Today’s guest is Chris Thomson. Chris is the Co-owner and Head Coach of The Student Works Management Program; an entrepreneur training program for university students across Eastern Canada that helps them develop the necessary skills to become the leaders of tomorrow. The program allows these students the ability to start and run their own business for the summer, with some making over $100k of revenue their first year of business. Chris has been running this program for the past 30+ years which has helped grow over 160 millionaires and counting. Chris is also the Host of the Leaders of Tomorrow Podcast, a podcast that captures hundreds of their alumni’s stories and how they have been able to build upon the skills and values they discovered during their time in the program. In this interview, we get into Chris’s time growing up in Canada, the lessons he learned as a competitive swimmer, the evolution of the Student Works business, and all of the different ways the program grows the leaders of tomorrow.
00:03:07 Growing up in Toronto, Canada
00:06:43 Being a competitive swimmer
00:10:02 Time in college
00:14:15 First few roles after college
00:15:06 Why he joined Student Works
00:16:38 Evolution of the company over the years
00:23:34 Overview of Student Works today
00:30:10 How do they screen program applicants?
00:35:22 How students' grades are impacted by the program
00:37:53 Key skills students are learning in the program
00:41:06 Why his program is considered a "business school of the 21st century"
00:43:45 Ultimate vision for Student Works
00:45:14 How he's had to adjust the business due to Covid-19
00:52:54 What he wants to accomplish 5 years from now
00:54:01 His daily routine
00:57:55 His driving force
00:59:56 Parting words of career advice for the young professional listening
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