Our Leaders

Leadership Team

Boston Breakthrough Academy is supported by a diverse and talented leadership team. These leaders have built the company from the ground up, and are core to our success.

Candace Sjogren

Center Director

Candace Sjogren is the cofounder and Center Director of Boston Breakthrough Academy, a practicing attorney, and a management consultant, where she leads strategy with venture backed companies such as Marqeta, Inc. Previously, Sjogren was the founder and CEO of two fintech companies and Chief Strategy Officer at lending platforms Dealstruck and LoanHero.  Candace continues to serve as an angel investor and contributing author for Entrepreneur Magazine. She received her JD from Salmon P. Chase College of Law and resides in the South End with her husband, son and golden doodle. 

Evan Hackel


Evan Hackel, the creator of the Ingaged Leadership concept and brand, is a thought leader in the fields of leadership and success. He has published the book IngagingLeadership and has authored more than 100 articles for various magazines around leadership concepts. Evan has helped to start more than 20 businesses, led billion dollar organizations and consulted with some of the largest corporations in the world. Evan is currently founder/CEO of Ingage Consulting and Tortal Training. Before Ingage Consulting, Evan worked at CCA Global Partners, where he was responsible for four business divisions with more than 2,000 units and over $5 billion in sales operating in five countries. Evan received an MBA from Boston College and a BA from Colorado College.

Agustina Morero

ENTREPRENEUR / chief Product officer / brand design consultant / Creative Director

Hillary Strasner

Business Owner / Entrepreneur Organization Past President / Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Dianne Langford James

nonprofit executive / facilitator

Philip Andrew Sjogren

director of Investor relations / private equity

James Bridges


Bill Bonnefil

User Experience Architect / Digital Product Strategy / product Development

Zina Solomon

Dream Strategist / Coach / Speaker / Author / Producer / Actor

Jill Niemann

Event Planner / Facilitator

Lisa Cunningham

Human Resource DIRECTOR

Laura Zak Hackel

Mom Empowerment Coach / Healer

Katie Titi

Feminine Empowerment Educator

Rush Dorsett

Singer and Voice Coach

Jeff Scolnick


AJ Leto

Success Coach / Motivational Speaker

Maria Cristina Henning

Head of Marketing / Operations

Rayma Ferrer

Complex Human Resources Director / Real estate entrepreneur

Brad Telepo


Dylan Levitt

Writer / Relationship Coach