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Boston Public Schools Host Forbes Under 30 Summit Attendees, Students are Mentored by Superstar Entrepreneurs

PHOTO: Forbes 30 under 30 Summit honorees Michael Muthiga and Holly Cardew, alongside MAyor Marty Walsh, visit with students


Student Mentoring Assemblies are part of Forbes Under 30 Summit’s Service Day to give back to Boston Community


Boston, MA – Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - Boston Public Schools today hosted Forbes’ student mentoring assemblies across the city  as part of Forbes Service Day, capping off the four-day long Forbes Under 30 Summit.  The Service Day will leverage the results-driven mindset of the summit attendees to inspire the next generation of young entrepreneurs and truly make an impact on the local community.


"For the first time, Forbes 30 Under 30 will be hosted in Boston, and I'm pleased that the conference will include our students from Boston Public Schools," said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "We are excited to welcome some of the nation's most influential leaders to BPS, and look forward to them sharing their knowledge and passion with Boston’s young people."  


Under 30 Summit attendees will fan out to speak at assemblies and mentor middle school and high school students at different schools across the greater Boston area.  Each school is developing an individualized program, focusing on technology, innovation, and entrepreneurism. 


PHOTO: Game developer Trent Kuster shares his experience with elementary school students at PJ Kennedy School in East Boston.


“This is an incredible opportunity for Boston Public Schools,” said Boston School Committee Chairperson Michael O’Neill. “On behalf of the School Committee, I extend my gratitude to these young leaders who are engaging with our students and paying it forward.” 


In addition to speaking in assemblies and classrooms, the Under 30 participants will walk their mentees through the college admission process, provide guidance on application essays, lead mock interviews, as well as offer career advice. Student-run broadcast stations and newspapers across the Boston Public Schools network will connect Under 30s with students, giving the summit attendees the opportunity to encourage and inspire these future game changers. 


"This is an event designed to leave Boston, our host city, better than we found it,” said Randall Lane, Editor of Forbes magazine.  “The Forbes Under 30 Summit's Service Day epitomizes that mission.”


Speakers visited the following schools:


“We are very excited to welcome Forbes Under 30 Honorees to Boston Public Schools to mentor our students,” said Superintendent Tommy Chang. “It is important that our young people see living examples of how leadership knows no bounds in terms of age, race, or any other parts of our core identity. I’m confident that this experience will be transformative for our schools, and I am grateful to Forbes Under 30 for making this service day possible.” 

Platinum sponsors of the Forbes Under 30 Summit include American Express, HP Inc. and The Macallan.  Gold sponsors include Accenture, Fidelity Investments, Mayo Clinic and Virgin Atlantic. Silver sponsors include Amazon Studios, Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Catalant, Cole Haan, Draft Kings, Dunkin’ Donuts, Ocean Spray, Samuel Adams and The Boston Beer Company, Silicon Valley Bank, Uber, Vertex and Wayfair.  Media sponsors are The Boston Globe and PAN Communications.


Forbes’ Under 30 franchise is a global multichannel platform, and comprises 30 Under 30 lists that feature young game changers. The lists are published in print and online all over the world. The franchise also includes live summits in the U.S., Asia and Israel, an Under 30 channel on and an Under 30 app. To access Forbes magazine’s 2016 30 Under 30 list, please visit:


For more details on the 2016 Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston, please visit On Twitter, follow #Under30Summit.