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Giving The Gift of Leadership

The most important words uttered in HOBY history were spoken by Dr. Schweitzer, “the most important thing in education is to teach young people to think for themselves.” The thought shook Hugh O’Brian to his core and in 1958, he put Schweitzer’s words into action by founding HOBY. 60 years later, more than 500,000 students […]

A Two-Way Street: Initiating a Better Feedback Loop

I have found an investment in people is the best and most important investment you can make, both in business and in life. I can draw a straight line between my success today and mentorship—both in having folks in my life willing to mentor and in my own willingness to accept such guidance and support. […]

Why This School Counselor Invests in Youth Leadership – Natalie Gaudette

By Guest Contributor: Natalie Gaudette One of the things I was most excited about doing after becoming a high school counselor was bringing HOBY to my school and giving my students the opportunity to attend. When I, myself, was a high school sophomore, I attended as an ambassador and the experience is what inspired me to pursue […]

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When We Underestimate Youth Leaders

There is a near constant flurry of activity on the Loyola Lakeshore campus. It’s going on day 3 here in Chicago, IL at Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership’s longest and largest youth leadership event, the World Leadership Congress (WLC). Group sing-alongs and dance parties erupt out of thin air. Pedestrian traffic halts for spontaneous hugs and […]

Dear World Changer, Just Don’t Quit

Dear World Changer, I get it. You want to change the world. You want to launch that business. You want to feed starving children. You want to change this nation’s laws on equality, gun rights, healthcare and more. You want to make an impact … a difference. And, spoiler alert, you are capable of that […]

Here we are again–be a leader that takes action.

Here we are again.  Another senseless, tragic school shooting leaving a trail of devastation, pain and loss in it’s wake.  What was once unimaginable and unspeakable now feels routine.  And that may be the greatest shame of these tragedies. Yes, our thoughts and prayers always go out to the victims, families and the communities but […]


As a HOBY alumnus, you may have heard about a little something called SMART Goals, with the prevailing mantra that SMART Goals lead to smart actions. SMART Goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based and they make us more effective and reliable leaders. Have you reached your SMART goals in the last year? Hopefully, […]

6 Ways to Help– Disaster Recovery

Our thoughts continue to be with all of those affected by recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean along with the earthquake victims in Mexico. HOBY is committed to helping our Global Community by empowering YOU, our hundreds of thousands of alumni, to do whatever you can to help the efforts […]