Neveen Mahmoud '07

What leadership experience at AIS made a difference in your life?

Being elected captain of the lacrosse team was one of the most meaningful leadership experiences.  It taught me how to fall down and get up — again and again — until you cross the finish line. There is something magical about learning how to be physically intense and gritty while maintaining a level of mental poise and focus in pursuit of a goal. I think it's the fact that your mindset fundamentally shifts due to an understanding that every win and every loss gets you closer to big wins. It was on the lacrosse field that I came to value and understand the imperfection inherent in the process of creation and achievement. 

What did you do after graduating from Stanford University?

I co-founded a social impact startup called Young Vets, which reinvented the student-athlete experience for low-income basketball players from around the country. The program is designed to create a better future for the young men, one that nurtures each player's athletic talent, as well as providing professional and leadership development that will impact each participant's long-term success and growth. 

How did Agnes Irwin prepare you to start Young Vets?

Agnes Irwin was instrumental in helping me build, launch, and grow Young Vets into the organization that it is today. Getting any venture off the ground is difficult work that requires resilience. On a personal level, AIS taught me how to be bold and unapologetic in my pursuits. I sincerely doubt that I would even be an entrepreneur today without the confidence and sense of open-ended possibility that I got out of my education. Aside from helping me to cultivate the audacity necessary to start something, AIS gave me the most amazing network of women to draw support from. Friends from Agnes Irwin have stepped up as funders, mentors, volunteers, connectors, and cheerleaders — together contributing a great deal of value to Young Vets. Many moments of progress have been made possible through the women of Agnes Irwin, and for them, I am eternally grateful. 

Was there a teacher at AIS who particularly influenced you?

In all sincerity, every person inside the walls of Agnes Irwin were of particular influence to me. I cherish the unique relationships that I formed in those buildings, all of which made me who I am today, and all of which I am deeply grateful for to this day. If I had to pick just one person, I would say that Mrs. Lynch had a particularly strong influence on me. She was a strict disciplinarian and the most encouraging mentor all wrapped into one. I remember an exceptional amount of information that I learned in her classroom because she really nurtured and challenged me. Thank you Mrs. Lynch!