We had the good fortune of connecting with Jillian Leaver and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jillian, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My best friend, Hunter Ackerley, and I graduated from high school back in 2017 and wanted to do something to help the world. Hunter was prelaw at the time and I was and am still premed so we wanted to find the best way to combine our skill sets, which landed us in the realm of a health-oriented nonprofit organization. Now it was about finding what we would focus on. We were both very passionate about women’s health and women’s issues at large but we decided to focus on cervical cancer because it is very preventable through HPV vaccination and consistent diagnostic screening, yet there were still so many cases, the majority of which occur in low and middle income countries due to lack of access to the technology for prevention.
What should our readers know about your business?
Hunter and I co-found CCAP Across The Map when we were 18 less than a month after graduating from high school, meaning we had very little experience in all the skills that are necessary to run a nonprofit organization. Our young age was and even often still is pointed out, sometimes in a positive light, and other times in a negative light. Since we co-founded CCAP Across The Map we have expanded our team and now have 25 core team members plus a university branch at Arizona State University called CCAP@ASU and have partnered with multiple organizations domestically and internationally. The road to building CCAP Across The Map has been anything but easy but put simply it has been incredibly rewarding. Hunter and I are lucky to be surrounded by a team of talented individuals with diverse backgrounds in medicine, STEM, business operations, fundraising, social media, and more. We want every person starting their own nonprofit to know that while it will not be easy it will be worth it and we want to emphasize the importance of building a dedicated, passionate team of individuals who inspire you to keep going even on the hardest days.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hunter and I are always looking for opportunities to help people all over the world! If we had one week, we would go to our project launch site for CCAP in Mexico to visit our satellite team members out there, launch some new projects for continued education, and enjoy the local cuisine and culture!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to thank my best friend and business partner Hunter Ackerley, my CBDO Maya Morken, each and every single team member of CCAP Across The Map, all of our domestic and international partners, and the communities who are very receptive to our work and help guide our initiatives.