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.

Greg whiteley

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.

Tony wagner

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.