We took a few minutes to interview Michelle and Grace, the co-founders behind our #FutureofWork venture Gladeo. Get to know about their work and what they are hoping to get out of our program below!

What is Gladeo?

A career inspiration and navigation platform that leverages the power of video storytelling and technology to help underserved youth find and pursue their dream career. 

Where are you based?

Los Angeles, CA

What is your vision for scale?

We want to create regional versions of across the United States to localize the career pathways, training programs and opportunities we recommend. We would also like to franchise our model to different countries. 

What drives you to do this work? 

The response we get from young people who’ve used Gladeo. They’re so excited when they discover their strengths and a career path that lights them up. It’s easy to be motivated to help millions of kids find that kind of hope. 

What are you hoping to take away from the Civic Accelerator? What are you hoping to give back to the cohort?

We hope to gain best practices, peer-to-peer learning, guidance on improving and expanding our outcomes measurement, and constructive criticism from adjacent organizations. We also hope to identify opportunities for partnerships so we can collaborate to make the most impact. We do not believe in reinventing the wheel. We are very aware of our core competencies and we very much believe in partnering with organizations to increase efficiency and minimize redundancy.   

We also hope to contribute our combined 25+ years in media and entertainment, video production, strategic planning, financial modeling, licensing and consumer products, business development and operations experience. And we also hope to contribute our friendship :)! 

Tell us a story about someone your venture has helped that inspires you:

17 year old Angelica watched a Gladeo video of Jeanette at a time when she’d never met a hispanic female engineer before. In the video, Jeanette shared the fear she felt being the first in her family to go to college – a fear that resonated with Angelica. Angelica felt like when people looked at her, a young hispanic female, they probably expected her to become a housewife. But seeing Jeanette talk about her career as an environmental engineer inspired Angelica to reach for something more. After watching the video, Angelica took the Gladeo Career Quiz and discovered her dream career in entertainment marketing. Today, Angelica is studying Marketing at UC Northridge.

One of the most amazing things we’ve seen is how Gladeo is being used by organizations and schools around the country to supplement the work they’re already doing. One of my favorite stories came from Lacoya Harris, CEO of I-impact, who works with incarcerated young people from the Cook County detention center. She shared that without Gladeo, helping youth at the juvenile detention center prepare for their future career lives would be extremely difficult, and that Gladeo has been the key to her success.