Episode 109 features the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Next Gen HQ, Dylan Gambardella. I was grateful to meet Dylan last year as I attended their Next Gen Summit in NYC and I love what him and the team at Next Gen HQ are doing to help create momentum for young entrepreneurs on their path to achieving their mission in life.
Dylan Gambardella is a 24-year-old entrepreneur, speaker, and investor. Dylan is the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Next Gen HQ, a business hub empowering the world’s greatest entrepreneurs with the tools and resources to overcome obstacles and chase their dreams.
Dylan has helped leading brands including Target, Capital One, and Dell access, engage with, and influence the next generation. He has been featured in Forbes, Inc, Adweek, Entrepreneur, and USA Today for his work leading a venture-backed, scaling a startup. A graduate of Duke University (‘17), Dylan has spoken in front of tens of thousands on global stages including TEDx.
Episode 64 introduced the audience to Krystian Leonard, Founder of Shining S.C.A.R.S Not-For-Profit Organization, Author, Miss West Virginia Pageant participant, and the list goes on.
I had a wonderful conversation with Krystian when I met her in person at the Next Gen Summit in early June 2019 and wanted to dive deeper into her journey and share that with the audience. We covered a lot in a short time.
Miss West Virginia Competition
The Zombie Club Movie
Getting her first scars when she was 4
Dealing with bullying at school
Meeting Miss West Virginia Tiffany Lawrence
Being Positive to herself each day
Writing her book, Shining Scars
Getting involved with Next Gen
I know you all will enjoy this wide-ranging conversation and please see some more information below about Krystian.
Krystian is a 22-year-old from Morgantown, West Virginia, currently attending West Virginia University in her senior year studying broadcast journalism. Krystian founded her non-profit organization, Shining S.C.A.R.S., at the age of 14. S.C.A.R.S. stands for finding strength, building character for self-acceptance to rise above the stigma. Overcoming stigmas related to all scars is at the heart of this unique organization. The passion behind Shining S.C.A.R.S. stems from Krystian’s own personal battle and experiences resulting from visible scars beginning at the age of 4. Her surgeries left behind several large scars and she endured first-hand the trials and self-esteem issues associated with taunts and bullying because of those scars. Her nonprofit works to gather funding to provide her children’s book Shining Scars, to children’s hospitals and recovery centers treating patients relating to burns, cleft palate, spina bifida and cancer recovery and others. By creating a positive and character building organization it is Krystian’s goal to build an informative community aiding in the healing process. You can learn how to get involved by visiting www.shiningscars.com
Episode 32 features a young and impressive entrepreneur by the name of Justin Lafazan. From an earlier age, Justin saw his Dad struggle through the 2008 Recession as a Mortgage Banker and vowed to pave his own way in life so that he never had to be impacted by other peoples decisions. That drive has led him to create a company while still in high school, write a book, and start a 2nd company to bring together young entrepreneurs from all over the place. Oh and he is only 22 years old!
I truly enjoyed this interview with Justin and excited for you all to listen in!
Featured in USA Today, Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post and Inc. Magazine, Justin (22) is an experienced entrepreneur, consultant, speaker, and best-selling author.
Justin is the co-founder of Next Gen, the premier community and conference for millennial entrepreneurs. Next Gen curates the brightest and most talented young founders worldwide, and provides them with resources for their personal and professional growth (funding, mentorship, vendor relationships, etc).
Next Gen Summit has developed into a must-attend event, winning various accolades including:
++ Forbes “1 in 5 can’t miss events”
++ Entrepreneur Magazine “1 in 7 of the best events for entrepreneurs under 30”
++ Entrepreneur Magazine “1 in 7 conferences that will level up your A-game”
In December 2015, Justin published his best-selling book, What Wakes You Up?, receiving endorsement from the founders of UGG, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Chuck-E-Cheese, and more.