About Us

We started Hats & Ladders in 2015 to help reimagine career education for youth ages 14 to 24. Building off twenty years of developing award-winning educational games and interactive experiences, we created a platform designed to motivate youth to explore, experiment with, and prepare for a wide range of careers.

Our platform offers an individualized, real-world learning experience that fosters career exploration, skill development, and informed decision-making. By building career self-efficacy – the confidence to make informed career decisions – we empower youth to become career thinkers and doers, leading to greater economic self-sufficiency and career satisfaction.

Empowering career possibilities.

Our mission is to prepare the next generation with the confidence and skills they need to get to work.

The Stats


Careers & Activities

Providing up-to-date occupational data and related skill-building activities to enable youth in exploring a variety of careers.



Serving the largest summer youth employment program in the country through the Department of Youth and Community Development in NYC, among others.



Working with workforce development, schools, and community based organizations in preparing young people for the world of work and beyond.


Discover the career readiness tool that youth love

We’re small but mighty

Our Team

Robert Sorkin

Senior Software Engineer

Scott Brewster

Director of Partnerships & Co-Founder

Kristen Budd

Senior Curriculum & Instruction Manager

Jaclyn Luna

Data Designer & Analyst

Benjamin Galynker

Senior Product Advisor

Johann George

Senior Client Success Manager

Ivonne Karamoy

Director of Product & Design

David Langendoen

CFO & Co-Founder

Heather Weston

Business Development

Ally Porzio

Curriculum & Instruction Fellow

Leah Potter

President & Co-Founder

Dan Ramalho

Front-End Engineer

Finally. Career education that youth love.