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TIA graduates Maggie Dunne ’13 and Ryan Smith ’13 make Forbes 30 Under 30

By mhames on January 5, 2016

Congratulations to Maggie Dunne ’13 and Ryan Smith ’13, each of whom has made an appearance on one of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 lists.

Maggie Dunne (Photo by Erica Hasenjager)

Dunne, who double majored in Native American studies and religion, founded Lakota Children’s Enrichment, Inc., (LCE) while still in high school. As a Colgate sophomore, she joined the university’s Thought Into Action Student Incubator (TIA) working with alumni mentors to expand her venture and further LCE’s mission to “empower Lakota youth and amplify their voices by providing opportunities in the arts, education, sports, leadership, and mentorship.”

In 2012, Dunne was named one of Glamour magazine’s Top 10 College Women, eventually being awarded the grand prize of $20,000 for her accomplishments. Before investing the funds in LCE, she was able to triple the amount by asking Sir Richard Branson to match it – which he did while challenging an anonymous alumnus to do the same.

Dunne was also awarded the prestigious 1819 award during graduation weekend, an award given to one senior whose character, scholarship, sportsmanship, and service to others best exemplify the spirit that is Colgate and the value of a liberal arts education. Dunne was named in the education segment of the Forbes 30 Under 30.

Ryan Smith during his days leading EcoCampus, LLC. (Photo by Andrew Daddio)

Smith, who majored in international relations at Colgate, also joined TIA during his sophomore year. He co-founded the environmentally friendly paper supplier EcoCampus, LLC, with partner Brendan Karson, ’13 and then sold it during his senior year to four juniors — TIA classmates.

As a senior at Colgate, Smith started Trupoly, a crowdfunded real estate investment platform. He incorporated Truoply while in TIA and sold it to RCS Capital Corporation in July 2014. Smith makes the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the enterprise tech category for his company LeafLink.

Related:
Maggie Dunne ’13 triples support for nonprofit with CEO help
Colgate ‘paperboys’ grow green business

 

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