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Meet Connor Forde, Director of Partnerships

Holman Gao | 3 min read

This week’s employee spotlight features Connor Forde, Director of Partnerships. Residing in the great city of Boston, our cheerful sales leader hopes to give you a better sense of how he operates - both personally and professionally!

In 3 words, how would you describe BoostMySchool?

  1. Innovative
  2. Challenging
  3. Family-oriented

What is your favorite travel destination?

Definitely, I’d have to say China. If you are looking for a destination that is exotic, packed full of new sights and experiences, stimulating, and over all so very different than life in the United States, China is it! I couldn’t believe the number of unique and diverse things I experienced while there. I encourage everyone to go international and explore other cultures.

If you could learn anything new, what would it be?

That’s a great question, and hard to choose just one because I am learning something new every day! I think the one thing I would be grateful to learn now is another language. It has been one of those benefits that I think of often when meeting new people in my work. As a kid, I remember thinking how fantastic it must feel to be able to travel to another country and speak their language with no problem. Despite the eight years of Spanish I studied in middle and high school, I retained muy poco!

How do you define success?

Simply, I define success as a combination of effort and results. With that said, I focus my energy on bringing 100% effort every day to my work and personal goals. When you experience a missed goal or failure, but you know that you gave it 100% of your time, talent and effort, I label that a success regardless of the outcome. I believe that success is often found in the process of taking risks, embracing where they take you, and redefining the outcomes desired. For me, the success comes with making progress towards your final goal.

What inspires you?

Most deeply and consistently is my son. He is two years old and watching him learn and navigate the world around him with pure enthusiasm and innocence is very inspiring to me. But beyond that, I think it really comes down to being mindful of leaving a positive impression on people and bringing value to their lives. Finding ways to deliver that each day inspires me to work hard at it. I really appreciate that I work at a company that is passionate about what they bring to the world and making a difference for people.

What is something you didn’t expect while working with schools?

I truly didn’t anticipate the amount of effort and planning that it goes into fundraising for a school. Admittedly, I was one of those alumni that didn’t understand why my donation was necessary. I have learned so much from school development teams while collaborating with them. I can proudly say that I now understand why they are asking for gifts and how those donations literally change the lives of current students. It was an incredible “aha” moment for me and has only added to my passion for providing schools with the most actionable fundraising platform available.

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About Holman Gao

Holman is the founder and CEO of BoostMySchool. He actively helps his former high school with their fundraising and alumni outreach, which is how the idea for BoostMySchool came about. He is a strong believer in the power of education to change the world and volunteers with programs that support underrepresented students in math and science.

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