Founder & Chief Visionary Officer
Anthony J. D'Angelo is a man who has sparked a revolution in higher education. In the spring of 1995, he was inspired by a vision to Take Higher Education Deeper. At the young age of 23, he left his cushy job, liquidated his personal savings, got a "grant" from his Discover Card (he went into over $150,000 in personal debt to fund the vision) and drove throughout the Mid-Atlantic to interview over 5,000 college students and 1,000 university professionals. His goal was to gain the pulse of what college students were missing. Six months into his journey he found it.
Based on his research and interviews he learned what was missing from most students’ collegiate experience. As D’Angelo says, "Most college students go to college and get a degree, but not an education." From this reality he went on to create a small yet passionate educational group called EmPower X!. EmPower X! is a team of young adults all under the age of 30 dedicated to empowering other young adults.
In the year 2000 in an effort to be of even greater service to the higher education community, Anthony expanded EmPower X! into Collegiate EmPowerment a nationally recognized 501c3 non profit educational firm dedicated to empowering college students and higher education professionals via Collegiate EmPowerment Student Seminars, Publications and Professional Development Services. Since taking action on his vision Anthony D'Angelo and the EmPower X! Team has gone on to empower over 1.5 million college students and over 5,000 higher education professionals from over 2,100 college campuses throughout North America.
As the #1 Contributing Author and Editor of The NY Times Bestseller, Chicken Soup For The College Soul, Anthony D’Angelo has been featured in several national media outlets. As early as 1997 at the young age of twenty five, D’Angelo was hailed by CNN as, "The Personal Development Guru Of His Generation". In the same year SPIN Magazine has compared D'Angelo with the likes of world renowned motivational speaker, Anthony Robbins. He has been quoted in numerous publications including Woman’s Day and Oprah’s O Magazine where his famous one liners have been quoted along side the thoughts of Einstein, Ann Frank and Nelson Mandela.
Today D’Angelo serves as the Chief Visionary Officer of Collegiate EmPowerment where it is his lifetime mission to Take Higher Education Deeper by empowering students, educators and University Executives a like to embrace the concepts, strategies and tools of Collegiate EmPowerment for success in the 21st Century.