Julie Silard Kantor ’91

Julie Silard Kantor ’91, founder and CEO of Twomentor, on not taking anything personally and aspiring to sing in a rock band.

What would you title your autobiography? She Believed She Could So She Did! 

As child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A detective like on Charlie’s Angels, then a psychologist. 

What accomplishment are you most proud of? I helped build and lead Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (1992–2012). We trained more than 650,000 youth from low-income families in 12 countries. 

If success were guaranteed, what new career would you choose? I would love to sing in a rock band. 

What Simmons courses or professors had the biggest impact on your future? From Jim Corcoran I learned to investigate, write and write well. Floyd Barbour taught me about race and to understand my own heritage. And Bob White inspired much creativity.

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self? Read The Four Agreements and understand why you shouldn’t take anything personally. 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Failure is the chance to begin again more intelligently, and failure is neither fatal nor final. 

Whom would you most like to sit next to on a long flight? Between the two grandmothers I never met. 

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been? Taj Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur (India). I was mesmerized.

Would you rather spend a weekend 100 years in the past, or in the future? The future—to learn and then teach others in the present. 

What are your two favorite movies? Bohemian Rhapsody and Netflix’s Reign (great female lead).

What fictional character do you wish you could meet? Chloe on 24 so she can teach me cybersecurity. 

If you could add one hour to every day, how would you spend it? With my 16-year-old daughter. 

Would you rather win an Oscar, an Olympic medal, or a Nobel Prize? For anything specific? A Nobel for reducing technology-induced loneliness and corporate burnout globally. 

What personal quality would you value most in a prospective hire? Passion and an ability to deliver on commitments. 

If you won $10 million, what philanthropic dream would you fulfill? Build an endowment for Active Minds [supports mental health awareness and education among high school and college students]. 

What question would you ask John Simmons? “What would you tell one million top male executives about women’s comparative strengths in the workforce?”