Most Likely To Succeed

Our Mission

Most Likely to Succeed is the first national campaign to inspire – and empower – communities across the country to revolutionize their schools for the 21st Century. Through a fifty state tour; community screenings; and a call to action to students, parents, educators, policymakers, and organizations to take a stand for the potential of every young person, we are uniting millions to revolutionize education once and for all.

The Team

We’ve assembled a team of passionate changemakers ready to lead the charge forward.

Ted dintersmith

Ted Dintersmith

Executive Producer

After a 25-year career in venture capital, Ted Dintersmith is now committed to creating national change through initiatives at the intersection of innovation, education and film. He is the originator of the documentary Most Likely to Succeed, and an executive producer of The Hunting Ground (both films premiered at Sundance, 2015). Ted served as part of the delegation representing the U.S. at the United Nations General Assembly, where he focused on global education and entrepreneurship; is a partner emeritus with Charles River Ventures; and has served on the board of the National Venture Capital Association, chairing its Public Policy Committee. He earned a Ph.D. in engineering from Stanford and an undergraduate degree in physics and English from the College of William and Mary.

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Greg Whiteley

Director, Writer, Producer

Greg Whiteley’s first film, New York Doll, premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. His second film Resolved, won the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2008 and was nominated for two Emmys®. Whiteley’s third outing, Mitt, was selected as the Opening Night Film at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

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Adam Leibowitz

Producer

Adam Leibowitz served as the producer for Most Likely to Succeed and is a member of the One Potato Productions team. He has worked at One Potato Productions since 2009, and was also a producer on 2014’s Mitt. Adam attended Emerson College in Boston.

Adam ridley

Adam Ridley

Editor

Adam Ridley served as editor in the making of Most Likely to Succeed. Adam originally entered the documentary world by making short films on obscure musicians. He is currently working on a wide variety of projects that will cover subjects including Billy Joel, Mitt Romney, God, teenage murderers, the Foo Fighters and a man who plays piano in the desert.

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Andrew Mangino

Co-Founder and CEO of The Future Project

Andrew Maxwell Mangino is the co-founder and CEO of The Future Project, a national initiative revolutionizing schools to become places of possibility where young people discover their passions and change the world. Under Andrew’s leadership, The Future Project has grown in just four years to become America’s fastest-growing educational movement, with more than 30,000 students reached coast to coast and over $25M in seed funding. Andrew—a Forbes “30 Under 30” Social Entrepreneur, Ashoka Fellow, and Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow–worked as a speechwriter to Attorney General Holder and Vice President Biden, and was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University. He graduated in 2009 from Yale University, where he spent a great deal of his time at the Yale Daily News covering New Haven education and serving as its 130th Editor in Chief.

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Nora Parent

Community Outreach Manager

Nora manages the Most Likely to Succeed community screening initiative, a grassroots distribution campaign to bring the film to communities across the country in order to galvanize the transformation of their schools. Before joining the team, Nora discovered her passion for education as an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea. She graduated from the University of Virginia, where she earned a degree in French Literature prior to teaching.

Leah mendelson

Leah Mendelson

Community Outreach Associate

Leah supports the community screening initiative for Most Likely to Succeed. Prior to joining the team, Leah worked for the International Bureau of Education in Geneva, Switzerland. She recently graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in American Studies with a concentration in Politics, Policy, and Society.

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Tony Wagner

Expert Education Advisor

Tony served as the Education Advisor for Most Likely to Succeed and was co-author of the book of the same title with Ted Dintersmith. Tony was the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, and the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade. His previous work experience includes twelve years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor in teacher education, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility. His 2008 book, The Global Achievement Gap, continues to be an international best-seller with a Second Edition recently released. Tony earned an M.A.T. and an Ed.D. at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Ian midgley

Ian Midgley

Short Documentary Director

Ian has collaborated with the team of Most Likely to Succeed to create short films that examine how schools are re-imagining their education system across the United States. Ian is an independent filmmaker dedicated to empowering people through understanding and controlling their own lives. He has traveled extensively within American subcultures and specializes in immersive journalism, cinema verite, and in-depth interviewing. He has created content for TakePart, Ableton, One Potato Productions, and Huffington Post among others.

Liz kornheiser

Liz Kornheiser

Strategic Education Advisor

Liz Kornheiser is a Partner and Director of Consulting Services at Greenwich Leadership Partners and a Strategic Education Advisor for Most Likely to Succeed. Over the last two and half years, she has supported the MLTS leadership team think strategically about the production of the film and public rollout. At Greenwich Leadership Partners, Liz manages the portfolio of projects and works closely with schools and not for profits to understand their operating environments, improve performance, think strategically and manage change. She is a certified executive coach through Columbia University and, while working for ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, won an Emmy Award in 2009. She’s thrilled to be a part of the MLTS team and is passionate about transforming teaching and learning in all schools.

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Stephanie Rogen

Strategic Education Advisor

Stephanie Rogen is the Principal and Founder of Greenwich Leadership Partners and a Strategic Education Advisor for Most Likely to Succeed. She partnered with Ted Dintersmith and Tony Wagner from the film’s inception, bringing more than twenty-five years’ experience in the corporate, educational and not for profit sectors on topics ranging from strategic design to leadership development and change in organizations. An experienced executive coach and facilitator, Stephanie guides school leaders, faculty and boards as they vision the future and navigate the essential work of school change. Passionate about shaping the future of education, she has participated in many of the film’s panel discussions (including at Sundance and Tribeca) and believes MLTS sparks the critical conversations about what matters most for students and teachers.

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Eden Sapir

Community Outreach Associate

Eden supports the community screening initiative for Most Likely To Succeed. Prior to joining the team, Eden worked at a boutique film distribution company, PICTURED, focusing on the social impact campaign for the documentary ‘Oriented.’ He graduated from Rutgers University - New Brunswick with a B.A. in Communication (Marketing) and Cinema Studies; and he also completed a Digital Filmmaking Certificate from Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts.

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Scotty Crowe

Director of Community

Scotty is focused on expanding the reach and impact of Most Likely To Succeed to ignite change in school communities everywhere. A filmmaker, writer, and actor from southeast Georgia who previously worked in music and design, Scotty graduated from Georgia Tech with degrees in International Affairs and Mathematics. He’s had the joy of working with students from grade through high school by leading writing, filmmaking, and literacy programs.