The newest Millennial On A Mission not only has defied the odds, but he is determined to inspire others to overcome their own personal adversities as well. Immigrating to the United States as refugees from the West African nation of Liberia, he, his mother and sister escaped the bloody civil war that highlighted in Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation. And despite coming here with barely nothing, his mother raised he and his sister by herself and instilled in her children the values of hard work, dedication and perseverance.
Meet Lee Moulton.
After attending the prestigious Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, Massachusetts, Lee went on to graduate from Amherst College with honors, where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science. After spending almost 5 years at Goldman Sachs working in Client Strategy and Institutional Sales, he is now the Head of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development at Breather, an on-demand economy real-estate startup.”As one of the first joiners, I’ve had a pivotal role in the company’s success thus far.”
MOAM: What inspired you to pursue a career in finance and banking? What challenges have you faced in building your business, and what have you learned from them?
LM: I choose to go to Goldman Sachs after undergrad because I wanted to work for a company that attracted the best talent in the world. I learned at Amherst and at NMH that you only get better and sharper by working for and with the most hardworking and talented people. You absorb the best they have to offer and learn the best practices necessary to succeed. I also was eager to learn and master the dynamics of the global financial markets, which controls so much around us. A secondary, but also important consideration, was that I chose banking so that I could be in the financial position to help out my mother and repay her for all she did for my sister and I growing up.
After about 5 years that Goldman, I felt that I had learned as much as I could and that the future at the firm, for me at least, wasn’t going to offer me the challenges and opportunities that I could get enthusiastic and passionate about. Having come to that realization, I decided that I wanted to take some risk and help build a company from the ground up. During my exploratory phase, I happened to meet the founder of Breather and it was clear to both of us that my experience and perspective could really help the company grow. I also believed that Breather’s mission to create a global network of on-demand private spaces for people to meet, work and relax could change the world and I wanted to be a part of the team that made it happened. I realized immediately that with proper execution, Breather can be as large or larger than Uber or AirBnB.
To Lee, being a Millennial On A Mission means being someone from our current generation who is keenly locked in on maximizing their potential, both from a career and giving back point of view. “Since my childhood, I’ve had to counter stereotypes of black male achievement, excelling both in and outside of the classroom and be a leader among my peers,” Lee says. He is currently a Board Member at COOP NYC, a non-profit helping CUNY graduates attain jobs in tech and marketing, and has spoken at various events, encouraging young people to remain passionate, working hard, stay focused and always remember to give back. His one of piece of advice to his peers? There is no high reward without high risk. “You must sacrifice comfort to grow. The actual process of growing is the absence of comfort. Seek opportunities now and take risks while you are young.”