July 2013

Graduation and News

We hope you are staying cool and getting some much needed rest and relaxation.

We are pleased to welcome Stacey Robbins in her new role as Partner at Springpoint and Morgan Lacy as Senior Associate of Research & Innovation. Brava, ladies!

Also – after a very busy graduation season we are proud to introduce our newly minted graduates: Dr. Avina Gupta and Dr. Zack Van Rossum!

Please read Avina’s, Morgan’s, Stacey’s and Zack’s updated bios!

Lastly, we congratulate our Dr. Gupta who on June 15th married the man she met climbing a mountain in South Africa in a backyard ceremony in Canada! Here’s to a lifetime of love!

The Millennial Way

Do you believe Millennials are an entitled, iPhone-obsessed generation? In our recent work with this population, we’ve learned that there’s a lot more to this 22-29 year old group than meets the eye.

Unemployment and underemployment in Millennials is at an all time high, but did you know that by 2020 (that’s only 7 years away!) Millennials will make up 50% of the workforce (http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeannemeister/2012/10/05/millennialmindse/). National Public Radio (NPR) in Boston created Generation Stuck, a program chronicling the unique struggles facing recent college grads, to draw attention to their (oftentimes) hidden potential. Read their stories of grit and perseverance here: http://genstuck.wbur.org/.

You’ll find their compelling stories prove that this generation is tenacious! Many have a positive outlook and a high regard for their abilities. Setbacks are considered short-term, and on a whole, this generation is committed to preventing recent obstacles from obstructing their long-term goals (http://www.ampagency.com/generation-stuck-the-struggling-20-somethings/).

Our latest program, aptly titled, “CareerHacking”, applies personal leadership to the often staggering challenge of career planning and personal development by harnessing the momentum behind Millennials’ high aspirations to succeed.

  • If you are a Millennial…
You may be experiencing a hostile and confusing job market, unlike anything you’ve previously encountered
  • If you are someone in higher ed tasked with supporting Millennials’ development and leadership…
And want to prepare this generation for future success, and foster a strong and positive relationship with your student community and new alumni

Please visit Springpoint’s CareerHacking program page, and contact us for an introductory (and complimentary) conversation to see how our program can benefit you.

Design Thinking

You’ve heard of “B School” (Business School) but have you heard of “D School”? Design School and the process of Design Thinking (DT) have caused a huge buzz in our world and we have a feeling you might want in on the buzz too!

Much of the work we did on the CareerHacking program was born of Design Thinking methods. Morgan and Stacey, our resident DT experts, helped us implement this new way of thinking and problem solving to frame and address the job search process faced by Millennials. We are so taken with this (relatively) new approach, we are creating a program, Thinking Squared or T2, which will teach you how to apply Design Thinking to your most challenging workplace issues. More details to follow in our next newsletter, so stay tuned!

If you want to see what all the buzz is about watch Design Thinking – An Intro, produced by GovLab, a Deloitte Federal think tank

Need more? Click on Stanford’s Design Thinking Virtual Crash Course

What’s Your Most Challenging Work Issue?

Take a minute to share your challenge with us. In exchange we would like to offer you a complimentary 45-minute personal coaching session or introductory conversation to help shed light on possible avenues to overcoming your challenge.


A sincere thank you for voting for us in the Chase Small Business Grant competition. While we were not chosen for the grant, we were overwhelmed by your support!

That’s all for now, see you again in September!

Team SPP

Avina, Morgan, Stacey & Zack

Enjoy the small things, because one day you may look back and realize they were the big things . . .