A space where content, mentorship, and connections come together to maximize one’s potential

our mission

We bring together high performing Black college students and recent alumni to help each other navigate the road to success.

our story

Our founder, Chris Motley, is a first-generation college graduate, born to a 13-year old single mother on Chicago’s infamous South Side.

After graduating from Columbia University, Chris spent several years at Goldman Sachs before getting his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management. Since then, he has focused his efforts on building purposeful, mission-driven companies.

Many would consider him lucky because of where he started in life, but we know luck is simply the intersection of Preparation and Opportunity. There were many things that seemed to occur by chance or divine intervention which sparked the question of how could the next generation of young leaders find the same luck.

It dawned on us that a community focused on career preparation and growing one’s network can transform the career and life trajectories of diverse leaders like Chris - much more quickly - and at scale. The Whether was built to accomplish this goal.

The Whether was launched in March 2017 at SXSWEdu’s Launch Competition, where we placed 1st among all participating companies. Subsequently, we received a research grants from Strada Education Network and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to measure the efficacy of personalized career pathways for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

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our values

We envision a world where marginalized people in any community can realize their full potential and diverse leadership is no longer "underrepresented".

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Our Platform

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Our Team

The wonderful people behind our beautiful products.

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Chris Motley

Founder & CEO

Business development, strategic sales and overall strategy at The Whether. Proud alum – Columbia University and the Kellogg School of Management.

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Joe Turgeon


Application development and technology architecture at The Whether. Proud alum – University of Minnesota.

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Kunal Parbadia

VP of Operations

Sales, marketing and customer success operations at The Whether. Proud alum – Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Tiffany Hardin

Influencer Strategy & Partnerships

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Esteban Valerio

Application Developer

Technical developer at The Whether. Proud alum – University of Costa Rica.

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Danielle Robinson Bell


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Kwaku Amuti

UX Designer

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Jerry Johnson


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Andrei Khramtsou


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Fredric Mitchell


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Kimberly Marshall


Our Investors

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Dave Steward

Chairman and Founder of World Wide Technology, Inc.

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Andy Taylor

Executive Chairman of Enterprise Holdings Inc.