Find Your Passion turns career guidance on it's head.
Most "interest inventories" and "career tests" take into account a variety of personality traits and tell you the job that a lot of people with your same traits work in. A lot of us walk away uninspired, feeling misunderstood, or cemented into a future we are not passionate about.
Rather than basing a 20th century career recommendation on your personality score, we help you look for real problems in the world that need you to help solve them. Come with us to identify a major problem, challenge, and opportunity that faces our 21st century world. Many of these don't even pop up on your radar until you are heading into graduate school. Don't wait! Learn what types of projects, academic experiences, and mentors you need to seek out help solve the challenges you are most passionate about.
Fair warning - the problems we are introducing you to are in the Science, Engineering, and Technology. We want to open your mind to the real careers that are waiting, to jobs that can help you pay for the student loans you will probably accumulate, to dreams of robotics, biomechanics, nanotechnology, or space, to tribes of enthusiastic problem solvers that help keep you motivated to make a meaningful difference in the world.
What you get for perservering through this fun journey to find your passion is a well scripted, meaningful answer to that proverbial question "What are you doing after graduation?" You'll have an answer that leaves them speechless!
Expect to spend 4-6 hours with our expert guide Wyatt. Complete the journey to receive your personalized ten page report.
Come find your passion!
Ellen has over thirty years experience training leaders in elementary, middle, high school, and college. She straddles the worlds of robotics and theology, directing students in Media Labs, online STEM projects, STEM competition teams, and leadership opportunities. She is a small business owner (Grow a Generation and ISUMTAQ) and community advocate (director of the Beaver County STEM Education Coalition). She has led numerous STEM Career Tours throughout the Pittsburgh region, a city named one of four US Tech Hubs to watch in 2018. She is passionate about making meaningful projects possible to parents, coaches, and teachers that empower and inspire K-16 kids. Her mission is to grow a generation of innovative critical thinkers, able to collaborate with gracious professionalism, to lead with resilience and service, and to build a more just and beautiful world.
In 2011, she founded Grow a Generation, a company dedicated to that mission. She also founded the Beaver County STEM Education Advocacy Coalition, a community based organization of professionals, teachers, and community members advocating for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and opportunities needed for 21st century jobs.
Most recently, she was invited to serve as the Founding Director of the Baden Academy Media Lab where she oversees the passion based projects of the young research fellows and works to help them develop meaningful projects that integrate arts, STEM, new media, and creativity. She is especially excited to form new relationship and build networks between diverse individuals eager to prepare our children to thrive in a world of global competition and exponential technological growth.
She was, most recently, an adjunct professor at Duquesne University (Vita) where she taught the University Core Course Global and Cultural Perspectives. While students investigated Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim faith traditions, they learned to use the tools of scholarship to analyze the role spirituality, religion, and theology have in shaping personal, communal and global life. Students learned to edit Wikipedia, communicate new knowledge through the creation of digital artifacts, and collaborate on meaningful projects.
Her latest book, 21st Century Parenting: Grow a Generation, is a tool for parents seeking to help their kids thrive in this new conceptual age. She would be honored to inspire and motivate your group or company as a speaker or offer consult with your family, home school network, school, or after school youth engagement centers.
Dr. Ellen (the name her young students call her!) lives with her husband and youngest child in our home in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
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