“When I left you, I was but the learner. Now I am the master.” That’s what Darth Vader said to Obi-Wan Kenobi in the 1977 classic film Star Wars. It’s a good thing when a teacher sees that a former student is thriving. Part of the greater goal is to give one’s pupil the skills to be even greater than you were. The downside, in this example at least, was that Vader wasn’t merely demonstrating his personal growth to his old teacher… he was also evil.
Pavel Reppo is Beanstalk’s Darth Vader… without the evil. In fact, take the inverse of a Darth Vader-ian amount of evil and you’ve got a percentage of the Good that Pavel comprises and doles out. A few years back, Pavel was an intern with us, or… if you like a “learner.” Now, just a handful (assuming you have tiny hands) of years later, he is a Beanstalk Leader. We won’t, and don’t take any credit for his journey, but we’re damn proud to have been on the list of his influencers.
Pavel was born in Belarus. And 2013 is the year he finished his undergraduate studies at CU in Boulder. As a recent graduate, you might expect he’d take time to get his feet wet, ease into the job market, consider an entry level opportunity at an established company or organization… But, no. Pavel was already an entrepreneur and innovator in social good. He founded and was the brains behind The Wayfaring Band starting in 2012.
Through The Wayfaring Band, Pavel and his team equipped young adults with special needs and emerging thought leaders with valuable social tools to deftly navigate the diverse needs of a global community.
Since leaving The Wayfaring Band, Pavel has founded MindfullWe.org, a new social venture dedicated to making access to mental health care available to all people, all over the world.
Pavel Reppo is unique in his drive and compassion. He’s inspiring in his wisdom. And he’s already made the shift from learner to teacher, because, he’d probably say it’s all one continuum anyway. Everyone who touched Pavel’s life is seeing incredible returns on their investment, and we’re all so proud to know that he’ll reinvest every bit into making the world better today and tomorrow.