BUILD Interim CEO Announcement

On behalf of’s Board of Directors and the entire BUILD team, BUILD would like to inform our community of a transition within our senior leadership team. Thais Rezende, was appointed by the Board as Interim CEO of BUILD, effective Tuesday, 2/20/24. As you may know, Thais is already an integral part of our organization, serving as BUILD’s President with distinction since 2021. During her tenure, she has spearheaded efforts to enhance organizational impact, playing a pivotal role in the digital transformation of BUILD’s program and significantly enhancing our ability to reach thousands more educators and youth in under-resourced communities across the nation while maintaining the quality and integrity of our core model.


Thais’s deep commitment to BUILD’s mission, her exceptional leadership qualities, and her comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the communities we serve make her the ideal leader to guide BUILD during this pivotal time. Thais is fully committed to continuing progress toward our ambitious strategic vision, ensuring strength and stability as we enter BUILD’s exciting 25th Anniversary year.

Next week, Thais will represent at SXSW Edu Conference in Austin, TX, one of the largest and most relevant education conferences in the world. We invite you to hear Thais on the SXSW panel, “
Engaging Gen Z in Socially Conscious Entrepreneurship”, featuring ASA,, NFTE, and WeThrive. The discussion will focus on how we can help Gen Z fulfill their entrepreneurial aspirations while adhering to their values and aiding the social causes they care about the most. BUILD’s participation in this and other SXSW panels reinforces our commitment to fostering meaningful dialogue and collaboration towards our shared objectives of social impact and empowerment.


We’d like to thank our community for all they do to support BUILD and our mission to use entrepreneurship education to propel youth in under-resourced communities to achieve career skills, entrepreneurial mindsets, and opportunities–ultimately becoming the CEO of their own lives. With the ongoing collaboration and support of community members like you, the future of BUILD is very bright!


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1. iPhone, iPad, Zoom and Loom are all choices of recording tools for their video presentation 
2. Record with both students and their presentation in view
3. Record horizontally for the best view of the students and their presentation
4. Follow Presentation Diagram to the Right


- Make eye contact with the camera
- Notecards may be used as cue cards
•Pro Tip: Notecards should avoid having a full script
- Even when you are not speaking, don’t forget the camera is still recording!
•Be aware of your body language while you and your business partners are speaking
- Everyone has an opportunity to speak
- Professional dress is encouraged
- Practice makes perfect
•Practice how you will transition from each speaker
•Project your voice when you speak​

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