On how volunteerism can lead to business opportunities:
Brassel: I began to volunteer with several educational organizations in New York, including the ERDA School Speaker Series in Queens and the PEARL Mentoring Program in Brooklyn. At both programs, I spoke to school-aged students on the importance of education, career planning, and etiquette. In preparing for these engagements, I created a curriculum that has now grown into Cum Laude Counseling. I recognized a need for smart, driven students to have a more polished presentation on applications, in interviews, and while working in professional settings.