“Braven helped me learn about myself and expand my career skills and connections with professionals. It gave me opportunities that I would not have otherwise received.”
Sana Rahim – Braven Fellow ’15


Who Can Apply What To ExpectFeatured Coaches


Braven discovers and develops extraordinary, diverse, and driven young people–like you–and connects them to the professional opportunities and networks they need to succeed.

Your first step as a Braven Fellow is to complete The Braven Accelerator, a course offered at partner colleges and universities that prepares you for success in the increasingly competitive, globalized workforce.

Then as a graduate of the The Braven Accelerator, you will join thousands of Braven Fellows across the nation–a diverse, driven, and dynamic community committed to college completion, strong first jobs, and positive impact as a member of The Braven Network.

Join Us. #BeBraven

Who Can Apply

We’re looking for diverse students who want to develop their career and leadership skills, explore their identity, build meaningful relationships with peers and young professionals, accelerate their career, and make the world a better place.

You can apply if you:

  • Are an undergraduate student at San José State University or Rutgers University – Newark or are in National Louis University’s Harrison Professional Pathways Program
  • Are in good academic standing
  • Can commit an average of 4-5 hours a week to this experience during the semester (2-3 hours pre-work, 2 hours in-person)
  • Can attend 2 Saturday events outside of the weekly program

For application information and program timelines, visit our regional pages:

The Bay Area (San José State University)

NJ/NYC Area (Rutgers University – Newark)

Chicago Area (National Louis University)

Don’t see your university or college?
Want to bring The Braven Accelerator to your campus? Let us know [HERE].


To date, our students identify as:


people of color


first-generation college students


Through our hybrid online and in-person course, you’ll get:

  • skillsSkills: learn the hard and soft skills companies and organizations want and practice them in mock professional settings.
  • experienceExperience: apply skills to solve real-world challenges with a cohort of your peers.
  • coachingCoaching: receive small group and one-on-one coaching from a local professional to achieve personal and professional goals.
  • handshakeNetworking: expand your circle of champions to include motivated peers, supportive adults, and respected thought-leaders.

Featured Coaches

Braven Leadership Coaches come from a variety of backgrounds and work across many sectors. Here are just a few examples of the amazing coaches you get to work with through The Braven Accelerator.


Shannon Birk Jibaja

Assistant Director of Entrepreneurial Curriculum
Stanford Graduate School of Business

Shannon graduated from University Richmond where she double majored in French and Latin American & Iberian Studies. Her first job after college was as a Pre-K Spanish Bilingual teacher in Austin, TX. More recently, she earned her M.A. Ed. with a concentration in Higher Education from Stanford Graduate School of Education. She currently manages programs and supports course/curriculum development around entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Shannon loves to be able to get to where she needs to go via bike and spoil her 2 cats, Luna and Tigre. One of her dreams is to put on a concert featuring music in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese!


Jenny Song

Bain & Company

Jenny majored in Journalism and Political Science at Northwestern University. She more recently earned both a Master of Public Policy from University of Chicago and an MBA from Stanford University. She is currently a strategy consultant specializing in program management, research and analysis, and marketing and communication. Jenny enjoys cooking and entertaining, being a hockey fan, skiing, traveling, and reading.


Abdullah Wright

Monitor Deloitte

Abdullah graduated from Wesleyan University where he majored in Economics and African-American History. His first job after college was as a trader for UBS Investment Bank, after having interned with UBS the summer before his final year of college. More recently, he earned his M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Now at top-tier consulting firm Monitor Deloitte, he currently advises his clients’ senior leaders in areas spanning growth strategy, business development, brand strategy, and market potential. In addition to community service, Abdullah is an avid sports fan (primarily basketball and football), enjoys traveling, and most of all dancing with his 7-month old daughter.