My name is Greg Nance.
I'm an ultramarathon runner working to expand education access.
I believe Education = Opportunity
I am passionate about working with great people to expand education access
Dyad.com Founder & CEO
Mentorship for the Motivated
Shanghai | Singapore | Seattle
At Dyad.com we believe in the transformative power of mentorship. We connect students with mentors for life-changing admissions and career advice. Our team of 200+ have mentored over 1,800 paying clients, helping them earn scholarships worth $2.8M and admission to universities in 23 countries. 630 of our clients have been admitted to a Top 25 University including 136 to the Ivy League.
We have raised $1M in Venture Capital from top funds like 500 Startups, SOSV, Artesian Capital Management, Banyan Partners, and Harbor Pacific Capital. We were recognized as People's Choice for Asia's Best Startup at the 2015 Echelon Summit.
Our Advisory Board includes the former CEO of McDonalds and retired Secretary of the U.S. Air Force. You can learn more about our model and mission in University World News, Huffington Post, and the World Economic Forum Agenda.
We are always looking to build our team with rockstar talent. We have openings for best-in-class web developers, friendly bi-lingual salespeople, and insightful admissions mentors. Email us to apply: Careers[at]Dyad.com
Moneythink Co-Founder & Chairman
Educating Urban Youth on Money Smarts
Moneythink is a movement of young people working since 2008 to restore the economic health of the United States through financial education. We believe every student should have the knowledge and support to make prudent financial decisions. Our 650 volunteer mentors are making it possible by training over 12,000 highschoolers to make and manage money in 17 U.S. States.
We've raised more that $2.5M from generous donors and organizations like JP Morgan, Google, MassChallenge, CFSI, Capital One, PwC, Blackstone and American Express. Our work has been recognized by President Obama, NASDAQ, Wall Street Journal, and numerous others.
The Harvard Business Review called Moneythink a company that offers meaningful work. We believe in the power of human potential, and we love to work with people who share that belief. If you’re looking for a mission-driven, results-oriented work environment and awesome colleagues, we’d love to hear from you. We're currently hiring a Vice President, Operations - help us find someone terrific!
Promoting Scholarship Opportunities
Breaking Financial Barriers to College
I was only able to attend my dream schools, UChicago and Cambridge, with the help of scholarships. I'm on a mission to pay it forward.
In 2016 I joined the Board of Directors for the Truman Scholars Association. The Harry S Truman Scholarship is the Presidential Memorial to public service and provides scholarships to college students to encourage service. I had the honor to represent Washington State as the 2010 scholarship recipient and it was a truly life-changing opportunity.
Since 2015 I have also served as a Pre-Selection Committee Member for the Rhodes Scholarship in China.
U.S. Alliance Strategist
Shaping American Foreign Policy
I believe American leadership is vital to preserving peace and prosperity in the 21st century. As a Harry S Truman Scholar at the University of Chicago, I authored the first white paper to use a geopolitical defensive realist framework to explain the East Asian naval arms race and how the U.S. must enlist democratic maritime allies to ensure regional stability.
Since 2014 I have served as an Advisory Board Member to the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism (CPOST), a leading international security affairs research institute funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. My writing has been featured in the Seattle Times and I've shared insights on Sino-American relations with London's NBC News. The Diplomatic Courier recognized my work by naming me one of the "Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33" in 2013.
Seattle Seahawks 12 Ambassador
Cheering with the World's Best Fans
I'm a life-long Seahawks fan. My dad was a King Dome beer vendor during the 1983 and 1984 seasons and I wore my #12 Hawks jersey to peewee football practice every day.
Years later I wear my Hawks cap while running some of the most demanding footraces on the planet. In 2016 Delta Air Lines named me "12 Ambassador" to the Seattle Seahawks and featured my ultramarathon running in TV commercials. I love connecting with fellow 12s, talking Hawks together, and cheering on our team with the world's best fans!
Fellow 12? Reach out because I'd love to hear your story!
"Little by little, one travels far." -J.R.R. Tokien
Pushing past our limits
I've jogged 36 countries so far and have finished 10 marathons, twice qualifying for Boston. I've run the UK coast-to-coast, run 200KM through the Malaysian jungle, and was profiled in Adventure World Magazine for crossing the Gobi Desert during a 250KM ultra.
Up next is the Hardcore Hundred Miles, an ultra in the Philippines with over 12,000M (37,000ft) of cumulative elevation gain.
You can read the story of my Gobi Crossing for more on the ultramarathon community and my running philosophy: we aim to find our limits and push past them.
I climb great peaks for great causes
Europe, USA and Asia
I've enjoyed time in the Rockies, Tetons, Alps, Pyrenees, Scottish Highlands, China's Hengduan Mountains, and throughout the Cascades. Previous charity fundraising climbs include a free solo of Mont Blanc's Gonella Glacier (pictured at 4,810M) and speed ascents of China's Haba Xueshan (5,396M), and Mount Siguniang (5,276M).
Up next is an attempt on Yu Zhu, a 6,224M (20,420ft.) mountain in China's wild Qinghai Province.
Check out my interview with Cambridge Business School for more on the connection between climbing and business leadership.
Swimming the Seven Seas
I grew up swimming Washington's Puget Sound and have crossed the Nile, Thames (pictured), Seine, Douro, Huangpu, Moskva, and Jordan rivers. I've also swum the Persian Gulf, Andaman, Marmara, Mediterranean, Dead, South and East China seas. My favorite way to see a city is on the run or by swim.
My big goal is to cross the English Channel.
Exploring Forested Trails
USA, Iberia and Asia.
My brother, sister and I spent many summers climbing trees and walking trails in the Olympics. I've enjoyed alpine scrambles and extended hikes in Washington, Oregon, California, Wyoming, and Colorado. My favorite hike so far was my two-week, 400-miler on Iberia's Pilgrimage Trail from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela.
Up next is a backpacking trip to the Tibetan Highlands.
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” -Mark Twain
Current learning projects are Mandarin Chinese, Negotiation Tactics, and Bible Study...
Long way to go on each!
Cambridge Business School
University of Chicago
Leaders Must Be Readers
I aspire to be a life-long learner. I always have an open book on my bed stand and work through audiobooks during morning training runs.
Some of my favorite recent reads include:
Fueled by Faith
I thank God every day
I seek to live by Saint Augustine's mantra: “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”
"I have very often been driven to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go." -Abraham Lincoln
Bible verses I'm reflecting on:
"A new commandment I give unto you: that ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples: if ye have love one for another.” -John 13:34-35
"Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance" -Romans 5:3
"Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture." -Psalm 37:3
"Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong." -1 Corinthians 16:13
"I can do all this through Him who gives me strength." -Philippians 4:13
"I can attest that Greg ranks among the best. He is an extremely bright, thoughtful and magnetic person with an admirable track record of mobilizing people and resources for worthwhile causes, with a demonstrated commitment to education and public service."
- John Morrison, former President, Association of American Rhodes Scholars
"I was impressed by Greg's range of interests and quality of insight. I predict Greg will be a future star of some kind. I recommend him!”
- Ben Casnocha, #1 NY Times Best Selling Author
"Greg uses his insights into international relations to predict, with great clarity, geopolitical events and their economic ramifications."
- Matthew Harsch, Merrill Lynch
"I am continuously impressed by Greg's focus, determination and goal orientation. He maintains equanimity under stress and is adept at building what he envisions."
- Lonnie Stonitsch, Director of Family Action Network
"It's been exciting to watch Greg turn big ideas into reality. He creates achievable strategies, surrounds himself with the right people, and makes things happen."
- Victor Jih, Amazing Race 14 Winner | Partner of O'Melveny & Myers
"Greg is a humble leader who can inspire the young and old, investors, employees, customers and colleagues with his vision and ethical approach to business and big-picture thinking on difficult public policy challenges."
- Tidal McCoy, former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force