Board of Directors

All Founders, All Driven to Make a Difference

 
  Cal Underwood  | President, Career Advisor, & Mentor  New York University | MBA Candidate Michigan State University | BS Electrical Engineering, Economics United States Air Force | Intelligence Officer   LinkedIn Profile    >

Cal Underwood | President, Career Advisor, & Mentor

New York University | MBA Candidate
Michigan State University | BS Electrical Engineering, Economics
United States Air Force | Intelligence Officer
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"We aspire to instill fortitude in these students to overcome the glass ceiling higher education undoubtedly imposes."

Letter to Students:

Hoping and wishing can only get us so far. I’m driven to succeed and to help others do the same. Catalyst for Achievement is not an organization for the dispassionate and unmotivated. We are here to assist and guide those with exceptional potential. Higher education is not only an investment of time and energy, but also one of considerable financial burden. Catalyst for Achievement hopes to alleviate one financial obstacle and mentor ambitious students to tackle the burden ahead. We aspire to instill fortitude in these students to overcome the glass ceiling higher education undoubtedly imposes. You can achieve - do not let anyone or anything stand in your way.

 
  Liz Kim  | Vice President, Career Advisor, & Mentor  Michigan State University | BA Finance Loop Capital Markets | Investment Banking Analyst   LinkedIn Profile    >

Liz Kim | Vice President, Career Advisor, & Mentor

Michigan State University | BA Finance
Loop Capital Markets | Investment Banking Analyst
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"My dream is to provide you with opportunities, encouragement, and guidance to motivate you to reach your goal."

Letter to Students:

I know you have great plans ahead of you, but as a mere 17 or 18-year-old, it may seem terrifying to think of what step to take in the right direction. Through Catalyst for Achievement, my hope is to help you along the way in solidifying those steps or taking one step closer towards that dream. Whether it's through having a conversation, providing resources, or referring you to contacts, my dream is to provide you with opportunities, encouragement, and guidance to motivate you to reach your goal. No matter how big or small, your aspirations are your strongest foundation and I hope Catalyst for Achievement can open doors for you.

 
  Kevin Yeh  | Vice President, Career Advisor, & Mentor  Cornell University | MBA Candidate Michigan State University | BS Computer Engineering & MS Computer Science Ernst & Young | Senior Consultant   LinkedIn Profile    >

Kevin Yeh | Vice President, Career Advisor, & Mentor

Cornell University | MBA Candidate
Michigan State University | BS Computer Engineering & MS Computer Science
Ernst & Young | Senior Consultant
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"Higher education provides lifelong financial returns, it opens doors, and it is instrumental in personal enrichment."

Letter to Students:

There is no doubt in my mind that higher education is the most important investment a young person can make. Higher education provides lifelong financial returns, it opens doors, and it is instrumental in personal enrichment. I believe in meritocracy. In our current landscape, household income implicitly impedes many students from higher achievement, and not just from a tuition standpoint. What's worse, some students are lost in the process and discouraged. My hope is that Catalyst for Achievement is the solution to both problems.

 
 

Catalysts Behind the Scenes

 
  Andrew Liu  | CareerX Director  Michigan State University | BS/MS Accounting Ernst & Young | International Tax Senior Associate   LinkedIn Profile    >

Andrew Liu | CareerX Director

Michigan State University | BS/MS Accounting
Ernst & Young | International Tax Senior Associate
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  Heather Yu  | Digital Art Director  College for Creative Studies | BA Illustration Freelance Illustrator   LinkedIn Profile    >

Heather Yu | Digital Art Director

College for Creative Studies | BA Illustration
Freelance Illustrator
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Mentors & Career Advisors