Lynda Applegate

Advisory Board Member & Professor, Harvard Business School

Dr. Applegate is the Martin Marshall Professor of Harvard Business School and Departmental Chair, Entrepreneurial Management. Professor Applegate is also the recipient of the prestigious Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching. In addition, she sits on the board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Technology Council, served as a member of the Industry Advisory Board for NASDAQ, and was an advisor on the launch of the World Bank’s Global Development Gateway. Yes, we're lucky to have her.

Tim Butler

Advisory Board Member & Director, Career Development Programs, Harvard Business School

When it comes to providing guidance to students on their careers, Tim Butler is the man. Since 1984, he’s worked with students of Harvard, where he runs their Career Development Program. Through his company, CareerLeader, LLP, Tim and his partner, Dr. James Waldroop, developed the leading career assessment tool used by over 400 MBA programs and corporations around the world, including General Electric, Sony Music, Gillette, Hewlett-Packard, and many others. He’s also the co-author of Getting Unstuck: How Dead Ends Become New Paths. So, yeah, since SuperFutures is about creating paths for young people, we’re lucky to have Tim’s guidance on our classes and coaching programs. You want the best and so do we.

Beth-Ann Eason

Advisory Board Member & General Manager/COO, Beliefnet

With a career background that spans more than 15 years of senior leadership roles with top industry leaders and well-recognized market brands, Beth-Ann Eason knows firsthand about driving business success and delivering bottom-line results. She is a key business strategist, marketer, and turnaround agent who repeatedly has helped companies maximize revenue performance and achieve long-term market sustainability. More recently as the General Manager/COO of Beliefnet, Beth-Ann executed a series of turnaround initiatives and new business growth strategies during major industry shifts and regulation changes.

Beth-Ann holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing for Lehigh University where she achieved the Dean’s List academic status and was a member of Lambda Mu Sigma, the marketing honorary society. In 2006, she was inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement and she earned the President’s Award from the Advertising Club of New York in 2007 and 2010. She is the founding member of W.O.M.E.N., a professional women’s mentoring program and has served as an active board member for the Advertising Club of New York, Online Publishers Association and IAB.

Bob Ghoorah

Advisory Board Member & General Counsel, Ning, #1 Social Networking Platform

Bob has worked with some of the biggest entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, helping them build some of the great innovations of our time. He's currently General Counsel to Ning, which powers the largest number of social networking sites -- more than 200,000 with some 30 million users -- and was founded by Goldman Sachs investment banker Gina Bianchini and Netscape founder Marc Andreesen. At Ning, Bob manages the legal and day-to-day corporate affairs. He was previously with Wilson Sonsini and Orrick Herrington.

Chris Lasala

Advisory Board Member & Director, Mobile Partnerships, Google

Chris Lasala joined Google in 2003. He is currently serving as the Director for Strategic Partner Development for Mobile Partnerships. He has led teams across product, legal, finance and sales to develop go to market strategy for monetizing publishers’ mobile content, developed deal structure and key terms to accelerate deal volume in a highly dynamic and evolving ecosystem. He also designed organization structure and staffed business development and partner management.

Chris graduated from Boston College summa cum laude and earned his M.B.A from Duke University. He frequently guest lectures at Yale and Fairfield Universities.

Melissa Murray

Advisory Board Member & Assistant Professor of Law, UC Berkeley

Melissa Murray joined the faculty as an assistant professor in fall 2006 and she teaches family law and criminal law. Her research focuses on the roles that criminal law and family law play in articulating the legal parameters of intimate life. Prior to coming to Boalt, Murray served for two years as an associate in law at Columbia Law School.

Murray is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she was a Jefferson Scholar, and Yale Law School, where she was notes development editor of the Yale Law Journal. While in law school, she earned special recognition as an NAACP-LDF/Shearman & Sterling Scholar and was a semifinalist of Morris Tyler Moot Court. Following law school, Murray clerked for Sonia Sotomayor, then of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and Stefan Underhill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Her recent publications include, "The Networked Family: Reframing the Legal Understanding of Caregiving and Caregivers" in the Virginia Law Review (2008) and "Equal Rites and Equal Rights" in the California Law Review (2008). In 2010, Murray was awarded the Association of American Law School’s Derrick A. Bell Award, which is given to a junior faculty member who has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system, or social justice.

Martha Olson

Advisory Board Member & Group President - Intimate Apparel and Swimwear, Warnaco

Martha Olson has been the Group President - Intimate Apparel and Swimwear and President of Calvin Klein Underwear U S at Warnaco Group Inc. since September 8, 2010 and as its President of core brands unit of since November 2, 2004. Ms. Olson oversees the branded Olga, Warner's and Body Nancy Ganz bra and shapewear businesses. Ms. Olson, whose background includes marketing well-known consumer packaged brands such as Cheerios and Betty Crocker, had formerly worked with McCluskey at Sara Lee Corp., when she joined the Playtex Apparel division in 1992, and later the licensed Ralph Lauren Intimates at Sara Lee, which was discontinued in late 2003. she was most recently a division manager of Edison Schools, a private company that manages public schools.

Jennifer Openshaw


Jennifer is a nationally recognized expert on financial, economic and education issues who has appeared on Oprah, Dr. Phil, CNN and CNBC. After raising her two younger brothers and putting herself through college -- no small feat -- Jennifer served in the California State Treasurer’s Office where she helped create the Bank-at-School Program. While in business school, Jennifer conceived of her first company, Women’s Financial Network, later sold to Wall Street legend Muriel Siebert.  Jennifer then went on to establish Family Financial Network, where she was instrumental in building financial education programs used by thousands of schools, parents and students. Prior to becoming a thought-leader in the education arena, Jennifer served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing for BankOne (now JPMorgan Chase). She has advised such companies as Allstate and Microsoft and is a frequent national speaker who’s addressed groups ranging from Harvard to employees of Ford. A Rotary Scholar, she holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business and is an Adjunct Professor at New York University. Why SuperFutures? I went to three undergraduate colleges because of poor guidance – or no guidance, really. I see the difference a SuperCoach can make – not just to teens, but parents too. First job: motel maid. Favorite quote: If there’s a will, there’s a way. Favorite (brain) food: peanut butter-banana-honey on whole grain toast.  In my spare time: between working out, caring for my family and SuperFutures, what spare time? I love what I do.

Lisa Rosenzweig

Senior Vice President, Academics & Outreach

Lisa brings the ideal blend of academic leadership and real-world business experience to the SuperFutures team.  She held the dual posts of Academic Dean and Executive Director of Corporate Outreach at Kaplan Continuing Education, where she led the development of career oriented professional studies programs. Prior to that, Lisa served as the Dean of Academic Affairs for Keiser University’s Pembroke Pines campus.  She remains an adjunct marketing instructor and loves being in the classroom. Her corporate experience includes senior positions in brand management at Unilever, Clairol and Chase Manhattan Bank. Lisa earned her BA at Northwestern University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.  When asked about selection to this prestigious honor society, Lisa quips, “no, I’m not a geek”.  Lisa also holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Why SuperFutures? So that no parent has to go through what happened to my best friend.  After borrowing $3,000 to pay for a private counselor, my friend found that her daughter was no closer to knowing what she wanted to do or how to write her personal statement than she was before. I’m happy to say that she is headed to law school.  But, happier to know that beginning now, there is a place for parents and teens to get prepared for learning and life. Best advice to job hunters:  Do not give up. The right job is out there. You just need to believe it.  In my spare time:  Reading a good book and watching the Duke Blue Devils rule NCAA men’s basketball!

Patrick Sciarratta

Advisory Board Member & Co-Founder, Youth Assembly at the United Nations

Patrick is the Executive Director of the Friendship Ambassador Association and founder of the Youth Assembly Program at the United Nations. He speaks at too many international forums to mention, because of his knowledge of international issues. He is also the editor of the NGO Reporter and a MacArthur Award Recipient. He served on the faculty of Purchase University for over 10 years.

Bryan Stone

Advisory Board Member & Director, World Economic Forum

Bryan leads the banking area of the World Economic Forum. So, yes, he was in Davos, making sure the big wigs of the world were getting along as they were talking about the world's economy. He's been a real operator at other institutions, including Wells Fargo. Bryan received his BA from Harvard and his MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business.

Sita Vasan

Advisory Board Member & Senior Investments Director, Intel

Since 2000, Sita has been Intel's venture capital guru, closing some 60 deals in the digital media, enterprise software, and wireless space. Prior to Intel, she was at the International Finance Corp/World Bank, where she headed-up the client derivative team. No, she's not a quant jock, she says, but she has operated in some pretty heady places and just loves to make things happen on an international scale. She's been a VP at Banque Indosuez's Foreign Swap Marketing Team in Paris and also served at the Bank of Tokyo in London. She attended Brywn Mawr and got her MBA from the Wharton School and was sponsored by the World Bank for a further MBA program through Harvard/Stanford/Insead.

Lauren Whelan

Chief of Instruction

Lauren Whelan, a 10-year veteran of career guidance for teens with expertise in the online world, leads SuperFutures’ SuperCoaches. Among the nation’s top experts in online career guidance, Lauren has served as Lead Academic Advisor for Kaplan Academy of California (KAC), an online school of over 2,000. Lauren brings extensive experience from nearly all touchpoints of teen success, including the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Engineering where she was a MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) College Counselor and UCLA, where she was an Admissions Applications Reader. At California Virtual Academies and James Monroe High, Lauren developed curriculum and counseled hundreds of students, often drawing from her business experience in real estate and financial analysis. Lauren holds two Masters Degrees in education from USC (Counseling Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)), UCLA certification in College Counseling, and a credential in Pupil Personnel Services. We’re not sure what credential Lauren doesn’t have. Why SuperFutures? It’s imperative today that students get smart guidance early on. I’ve seen how online guidance can actually enable us to get more out of teens and take them further than the traditional counseling. In my spare time: spending time with my son and husband. It’s what inspires me to impact every student at SuperFutures.

Paula Weiner

Advisory Board Member & President, Weiner & Associates, Inc

Paula has spent much of her career successfully working as a retained search professional—putting the best people in the right jobs, and building strong work teams.  She has worked for such companies as Johnson, Smith & Knisely and Ward Howell, before founding Weiner & Associates, Inc.  Her clients include Internet and E-Commerce firms, Healthcare companies, leading Consumer Packaged Goods firms, Health & Beauty Care manufacturers,  Cable Networks and Service Providers, Entrepreneurial Ventures, Information companies and Financial Services firms.

Before starting her amazing career, Paula earned her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts.

Johnel Barron


As founder of Johnel Barron International and iSTRIVE Enterprises, Johnel is committed to delivering the greatest generation of individuals – the millennial generation– to its’ destiny. Through iSTRIVE, Johnel Barron has created the Teach Me How to Study Tour that provides motivational pep rallies to schools across the country in an effort to not only keep students in school but raise their GPA. A graduate of Purdue University in Interpersonal Communications where he played men’s basketball, Johnel has also built curriculum and programs as a college Director of Recruitment and Outreach and an admissions recruiter. His contributions also extend into the business world, where he brings his multilateral understanding of corporate culture to serve as a respected consultant, providing communicative strategies and manageable solutions to organizations that share his passion for empowering youth. Why Superfutures? Superfutures will make a Superdifference in the lives of Superteens and I have to be apart of something so Superawesome! How I connect with teens: I connect with teens through mutual understanding and pop culture. Biggest life lesson: Talent must always be accompanied by hardwork. Favorite (brain) food: Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies. Best advice to job hunters: Their is no shame in working for free to get your foot in the door.

Jennifer Byus


Jennifer Byus, a graduate of California State University, Monterey Bay and Chapman University, knows the importance of planning and the guidance students need to successfully meet their life goals.  As an Academic Advisor for Kaplan Academy of California, she has had the pleasure of working with teens, helping them reach their career and educational goals through online instruction and learning.  "My passion is to provide students with the confidence and knowledge to take charge of their life goals, and know that their dreams are a possibility. Why SuperFutures? Students rarely receive the training or guidance they need. As I navigated through my college career, I developed a passion to assist other students in meeting their career and educational goals. Pet peeve: People who don't ask questions. Favorite quote: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt. Best advice to job hunters: Practice before you go on an interview with a friend or family member. Favorite (brain) food: Fish Tacos.

Benit John


Benit John is a Board of Education Certified secondary teacher for New York and Connecticut who really knows what it means to prepare students for standardized tests. After all, she’s taught SAT prep courses and coached teens on both study and life success skills. Benit brings not just experience teaching, but also doing in the real world. For instance, she helped run marketing campaigns to educate youth about alcohol abuse on campus. She has a BA from Fairfield University and can often be seen annoying and energizing groups of teens at Mamaroneck High. Why SuperFutures? SuperFutures provides a truly needed service preparing high school students for the future and helps fill the gap in education with hard working individuals. Biggest life lesson: Teach yourself a lesson from every experience. Best advice to job hunters: Be open to criticism. When I study: Have noise on, either the TV or music. I cannot study in a quiet zone. Time management tip: Plan ahead. Schedules allow me to maximize my time with my tasks.

Beatrice Ngyuen


Bea brings a unique blend of experience in both traditional and online career counseling along with an energy that inspires teens.  As an Academic Advisor for Kaplan Academy —an online charter school -- and a Career Specialist at several schools including Arnold Beckman High School, she has guided thousands both individually and in small groups in the areas of career planning, conflict resolution, testing, and study skills. With a B.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine and a M.A. in Counseling from Chapman University, she is fully equipped to guide students while lending her ear and expertise as they discover their future. Why SuperFutures? I understand, from personal experience, the anxiety that college and career searching can cause. I want to be able to help guide students and parents through this time. Favorite gadget: E-readers. My Nook has inspired me to read even more and having a portable library is liberating! Best advice to job hunters:  Job-hunting is a job—if you don’t put in the time and dedication, you won’t reap the rewards. In my spare time:  Playing with my animals (a cat and a dog), cooking, playing piano or banjo.

Clark Reiner


An investment banker with over 20 years of international business experience helping non-US governments and organizations – such as the Abu Dhabi government in India -- finance everything from real estate to the $1.2 billion Basra Sports City Complex in Dubai, Clark truly understands global issues, business start-up, and the importance of preparing our youth to compete internationally. He earned his MBA, cum laude, from UCLA Business School while working as an analyst at Fox Media and at 20th Century Fox Films. During his undergraduate years at Middlebury College, Clark studied all over the world: The University of Cape Town, the University of Chang Mai, Thailand, The L’institute Catholique, Paris, Gonville and Keyes College, Cambridge University. Clark is a graduate of the prestigious Fulbright Program from The London Academy of Music And Dramatic Art. He has coached youth at Outward Bound, at his military cadet school, and as a sailing instructor, where he often draws from both his military and arts education. Why SuperFutures? Because it embodies the essence of  "through giving we receive". SuperCoaches help guide teenagers to focus, commit and put their goals and dreams into the next great journey of their lives: college. My passion: Sail racing. It’s the perfect combination of teamwork, striving for harmony with nature so that you win. And, it’s unpredictable, just like life. Biggest life lesson: You are responsible for your own success or defeat. Role model: Bill Gates. He came from a regular middle class American family, found a passion, pursued it and never gave up, changed the world, and now is taking all his wealth and changing the world again by giving it away. Favorite (brain) food: A really good cheeseburger! With lots of ketchup!

Philippe Taieb

Head SuperCoach

Philippe has been providing career advice to Harvard Business School students for over five years and for quite a bit longer to anyone who has asked. He also serves as a consultant with a focus on social investing and has worked with such organizations as Doctors of the World and the Nature Conservancy. He holds an MBA from Harvard. Why SuperFutures? This is a unique opportunity to help teens acquire skills that will impact them their entire lives and careers. How I connect with teens: Teens are full of hope and energy, and I’m passionate about helping them leverage that energy by focusing on their passions. Favorite quote: If it’s not fun, why do it? Study tip: Focus. Focus. Focus. Best advice to job hunters: Be realistic but do not lose sight of your dreams. Favorite gadget: Email. It’s essential to me in both my professional and personal life. In my spare time: Volunteering, painting, running, listening to music (Phish, Dave Matthews, funk music) and having fun with my friends. 

Matt Wilson


Matt Wilson is co-founder of Under30CEO, a website dedicated to giving young entrepreneurs the tools and resources they need to succeed.  After using social media to create huge buzz online and landing Under30CEO in countless publications including Entrepreneur magazine and Reuters, Matt began helping others build their brands through his digital marketing firm. Matt’s passion for entrepreneurship began at Bryant University where he led the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization to becoming the world’s #1 entrepreneurship organization and earned personal accolades as National Student Leader of the Year.  Matt was a finalist for Alister and Paine’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010 and has keynoted to groups of over 1,000 people. His personal mission is to inspire young people to use technology to create opportunity and become leaders. Why SuperFutures? I want to help every young entrepreneur on the planet! I couldn't think of anything I'd rather do. How I connect with teens:  I was one five years ago, have been a ski instructor, lifeguard and most importantly, a big brother. When I study: I always take a break to play Madden. 3 things I can't live without: Great people in my life, adventure, and my skis.