Spawned when my son was a junior in high school, searching not only for the right university, but more importantly for what to study and what path his eventual profession would take him. As I asked what his friends planned to study and as we visited schools throughout the country, I discovered this was a common theme. Most students are challenged with how to make more informed decisions, and have virtually nowhere to turn for advice. Huddlesphere is a place to connect students to professionals to help guide those decisions. We're dedicated to helping students explore and realize their pathway to an education and a career path in a trusted environment.
I was not the norm, I knew I wanted to become an electrical engineer and eventually earn an MBA combining a technical background with a business education. I firmly believed it would open up doors to endless possibilities. My own career path has progressed from a design engineer to a product manager, from a marketing director, a business development vice president to an international sales vice president, and finally to an executive vice president of marketing. All of these positions have helped guide me to beginning this cause. And I have been extremely lucky to meet various mentors throughout my career who provide advice, and apply their own wisdom in helping me build this valuable network.
As a parent, I often feel helpless trying to guide my children towards a career of their choosing, especially if they're interested in studying a topic I know nothing about. Parenting is one tough job, and it only seems to get more difficult as my children grow up. As everyone knows, most kids don't want to listen to their parents. Providing a path to gain additional insights into professions with like-minded individuals and experiences across the country and world I believe will help guide them during this most difficult transitional phase. If these discussions can save your child from taking even one course in college, it's paid for itself in spades.
From the other vantage point, I as a professional worked many long hours. I had very little time to give back to the community. Throughout the years, I have volunteered for little league, coached my daughter's basketball team, and headed up the athletic boosters organization at the local high school. Commitments like these take a considerable amount of time and require specific days and times out of your schedule. I wanted to devise a way for professionals to contribute without a required day and time obligation. With Huddlesphere, you only need to provide advice when time permits, and in the process, you earn money that goes towards charities of your choice.