DB 045: Adam Braun, Founder of MissionU & Pencils of Promise, On How Ordinary People Create Extraordinary Change


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This week, we are honored to have Adam Braun as our guest.   Adam is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founder & CEO of MissionU.  He was previously Founder & CEO of Pencils of Promise, the award-winning organization that has built over 400 schools around the world.

Adam has been featured as a speaker at The White House, the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has also been named to Business Insider’s 40 Under 40, Wired Magazine‘s 50 People Who Are Changing the World, and was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s original ten Global Shapers.

In the episode, Adam shares the inspirational story behind why he created Pencils of Promise, and also shares his new big dream of fixing our broken higher education system, which is his focus now as CEO of MissionU.

We are so grateful that he took the time out of his very busy schedule to chat with us.  Thank you Adam!


  • How Pencils of promise started and how it got to where it is today (over 400 schools built!).
  • The inspiring story behind the name of “Pencils of Promise”
  • The huge vision of Adam’s new company, MissionU and how you can get in the program.
  • The innovative people involved in MissionU.
  • How Adam overcame his fear of public speaking.
  • Adam’s Big Dream for the future.
  • The one trait Adam has that helped him make his dreams a reality.
  • And so much more!



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