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Are you ready to begin living your biggest dreams NOW?

  • Do you have the inner burning desire and drive to do something great with your life but do not know exactly what and/or where to begin?

  • Do you want to be taken seriously irrespective of your age and lack of experience?

  • Do you wonder what it would take for you to fulfill your destiny and leave a positive legacy behind joining the likes of Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft; Zim Ugochukwu, Founder of Travel Noire; Alice Zhang, Founder of Verge Genomics; Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon and Blue Origin; Warren Buffet, Chairman & CEO of Berkshire Hathaway; and others?


  • Come and be a part of a movement of inspired and inspiring young people who will work on acquiring the skills, and positive mindset and beliefs to own and design their lives, reach their “biggest dreams”, and positively impact the world!

  • In a fun, loving, and nurturing environment, ABL will teach you how to “SOAR and ACHIEVE™”!


The one-day seminar cost is $750; however, students may attend FREE of charge WITH a promo code that they can receive from their schools that will have to nominate them. We advise interested students to ask their school principles/ teachers/ counselors/ administrators to contact ABL in order to nominate them and get the promo code, so that they may register for free. In case some schools are still closed, interested students can contact the ABL office directly at 562.800.0331 or email ABL at calvin.lee@goabl.org.


ABL cordially invites motivated, adventurous, and innovative aspiring young leaders who are currently 8th graders through college sophomores to come and experience SOAR and Achieve™ for a day on the beautiful campus of the top ranked University of Southern California (USC)!


The "Got Big Dreams?™" Seminar is a new stand alone one-day ABL program created to "inspire and spark youth to think big, dream big, and act big starting NOW" by learning from thought leaders and industry experts, and through access and exposure to movers and shakers of our time. All participating scholars will learn how to set a lifetime vision and goals to achieve their wildest dreams.

Through our year-round programs, ABL's vision is to prepare our country's and world's "fulfilled pre-eminent leaders in all fields, and philanthropists who will leave a positive legacy behind". Since ABL cannot accommodate all the students that are interested in its summer and year-round programs due to limited spots, the one day seminars are meant to expose as many students as possible to its revolutionary methodology, and cutting-edge teachings.

At the "Got Big Dreams?™" seminar, ABL uses teachings and lessons from the new SOAR and Achieve™ component of the ABL Opportunity Incubator™ which utilizes proven training modules from the unique, life-changing, and award-winning program, the Summer Business and Leadership Institute (SBLI) of the year-round Business and Leadership Institute (BLI).

The ABL programs have been held on 9 college campuses including a special leadership development program for young women from Egypt, Jordan, and Kuwait at the Harvard Kennedy School in collaboration with the Harvard Women's Leadership Board. ABL's SBLI program has been held on 8 college campuses: USC, UCLA, LMU, CSULA, CSUDH, CSUF, Cal Poly Pomona, and SMC. In collaboration with the USC Marshall School Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the USC Blackstone LaunchPad Accelerator, ABL is proud to launch a one-of-a-kind incubator to help youth create businesses and bring to market their innovative ideas, products, and business concepts. The ABL Opportunity Incubator™ is comprised of two components: The six-month long SOAR and Achieve™ program that will be launched in the fall. It will be followed by the six-month to one-year long LAUNCH program where the winning teams from the SOAR and Achieve™ program will have an opportunity to work with ABL and its partner, the USC LaunchPad Accelerator, to bring to market their business concepts.

On November 17, 2018, ABL held its first EVER "Got Big Dreams?™" seminar at USC to a sold out room. ABL could not accommodate all interested students. Many were put on the waitlist. On March 16, 2019, and on June 8, 2019, ABL held its second and third "Got Big Dreams?™" seminars at USC. They were also quite the hit!! Seminar attendees called the events "epic"!! We expect the fourth one on Saturday, November 16, 2019 to sell out as well, and to be as inspiring!! Therefore, we recommend that students sign up early!!

Some of what the seminar participants have said about their daylong experiences:

On June 8, 2019

"Thank you for starting my summer so epically!..."

"Wow!!.... I learned to see myself in a new light..."

"I never thought of my life and future this way...."

"I now know that there is nothing that I cannot do!..."

"Every speaker shared something that I could relate to..."

"I know Anna and ABL can help me achieve my biggest dreams..."

"I wish I could bottle you Anna and take you home..."

"Thank you for teaching me how to "make my light shine"!...I am NOW letting it shine everywhere!!..."

March 16, 2019:

"The seminar was life changing!..."

"WOW!!... I learned hidden truths...Today was amazing!..."

"I don't know what to say, except that it was EPIC!..."

"The seminar was eye opening!..."

"I wish I had this when I was 14... And I hope everyone here truly appreciates how invaluable this training is!..."

"I would trade VIP Dodgers tickers (that you raffled today) for this day here any time!..."

"The seminar helped me figure out who I am and who I want to become..."

"I love how inspiring, engaging, and accessible all the speakers are!..."

"I truly admire how Anna converts difficult philosophies into understandable and fun mantras!.."

"I learned that "entrepreneurs are those who create value where there was none before!"..."

On November 17, 2018:

"I feel completely transformed and in just one day!..."

"I feel like I have received a brain transplant..."

"I feel inspired, and empowered! I now know I can create the life of my dreams..."

"I don't have the words to describe how I feel!... I'm just blown away!... I didn't expect this!..."

"To think I almost didn't come thinking it was all about business! It was about that and so much more!... I learned that business covers all areas and fields: from law to medicine to science, and the arts..."

"I definitely want to become an entrepreneur one day!..."

"I can now see myself building a financial empire to help my family and the world!..."

By signing up on Eventbrite, students commit to attend for one day only. Spots for all other longer ABL summer and year-round programs are limited, and are by invitation. The one-day training to be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at USC will inspire youth to DREAM BIG to achieve their wildest dreams in all fields!! Given that we have limited spots for our year-round programs, our goal is to give this life-changing opportunity to about one thousand students per year (and eventually to hundreds of thousands) that we cannot otherwise accommodate. If students are interested in our other by invitation only summer and year-round programs, they need to reach out to ABL separately by filling out the Interested Student Info Sheet on the ABL website. Admission to ABL's other programs cannot be guaranteed.

The enrollment deadline for the seminar on November 16, 2019 is 10:00PM on Sunday, November 3, 2019; students cannot walk in midway through the presentations and program. There are limited spots that are available on a first-come, first-served basis; lunch and snacks to be provided by ABL. THERE WILL ALSO BE SCHOLARSHIP DRAWINGS AND PRIZES!! Moreover, a student can win a prize to accompany Anna Ouroumian to a special access VIP event, to shadow her, and to be trained by her one-on-one. Furthermore, there will be scholarships for ABL's programs and other cool prizes!!

For the past three events, prizes amounting to over $5,000 were generously donated by Eddie Espinosa of Eddie's Tickets as well as Bottega Louie, courtesy of Christopher Bollenbach; Skin Perfect Brothers courtesy of ABL parent, Joseph Liu; and Thai Divine Bistro, courtesy of ABL Parent Ambassador, Samantha Kraikoom. Prizes have included tickets to the play Wicked at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre; hard to get VIP suite tickets to the LA Clippers; field level tickets to the LA Dodgers; iHeart Radio Music Festival tickets; Los Angeles Philharmonic tickets at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl; and gift vouchers to Bottega Louie, Skin Perfect Brothers, and Thai Divine Bistro. Similar prizes will be raffled on November 16, 2019!


  • Experience a day of the "Got Big Dreams?™" seminar on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 8:00AM to 5PM at the University of Southern California (USC).

  • Students can self-nominate or be nominated by their schools and/or community leaders. Spots are limited. Enrollment is on a first-come-first, first-served basis.

  • At the "Got Big Dreams?™" seminar, you will experience being taught by the ABL Refounder, President & CEO, by a USC college professor, and by prominent leaders and experts in their fields at the popular campus of the University of Southern California (USC) -- a top ranked American university!

  • Kindly park at McCarthy Way Parking Structure (formerly known as PSX off of Figueroa and McCarthy Way).

  • The parking cost is $14 (not covered by ABL).


Throughout the one-day training, you will be with like-minded students from various schools across Southern California:

  • You will feel heard, valued, validated, and empowered to overcome your fears and step into your personal power.

  • You will learn what it takes to become an entrepreneur or a social entrepreneur. Even if you are not interested in "business" or in "becoming an entrepreneur", business education and leadership are important if one wants to be in management and leadership in all fields: from law to medicine and to engineering, to just name a few.

  • You will learn how your subconscious beliefs control your life and your future.

  • You will identify at least one belief that has been holding you back, and you will have a breakthrough to help propel you forward.

  • You will come up with an idea for a business or for a Local/Global Service Impact Project™.

  • You will find out what it takes to attend your dream university. You will be mentored by current USC undergraduate students who will also share with you how they got into USC, and how you too can prepare to get into your dream university!!

  • You will learn goal setting and time management tools for success.

  • You will learn from ABL alumni how they got their first internships, and how you can too.

  • You will learn networking, relationship building, and capital raising strategies for success.


According to a study titled What Youth Want released by the International Youth Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, on August 12, 2015, one in two people -- half of the world’s population -- is under the age of 30 today. The study highlights that among other things, youth want to take charge of their lives. They want to be able to start their own businesses, to receive the appropriate “training, access to capital, and much lower barriers to business start-up, and to create new jobs in their economies”. They also would like to “receive an education that prepares them for the real world, and to lead safe and secure lives” while they contribute to their communities and countries.

Over the past 21 years, ABL has been helping thousands of youth achieve their seemingly impossible dreams. At ABL, our vision is “to inspire and empower youth to achieve their wildest dreams in all fields, and become the future transformational CEOs, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and civic leaders of America and the world. At ABL, we believe that the best way to guarantee a bright future for our country and world is to train our youth – an untapped resource -- to own their future and design their lives so that they may lead happy and fulfilled lives, pay it forward starting now, and leave a positive legacy for the long-term sustainability of America and the world.”

Most immediately, the rigorous academic and experiential ABL programs and trainings give our participants a competitive edge in the college application process, and in their quest to land their first jobs and/or internships.


Anna Ouroumian

Refounder, President & CEO, ABL
A world recognized “Woman Pioneer”
“Inspiring Leader” for creating innovative programs helping thousands of youth soar and achieve their wildest dreams

Professor Patrick Henry

Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
“Fishing Coach”, and Visiting “Wizard” and Professor in Residence at ABL

Mr. Kenneth Aldrich

Managing Director, the Aldrich Family Office
Serial Entrepreneur
Founder, DreamToolbox.com
Amazon Best-Selling Author, DREAM TOOLBOX
Visiting “Wizard” in Residence at ABL

Ms. Nadia Khalil

Distinguished Book Author
International Radio Show Host
Private Life Coach and Teacher of Self-love
Educator, Consultant, and Community Leader

Dr. Sonia Molina, D.M.D., M.P.H.

D.M.D.; Harvard School of Dental Medicine
M.P.H.; Harvard School of Public Health
Postdoctoral Degree, Endodontics; University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry
B.A. Biomedical Sciences; California State University, Long Beach
Molina Endodontics

Mr. Sam Pyo

ABL MBA Co-Instructor
UCLA Anderson School of Management, MBA
Vice President, Commercial Banking
JPMorgan Chase

Sal Mendoza

Senior Vice President
City National Bank

Ms. Betty Uribe

Executive Vice President
California Bank & Trust
An International Speaker, Consultant, Coach, and Author

"Got Big Dreams?™" Seminar Agenda:

Student Arrival and Registration: 8:00AM-9:15AM

Program: 9:15AM-12:30PM

Working Lunch (provided by ABL) and Networking: 12:30PM-1:30PM

Program: 1:30PM-5PM

We applaud the student leaders who will join us at what promises to be an inspiring and fun day with other future leaders of America and the world, and some of our country's most dynamic and innovative leaders and entrepreneurs!


In the first phase of the ABL Opportunity Incubator™, students will participate in the six-month long SOAR and Achieve™ program component that will start in the fall of 2019.

Throughout the SOAR and Achieve™ and LAUNCH program components, participating ABL students will be taught by the ABL Refounder, President & CEO, and by MBA instructors and college professors from USC and elsewhere. The SOAR and Achieve™ program encompasses 120 hours of in-person training (on Saturdays) and virtual instruction (after school), and up to 15 hours of additional support. At the culmination of SOAR and Achieve™, students end up writing and pitching their business plans for real start-up enterprises. They also compete in front of a panel of venture capitalists and executive judges (in March of 2020). Moreover, in the SOAR and Achieve™ program, participating students will be mentored by the ABL Tom O'Malia Fellows of the USC Sigma Eta Pi Entrepreneurship Society.

After the successful completion of the SOAR and Achieve™ program, based on their readiness, the quality of their work, and the results at the competitions in March of 2020, ABL scholars can be invited to participate in the new six-month to one-year long ABL LAUNCH program of the ABL Opportunity Incubator™ that will start in May of 2020. In collaboration with the USC Blackstone LaunchPad Accelerator, the LAUNCH program will help students raise capital, and bring to life their start-up ventures while being mentored by industry experts.

For additional information on how to be invited to apply to the SOAR and Achieve™ program of the ABL Opportunity Incubator™, please contact ABL at (562) 800-0331 or email us at soarinfo@goabl.org.


The vision of ABL is to “build sustainable leaders who have the inner and outer resources and tools to achieve their wildest dreams, and find inner peace, happiness, and fulfillment in their lives while they pay it forward as prosperous leaders who leave a positive legacy behind.™” The ABL Programs give the ABL Scholars a 10-20 Year Head Start™. They incorporate a framework and systems for success, including never seeing money as an obstacle, developed by Anna Ouroumian that she has applied to her life to get herself out of orphanages in war-torn Lebanon and come to the US alone as a young teen with $160, and to surmount incredible odds, succeed, and pay it forward.

Under Anna Ouroumian’s leadership, since 1998, over 126,000 students have attended ABL’s workshops and presentations, and over 3,400 scholars from over 572 schools, 167 school districts, and 18 countries have graduated from SBLI. Collectively, SBLI scholars have received over 775,000 hours of instruction on 8 college campuses from senior executives with MBAs at a value of $150 million which comes to about $44,000 value per scholar! This does not include the value brought by our dedicated college professors and administrators, ABL support staff, and thousands of our active friends and executive volunteers.

We are proud of our results: A 2013 survey of ABLI alumni since 2006 revealed that 100% of them graduated from high school, and 99.9% of them were attending colleges and universities nationwide, including elite ones such as Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, George Washington, Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, USC, West Point, and Yale. In addition, 90% of our alumni graduate from college, more than twice the national average graduation rate of 40% for all students.

At ABL, we believe lack of money should never stop talented and driven young people from achieving their biggest dreams! All of our programs are formulated and created with that philosophy in mind. In addition, our programs are subsidized to make them affordable to all students. We provide up to 100% need based scholarships. For all scholarship recipients, the expectation is that they agree to pay it forward for another kid through capital raising. Our goal is to teach our scholars to never see money as an obstacle, and to taste what it is like to be a philanthropist now™ while they overcome their subconscious disempowering beliefs, and while they learn valuable, marketable, and transferable skills, such as sales, marketing, branding, presentation, persuasion, project management, and organization skills.


ABL is happy and eager to help you if you are willing to help yourself! We hope you will join us on this exciting adventure to help YOU acquire the tools, skills, and mindset to realize your biggest dreams!

Is the Got Big Dreams?™" seminar only for students who want to start their own business?

No. All students are welcome to attend. At ABL, we believe that learning entrepreneurship, business, and transformational leadership skills are key for success in any field from law, to medicine, to architecture, and engineering, among others.

What happens once I sign up on Eventbrite?

You will be contacted by ABL for a short conversation to make sure the expectations are clear for the 16th of November and to answer any questions that you and your parents may have.

Why do I have to fill out the Enrollment Packet?

ABL and USC have very strict minor protection policies. We cannot have any children in the classroom without parental support. We also need to have emergency contact information as well as medical info and other release liability forms signed by the parent(s)/guardian(s).

Is this seminar mainly to recruit students for the other ABL programs?

No. The main purpose of the seminar is to "spark" our youth "to think big and dream big" since we can only reach a small number of students through our year-round programs. Though ABL does recruit students from the seminars, ALL ABL year-round and summer programs are by invitation only, and there are less than 100 spots available for all the other ABL programs combined. Through the seminars, ABL hopes to reach at least one thousand students for 2019, and eventually hundreds of thousands of students in person and online.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to attend the event?

Yes, we ask that you bring your student ID. Students who are not currently in the 8th grade are not allowed to attend the "Got Big Dreams?™" training seminar.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parents are responsible to provide transportation and parking to and from USC to their students.

Will ABL provide lunch?

Yes, ABL will provide free lunch; snacks and water will also be provided throughout the day. Moreover, there will be scholarship drawings and prizes!!

Can parents wait for their students on campus?

Parents are asked to drop their students to the basement of the assigned room (exact room TBD) at 8AM and to pick them up from the same place at 5PM. Parents are welcome to wait for their students on campus.

What is the attire for the day?

The attire for the day is business casual.

What can I bring into the event?

Please bring a notebook and pen to take notes. Phones and computers are not allowed to be on during class. We ask that ALL students demonstrate utmost respect towards their fellow students, ABL staff, guests, and USC property at all times. ABL has a zero tolerance policy.

Can I just show up the day of the event?

No. Students who are not enrolled in advance will not be allowed into the classroom.

If I attend the "Got Big Dreams?™" seminar, will I then be automatically enrolled in the ABL Opportunity Incubatorand the SOAR and Achieveprogram?

No. You will have to be invited to apply for any of the ABL programs including the ABL Opportunity Incubator. However, attending the ABL "Got Big Dreams?™" seminar will give all participants priority in the application process.

Are there scholarships to be in the ABL Opportunity Incubator?

Yes, ABL does provide need-based scholarships for all its programs except for the ABL Summer Business and Leadership Institute (as a stand alone program).

Do I have to wait until after I attend the "Got Big Dreams™?" training seminar to apply to the ABL Opportunity Incubator and/or any other ABL program?

No. You do not have to wait until after the 28th of September to express your interest in being a part of any of the ABL programs. You can contact the ABL office to find out how you can be invited to apply to the ABL programs since ALL ABL programs are by invitation only.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you are interested in the ABL programs and/or have any questions, please contact us at info@goabl.org. You may also call the ABL offices at (562) 800-0331.

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