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August 22, 2013

Courageous Careers: Making Moves and Driving Change

On August 22, 2013, S&R Foundation was proud to host the second Illuminate event, Courageous Careers: Making Moves and Driving Change.

The event featured entrepreneurs Patrick Dowd and Meaghan Rose discussing the journey and risks they took to bring their business vision to life, including:
- how to take a chance that could change your life
- how to sustain belief in yourself, and inspire confidence in others
- the nature of opportunity and how to take advantage of it

Mr. Dowd is the CEO of the Millennial Trains Project, a 10-day transcontinental train journey offering opportunities for personal development through on-train seminars and workshops with local leaders, as the train makes its way across the country. Ms. Rose is the creator of RocksBox, a jewelry subscription service that lets women explore a variety of styles by sending them high-end jewelry samples each month.

“Patrick and Meaghan perfectly embody the Illuminate spirit – innovative, passionate and willing to take major risks to make their ideas come to life,” said Dr. Sachiko Kuno, president and CEO of S&R Foundation.

A graduate of George Mason University, Johns Hopkins University, and Wharton Business School, Meaghan Rose was working as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. when she decided to build her own jewelry company. Rose, passionate about the evolution of e-commerce and the power of online brands, left her job and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to launch RocksBox, the NetFlix of jewelry.

Since launching the beta in November 2012, RocksBox has grown organically 70-100% month on month. Today, RocksBox is a team of 8 people and on track for $3M in annualized revenue during its first year of operation. Looking forward, Rose is driving towards the vision of changing the way women discover and buy jewelry.

Meaghan Rose

A graduate of George Mason University, Johns Hopkins University, and Wharton Business School, Meaghan Rose was working as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. when she decided to build her own jewelry company. Rose, passionate about the evolution of e-commerce and the power of online brands, left her job and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to launch RocksBox, the NetFlix of jewelry.

A graduate of George Mason University, Johns Hopkins University, and Wharton Business School, Meaghan Rose was working as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. when she decided to build her own jewelry company. Rose, passionate about the evolution of e-commerce and the power of online brands, left her job and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to launch RocksBox, the NetFlix of jewelry.

Since launching the beta in November 2012, RocksBox has grown organically 70-100% month on month. Today, RocksBox is a team of 8 people and on track for $3M in annualized revenue during its first year of operation. Looking forward, Rose is driving towards the vision of changing the way women discover and buy jewelry.

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Patrick Dowd is the founder and CEO of the Millennial Trains Project, a series of crowdfunded transcontinental train journeys that provide a platform for young entrepreneurs and innovators to explore America's new frontiers. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (Class of 2009), where he majored in International Politics and Security Studies and served as Student Body President.

Since graduating, he has worked as a legal reporter, U.S. Senate campaign speechwriter, and investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan. As a 2010-11 Fulbright Scholar in India, Patrick produced a documentary on informal sector e-waste recycling and helped lead a circumnavigation of India by rail that inspired him to bring the Millennial Trains Project to America.

Patrick Dowd

Patrick Dowd is the founder and CEO of the Millennial Trains Project, a series of crowdfunded transcontinental train journeys that provide a platform for young entrepreneurs and innovators to explore America's new frontiers. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (Class of 2009), where he majored in International Politics and Security Studies and served as Student Body President.

Patrick Dowd is the founder and CEO of the Millennial Trains Project, a series of crowdfunded transcontinental train journeys that provide a platform for young entrepreneurs and innovators to explore America's new frontiers. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (Class of 2009), where he majored in International Politics and Security Studies and served as Student Body President.

Since graduating, he has worked as a legal reporter, U.S. Senate campaign speechwriter, and investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan. As a 2010-11 Fulbright Scholar in India, Patrick produced a documentary on informal sector e-waste recycling and helped lead a circumnavigation of India by rail that inspired him to bring the Millennial Trains Project to America.

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