Experiment your way into a new career with our 8 week, after work PURPOSE ACCELERATOR. Starts August 3rd in NYC. Applications open in June.

 
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You will call into question every robotic message you’ve ingested about the life you’re supposed to lead.
— Victoria S., Purpose Accelerator May 2018

OUR METHOD

 

MICRO-EXPERIMENTS

Our programs focus you on taking action first, seeing how the world responds, adjusting and taking another small step.

personal development

We help you build resilience, be accountable to yourself and others, and stretch outside your comfort zones.

INSPIRING COMMUNITY

A supporting community of peers and mentors who want nothing more than to help you thrive in your new endeavor.

 
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PURPOSE ACCELERATOR IS MEANT FOR YOU IF...

You are "stuck” in your job but can’t seem to engineer the steps to make a change

You don’t know what you want to do with your life (so you're considering spending $100K on graduate school)

You feel like you’re “crazy” (you're NOT!) for wanting something other than the career path in front of you

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN


The first four weeks are all about purpose sparks: 25 experiential activities designed to reconnect you to your purpose. This is about answering the question who you want to be in the world, rather than what.

Later, we’ll start taking small weekly steps to explore curiosities, overcome blockers, redefine your relationship with time and money, and begin to take action on a three-month career change plan.

 
 
So many people are searching for purpose and it is so important to learn you are not alone on this journey.
— Cristina G., Purpose Accelerator May 2018

take a look at what others have to say about the purpose accelerator

NYC’s First Purpose Accelerator

 

why i moved across the country for the purpose accelerator

by a Purpose Accelerator participant

the journey to doing work you love

by Crystal Jeffs, a Purpose Accelerator participant

"This is a thoughtful and comprehensive personal and professional development program. It prompts you to think about yourself and the world in ways that you may not have before, in a safe space."

Suzanne T., Purpose Accelerator May 2018

 

THE OUTCOMES

 
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UPON GRADUATION YOU WILL HAVE:

 
 
I realized that what I thought I was attending for — career disruption — was only part of a much larger holistic transformation that I needed and had been denying myself.
— Susie B., Purpose Accelerator Sep 2018
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OUR MENTORS

More than twenty heavyweights in the arena of start-ups, marketing, and leading for change helping you do your best work and find your new purposeful career

 

FRED DUST

Partner, Global MD, IDEO

Fred works with leaders & change agents to unlock the creative potential of business, government, educational, and philanthropic organizations

ELSIE MAIO

Founder, SoulBranding Institute

An advisor to global executives, Elsie has a deep passion and expertise in coaching and developing women leaders

dorian baroni

Executive Coach & Leadership Advisor

Dorian is an organizational advisor, executive coach, and designer of leadership programs and retreats

DR. CHRIS GATTI

Cirque du Soleil Acrobat

Chris craves physical & intellectual play. He is a TED speaker & an acrobat with a PhD in machine learning

 
 

PROGRAM LEADERS


 

This program is led by Project X Co-Founder Jeff Hittner — a serial social entrepreneur, educator, and advisor.

Jeff is a partner to global organizations focused on entrepreneurship and youth development. He has built career discovery, leadership and startup programs around the globe.

Jeff founded IBM's Corporate Social Responsibility consulting practice globally. In 2011, he developed the curriculum for one of the first MBAs in Sustainability in the US at Bard College, where he was the Leadership professor.

Jeff is a father to a two-year-old son and was an elite gymnast for nearly 15 years. Read about his career journey to launching Project X.


 
 
I love the openness and exchange that exists in the community. Everyone is here with a very honest integrity and commitment to challenging themselves.
— Ben R., Purpose Accelerator May 2018

GET ANSWERS

We love questions and are always happy to provide the answers. Here are some common questions people have before signing up:

I don’t have a good understanding yet of the career direction in which I want to switch – is the PURPOSE ACCELERATOR right for me?

Yes. We’ve designed the program to support different career reflection starting points. Here’s how: as themes are introduced, first activities will often be an individual exercise - so you’ll reflect and act based on where you are. Then we collaborate as a group on challenges that get us all experiencing the theme together, but related to hypothetical situations so we can learn from each other and our experiences. Finally, our weekly goal setting will focus on taking small steps to advance your specific career change efforts.

How is the PURPOSE ACCELERATOR different from career coaching?

One of the biggest obstacles to career change is the feeling that you’re crazy for wanting to leave your job, that the little voice telling you to take the road less traveled should be ignored. In our program, people quickly realize they are not crazy and they are not alone. This sense of relief is a powerful catalyst for change. We all need support to make change - and in our program, you'll find a community to hold you accountable to making small steps in new directions.

Why a mix of in-person and virtual (online) sessions and how does it work?

After people across the country reached out about attending our Purpose Accelerator program in NYC, we decided to make it a reality. We believe face-to-face engagement is critical to developing a sense of community and a safe space to explore a topic as intimate as purpose. As a result, the program will begin with two intensive days here in NYC. Then we’ll meet up online for 4 three-hour video sessions on consecutive Wednesdays after that. Having built relationships in-person, our connection online will be much more palpable. Our technology will enable us to see one-another together as a big group and go into break rooms as small as two people. We can do everything we would do in a face-to-face setting. The technology you’ll need is very simple: a computer with a camera. Your built-in microphone will also suffice.

Can I attend the kickoff weekend virtually?

Unfortunately not, as mentioned above, there is a foundational level of community and intimacy that needs to be built up to explore a topic such as purpose and we believe that requires a face-to-face kickoff to the program. We’ve picked a long weekend to provide you with flexibility in flying in and out.

What outcomes should I expect?

Change comes in different shapes and sizes for different people. Here are a few of the outcomes our program participants have already experienced:

  • Yulia shifted her mindset and is no longer scared to experiment with her ideas in real time

  • Scott overcame internal obstacles and fears about what was holding him back and moved forward building the life and freelance career he wanted to lead

  • Krystal got the support of a passionate community and a network of mentors, entrepreneurs and designers.

I’m going to miss a few sessions – is it worth it?

We ask that you commit to not missing more than one session. If you do miss one, we post notes from the session you miss on an internal site to keep up to speed, and your accountability groups stay connected throughout the week ensure you are progressing.

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