This past week, Jack and I attended the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston. I had always wanted to attend a summit or a conference, in fact, it was on my 1001 in 101 list. When I discovered that the Forbes summit was going to be held in Boston this year, I immediately wanted to go. I am beyond happy that I was able to attend! Jack and I both met some incredible people and attended really inspiring panels.

At the Summit there are different stages to choose from and we chose Create. The Create Stage was geared toward creatives- marketing, media, music, sports. When Zack O’Malley Greenburg introduced our stage he told us that we were at the coolest stage at the summit; he definitely wasn’t wrong!

Our speakers/panelists included: Jessica Alba, Halsey, Jason Derulo, Danielle Wiesburg & Carly Zakin (theSkimm), Okierete Onaodowan, Christen Lien, Bart Baker, The Fine Brothers, John Shahidi, Michael Phelps, Aly Raisman, Juanpa Zurita, Logan Paul, Maria Sharapova, Chris Coombs, Bobby Flay, Ooshma Garg, Nicholas Jammet, and Sam Tarantino.

All of those amazing people over the span of two days is a lot of talent on one stage.

Though many of those speakers are celebrity’s turned entrepreneurs, one in particular stood out to me. Sam Tarantino, a co-founder of Grooveshark gave a speech on Tuesday. His speech was about his journey, and about fear and how it’s holding us back from following our dreams.

Two things he said in particular stuck with me:

I realized that fear was a mirage. It disappears as you get closer.

-Sam Tarantino

Remember that that’s life. Suffering and achievement are intertwined.

-Sam Tarantino

If you want to read more about his story or watch part of the speech you can check it out, here. 

I truly enjoyed all of the speakers, panels, and the short film festival so be on the lookout for another post about highlights from other panelists!

In addition to attending these panels, there was also our Under 30 Village which was a hub of opportunities, networking, music, food, beer, and fun. One of my favorite things to do at the village was the Ocean Spray cranberry bog. Ocean Spray literally set up a cranberry bog in the middle of Boston City Hall Plaza and we were allowed to go in it! By far one of the most fun things I have ever done!

Full disclosure some of these are from Snapchat.


Sam Tarantino




Jason Derulo


our stage at Harvard Business School


Michael Phelps!


Jessica Alba


Aly Raisman

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