10 Thousand Pencils, LLC - Female Solo Entrepreneur of the Year
Company: 10 Thousand Pencils, LLC
Company Description: 10 Thousand Pencils offers Brittany Wagner's academic counseling services to schools and athletes across the country.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Female Solo Entrepreneur of the Year
Nomination Title: Brittany Wagner, Founder
Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated entrepreneur since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):
Brittany Wagner is a nationally respected athletic academic counselor and life coach. For 8 years, she was the “mother” to the most dominant junior college football program in the United States – the East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) Lions.
EMCC’s athletic teams achieved tremendous classroom success during Wagner’s time. She helped over 200 football players and over 50 men’s basketball athletes reach the next level – many of whom are now playing professionally, including Quinton Dial – San Francisco 49ers, Denico Autry – Oakland Raiders, Za’darius Smith – Baltimore Ravens, Jarran Reed – Seattle Seahawks, Chad Kelly – Denver Broncos.
Ms. Wagner recently garnered world-wide fame as the television star of the hit Netflix documentary series, “Last Chance U” – which follows the three-time NJCAA national champions during their 2015 football season. Known for giving “troublemakers” their last chance at making it to the NFL, Ms. Wagner is the vivacious, mentor and mother-figure to the these men – often times the driving factor behind their future successes. Her common question, “Do you have a pencil?” has become a phenomena across the world since the show’s debut.
Now, Brittany Wagner is taking her mission of helping at-risk athletes to the next level with a brand new company, 10 Thousand Pencils. Her aim is to provide academic counseling and life skills coaching just as she did at EMCC.
To start out, this will be a one-person company for Wagner and the majority of engagements with will be highly customized. 10KP will offer a wide range of services, but mainly she plans to do what she’s always done: Propel talented athletes who are struggling in school into their next chance at proving themselves. It is Wagner’s goal to act as a complement to existing school counselors and advisers in schools and not take away from the work they already do. Instead, she will be available to help with transcripts and forming academic plans for individuals who need the specialized assistance. “A lot of these schools don’t have the money to pay for large staffs, and there’s only a few kids who really need the extra, full-time attention,” she said. “So hire me to do it. That’s what I do.”
“I’m really excited about it,” Wagner said to AL.com. “I’m excited about being able to open the door for more athletes to benefit, for more athletes to have that help.
10KP works directly with a school/program over a 5 or 10 month period. Wagner engages with selected at-risk student-athletes; acting as a student-athlete manager for this select group. Athletes and/or parents can also hire Brittany to work independently of a school/program in managing individual students.
Already, 10KP has signed on to consult with a Division II conference to guide counselors on dealing with incoming transfers. And Wagner helped a player headed off to college who needed extra assistance staying on the path toward qualifying —intervening before junior college became the last option. To that end, 10KP recently contracted with Madison Heights High School in Michigan as an academic consultant.
Brittany Wagner is making an impact in the world of college athletics .
Provide a brief biography of the nominated entrepreneur (up to 125 words):
Brittany Wagner is a nationally respected athletic academic counselor and life coach. She was the “mother” to the most dominant junior college football program in the United States – the East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) Lions. Brittany spent eight years on the EMCC athletic administrative staff where she was responsible for monitoring the academic well-being of the school’s 200 student-athletes.
She earned her undergraduate degree in sport communication from Mississippi State University, followed by her master’s degree in sport administration. Wagner is a native of Clinton, Mississippi, and a single-mom to one daughter, Kennedy.