QB25 will consist of keynotes, featured speakers, alumni panel discussions, formal and informal conversations and activities on topics that matter to our Scholars and Alumni. We also will have unstructured time for Scholars and Alumni simply to spend time with one another.

Updated on July 31

Download the slides for the following QB25 Breakout Sessions:

  • Personal Finance Materials by Bill Pratt, resources for QB25
    • Finances 101. Living Spaces: Rent Or Buy? Apartment Or House? What’s Best, Now And In The Future?
    • Finances 101. Basic Investing: How Do We Make The Most Of Our Money?
    • Make sure to download his book — special for QB25 attendees and all QB Scholars and Alumni!
  • Y’all, we Got This! Designing Your Life One Step At A Time: Slides coming soon
  • I Feel like a Fraud: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Download slides

Friday, July 26

Time Session
1:00-8:00 pm Registration
1:30-4:00 pm Community Event (QB25 Pre-Session; By Invitation Only)
5:00-5:30 pm Welcome to QB25
5:30-6:00 pm Keynote: Bill Bradley
6:00-6:30 pm Storytelling: Nico Slate
6:30-8:00 pm Dinner
7:15-8:00 pm Performance: Michael Woods
8:15-9:00 pm Affinity Groups
8:20-9:20 pm Storytelling and Performances in the Village

Saturday, July 27

Time Session
7:00-8:00 am Morning Activities: Yoga, Run, Walk
8:00-9:00 am Breakfast
8:00-8:45 am Affinity Groups
9:00-9:30 am Welcome
9:30-9:45 am Performance: Julio Medina
9:45-10:15 am Keynote: David Simas
10:30-11:30 am Breakout #1:
  • Networking: It’s Not As Slimy As We Think
  • More Money, More Problems: Navigating Difficult Conversations Around Finances With Our Loved Ones
  • “I Just Don’t Have The Money.” Being Comfortable With Being From A Low-Income Family
  • Change From Within: Making Social Impact From Within Profit-Making Organizations
  • Let’s Have a Conversation About Difficult Conversations on Identity & Inclusion
  • Finances 101. Living Spaces: Rent or Buy? Apartment or House? What’s Best, Now and in the Future?
11:45 am-12:30 pm Lunch
11:45 am-12:30 pm Affinity Groups
12:45-1:00 pm Storytelling: Daniela Uribe
1:00-1:30 pm Keynote: Rhonda Magee
1:45-2:45 pm Breakout Session #2:
  • The Myth of Effortless Perfection: Acknowledging Our Failures and Growing From Them
  • Our Voices Matter: Advocating for Ourselves and Our Communities
  • Revealing the “Hidden” Me: Sharing Our Class Backgrounds with the World Around Us
  • Up or Out?: Crafting a Career Path That Works For You
  • When Good Intentions Aren’t Enough: Exploring How to Make a Real Impact on the World
  • Finances 101. Basic Investing: How Do We Make the Most of Our Money?
2:45-3:15 pm Coffee and Snack Break
3:15-3:30 pm Performance: J Lind
3:30-4:00 pm Keynote: Sarah Smarsh
4:15-4:45 pm Book Signing with Sarah Smarsh
5:00-6:00 pm Breakout Session #3:
  • Tough Choices: Deciding Between a Lucrative Career to Help Loved Ones and an Impactful Career to Help the World
  • “Started From the Bottom Now We’re Here:” How New Class Identities Change Perceptions of Who We Are
  • From Ashes to Phoenix: Exploring Burnout
  • Learning More, Spending Less: Making Graduate School Affordable
  • Conversation with Sarah Smarsh
6:00-6:15 pm Coffee and Snack Break
6:15-6:45 pm Fireside Chat with Reid Hoffman and Ana Mallari
6:45-7:00 pm Storytelling: David Akinin
7:00-7:30 pm Dinner
7:15-8:00 pm Affinity Groups
8:00-9:00 pm Improv! In the Village
8:15-9:00 pm Affinity Groups
9:00-9:40 pm Storytelling and Performances in the Village

Sunday, July 28

Time Session
7:00-8:00 am Morning Activities: Run, Walk
8:00-9:00 am Breakfast
8:00-8:45 am Affinity Groups
9:00-9:15 am Welcome
9:15-9:30 am Storytelling: Cody Coleman, “Living with Grit”
9:30-10:30 Keynote: Michael Sorrell
10:45-11:45 am Breakout Session #4:
  • Money Matters: Making “Cents” of Salary Negotiations and Negotiating the Salary You Not Only Need, But Deserve
  • Avoiding Poverty Porn: Sharing More Than a Story of Struggle
  • When My Career Path Makes a Pivot: Positioning Myself for Success
  • I Feel Like a Fraud: Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
  • Creative Social Impact: Innovating New Solutions in the Social Space
  • Y’all, We Got This! Designing Your Life One Step At A Time
12:00-12:45 pm Closing Remarks: Michael McCullough
12:15-12:45 pm Farewell Remarks: Ana Mallari and Shawon Jackson

QuestBridge has forever changed my life. Being apart of such a distinguished group of individuals is truly humbling. I can’t wait to meet more QuestBridge Scholars!

- Brandon, Vassar '20