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The idea came directly from his year in China, he says, and the gumption to go do it came from that same spirit that put him on the plane after high school. “There’s no way I’d have started a company without that experience,” he says. “I don’t think I’d have been an entrepreneur, and it absolutely would not have been that kind of company had I not taken that leap and studied abroad.” Several years after launching Reach to Teach, Gordon started GoOverseas, which he equates to an Expedia for education abroad: it’s an online clearinghouse to help students and professionals zero in on the best overseas study or work experiences for their own interests. Users can specify study, teach, intern, or volunteer abroad, and pick any program in any country to see ratings, reviews, and information. “I definitely view what we do as social entrepreneurship,” he says. “I wanted to do something meaningful, and we also encourage people to go abroad.”

That’s not to say it’s easy. Gordon routinely puts in 80-hour weeks, but says the difference between this and his CPA job is that he believes in what he does, and “I don’t wear a tie. It doesn’t feel like a jail.” It all goes back to his year in China, he says. “It was way more challenging than I expected it to be,” he says. “The culture shock definitely hit me hard, and I’m almost embarrassed at the ways I thought and felt about things then. It was a really maturing situation for a young person and really challenging to me.” Success in that, he says, made all the difference, and it’s why he’s structured his life around helping other young people have the same experiences. “The great thing for me was that I was totally away from anyone else I knew. I was totally free. It’s pretty special to know you can get by without any support like that. You’re going to make it. I think that’s something everyone should go through—I think it should be required.”

MIcHaEl GRaVES

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Founder and Principal, Michael Graves & associates, and Michael Graves design Group
Before his name became synonymous with gorgeous homes and office buildings, and before Americans began beautifying homes across the country with sophisticated and quirky home goods from his Target line, Michael Graves had a normal upbringing in Indianapolis—one that definitely did not involve world travel or fame. “I went to the University of Cincinnati because it was close to home and I could co-op,” he says. “I could work two months and go to school two months, and I paid my way through school that way.” He’d wanted to be an architect starting at age eight, he says, when his pragmatic mother sat him down to talk about his dreams of being an artist. “She was worried,” he says. “I told people I wanted to be an artist, and she finally said, ‘We should talk about that.’ She was very conservative. She told me maybe I should pick a profession that included art or drawing, but was a profession, and she said those were engineering or architecture. I asked what an engineer did, she told me, and I said, ‘I’m going to be an architect.’” Architects, of course, need graduate degrees, and Graves arrived at Harvard University with what he considered to be a distinct disadvantage. “Out of my

graduate class, I was the only one who’d never been to Europe,” he says. “Out of 36 students, I felt like they had an edge—they knew all the monuments, they knew all of the history. And they knew it from their travels, not from their formal educations.” When the chance came up for a two-year fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, Graves applied and was accepted. “I’ve said it before,” he says, “But that experience really changed my life.” He went to Italy and immersed himself in the buildings and the books, spending hours among ancient library stacks, studying everything he could find about classic building design. “I had a friend who’d won a prize the year before,” he says. “He had a Volkswagen Beetle, and as tired as I was from the trip—the fellows came to Rome on a ship because we had not just luggage, but trunks with everything we’d need for two years—he came to pick me up and we toured the city. I remember driving into the palazzo of St. Peter’s, which you could do then, and it took my breath away, I couldn’t believe it.” He told his friend that he wanted to see everything they could in the next two hours, and they whizzed around from monument to monument, and Graves was hooked. “What I saw there is the basis for architecture as a language,” he says. “Architecture, like literature, is continuous. One idea or story relies on the ones past and the ones in the future. That continuity is what we were looking for.”

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