ENTITY first launched in 2016 as a fast-growing women’s media platform, serving as a home for thoughtful dialogue between a new generation of leaders, doers, and tastemakers. Each summer since inception, ENTITY has hosted women from across the country for a digital marketing training program that includes high-touch mentorship. The curriculum is curated to fill the skills gap between college and career in a way that has never been done before.
Through the years, ENTITY developed and tested a four-pillar formula to address the future of education and work. This includes: A) hard skills, B) soft skills, C) mentorship, and D) career success services. The summer programs paved the way for ENTITY to become a full-fledged EdTech company, focusing on honing skills relevant to today’s workplace, career placement, and advancement for women of all ages and backgrounds.
ENTITY Academy strives to directly impact closing the gender pay gap by training, mentoring, and placing women in 21st century careers.
The writing is on the wall, a college degree is no longer enough to get ahead in life. In fact, research shows most employers now believe students graduating from college lack the necessary hard and soft skills needed for a modern workforce. This is why at ENTITY we take a four-pillar approach to education, which includes hard skills, soft skills, mentorship, and career success services — all in order to address the whole person and prepare them for the Future of Work. By attending ENTITY Academy, whether online or in person, you'll gain the competitive edge you need to build the career you want and join an ever-expanding network of #WomenThatDo.
Our First Headquarters
ENTITY is a women’s education and media company based out of Los Angeles, California. When we looked for our first home, we loved the irony in tearing down the walls of an old guard men's fraternal organization known as The Knights of Pythias, and opening its doors to a new era of #WomenSupportingWomen.
Founder/CEO, Jennifer Schwab, acquired the building in 2016 with the intention of transforming this old men’s club into the home base of ENTITY Academy. By 2017, she executed a design program to accommodate students from across the world for an extraordinary learning experience.
As we continue to grow, we will host our in-house summer programs all around Los Angeles to enhance student experience and learning. Check back for more updates!
ENTITY FOUNDER & CEO
Jennifer Schwab Wangers is the Founder and CEO of ENTITY, she has one goal in mind: to support and empower women through education and mentorship.
Mentorship isn’t just her business model, it’s her passion. Her driving force in founding ENTITY was her lack of female mentors in her 20s, leaving her to learn solely through trial and error. Despite this, she was able to build a successful career, which motivated her to pay it forward to the next generation of leaders by providing support early in their career trajectory. After leaving her job as a tax consultant at Ernst & Young to pursue her passions, and co-founding Sierra Club Green Home, a preeminent sustainable lifestyle website, she launched ENTITY in 2016. Since then, she’s built the company to be the first-ever bootcamp education brand dedicated to educating and placing women in 21st century careers.
Outside of ENTITY, Jennifer is a huge advocate for sustainability, and has been featured in The Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Dwell, Fortune, Forbes, CNN Money, CNBC, and Consumer Reports, among others. She has also appeared on WSJ Lunch Break, NBC-U, CBS, NYT, and Fox News. Jennifer was previously a frequent green expert guest on ABC’s Good Morning America.
In 2013, she completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Israel, with an emphasis on water management and sustainability. Jennifer follows design avidly and is a long-time hobbyist pilot licensed in a high-performance, multi-engine aircraft. She received her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Arkansas; her M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Irvine; and studied Environmental Design at Art Center College of Design.
In her spare time, she loves designing unique spaces, collecting mid-century modern furniture, and spending time with her husband, stepdaughters, and dog, Papi.
CHIEF DATA OFFICER
Dr. Muddy Bhatt
Dr. Bhatt is a product of University College London Medical School’s combined MD Ph.D. program (Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience & Applied Mathematics); giving him front-line experience in both clinical practice and enterprise software development.
He has worked in a number of AI-based tech roles, including in the finance industry and Google DeepMind’s health division, before turning to entrepreneurship as Co-Founder and CTO in multiple funded startups. His work in the startup space led to enterprise deployment of machine learning and AI in a wide variety of fields including blockchain, social media, digital health, finance, fashion, hardware development, and more. These experiences led to his roles as Director of AI at VERSES and Co-Founder at VERSES Health.
At ENTITY, Muddy will focus on building an end-to-end AI model that addresses the entire student lifecycle. This includes the admissions process, mentor and soft skills matching, and career placement.
On joining ENTITY, Muddy commented, “Since inception, ENTITY has meticulously collected data that informs gender-specific success during the educational experience as well as through initial job placement. ENTITY’s data sets are more robust than organizations that have had data science at the forefront since day one. In short, this is one of the best data sets I’ve worked with. We have an opportunity to develop a model that will benefit advancing women in the workplace for generations to come.”
VP OF CUSTOMER ACQUISITION
Taryn Hillin is the VP of Strategy at ENTITY. Prior to joining the team she was a producer at TMZ, an associate editor at The Huffington Post, and a features reporter for Fusion. She graduated from Yale with a degree in Political Science and Comparative Government. On a more personal note she loves West Coast IPAs and videos of baby goats.
ENTITY ACADEMY DIRECTOR
Angelica studied Literature/Writing at the University of California, San Diego. She completed her undergraduate honors thesis on Postmodern Feminist Theory and Writing Practices and has since been passionate about identity politics and intersectionalism. If you spot her outside the office, she's probably petting cats, making spreadsheets, or watching another musical.
DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS: OPERATIONS AND AUTOMATION
As Director of Admissions, Spencer is a confident independent thinker with an inner compass that can identify opportunities where he has the most influence to move people and projects forward. He achieves this by stepping into a position of leadership when needed to quickly assess and process specific situations and confidently make deliberate strategic decisions with creative solutions that consider anticipated obstacles with creative alternative ways to proceed.
DIRECTOR OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE
Peter serves as the Director of Student Experience at ENTITY Academy. After graduating from the University of Illinois, Peter has spent the last 17 years as an educator and administrator at both the primary and post-secondary levels. He prides himself on forward-thinking approaches to education such as the theory of multiple intelligences and choice theory. An avid advocate of the career-focused post-secondary model, Peter has a rich background in motivating teams of educators to help bridge the gap between formal education and obtaining career success. Whenever Peter is asked how he is doing you can bet his response will be, "living the dream!"
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Maria graduated from Clark University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in English Literature and then went to Emerson College to earn her M.A. in Journalism. Prior to ENTITY, Maria worked as a Mental Health Specialist and as an actor on a haunted hayride, entertaining and striking fear into the hearts of northern Massachusetts residents. When she isn’t at work, Maria is probably doing her makeup, reading fantasy novels, playing games with her friends, and laughing at her own jokes.
ACADEMIC ADVISORY COUNCIL
Dr. Richard Matthew
Richard A. Matthew (BA McGill; PhD Princeton) is Associate Dean for Research and International Programs; Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; and Director of the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation (http://blumcenter.uci.edu/) at UC Irvine.
He is also a Senior Fellow at IISD in Geneva; a member of the United Nations Expert Group on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding; a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy and co-chair of its Task Force on Conservation, Migration and Conflict; and the Vice-President of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association (https://environmentalpeacebuilding.org ).
He is PI of an NSF EAGER project, and Co-PI of the FloodRISE and SedRise projects (http://floodrise.uci.edu/ ). He has served on several UN peacebuilding missions, including two that he led to Sierra Leone. His research focuses on understanding and addressing human security and conservation challenges at the intersection of severe environmental stress, extreme poverty and violent conflict. He also works on the co-development of visualization tools using big data and local knowledge to provide practical risk management support to communities that are extremely vulnerable to flood events and other disasters. He has done extensive fieldwork in conflict and disaster zones worldwide. He has given four TEDx talks and been a featured storyteller on The Moth twice. He has over 180 publications.