Evren J. Gunduz Ed.M. Founder & Director
Evren Gunduz is a professional educator and pioneer in the world of leadership education. He founded the Enjoy Life Leadership Academy in 2011 and is currently the director, curriculum developer and lead teacher. He completed his Master’s degree in 2010 at Harvard University, and as a student in the Graduate School of Education he specialized his research in student leadership, adolescent development and group studies. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 2004 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Earth Systems Science and also attained a minor in music.
The Leadership Academy is staffed by a growing team of talented, motivated young women and men. Hand selected professionals, educators, and college students who are either former Academy graduates or have proven success in leadership roles, they support the Academy and lead the small groups. The high energy staff goes through a rigorous training program and they are primed to be the moral models of positive leadership for our students to emulate.
Our Leadership Symbols
It is given to students upon graduation from the Leadership Academy and represents our leadership principles, a healthful lifestyle and positive attitude. The bracelet is never sold or just given out to random people. If you see a person wearing the orange bracelet, you’ll know they truly understand and live by the values of positive leadership. More often than not, they’ll be pretty awesome and smiling more than the average person.
Trees are one of the few organisms that never stop growing. In fact, trees need to grow in order to thrive! Yearly growth is a tree's mechanism for repairing damage. Each year they repair and strengthen observed in a tree's internal growth rings. We think this is pretty awesome because it is our belief that people should never stop their internal growth, both emotionally and intellectually, as positive leaders. Life is all about experiences and how we learn and grow from them. Following even the harshest of winters, trees grow showing us that even negative experiences are valuable for our development. Internally motivated to continually increase our leadership and moral capacities, our students are the trees of our society, always giving out our leadership to empower others.