Until a couple weeks ago, I only knew of Evan Mula through a beautiful short film (see below) from his trip to Kenya last fall. The video was at the top of our website for months and our team had seen the clip so many times, we’d started to think of him as our own quasi celebrity, despite the fact that none of us (except Taylor) had met him in person.
To me, Evan was a representation of every Change Heroes campaign runners; the powerful impact a single person can make, and the karmic ripple effect that comes from doing so. A couple weeks ago, Evan was just a moving picture that embodied everything we stand for and value. But today, I know him as a friend, an inspiration, and a colleague.
Here’s how that happened:
Last fall, when Evan was just 22, he watched Taylor Conroy’s TEDx Talk on How to Build a School in 3 Hours. Awestruck and inspired, Evan set up and successfully ran his own Change Heroes campaign as soon as the beta platform was ready. The experience changed his life, and shortly after, he booked a trip to Kenya with Taylor — who he’d never met — to see the school he and his friends had funded firsthand.
Evan returned to Boston after the trip, but knew he wouldn’t be able to put his all back into a traditional finance position after the immense impact he’d experienced in Africa. So a few months later, he quit his job, packed a small bag, and bought a one-way ticket to Vancouver to meet the Change Heroes team in person.
That was two weeks ago. He boarded a plane back to Boston this morning, but in the time between arriving at and leaving YVR, we had the chance to work with him at the office every day, tour him around our beautiful city, take him to his first yoga class (a practice he swears he’ll continue back in Boston!), and go on a stand-up paddle boarding excursion with the team in False Creek.
He also joined our team as a full-time member and will be working between Boston, NYC and Vancouver.
This young man’s courage to run a campaign, to fly to Kenya to meet children whose lives he changed, to quit his stable job in finance, and buy a one-way ticket to cross the continent for an impact-focused startup is remarkable. His story represents what so many Millennials dream about, and he’s the proof that a meaningful, impact-driven career is possible today, regardless of your age or experience level.
Evan is living his life with purpose. How will you live yours?
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Bianca is an digital content junkie and yogi who loves bringing people together over brunch (or wine) to talk about world-changing ideas. She got the startup bug in 2007 when she became the first employee of TrendHunter.com where she spent the next three fast-paced years managing a global community of writers and over a dozen in-house editors, and building an online portfolio of 5,000 articles with 50 million views. Bianca joined the Change Heroes team as CMO and Evangelist in February 2013.