Ben Carpenter is the author of the bestseller THE BIGS, which teaches students how to choose, get, and do a great job. The Bigs follows Ben’s progression from a naïve student, to the owner of a wild bar in Manhattan, to the CEO of a major investment firm, to the worried father of a recent college graduate.
The reception to Ben’s book convinced him that he needed to continue helping young people achieve their hopes and dreams, and he founded The Bigs Project—which provides career education programs to middle schools, high schools, colleges and young professionals. This program has been enthusiastically embraced by young people and administrators because it is educational, entertaining, and easy to execute.
Ben is the father of three daughters and resides in Greenwich, CT, with his wife Leigh.
Lynn Siegel | Managing Partner and Director of Outreach
Lynn comes to the Bigs Project with a broad range of experience recruiting, retaining, and supporting talent. She worked for many years on Wall Street and in nonprofits, and witnessed firsthand the varied ways professionals find meaningful work and achieve career fulfillment. A seasoned and accomplished search professional and nonprofit consultant with a stellar track record, she oversees talent acquisition, and outreach initiatives for the Bigs Project.
Heather Tranen | Director of Operations
Heather's experience within career services at New York University and The University of Pennsylvania paired with her time in the corporate world provide her with invaluable insight into what students need to achieve success, and most importantly, fulfillment in their lives. She has won national awards and presented on the local, national, and global level for her work with personal branding, social media, and student engagement. In an ever-changing economy, she firmly believes in the fundamental and timeless lessons found within the message of The Bigs Project.
Pam Caffray | Business Manager
Pam has been involved with The Bigs since its inception: organizing events, PR and marketing, and coordinating the College Book Tour of 2014. She has brought The Bigs to various organizations in the New York metro area.