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Based on cutting-edge research in behavioral science, design and innovation, we create educational workshops and programs to help youth thrive.

Ryan Babineaux - Founder

Ryan Babineaux is a thought leader in the field of career and personal development, whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Oprah.com, The Atlantic, GQ Magazine, and NPR. He is the co-author of the best-selling book Fail Fast, Fail Often: How Losing Can Help You Win, and creator of the popular Stanford University course of the same name.

Ryan’s passion is for understanding how people can lead more vibrant and purposeful lives. He has studied with many leaders in the field of human development, including Howard Gardener, the creator of the theory of multiple intelligences, William Damon, the leading thinker in the development of purpose, and John Krumboltz, the creator of the happenstance learning theory. Ryan holds a Ph.D. in Symbolic Systems and Educational Psychology from Stanford University, and a M.Ed. in Psychology and Human Development from Harvard University. He has been practicing Buddhism for over 25 years and is an adjunct faculty member in the contemplative psychology program at Naropa University.

Ihno Lee Babineaux - Director of Research

Ihno Lee Babineaux is a quantitative psychologist and behavioral scientist with expertise in wellness and behavior change.

With a Ph.D. in quantitative psychology, she works to better understand the Who, What, When, Where, and Why that drive well-being and engagement. As a former postdoctoral researcher at Stanford, she worked on numerous projects (e.g., behavioral interventions to increase physical activity, emotional engagement as a driver of prosocial behavior, mindfulness meditation to cultivate compassion, anti-bullying interventions that empower bystanders). She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, a M.A. from New York University, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

John Krumboltz - Senior Advisor

John Krumboltz is a professor of education and psychology at Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, as well as the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the winner of numerous prestigious honors, including the Outstanding Research Award for the American Counseling Association. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications, including Luck is No Accident: Making the Most of Happenstance in Your Life and Career.

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