Sl Foundation Presents The Power Of Storytelling With Shane Adams



It's hard to dream big when you don't know what's out there. That's why we bring young professionals from a broad range of fields to inspire high-school students through the power of storytelling. This is your chance to learn what all those people in the downtown office buildings actually do, how they got there and what it's like to be one of them.


  • Srajan Bhagat

    01/10/2020 Duración: 32min

    Srajan Bhagat is a Senior Customer Success Manager at InfluxData. Srajan and Aniket discuss nontraditional experiences with school, how his interests in sustainability, policy, classical music, and yoga have uniquely aligned, and his passion for customer success.

  • McKenzie Divel

    14/09/2020 Duración: 20min

    McKenzie is a senior analyst at Goldman Sachs. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a BBA in Finance and Accounting. McKenzie and Kat talk about her occupational journey and how a move at a young age shaped her.

  • Jacqueline Gibson

    06/09/2020 Duración: 34min

    Jacqueline Gibson is a Software Engineer at Microsoft. She is an alumna from the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in African and African Diaspora Studies, Computer Science, and minored in Human Computer Interaction. Jacqueline shares with Melissa how she first discovered her love for computer science, her aspirations of using technology to create a positive impact, her experiences as a Black woman in STEM, and the importance of finding a supporting and uplifting community. Jacqueline lives in Seattle and works at Microsoft full-time. 

  • Jason Petlueng

    03/09/2020 Duración: 25min

    Jason Petlueng is the Director of Marketing at Evolve MMA, the #1 mixed martial arts gym in Asia. Jason and Aniket discuss the importance of exposure to diverse perspectives, taking leaps of faith to follow our passions, and the value of persistence in going after something you love. 

  • Barbara Kufiadan

    15/08/2020 Duración: 27min

    Barbara Kufiadan is a 2nd year graduate student at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Barbara and Aniket discuss her Ghanaian-American upbringing, her experience growing up as a black woman in a predominantly white state, and her passion for shaping public policy to be more diverse, inclusive, and equitable for everyone. You can reach out to Barbara through her LinkedIn profile.Instagram - @barbkufiadan

  • Christian Kenoly

    03/08/2020 Duración: 29min

    Christian (they/them) graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in PR, minor in Black Studies, and concentration in Business Foundations. Christian spoke about their career as an Account Coordinator at M Booth. Christian expanded on their experience as a black transgender person in a corporate setting and detailed some ways the workplace can be more inclusive. Christian also discussed the importance of prioritizing mental health, and how they take care of their needs.According to, an account coordinator can earn an average annual salary of $40,535.You can reach out to Christian through their LinkedIn profile.Instagram - @unholykenoly

  • Vyasar Ganesan

    29/07/2020 Duración: 25min

    Vyasar Ganesan, a participant in the Netflix docuseries "Indian Matchmaking", is a writer and college counselor at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin, Texas. Vyasar and Aniket discuss finding joy amidst a difficult upbringing, bridging the gap between the humanities and the sciences, and deriving purpose through life's experiences.According to, a college and career counselor can earn an average annual salary of $47,891.You can reach out to Vyasar through his LinkedIn profile.Instagram - @vyasar.ganesanPublications - Vyasar Writes!

  • Patrick Lyons

    28/07/2020 Duración: 38min

    Patrick Lyons is a Mechanical Sourcing Engineer at Microsoft. He is an alum from the University of Texas at Austin where he majored in Mechanical Engineering. Patrick shares with Melissa his journey with fitness, how he founded his own personal training program, Lyon Shred Coaching, and his experiences training for American Ninja Warrior. Patrick lives in Seattle and works at Microsoft while continuing to expand his fitness programs.According to, a mechanical engineer earns an average annual salary of $70,846.You can reach out to Patrick through his LinkedIn profile.Instagram - @patricklyonsYouTube - Patrick Lyons

  • Garrett Mireles

    27/07/2020 Duración: 35min

    Garrett Mireles graduated from UT Austin with a B.S. in Advertising with a concentration in copy-writing in the Creative Advertising Program. In this interview, he shares with Kat his experiences transitioning into UT and learning what was truly important to him. He also discusses what it is like to be a copywriter for Thimble, a tech startup, working towards his goals, and what he is finding joy in today.According to, a copywriter earns an average annual salary of $51,549.You can reach out to Garrett through his LinkedIn profile.Instagram - @garrettmireles

  • Cheyenne Gordon

    24/07/2020 Duración: 18min

    Cheyenne Gordon works as a music therapist at Hospice of Lubbock, where she works along other medical professionals to provide end-of-life care to patients. In this interview, Cheyenne tells Kat about how she decided to pursue a career in music therapy, how music can help the healing process, and how she copes with such an emotional occupation. Cheyenne explains how life can be beautiful in all its stages and how she finds peace and comfort in helping others.According to, a music therapist can earn an average annual salary of $41,456.You can reach out to Cheyenne through her LinkedIn profile.Instagram - @cheyenne.gordonJULY 22, 2020  

  • Jonathan Wong

    24/07/2020 Duración: 30min

    Jonathan Wong is a rising senior at the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Business Honors, Management Information Systems, and Biology. Jonathan shares with Melissa his experiences with computer science and software engineering, his love for entrepreneurship, and his journey in combining technology, business, and healthcare to make the world a better place. Jonathan lives in Austin and works as a Product Management Intern for Roblox.According to, Product Managers in the software industry can earn an average annual salary of $96,064.You can reach out to Jonathan through his LinkedIn profile and learn more about him through his personal website.Instagram - @2wongsmakearightTwitter - @wonathanjong

  • Giancarlo Bernini

    24/07/2020 Duración: 28min

    Giancarlo Bernini is a magician with his own show, Magic of Giancarlo Bernini. He is an alum from the University of Texas at Austin where he majored in Religious Studies and took additional coursework in psychology and business. Giancarlo shares with Melissa his experiences growing up in a small town, discovering his love for magic at a young age, the road to becoming a full-time performer, and starring in the magic competition television program, Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Giancarlo lives in Dallas and works as a magician full-time.According to Glassdoor, magicians can earn anywhere from $30,000 to upwards of $100,000 annually.You can reach out to Giancarlo through his LinkedIn profile.Instagram - @berninimagic

  • Anish Malpani

    24/07/2020 Duración: 22min

    From the small town of Aurangabad, India to the bright lights of New York City, Anish found mainstream success in corporate America. However, looking for something more, he embarked on a journey to make a difference in the social impact space and find fulfillment by following his passion. Currently, Anish is working to incubate his own social enterprise focused on multidimensional poverty, starting first with waste-pickers in India, with the goal of spending the rest of his life fighting poverty through economic empowerment.You can reach out to Anish through his LinkedIn profile, and learn more about him on his personal website.Twitter - @anishmalpaniInstagram - @anishmalpani

  • Trang Truong

    24/07/2020 Duración: 14min

    Trang Truong is a recent graduate of UC Irvine with a degree in Psychological Sciences. Trang and Aniket discuss her experiences growing up with both of her parents battling cancer, dealing with a stutter, and how she learned to deal with adversity by setting on a mission to help others. Trang's story is one of empowerment and strength. Now as a graduate, Trang hopes to educate others on the importance of fitness and be an advocate for health and wellness.You can reach out to Trang through her LinkedIn profile.Instagram - @traytay

  • Kush Singh

    24/07/2020 Duración: 41min

    Kush Singh is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hitch. He attended the University of Texas at Austin for a year before deciding to leave McCombs and focus on his venture. Kush shares with Melissa his journey with entrepreneurship, the challenges of running an intercity ridesharing business out of his dorm room, and his personal and professional growth over the years. Today, Hitch offers ridesharing services in all major cities in Texas and has 13 operating routes. Kush lives in Austin and works full-time with Hitch.According to, the average salary of a CEO is $156,197, but this can vary greatly depending on the size of the organization.You can reach out to Kush through his LinkedIn profile.Instagram - @hitchTwitter - @foundkush @hitchtravel

  • Lydia Breedlove

    24/07/2020 Duración: 49min

    In this interview, Lydia Breedlove tells Katherine about her unique childhood. Lydia grew up with two blind parents, and she explains how that experience shaped her today. Lydia recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a degree in Athletic Training. She will be attending Texas Women’s University this fall to receive dual certification in Physical Therapy, as well.According to, the average salary of a Physical Therapist is $71,327.You can reach out to Lydia through her LinkedIn profile.Instagram - @lydia_danielle

  • Micky Wolf

    24/07/2020 Duración: 22min

    Micky Wolf is a Venture for America Fellow and the Director of Programs at Dent Education. In this interview, Micky shares his journey with social entrepreneurship and demonstrates that the path to success is not a straight line. He currently works in Baltimore with Dent Education, empowering student entrepreneurs to discover and develop their creative potential. Our interview also features Di'Ja Thompson, a high school junior working with Micky at Dent building PPE to keep the Baltimore community safe.According to Glassdoor, Fellow salaries at Venture for America can range from $38,000 - $51,941.You can reach out to Micky through his LinkedIn profile.Instagram - @denteducation @venture4america

  • Alexa Heras

    24/07/2020 Duración: 20min

    Alexa is a bilingual nutrition educator at the Central Texas Food Bank. Growing up commuting from a border town in Mexico to the US everyday for school, Alexa had to deal with feeling caught in the middle of two different cultures. Alexa and Aniket talk about finding comfort in change, her love for food and nutrition, and the impactful work she does today helping out people across Central Texas who suffer from food insecurity.According to, the average salary of a nutritionist is $49,974. However, this number can range greatly depending on the size of the business.You can reach out to Alexa through her LinkedIn profile.Instagram - @fabh._

  • Usama Siddiquee

    24/07/2020 Duración: 23min

    Usama Siddiquee is an actor and standup comedian in New York City. Usama and Aniket discuss embracing one's own culture, the importance of passion, the difficulties of dealing with external pressures, and his tough path in the entertainment industry. Usama made the courageous decision to forego medical school and pursue his dream, and today has found widespread success as a comic with his own podcast, Mango Bae.You can reach out to Usama through his LinkedIn profile.Instagram - @usamastandsup

  • Michael Staffeldt

    24/07/2020 Duración: 30min

    A child of divorced parents and an alcoholic father, Michael faced a lot of hardships at home. However, he found solace in education and an escape through playing viola. By viewing the difficult times in his life as learning opportunities, he has worked hard to become a Technical Recruiter at Google, while also continuing his love for music as a DJ and producer. Michael's story inspires us all to be resilient in the face of adversity and follow our passions.According to, the average salary of a Technical Recruiter is $60,000. However, this number can range greatly depending on the size of the business.You can reach out to Michael through his LinkedIn profile.Instagram - @mikevonpaul

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