In today’s episode of The Grow Ensemble Podcast, we are joined by Austin Buchan the CEO of College Forward, a non-profit based in Austin, Texas whose goal is to propel students from underserved backgrounds to collegiate success and remunerative careers. In our
First and foremost, we talk about College Forward’s evolution and how they have and are innovating in response to
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• Austin’s background and how he came to be the CEO of College Forward.
• How Austin got started in education while working in Nicaragua.
• Early days experience and mindset when Austin joined College Forward.
• Lessons from learning how to be a leader at a young age.
• Importance of relationship building in business management.
• How College Forward uses human-centered design in their programming.
• Logistical challenges that students of College Forward face on a daily basis.
• How Austin’s approach has changed over the course of his time at College Forward.
• Navigating the transition from the frontline into a management position.
• Preparing to transition new leadership and
• Understanding the emotional component of transitioning into new leadership roles.
• Why building a social enterprise is harder than building any other business model.
• More about CoPilot, the industry-leading student information system.
• Advice to other non-profits currently working on the frontlines.
• And much more!
“Taking over from a founder can often be very tumultuous and disruptive to the business, and there’s typically a lot of
“Building a social enterprise is infinitely harder than any other business model because just about every lever is pointed in the opposite direction as you.” — @Austin_Buchan [0:31:18.7]