3M Corporation Awards Major Grant to Brave Enough To Fail’s BOSS Academy

3M Corporation’s charitable foundation has generously awarded Brave Enough To Fail, a grant of $2,500 to towards it’s BOSS Academy Program into the greater Waterbury area.

This marks the second consecutive year that 3M has supported Brave Enough To Fail not only financially but also with the volunteer efforts of employees.

Nazih Noujaim, a software engineering specialist at 3M-Health Information Systems has long been an outspoken advocate of Brave Enough To Fail and is also a mentor to students attending BOSS Academy.

BOSS Academy is a 12 session course that equips middle and high school students with the tools and resources to dream Big, get Out of their comfort zone, Strategize for success, and Stick to their goals.

Wayne Winsley, founder and CEO of Brave Enough To Fail said,

“ On behalf of the students we serve, I am thankful and honored to receive this generous grant. 3M is an outstanding example of the corporate and nonprofit partnership that is vital to improving lives and building sustainable communities. 3M is directly investing in the success of the next generation and we are so very thankful for that.

The BOSS Academy course can be provided as an in-school elective, after school, or summer program.

To learn more visit www.BraveEnoughToFail.org


FCCF awards $15,000 to Brave Enough To Fail towards expansion of BOSS Academy

Fairfield County Community Foundation has awarded Brave Enough To Fail, a grant of $15,000 to expand it’s BOSS Academy Program into the Bridgeport, Norwalk, and Stamford areas.

BOSS Academy is a 12 session course that equips middle and high school students with the tools and resources to dream Big, get Out of their comfort zone, Strategize for success, and Stick to their goals.

Wayne Winsley, founder and CEO of Brave Enough To Fail said,

“Too often we stories of empty promises and broken commitments. So it’s vital to point those organizations and people of true integrity. Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is an organization committed to creating a positive impact, staffed by individuals of integrity. They said that if we put in the work and showed positive results, then they would support us. And that is exactly what happened. We are so grateful for this generous support.”

The BOSS Academy course can be provided as an in-school elective, after school, or summer program.

To learn more visit www.BraveEnoughToFail.org

Person of Courage Event Raises $10,000 for Brave Enough To Fail

From left, Steve Levy, Leora Levy, Wayne Winsley

Greenwich resident and philanthropist Leora Levy was presented the Brave Enough To Fail Person of Courage Award. The event was held recently at Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, CT.

Leora and her husband Steve, were both recognized for being among the very first supporters of Brave Enough To Fail when it was merely a concept back in 2013.

Several past scholarship winners provided a video tribute and thank-you message to Leora and other donors. 

Scholarship recipient Linda Thatch, who is attending Yale University said, 

“As a first-generation, low-income student, the Brave Enough To Fail message, perseverance through adversity, has been a constant help and inspiration as I work towards my goals.” 

Robin Ebanks, a graduate of Brave Enough To Fail’s BOSS Academy program, spoke to attendees about the impact the program has made on her and the skills she learned including goal setting, networking, and effective communication. 

The event also established the Leora and Steve Levy scholarship fund for next generation entrepreneurs and leaders which presented it’s first $1,000 scholarship to graduating senior, Rebecca Ebanks. 

From left, Steve Levy, Rebecca Ebanks, Leora Levy

Award recipient Leora Levy said,

“It’s very rare to actually see the results of your support and see how it has changed lives. This organization is special and I’m so honored to be a part of it. Our children are our future and it is important that they succeed.”

The event which was help on Wednesday March 18th, raised over $10,000 for the nonprofit Brave Enough To Fail, which provides motivational programs, educational resources and scholarships to help students succeed in school and beyond.

If you could not attend the event but you’d like to contribute to the Leora and Steve Levy Scholarship fund for next generation entrepreneurs & leaders please donate here

I Have a Problem with Black History Month

Each February we celebrate Black History Month. We take time to point out some of the myriad contributions of African Americans throughout our nation’s history. We point to great people like Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks.

I do not have a problem with any of that.

The problem that I have with Black History month is that, in my opinion, we don’t hear enough about the great entrepreneurs like Madam C.J. Walker, who’s hair care business made her the world’s first self-made millionairess (Guinnessrecords.com), Robert Gordon, who amassed a fortune in the coal dealing industry, and Maggie L. Walker, the first black woman in the United States to charter a bank.

And when we do talk about them we tend to focus a lot on the fact that these great people made history and fail to highlight HOW they made history. HOW they were brave enough to risk failure in pursuit of an idea, a dream, or a passion. How they overcame poverty, prejudice, and adversity through a combination of education, perseverance, and hard work.

The three entrepreneurs I mention above faced a much higher level of opposition and adversity than exists today. Which has to mean that there is even greater opportunity to achieve great things than previously existed.

We need more entrepreneurs in the Black community. We need more entrepreneurs and self-starters across the board in all communities and those entrepreneurs need a free and open market in which to operate and pursue their dreams and ideas.

The great value of history is that we can learn from it. The great lesson that Black History lays out for us, if we choose to see it, is that it doesn’t matter what color your skin is, with drive, determination, and hard work you can achieve your dreams in America.

That is why, at Brave Enough To Fail, our mission is inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs, leaders, and achievers. Young men and women with the courage to pursue their dreams and persevere in the face of challenges. 

Wayne Winsley is the founder and CEO of Brave Enough To Fail Inc. A nonprofit that provides motivational programming, educational resources and scholarships to help students succeed in school and beyond. http://www.BravEnoughToFail.org

Fox News & CBS News Radio Anchor Joins Brave Enough To Fail  

CONTACT: Education, Non-Profit Wayne Winsley, CEO/Founder



Fox News & CBS News Radio Anchor to serve as Media Relations Advisor

New Milford, Conn. – Ann Karrick joins the Advisory Board of Brave Enough To Fail (BETF), in the key role of Media Relations Advisor. Karrick is expected to bring her depth of experience in broadcasting, marketing, and communications to action, offering sound and impartial advice on matters related to news, media, and communications. Currently, Karrick is a network news anchor with Fox News Radio; she’s also known for her work with CBS News Radio in New York, Boston, and Hartford.

“Ann Karrick has a wealth of knowledge, experience, and relationships, earned through a long and storied broadcasting career. She also has business experience in marketing, public relations, media relations, social media, and information technology. Her business networking contacts, wise advice, and experience running a business and mentoring will be of great help to Brave Enough To Fail and B.O.S.S. Academy,” explained Wayne Winsley, CEO and Founder of BETF and B.O.S.S Academy.

Karrick excels at articulating and explaining complex issues. She is a news anchor, correspondent, and talk show host for both radio and television. Before broadcasting, she worked for IBM, AT&T, Golf Digest, and Advantage International (now Octagon), a sports marketing company, as well as public relations and advertising agencies. Karrick also regularly runs a voting location on election days, managing a team of poll workers. She is a Cum Laude graduate of Hollins University with a degree in Computational Sciences and has a certificate in Financial Management from the IBM Advanced Business Institute.

BETF is a student-focused educational nonprofit, providing free motivational programs, resources, and scholarships to middle and high school students. Our mission is to close achievement gaps by cultivating a new generation of leaders, creators, and achievers by inspiring young people with courage to pursue their dreams and giving them the skills for success. B.O.S.S. Academy teaches students to have Big dreams, be brave enough to work Outside their comfort zone, create a Strategy for success, and Stick to the pursuit.

More information:


Ann Karrick

https://www.braveenoughtofail.org/ https://www.braveenoughtofail.org/boss-academy
Big dreams, Out of your comfort zone, Strategy for success, Stick to it http://www.annkarrick.com/

Boss Academy Inspires Students at Danbury Youth Services

Danbury Boss Academy Students show off their books, tee-shirts, & backpacks.

New Milford based nonprofit, Brave Enough To Fail has just wrapped up a very successful Boss Academy class for the great students at Danbury Youth Services.

Boss Academy equips students with motivation, tools, and techniques to literally take charge of their own destiny and be the boss of their dreams. Students learn how to set big goals, get out of their comfort zone, strategize for success, and develop perseverance to not give up on themselves.

Students also get firsthand career information and success tips from entrepreneurs and professionals like Fox News radio anchor Ann Karrick and Beardsley Zoo Education Director Jim Knox who spoke via ZOOM.

Danbury Youth Services Program Director, Michelli Anatolio said, “The students learned so much and they really loved the class, for many of them it was their favorite part of the week.”

The six-week course was provided as a summer program and made possible through the generosity of several businesses and foundations who stepped forward as sponsors, including

Service Stars of Danbury,

The Flood Law Firm,

iDaydream Studios,

The Japajag Foundation.

Brave Enough To Fail is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that combines motivational programming, educational resources, and financial aid to help students succeed in school and beyond.

For more information on becoming a sponsor, supporter, or to bring these programs to your students, vist our website.


Or contact us via email info@braveenoughtofail.org

Danbury Kiwanis & BETF Award Scholarship to Faith Prep Student

From left, Foster Crawford, Danbury Kiwanis Secretary, Allison DuBois, Scholarship winner, Wayne Winsley, CEO Brave Enough To Fail.

The Kiwanis Club Foundation of Greater Danbury and Brave Enough To Fail teamed up once again to award a $1,000 scholarship to a local senior.

Allison Dubois, the valedictorian of her graduating class, at Faith Preparatory in New Milford will be studying Biophysical Science at Regent University in Virginia.

Foster Crawford, Secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Danbury said,

“It is our pleasure to work alongside Brave Enough To Fail in providing scholarships to deserving students who are advancing their education and have shown leadership and compassion along the way.”

Brave Enough To Fail is an educational nonprofit that provides motivational programs and scholarships to students.


Kiwanis Club of Greater Danbury is a nonprofit community service organization geared toward meeting community needs and fostering good will.


Anonymous Donor Gives $15,000 To Inspire Students

Some people just want to see you succeed. Case in point, an anonymous donor has sown a $15,000 seed into Brave Enough To Fail’s online fundraiser, to help the nonprofit grow to the next level. The person does not want their name released or any form of personal recognition. They just want to help Brave Enough To Fail inspire more students to succeed. They are also hoping that their action will inspire others to give as well.

A collaboration of people working together to help our students in these trying times.

New Milford based, Brave Enough To Fail, is a student-focused nonprofit that provides free motivational programs, scholarships, and SEL-based courses to middle and high school students nationwide.

Wayne Winsley, founder and CEO commented,

Our mission is closing the achievement gap for low-income students and cultivating a new generation of leaders, creators, & achievers. Between the COVID-19 closures and the social unrest in our nation, students in lower-income and minority schools need all the encouragement they can get!”

Donations go directly toward funding scholarships, the Boss Academy elective or after school course, and other motivational programs.

Brave Enough To Fail, lets students know that their dreams matter and their education is key to making those dreams come true.

Please click here and make a donation today to help us reach the schools and students that desperately need this program.  

Over the past five years Brave Enough To Fail has reached over 15,000 students and awarded $50,000 in scholarships to students attending  college or trade school. Brave Enough To Fail scholars have a 90% college graduation rate!

The “Boss of your dream” presentation motivates and inspires students with the courage to pursue their dreams.

BETF’s Boss Academy is a 12 week SEL-based course, available as an elective or after-school program, that equips students with the tools needed to achieve their dreams. 

The up to $5,000 in scholarships at each school served provides financial aid to make those dreams happen.

You can help Brave Enough To Fail reach their goal of $250,000 by making a donation here.


The Man Behind the Movement

Everyone has a dream – a dream to be a dancer, a dream to be an artist, or a dream to be anything they can fulfill in life. Some people may be apprehensive to follow their dreams due to current circumstances and believing that their dreams may be ruined because of it – not to Wayne Winsley. Now, who is Wayne Winsley? Wayne Winsley, is a former radio broadcaster, and speaker for Monster Worldwide’s Making it Count Program in 2010, where he spoke at over 200 high schools nationwide. Wayne focused on one main goal – to motivate and guide young individuals to pursue their aspirations.

While working for the Making It Count Program, Wayne realized something very crucial: educators were desperate for programs that would help more students become engaged and invested in their own education. But the schools that need it and would benefit from such programs, have no funds to put towards them. Therefore, Wayne decided to be a helping hand, and did it for a personal reason too.

At 14 years old, Wayne faced a variety of issues. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he was raised by his great grandmother until she was unable to take care of him. Eventually, Wayne was transferred into the child welfare system, became an orphan, and was also placed in Boys Town – an organization designed to nurture abused or neglected teenage boys and develop them into responsible men. During these tough times, Wayne failed the eight grade and when his second year came around, he quit attending school. He had no interest in going back for a while, leading him on a path toward prison or the cemetery.

“If you added up the days that I went to school that year without skipping any classes, it would probably add up to about two weeks,” Wayne mentioned.

There was a conversation he had overheard from a friend and his friend’s father one day. They discussed the importance of succession,“Always strive for excellence. I don’t care what you do, just be excellent at something because excellence will overcome poverty, prejudice, and adversity every time.” Because of this statement, Wayne began to change his ways and returned to school to finish what he started. That choice changed the trajectory of his life. Wayne is living proof that a positive message can transform you and your life. He has dedicated himself to delivering that message to as many young people as possible. As a result, the Brave Enough to Fail Program was born.

In 2015, Wayne launched Brave Enough to Fail (BETF)  as a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit providing free motivational speeches and scholarships to high schools and high school students at no cost. This program is the first organization to combine motivational messaging, ongoing support, and financial aid in one package to help students succeed in school and beyond. For the past four years, BETF has reached over 15,000 students ranging from New York to Washington state, having scholarship winners attending a dozen different colleges and trade schools nationwide. Schools across the country are now discovering the BETF program, valuing its potential impact and requesting it for other students. 26 states have reached out to seek this program for their school districts. The demand has been expected to increase exponentially as educators are seeking tools to assist their students to re-engage after the COVID-19 closures.

“I see our organization as something similar to Amazon in 1995. It’s this thing that hasn’t been done before and many don’t understand what it is yet, but as it grows more people will realize what it is and what it’s doing and want to be a part of it,” Wayne said.

BETF has been growing and will continue to grow over time. Most recently, the educational leadership of Bridgeport, Connecticut requested the program for all high schools in the city for the upcoming school year. From the hard work Wayne has put into making this program possible, he is glad to see a positive outcome from it. Despite the obstacles he experienced, Wayne found a strategy to overcome his failures and now uses it as a major platform for his success in guiding young individuals to a better path.

After all, there is a fundamental law of success that says, “Solve a problem or fill a need.” You can do either or to fulfill someone’s dream.