Our Story

Finding a career that you love and that you are great at often takes longer than you think it will. It can be hard to connect your interests and strengths with professional pursuits. Or maybe you haven’t had the opportunitiesor encouragementto discover what those interests are in the first place.

At Hats & Ladders, our own career paths have been full of twists and unexpected turns. Lucky for us, it’s worked out: our early interests in music, history, and games gradually led to rewarding careers in technology and education. But it wasn’t always easy, and more support along the way would have helped a lot.

We started Hats & Ladders in 2015 to help reimagine career education. Building off twenty years of developing award-winning educational games and interactive experiences, we created a mobile platform designed to motivate youth to explore, experiment with, and prepare for a wide range of career pathways.

Instead of trying to “match” individuals to a single career or cluster, we want to empower youth as career thinkers, capable of making their own connections between who they are, who they want to be, and how to get there.


Our Team

Our team has years of experience developing transformative, award-winning interactive training and learning games and software for youth and adults. We believe that good youth tech gets great when subject matter experts, reserachers, programmers, and designers listen to and learn from one another.

Leah Potter


Leah is a social entrepreneur and educator, with deep expertise in creating interactive experiences that engage learners of all ages. Her passion for helping youth with career readiness is highly contagious.

Juliette Adams


Juliette is an opportunity spotter and problem solver. She manages Hats & Ladders, Inc.’s long-term vision and provides direction regarding priorities and opportunities.

Scott Brewster, Ph.D.


Scott, an expert in evidence-based game design and development, is a results-driven jack-of-all trades and ace communicator. He leads partnership development efforts at Hats & Ladders, Inc.

David Langendoen


David is an award-winning game developer who is recognized around the world for conceiving and developing fun, smart learning products for training and education. He currently serves as VP of Product Development.

Benjamin Galynker


Ben manages all content development for Hats & Ladders, Inc. A former lawyer, he is an information mastermind and Hats & Ladders, Inc.’s in-house occupational data wizard.

Ivonne Karamoy


Ivonne is the talent behind Hats & Ladders’ vivid and impactful visual design. She also creates avatars, badges, scenery, and other amazing assets.

Jordan Ephron


Jordan has been with Hats & Ladders, Inc. since its inception, single-handedly building the first H&L working prototype. Jordan is a jack-of-all-trades programmer but has a special place in his heart for mobile development.

How We Won the Reach Higher App Challenge

Hats & Ladders Screenshot

Core Team: 7 makers

Mentorship: 6 mentors

Testing:  youth testers & co-developers

Duration: 400 hours

1 Reach Higher Grand Prize

Advisory Board

We understand that success is built by engaging with experts capable of offering strategic advice related to the needs of the organization. To that depress, H&L has built a first-rate, experienced advisory board with individuals across a wide range of relevant areas, including career education, educational technology, entrepreneurship, and social engagement. 

Partnerships & Collaborators

Larta Institute
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Reach Higher Challenge
Quest to Learn