bought Fremont College and utilized it as a laboratory to put her new 21st century learning model into practice. As the college grew, she implemented technology and apprenticeship learning to make meaningful advances on THE (Technology, Healthcare, Entrepreneurship) programs that impact our world. Additionally, she bought a Dale Carnegie franchise to integrate and modernize traditional leadership skills for technology entrepreneurship into the core curriculum.
Dr. Kay also owns a commercial bank, an investment firm, and a fashion branding company. She founded Art Institute of Hollywood, the nation’s first college teaching fashion CAD/CAM, as well as Fashion Umbrella, a holding company to manage and mentor young Los Angeles fashion designers in international markets. She sold Art Institute to a publicly traded company, which was eventually sold to Goldman Sachs, and was able to retire in her 30s.
Dr. Kay then founded the Sabrina Kay Charitable Foundation and became a philanthropist, serving on more than 30 charitable and civic boards. She is chairman of After-School All-Stars Los Angeles (formerly Arnold’s All-Stars), the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, American Friends of the Louvre, the California Fashion Association, and the International Medical Corps Leadership Council.
She has also executive produced more than 50 international fashion shows, chaired and spoken at numerous tech, education, business, and leadership conferences, and taught entrepreneurship programs at various universities.
Dr. Kay’s achievements have been recognized with numerous awards, including the Education Award from After-School All-Stars presented by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Humanitarian Award from International Medical Corps. She was named Woman of the Year by the California Legislature, Rising Asian Woman by the World Affairs Council, and was a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.
Dr. Kay received her joint doctorate degree in work-based learning leadership from the Wharton School and Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a Master’s of Science degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania, both with honors. She is a lifetime member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.