Bold Futures

Bold Futures is an annual FREE day-long event that was created to empower 14-18-year-old students in Washtenaw County with the skills to become leaders, innovators, and problem solvers in their community.

Bold Futures 2019 Event Photos


Past Years: Bold Futures Press Coverage & Event Photos

“Launching The OptiMize Campus Innovators Program,” Medium, August 29, 2017,

“One-day business program at Washtenaw College to help high school students”, MLive, August 22, 2016,

2019 Bold Futures Keynote Speaker:

Loren D. Townes Jr

Loren D. Townes Jr is a sought-after motivational speaker who is fiercely passionate about helping others maximize their full potential! His teachings and messages are geared towards overcoming adversity in pursuit of educational leadership, personal development, and professional advancement. Loren also works as a College Relations Coordinator at Washtenaw Community College (WCC), serving as a driving force to engage prospective students within fields of Advanced Technologies & Public Service Careers!

Currently, Loren is pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at Wayne State University (WSU) within the Mike Ilitch School of Business. He currently holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from WSU and an Associate of Arts in Business from WCC. His demonstrated ability to excel academically and professionally, has led to a plethora of profiles in magazines and publications, scholarships, and prestige awards such as being selected as a 30 under 30 Honoree for Manufacturing Engineering Magazine, a 25 under 25 honoree of the Mike Ilitch School of Business, Commencement Speaker for his graduating class at WCC, and the list goes on.

Although Loren is very active in leadership with civic engagement duties, much of his time is devoted to assisting individuals in overcoming adversities to achieve measurable results – through his company Gather Momentum LLC. You will often see him on ‘Facebook Live’ or ‘Instagram’ motivating people to not only pursue their dreams but to do so with passion and commitment – despite their circumstances. Loren is a shining example of a world-renowned Game Changer that has interwoven a personal passion for helping others succeed with challenging them to push beyond pressure!