Ladderworks is a publishing platform of various image books and on-line curriculum with the mission to empower over one million youngsters to develop into social entrepreneurs. Our present sequence options interviews by our interplanetary journalist Spiffy with inspiring Social Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builders, who’re advancing the UN SDGs.
Hey, buddies! Spiffy right here, your trusty interplanetary journalist bringing you the news on entrepreneurs making the world a extra equitable place! As we speak, I’m excited to speak with Brian Femminella, the co-founder and CEO of SoundMind. Let’s see what he’s doing to have a optimistic affect on the earth.
Spiffy: Thanks for becoming a member of me, Brian! Inform me, what problem are you addressing?
Brian: Glad to be with you, Spiffy! At SoundMind, we’re working to deal with the widespread lack of entry to psychological well being sources by offering a music remedy resolution for these within the youth and Gen-Z area. Our mission stems from our ardour to make members of society extra empowered to stay bolder and stronger, no matter their previous. Our academically-driven analysis is backed by human feelings and a deep dedication to making sure the strongest correlation between understanding and execution. SoundMind is dedicated to advancing the sector of psychological well being analysis and connecting that with the most recent psychological well being applied sciences, which are actually within the palm of your hand.
Spiffy: What motivated you to sort out this problem?
Brian: Properly, I joined the US Military at 17 years outdated and ever since then have been concerned in public service. This gave me the chance to witness the struggles of my brothers and sisters in uniform as properly, in the end seeing firsthand the psychological well being struggles (e.g. nervousness, trauma, and so forth.) of those that dedicate their lives to service. My motivation has all the time been to present again – and now utilizing expertise – and particularly to assist those that do the identical.
Spiffy: How are you and your staff at SoundMind working in the direction of a extra equitable world?
Brian: We’ve got created an answer that targets these in underrepresented communities to which all of us belong. As a military- and LGBTQIA-led firm, now we have discovered that music mixed with synthetic intelligence yields a strong expertise which presents an answer that’s completely different and much-needed for these fighting their psychological well being.
Spiffy: Inform me a couple of latest milestone by SoundMind. What affect does that make?
Brian: We just lately accomplished our first spherical of medical testing showcasing how SoundMind is ready to cut back stress, nervousness, and discomfort amongst people within the Gen-Z area! Because of this, we teamed up with NYC Youth Satisfaction to carry our resolution to a market just like our latest testing, which might in flip assist these within the LGBTQIA+ group (which has been a significant purpose of ours for the reason that starting).
Spiffy: Congratulations on that achievement! Please additionally share an expertise once you confronted failure and did not quit. What did you study from that have?
Brian: I beforehand had “tunnel imaginative and prescient,” a state of affairs wherein I discovered myself devoting 100% of my time to discovering a method to materialize the concepts in my head. Though it is vital to have drive, it’s important to bear in mind the individuals round you. I failed at that, I let individuals down, and I wasn’t listening to individuals in my life who solely needed to assist. Now, I’ve made positive to repeatedly hear from each single voice on our staff and let the imaginative and prescient I’ve all the time had be enhanced by everybody at our startup.
Spiffy: What’s one thing you’ve got unexpectedly discovered from somebody just lately?
Brian: Which you can’t wait for all times to not be exhausting anymore earlier than you begin being blissful, as a result of we really do not know the way lengthy now we have.
Spiffy: Is there anything you’d wish to share with our viewers?
Brian: It is okay to have flaws and failures. Whenever you admit and study from them, you might be already changing into a greater chief.
Spiffy: Thanks for talking with me in the present day, Brian—it’s been an honor!
Brian Femminella is a TEDx Speaker, USC alum, United States Military Officer, and present CEO of SoundMind. Brian has a powerful digital forensics and political coverage background: he beforehand labored for White Sands Missile Vary and the U.S. Home of Representatives. Through the years, he has risen to develop into an influential LGBTQIA+ and psychological well being advocate by his time within the entrepreneurial and navy area as a Gen-Z changemaker. (Nominated by the Ladderworks staff. First printed on the Ladderworks web site on August 1, 2022.)
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