Meet the dynamic people united by the mission to help young people find future success.
Founder and Filmmaker
"One day you will get a Ph.D. in a field your parents have never heard of. It will teach you how to think, how to persevere, and how to believe in yourself when others don't."
"Don't brush off a career in technology just because math isn't your favorite subject. Engineering can be just as much about creative expression as it is about numbers and logic."
Head of Content
"Be open to mystery, listen to your instincts, and only do work that feels morally fulfilling."
"Follow your curiosity, even if it takes you off the beaten path."
"Be more open to diverse possibilities and to take more risks! Don’t worry about getting somewhere according to a certain plan—you don’t have to get from point A to point B in a linear fashion. And sometimes the bumpy or winding road might take more time, but also be more exciting!"
"You got this. You do. I know it is hard to believe now because everything and everyone seems to be relying on you. I know you feel the pressure to succeed. I know you are tired. All that you have been through and seen have shaped and made you who you are."
"Be patient as you start your career. Focus on skills that you will learn and the exposure that the job will get you instead of just pay and title."
Don’t be so shy. Being a good listener is great, but you should also make yourself heard.
"Look at all perspectives of a situation before drawing conclusions."
"Enjoy things while they last. Never waste a dull moment"
"Everything will pay off, don’t stress so much."
"Don’t be embarrassed to like what you like and pursue what you actually want to pursue (not what you think “sounds good”). You’re not alone, you know only a tiny fraction of the people on this planet, and you have only so much time — make the most of it."
Advisor and CTO/Founder of Boomerang.com
Advisor and Founder/CEO of Exceptional People
"Be conscious of the people and opportunities right in front of you, instead of moving too quickly to the next chapter. Really SEE them, appreciate them, and invest yourself in developing these relationships, as you have so many exceptional contacts waiting to be nurtured. "
Advisor and Co-Founder of Launch Academy
"Have more fun! Be open to new and unique experiences."
Advisor and Managing Director, Customer Success at Force Management
"1. Be open to all possibilities
2. Try everything once
3. Don't be afraid of failure
And you may even surprise yourself!"
Advisor and Consultant at CWE, Mass Challenge, and Empower Success Corps
"As I reflect on my younger days the things I regret most are missed opportunities to help others like classmates being bullied or ignored, fellow students struggling with coursework, or strangers in distress. So if I could give a young version of myself some advice I would say “Be aware of the plight of fellow travelers and commit at least one random act of kindness each day.” I now realize that paying it forward is the best mantra to live by."
Advisor and Director, RI Innovation Campuses at Rhode Island Commerce
“I won’t bother…you would not listen”
Advisor and Educator, with over 20 years of experience in the field
"A career, like a life, is not a straight line. It's not all uphill or downhill. There will be detours, ups and downs, and even u-turns along the way. Learn to be okay with uncertainty, because change is the only constant! And change is how people, and communities and societies, develop and grow. Find joy in the little things you experience each day - family, friends, nature - because being happy is a choice."