Ana Chávez graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in sociology and a passion for understanding how people’s behavior and background shape their future. At the time, law felt like the next logical step in pursuing this passion.  Yet, after...
Around the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, Matthew Debnar was finishing up his job in retail e-commerce and doing some freelance consulting. In 2019, he completed a role replatforming a company to the self-sufficient Shopify, and his 2020 consulting...
Joseph Smith grew up around Nolensville, Tennessee, where he spent his time with a variety of hobbies — from flying general aviation aircraft, to playing guitar and later, practicing Judo in Knoxville. These experiences confirmed for Joseph that variety...
Shamik Haldar was reaching for a lifeline — and he got one.  “I was going through some things, and I guess you could say I had pretty much given up on life,” he said. Shamik started university for computer engineering, but...
Anna Mbali wakes up every weekday morning for a 6:45 a.m. stand-up meeting with a development team located in Lithuania. Then she squeezes in a workout at the gym before attending two more meetings starting at 9:30am. After that,...
Max Browning always knew he liked numbers. In college, he went from studying to be an actuary, to a math teacher, to a fundraiser—but nothing felt like the perfect fit. He found himself always searching for something that more...
For 24 years, Jennifer Doyle worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car on site with an account. As an onsite supervisor, she grew her one-woman team to seven people during her time with the account. When the pandemic hit, Jennifer was demoted and...
Eight days before her graduate school tuition was due, Briana daMota decided to start working in entertainment. “My mother almost didn’t forgive me for that,” she says now.  She started as an intern at a production company and climbed the ladder...
Chidinma Nze studied journalism in college, then digital media at Specs Howard School of Media Arts. After graduation, she began working in PR and digital marketing.  After a few years, Chidinma developed an appetite to grow beyond her role. Then,...
Andrew Popp was working video production for live events after graduating college. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and these events could no longer take place, Andrew was out of a job.  With some coding experience under his belt, Andrew...

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