Are You Ready to Level Up?

The Sandbox Academy is a four-week accelerated mentoring program designed to help you stand out in your next job interview or at your next job fair. Each week, you'll learn practical insights from people who are directly involved with hiring for their organizations.

Now enrolling for Fall 2017! September 12 thru October 3.


Four-Week Journey

You'll have real conversations with leaders from a variety of industries and sectors. Each will share their personal journey and lessons learned throughout their careers. You'll be able to ask whatever questions you have for them and even pitch your ideas to them.

The Sandbox Academy kicks off its fall program on September 12 and runs thru October 3 in The Garage at Tech Square. Sessions are held on Tuesday evenings starting with a 5:30pm mentor dinner and formal program running 6-8pm.

Week 1: What makes your stand out?

Week 2: Communicating your value in-person and online

Week 3: Setting meaningful and achievable goals

Week 4: Speed mentoring (aka Mentor Mashups)

Every summer, fall, and spring, the Sandbox Academy guides a new cohort of students through an accelerated personal growth experience. All of this is possible thanks to our partnership with Square on Fifth (SQ5) and ATDC


Benefits of Enrolling

  • One month of regular interaction with industry professionals
  • VIP access to the November 9 Tech Square Job Fair
  • Direct access to the 1,200 Sandbox ATL member network
  • Professional headshot photo
  • Feedback on your LinkedIn profile, resume, and/or portfolio
  • Invitations to all Sandbox ATL community events
  • Come-and-go access to our collaborative workspace, The Garage
  • Four tasty dinners and other treats
  • Frame-worthy certificate of completion and letter of recommendation
  • Chance to become a Sandbox Academy Fellow (launching Spring 2018)
This taught me how to meet new people and make better connections.
I found great mentors in different fields without having to cold call them.
The chance to interact with people who are achieving great things.

Best. Value. Ever.

Thanks to the support of SQ5 and ATDC, you can enjoy all this connected awesomeness for $75 per person. Sandbox ATL members enjoy it for just $25. 

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Who was part of the Summer 2017 Cohort?

Staff and Mentors

Dean: Susan Fonseca Lanham, co-founder of Singularity University, Women@TheFrontier, and SheWorks

Lead Mentor: Carrie Moore, innovation designer for Delta Airlines

Mentors: Representatives from ATDC, ATDC startups, Honeywell,  Keysight, AT&T Foundry, The Combine, Emerson, and other great organizations. 


Schedule of Events

Monday, June 5 

Miniseries: Crushing it from Day One - We start with your first collaborative challenge, the Tech Square scavenger hunt (hint: wear comfortable shoes). Once the teams have finished the course, we'll gather with five leaders from big companies and startups for a high-energy exploration of three big questions:

  1. What's it take to be a great team member?
  2. How do you deal with difficult people, politics, & problems?
  3. How do you attract and seize opportunities? 

Week 1: Mentors


Monday, June 12

Miniseries: Find and Use Your Strengths - "To thine own self be true", as the bard once said. You'll enjoy this doubleheader experience which starts with a deep dive into your Gallup StrengthsFinder results to help you better understand what makes you stand out. Then, serial entrepreneur and early stage investor, Ed Rieker leads a hands-on goal setting workshop that helps you chart a course for your future. 

Week 2: Mentors



Monday, June 19

Miniseries: Flipping the Search - Roger Lopez, CMO of BillMo and Guinness Book of World Record holder, teaches you the secret to making your LinkedIn profile pop. Then, join five leaders from big companies and startups for another high-energy exploration of three big questions this time related to job searches:

  1. How can you prepare to stand out? 
  2. How do you nail the interview?
  3. What can you do to finish strong in the follow-up?

Week 3: Mentors


Monday, June 26

Miniseries: Mentor Mixer - All of our mentors participating in Level 2 will gather together to share their most embarrassing moments at work. Once we get through that hilarity, you'll get a chance to spend a couple minutes with each of them, so you can decide who you'd like to connect with in July.

Week 4: Mentors


Summer 2017 Cohort Students