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Brother Josh Stillman ’06 recently sat down for a brief Q&A about what he’s been up to since his time at UPenn and his experience in Mind Matters.

How has SigEp impacted your life outside of college?

“Many of the people that I’ve remained friends with outside of college have been through SigEp. Ten years out of college, I’ve found that my relationships made through this fraternity have been the most lasting and the most impactful. However, SigEp hasn’t only given me long-term friendships. I oftentimes find myself meeting different SigEp brothers throughout my life experiences. One of my colleagues at work is a SigEp from Ithaca and I met a guy across the hall who is a SigEp from Elon. Its great to meet these people and instantly have some common ground.”

Have you ever visited after graduation? What's your favorite story from coming back to Penn Delta?

“I haven’t had the opportunity to visit too often, but I make sure to whenever the chance presents itself. Since I traveled a lot after college as a byproduct of my consulting job, I was able to meet with a lot of SigEp brothers outside of Philadelphia, which was always a blast. However, whenever I am in town, I know I’m always going to have a good time. Last April, we had a reunion with a bunch of local SigEp guys in downtown Philly. Unfortunately, we never actually made it to the Chapter House, but it was still a lot of fun.

What did you end up doing right after college? Any advice you would give current undergraduates today?

As an undergrad, I studied Engineering, but that didn’t end up being super relevant to what I did after college. I went into strategy consulting for Booz and Company, focusing on energy and strategy. I worked there for three years, after which I got my MBA and then came back to Booz and Company for three more years. It was a great experience to have and a good path to set out on after school since it gave me the broad business experience I wanted to achieve, something I think is especially important for an engineer. Now I work as a financial planner and wealth advisor in Northern Virginia.

In terms of advice for current undergraduates, my words of wisdom are that you shouldn’t think of your job right out of college as your final job. It’s important to think about some things in the long term, but people get so caught up with what they want to achieve way ahead in the future that they tend to lose meaning in what they do today. If you don’t have this meaning, then you have a problem. Besides, it’s a tough question to decide what you want to do with your life right after college. I think it’s much easier, and probably better for you in the long run, to put a stake in the path for motivation’s sake, but not to become obsessed with that future. Make sure to have a plan, and be excited about what you do and make; just keep an open mind about future opportunities.

Do you still keep in touch with any brothers? Any stories about what you guys have done together after college?

I definitely still keep in touch with brothers and I try to make an effort to do so as much as possible. It’s a little difficult to actually do so when we all have kids, but it’s always like hanging out with old friends whenever we meet up. One thing I wish we could do is another big trip- I remember going to Europe with Sloan and Savage right after college as well as a bigger Spring Break trip to Montreal.

What is the Mind Matters program? What inspired you to get involved?

The Mind Matters program helps high potential and high achieving high school students with college preparedness. It’s run almost exclusively by volunteers - out of 12 chapters in 12 cities, there are only 2 or 3 paid staff members to make sure everything is running smoothly. This is great since it means that all money raised goes to the kids, especially since there are no overhead costs.

As to the program itself, it’s a targeted program that serves a specific type of person. Applicants are from in need/poor backgrounds, would be the first generation going to college in their family, and have to have proven their potential and their motivation through schoolwork. Most people see these types of kids and think that since they’ve already shown that spark, that they won’t be stopped by all the obstacles in their lives and continue pushing forward. However, people don’t realize that these students can be just as likely to get in trouble and that they don’t always get where they want to go without any guidance.

As such, we try to provide them as much mentorship as possible, in the hopes that they get to be on equal footing as someone more affluent. They meet for three hours ever Saturday to go through college prep, test prep, essays, and meet with 2 different mentors. Between summers they attend different college programs that open up their eyes to the values of a global education and the opportunities outside of where they live. They stay in this program for three years up until they’re able to move onto the next stage of their lives- college.

I love being a part of the D.C chapter especially since it just began this year with its first class. We had a group of Alumni from the program from other cities come by and talk about how Mind Matters changed their lives, and you could see the new kids’ faces light up. I’m excited to see how successful they will be in the future as well!

What motivates you to give back to your community? What are some ways that you think others can also contribute?

I knew I wanted to do something education wise, especially since my wife taught math in inner city schools. Kids would come to her class everyday during lunchtime and after school seeking help, which made me realize that there are a group of students looking for help, but there aren’t enough teachers who can help all these kids out.

If you’re looking for ways to serve your community, you should first figure out what you care about and Google search for local organizations already working on the problem. In the same vein, if you join an organization you aren’t super passionate about, you won’t enjoy it. If there isn’t something you love out there, start something yourself- it’ll be a much more worthwhile experience.

If you want to get involved with Mind Matters, you can find the organization online at www.mindmatters.org or feel free to reach out to me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is an accomplished chapter in Philadelphia as well as in many other major cities around the country.”