It took Alan 24 years of formal education to understand the secret about learning, but since then, something unexpected happened. He grew up the son of immigrants and learned firsthand how education can reset the equity equation for access and opportunity in America. From his earliest memories, he realized the path to a better future had to be centered on education through perseverance, experiences through hands-on learning, and success through failure. However, personal accomplishments and success are worthless if one doesn’t recognize their own greatest value. The unexpected happened when the realization of one’s value didn’t come because of education, but rather the light bulb moment came as a result of the journey itself in education. It wasn’t the degrees or accolades he received from reaching the destination, it was the countless experiences and opportunities realized throughout the journey itself that allowed him to discover the paradigm shift of why education was so important. Being able to share his realization – the understanding one’s value – and being able to spread the doctrine of creating lasting and impactful change has become his life’s passion to share this with future generations. With 10+ years of post-graduate education and 20 years of biotech industry, digital marketing, and clinical experience, Alan has C-suite level leadership experience in strategic planning, B2B product development and deployment, digital marketing, and SAAS implementation and exit strategies. His career in biotechnology and medicine have allowed him the opportunities to pursue projects based on beliefs and values to give everyone the same access and opportunities as he had growing up. Since 2015, he has led the Prairie STEM team from its infancy in programmatic and STEM-centric goals to what it represents today as solution-providers, platform changers, and value-add networked organization among its peers and STEM Ecosystem community. He believes in the mantra of a high tide lifts all boats and looks forward to the day when all students understand their greatest asset – themselves.