Our team.

Meet some of our diverse group of students who are driven by innovation and fuelled by original thinking.

 
 
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FOUNDER OF TOTEM ACADEMY

Nicole Svoboda

"Growing up with so many options but all put on the same one path that we are "suppose" to take. I always chose to take it differently always knowing I had a different destined purpose. 
February 2017 is when I found the beginning of my purpose and launched TOTEM in order to help people find fulfillment in their lives."

 

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FOUNDER OF IntoThis

Will Topa

"The biggest thing Totem has done for me is help me find positivity. I learned to only chase the good vibes, truly pursue my passions, and surround myself with like-minded individuals. The community is what provides me with the most value at Totem. Anytime I have new ideas, I can consult with whoever is working next to me and get insightful feedback and direction. And when the ideas need funding, Totem has the resources that make it all possible."

 

 

 

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FOUNDER OF WhoDaresWins

ALANAH WISEMAN

 

"Totem has guided me to fully understand my passion while resparking my curiosity and creativity. The community at Totem are some of the dopest and most driven people I’ve ever met in my life, and I love being around the stimulated energy that everyone gives off. Totem makes the impossible so possible, and gives you all of the tools and resources you need to make it happen. From public speaking to creative workshops, it has given me the confidence to keep pushing myself and dream bigger xx"

 

 

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 FOUNDER OF IntoThis

Yung Cheet

"Totem taught me to be accountable for everything I do in life - it’s how I’ve grown to become humble and aware across all elements of my personal development. It’s an incredible feeling being able to share my perspective and connect with all of the unique individuals at Totem. Seeing an endless stream of ideas take shape around me has inspired me to push my own project Into This to greater heights. "

 

 

 

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FOUNDER OF David Cellini

David Cellini

"I’m grateful every day for the opportunities I had to explore in my youth and for the community of creatives I’ve worked with at Totem Academy.  Being in such a positive and progressive environment I have begun to develop my ability to tell and share stories, document and inspire travel experiences as well as develop some technical skills by working with others."

 

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PRESIDENT OF PLAYGROUND

Evan Pitchie

"If you listen to the people that tell you not to start a business for XYZ reason, then yeah you probably shouldn’t. I owe a lot to the people that have pushed and mentored me. I am thankful for the good and bad experiences. I'm Into This"

 

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FOUNDER OF HUGHSAMBROS

Nich Hugh Sam

"Today, I’m a 22 year old student always asking myself “What if I learned this skill” or “What if I practiced that activity” where would I be now. So, when my brother told me about this 30 day challenge, I took this as an opportunity to start a self-exploration/self-improvement journey in order to find my interests and, ultimately, kill all those “what ifs”.

 

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FOUNDER OF HUGHSAMBROS

Alex Hugh Sam

Ever since I was a kid, there was only this one question that I didn’t really have an answer to (and still don’t to this day): “What do you want to do when you grew up?” Other kids would answer they wanted to become a police officer, a teacher, a lawyer, a doctor. On the other hand, I really just wanted to become a Power Rangers (and secretly, I still do).

 

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FOUNDER OF PLAYER RECOGNITION

Joey Eatz

"Growing up, like many other kids our age, I dreamed of the opportunity to play in the NCAA. My Saturdays were devoted to watching Reggie Bush, Tim Tebow and Cam Newton play the game we all loved in front of hundreds of thousands of fellow students, classmates, alumni and die-hard fans. As I got older, I began to realize that my chances of living out my dream were slim to none, no matter how successful i was until i joined TOTEM"

 

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FOUNDER OF PLAYER RECOGNITION

Dawson Spooner

"For as long as I could remember, my two biggest passions were football and journalism. To accommodate for both of these, I started my first ever blog in 2015; Spooner’s Dish. Although my approach and business model were extremely sloppy, I saw the potential in the idea, but due to a lack of interest and engagement, I shut down Spooner’s Dish a short time later. A change of name and a few branding adjustments later, I created Player Recognition. "

 

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF PLAYGROUND

Jerry Zhu

I'm Into This