Sheena Lindahl, President and Co-Founder
Using creative financing strategies, Sheena became financially independent from her parents at the age of 17—paying for her own $30,000+ yearly tuition at New York University, excelling in school, working full-time at jobs that she loved, and co-founding a business.
Before joining the tour, Sheena managed the due diligence process at GreenHills Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests $1.5 to $5 million in promising early-stage high-growth companies. She was a lead teacher at Project R.E.A.D., a nonprofit organization that improves the reading levels of inner-city elementary school children.
In 2005, Sheena graduated from New York University with a major in Communication Studies. In 2006, Sheena was named by Business Week as one of the country's top 25 entrepreneurs under the age of 25 and profiled in USA Today, on the AOL homepage, and on CBS, NBC, and ABC.
Michael Simmons, CEO and Co-Founder
As a 2005 graduate of the Stern School of Business at New York University and author, teacher, speaker, and award-winning entrepreneur, Michael is able to deliver a unique perspective that connects with audiences. In 2006, Michael was named by Business Week as one of the country's top 25 entrepreneurs under 25 and profiled in USA Today, the AOL homepage, CBS, NBC, and ABC.
Michael co-founded his first business, Princeton WebSolutions (PWS), when he was sixteen years old. PWS was later rated the #1 youth-run web development company in the nation by Youngbiz Magazine. In addition, Michael has won three entrepreneur of the year awards from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Fleet, and the National Coalition for Empowering Youth Entrepreneurship. He is the bestselling author of The Student Success Manifesto.
Laura Mac Minn, Director of Events
Laura graduated with honors from Appalachian Sate University’s Walker College of Business in 2011. Through college Laura was recognized as a leader as she sat on the Walker College of Business Dean’s Council of Student Advisers, was recognized with an Outstanding Student Award and held many leadership positions on campus. Laura was heavily involved with AIESEC, the world’s largest student run non-profit organization, and became President just one year after it was founded at Appalachian. She was a key member of AIESEC Appalachian while a student and is still connected as an alumnus.
In 2010 Laura traveled to South India where she spent over 3 months traveling and working for two local Non-governmental Organizations. She was there to complete research on International Human Resource Management and spent most of her time working with women’s Self Help Groups.
Laura thrives on connecting with people from around the country and the world. She joined Empact in October of 2011, working as the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour’s National Tour Manager for over a year. Laura currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
EET Road Team
EJ Carrion, Lead Moderator
EJ is the author of Ignite Your Dreams” and “Accelerate Your Success and a nationally recognized motivational speaker who has inspired tens of thousands of students across the nation.
While in college, EJ became the co-publisher of the internationally recognized brand Collegiate Performance Magazine, which featured celebrities like NFL Quarterback, Tim Tebow, and BMX Gold Medalist, Dave Mirra. He also started a leadership-training program that facilitates workshops and keynotes for high school and college organizations.
EJ’s childhood dream is to become a platinum rapper. He has shared the stage with platinum recording artists and one of his raps was used by ESPN.
Arel Moodie, Moderator
Featured in USA Today, Young Money Magazine, and on ABC, NBC, and Fox News affiliates, Arel Moodie, author of the bestselling book Your Starting Point for Student Success, is an expert on helping this generation of students begin taking action to achieve their goals. Arel is living proof that, no matter what your background is, we all can have the life that we deserve.
Arel began his life on welfare in the projects of Brooklyn, New York, where he witnessed those around him being murdered and imprisoned. Yet he went on to attend college where he started his first successful internet company and was named the most outstanding graduate of his school. Arel shows students how to achieve their dreams by teaching them how to believe in themselves and by giving them the know-how that inspires action today. As a professional speaker, he has reached over 65,000 students in 39 states and two countries. For his work with young people, Arel was named one of the Country's Top Generation Y Leaders in the book, Millennial Leaders; and he is featured in the book #1 New York Times Best Selling book, Who's Got Your Back.
Always the entertainer, Arel likes to dance and has opened for the Grammy Award winning R&B group, 112.
Bert Gervais, Moderator
Bert Gervais, a.k.a. “The Mentor Guy” is one of America’s most in-demand professional speakers. He is an national best selling author, speaker, and award-winning entrepreneur.
Having been born in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, Bert quickly realized the value of seizing opportunities and encourages his peers to do the same. In college at Binghamton University, he was a student leader, activist, and an entrepreneur. As President of Student’s in Free Enterprise he helped to raise $10,000 for Hurricane Katrina victims. His first company, an internet startup which sold in 2009, garnered many awards including the Entrepreneurs Organization’s “East Coast Student Entrepreneur of the Year” Award for 2006 & 2007.
He went on to publish the critically acclaimed book “Who’s in Your Top Hive?: Your Guide To Finding Your Success Mentors.”
Bert has been a panelist for Global Entrepreneurship Week which is broadcast in front of over 7 million people in 80 countries throughout the world.
He has personally spoken in over 30 cities across the United States, presented alongside the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as the National Chamber of Commerce and countless associations.
Bert was also the youngest college commencement speaker in 2010. He has appeared in USA Today, Fox News, Inc.com, and Young Money Magazine. The book “Millennial Leaders” by Bea Fields profiles Bert as one of the top Gen Y leaders in the country. He has accomplished all of this all before his 25th birthday
Join the Team
Are you interested in joining the EET team and helping to transform entrepreneurship education across the country? The following positions are available:
- Sales Representative – work from home PT or FT.
- Tour Coordinator – help organize the logistics of the tour from Plainsboro, NJ.
- Tour Manager – travels with the tour.
- Asst. Tour Manager – travels with the tour.
- Tour Emcee – Serves as an emcee for each event.
For more details on any of these positions, visit our employment page.