The Bold Academy team is a group of inspired entrepreneurs and life catalysts fighting to unleash passion, purpose, and meaning in our world.

Our team brings a range of experiences from Apple, TED, NBC, United Nations Foundation, The White House, Seth Godin, Amazon, Zappos, Inc., iContact, EA Games, Obama for America, Peace Corps, StartingBloc, Fast Company, and a number of entrepreneurial ventures. We’re committed to giving our students an unprecedented, transformative experience.

Amber Rae | Founder & CEO

Amber Rae | Bold Academy

Amber Rae transforms people and organizations. As Founder & CEO of The Bold Academy, she’s cultivating a world in which human potential is not governed by what we’re told we can and cannot do, but rather by our highest intentions and inner gifts. In the last two years, Amber launched The Domino Project with Seth Godin, turned insomnia into a global movement via Night Owls, and helped hundreds of CEOs, entrepreneurs, and creatives realize their full potential through The Passion Experiment. A writer and speaker, Amber is a Fast Company Expert Blogger, Positively Positive contributor, and TEDx talker. She’s been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Inc., Forbes, The Huffington Post, BBC, and ABC World News.

On Twitter: @heyamberrae 

Smiley Poswolsky | Academy Director

Smiley Poswolsky

Smiley is a writer, and lover of life and people, especially people who are making the world a better place. He is a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow, and cares about supporting social entrepreneurs and encouraging people to live out their full potential in life.  For the last two years, he worked at the Peace Corps headquarters, writing speeches and other compelling memorandum, and working on special projects including President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.  Prior, Smiley worked as a film producer, location scout, and at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival, and studied film at Wesleyan University.  Smiley is a mentor for StartingBloc, as well as the Dell Summer Social Innovation Lab.

On Twitter:  @whatsupsmiley
Smiley’s Blog:

Nate Bagley | Director of Communications and Admissions


Nate is a super-connector and relationship maven. He believes true change that leaves lasting impact is made first by listening and understanding, then by boldly moving forward and taking action. He understands that a brand’s influence hinges on the relationships maintained between the consumer, the organization, market needs, and individual human behavior. He recognizes that every brand is a living, breathing, and changing organism whose life depends on strategic and emotional leadership and alignment. His passion for relationships, and his diverse internet marketing experience makes him a versatile asset to the Bold Academy team.

His current project, The Loveumentary, is an attempt to prove that true love exists, and demonstrate ways in which we all experience love.

On Twitter: @bigbags

Jeremy Kaufman | Assistant Academy Director

Jeremy Kaufman | Bold Academy
Jeremy is an entrepreneurial hustler who’s spent his last four years at Miami University honing his skills in taking risks and being bold. His experiences range between working in social innovation with Social Entrepreneur Corp in Guatemala, teaching himself guitar by playing six hours daily for year, and starting and failing in creating a startup that tried to hack the way college students meetup and interact. He serendipitously met Bold Academy founder Amber Rae during his last semester of college, joined the team, and moved to San Francisco. Most of all, Jeremy is a food culture lover. His relentless passion for food as a fundamental pillar of healthy communities and relationships is being driven forward through his latest project of LiveGatherEat.

Sylvia Ferrero | Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach

Sylvia Ferrero
Sylvia believes in a whole-istic approach to fitness, well-being, and life that starts with learning and loving ‘YOU’ as a route to success and fulfillment. She’s a 2X Tri-Fit World Champion, featured cover model and pro for Oxygen and Natural Muscle Magazine, fitness expert on, and stunt double. She’s coached and mentored fitness athletes, entrepreneurs, and celebrities from around the world, and she’s backpacked through the USA, Canada, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Bahamas, Spain, Trinidad/Tobago, Jamaica, Costa Rica and India. She’s a NSCA Certified Personal Trainer and CISSN Certified Sports Nutritionist.

On Twitter: @sylviaferrero

Nathaniel Koloc | Advisor

Nat Koloc

Nathaniel has spent the last five years trying to understand why it is so difficult for talented young people to find fulfilling work. The journey took him through East Africa, South America, and Europe, as well as the worlds of social impact and sustainability consulting. Armed with those experiences, Nathaniel co-founded ReWork, a community of sharp professionals that refuse to settle for work that doesn’t inspire them. Nathaniel is an Unreasonable fellow, a StartingBloc fellow, and holds a Masters in Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability.

On Twitter: @nathanielkoloc

Ryan Allis | Advisor

Ryan Allis
Ryan believes you can achieve anything you set your mind to. He was the co-founder and CEO of iContact until it was acquired in February 2012 by Vocus for $169 million. He’s passionate about using technology and entrepreneurship as tools to change the world. He’s an angel investor in companies in the U.S. and East Africa via the HumanityFund, the author of the book Zero to One Million, and Chairman of the non-profit

On Twitter: @ryanallis

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