Dave Olpin

Nationally Recognized Youth Leader

Dave Olpin is the founder of SuccessThoughts.org which is intended to strengthen schools across America by utilizing four proven keys: daily success messages, motivational posters, a focus on literacy, and stress management.

Dave Olpin has been a youth leader for more than 18 years through his service as Corporate President of Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) for the state of Utah. The HOBY mission is to inspire and prepare future leaders for a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. During his tenure, Dave developed $4M in scholarships from nine Utah universities and oversaw the leadership programs statewide. HOBY’s international programs train Ambassadors to become a positive force around the world in five core area: Volunteerism, Integrity, Excellence, Diversity, and Community Partnership.

What is HOBY in 90 Seconds:

A HOBY success story:

Sarah Hamilton

After her HOBY experience, Sarah was sponsored by Orrin Hatch to serve as one of 30 Senate Pages for the Fall Session of Congress in 2006. She and lived and worked in the Senate Page Dormitory—part of the Capitol complex—in Washington D.C. for the first semester of her junior year of high school. While there, she attended the Senate Page School where she was named Outstanding Student in three different areas: English, Mathematics, and Social Studies.

She graduated from Orem High School in 2007 and was admitted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study economics. Sarah’s combination of strong English skills and deep understanding of economic theory led to a job at Harvard where she edited PhD dissertations for graduate students whose second language is English. She deferred graduation for 18 months to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Carlsbad, California before returning to M.I.T and graduating from the Sloan School of Economics in 2012.

Since 2012, she has worked for the Brattle Group of economic consultants in Cambridge, MA as a specialist in decoding complex data systems to provide analysis of the economic aspect of legal strategies in order to prepare expert witnesses to testify in court. Her clients have included the US Department of Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Internal Revenue Service, and numerous corporations involved in antitrust, tax, and big data cases.

Sarah is married to Winston Larson and they are the parents of two daughters. She is active in her church and community in Cambridge, Massachusetts.