The vision of Empact is to alleviate mental & financial poverty by empowering individuals to live with passion, purpose and prosperity, thus fulfilling their true potential in life.

Empact's programs and services focus on facilitating a culture of entrepreneurship in communities around the world through exposure and celebration.

Theory of Change

Empact is a world renowned firm specializing in entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial mindset, innovation and leadership events and programs. Over the past 6 years, Empact has facilitated over 1,000 speeches and 500 events at colleges and universities, workforce development organizations, associations, corporations, Small Business Development Centers and governmental organizations.

Empact celebrates the many faces of young entrepreneurs through its Empact Showcase & Empact100 List and spreads the stories of those entrepreneurs as part of the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour and as independent keynote speakers across the world through Empact Connect.

In an effort to eliminate silos within the entrepreneurship ecosystem, each year Empact brings together the top thought leaders from the entrepreneurship ecosystem to share and act on the biggest ideas during the Empact Summit: The Future of Entrepreneurship Education.

Read an overview of each of Empact's programs and services.

Executive Team

Sheena Lindahl, CEO & Co-Founder

Sheena Lindahl Using creative financial strategies, Sheena became financially independent from her parents at the age of 17 - paying for her own $30,000+ yearly tuition at New York University, excelling in school, working full time at jobs that she loved, and co-founding a business.

Before joining the Tour, Sheena managed the due diligence process at GreenHills Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests $1.5 to $5 million in promising early stage high-growth companies. She was a lead teacher at Project R.E.A.D., a nonprofit organization that improves the reading levels of inner-city elementary school children.

In 2005, Sheena graduated from New York University with a major in Communication Studies. In 2006, Sheena was named by Business Week as one of the country's top 25 entrepreneurs under the age of 25 and profiled in USA Today, on the AOL homepage, and on CBS, NBC and ABC.

Michael Simmons, Chief Connection Officer and Co-Founder

Michael SimmonsAs a 2005 graduate of the Stern School of Business at New York University and author, teacher, speaker, and award-winning entrepreneur, Michael is able to deliver a unique perspective that connects with audiences. In 2006, Michael was named by Business Week as one of the country's top 25 entrepreneurs under 25 and profiled in USA Today, the AOL homepage, CBS, NBC, and ABC.

Michael co-founded his first business, Princeton WebSolutions (PWS), when he was sixteen years old. PWS was later rated the #1 youth-run web development company in the nation by Youngbiz Magazine. In addition, Michael has won three entrepreneur of the year awards from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Fleet, and the National Coalition for Empowering Youth Entrepreneurship. He is the bestselling author of The Student Success Manifesto.

Ian Chew, Director

Ian Chew Before joining Empact, Ian Chew was the director of product development at Thriving Talents, a HR training firm with clients from SMEs to Fortune 100s (Microsoft, Intel). For the work he does, Ian has been mentioned in TIME, Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, and Business Insider, as well as featured in Canadian Geographic, CBC, and Global TV News Maritimes. A believer in giving, Ian regularly coaches and mentors young entrepreneurs.

Ian also successfully climbed Mount Allison* on a full scholarship.

*Not an actual mountain, but a top Canadian undergraduate university.