Ortus Academy is made up of people that love to create possibility for our future leaders, including members of our team! Here's a little about us.
Ortus Academy Believes...
Financial literacy matters, but financial intelligence matters more.
Financial intelligence means understanding more than the mechanics of money, but also the habits and emotions that drive our financial behaviors.
This sort of financial education can inspire and empower better people, families, schools, and communities.
We believe that in order to have a meaningful life, an individual needs to be financially intelligent.
We like to ask the deeper questions. Because the topic of money, habits and change require a very strong and self-aware "Why?"
Have you thought about your purpose?
How are you providing value to the world and being rewarded for it? What kind of life are you aiming to lead? What are your goals, and how will you reach them?
These are serious questions, and most especially relevant for young people learning to navigate life.
Our beliefs, habits, and decisions around money have a profound impact on our lives.
Money effects our daily lives and plans, including our decisions around where we live, what we can learn, and how comfortable, secure, and free we feel. This varies from person to person of course, but the common thread is the same. Money affects our emotional and physical wellbeing, and plays a large role in our sense of purpose, pride, providing for our family, and productivity. Money is essential to life.
Yet -- Money is a topic that the world offers very little wisdom about.
This absence of good guidance leaves us to learn too little too late, or through hardship and struggle, and for money to remain largely taboo, ignored, or unknown.
It is time we change all of that.
We know that money and financial literacy matters in life, but what matters more is Financial Intelligence.
Financial Intelligence is one's grasp and application of financial concepts, habits, and skills.
This is why we started Ortus Academy -- to give young people the very best shot they could have at navigating their finances in the world. We teach them the core components to get off to a good start.
Our social impact is to empower communities through education, one child or classroom at a time!
Meet Our Team
CEO & Co-Founder
Aaron Velky brings to the team an award winning leadership style, deep experience as a coach, and an in-depth knowledge of business operations, sales, social marketing and business development. Aaron also coaches youth girls soccer, is an avid athlete, author, mentors entrepreneurs, participates in local causes, and loves self-development.
COO & Co-Founder
Josh Massey brings to the team an acclaimed teaching and coaching history and an in-depth knowledge of systems development, leadership, marketing, and business development. Fun fact, Josh earned his third degree black belt in Hapkido, and lead hundreds of students to earn theirs while head instructor of a Martial Arts school.
Gabe Bustos brings years of educational program management and development to the Ortus team. Gabe leads our team in curriculum development, building our online lessons, and he is an amazing mentor to our team of interns. In his spare time, Gabe plays harmonica in a blues band, one of many he has played in and toured with over the years.
Wealth Strategist, Partner
Ben Lyons shares his business experience, financial expertise, and leadership wisdom as our wealth strategist. His ability to break down complicated wealth principles and mindset development strategies is a welcome addition to the team. Ben has a wife and family and loves to golf and build businesses.
Our X3 Team Members
Our X3 Team Members are are working with us to get eXperience, eXposure, and eXcellence - simply stated, it is what we have decided to call our internship program. Our goal is to provide them with meaningful projects that engage them in our businesses beyond a traditional intern relationship. These individuals bring value to Ortus Academy and the expectation is we will do the same.
X3 Team Member
Tristan King is a Junior at UMBC pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Augmented and Virtual Reality and a minor in entrepreneurship. Tristan is currently working on developing online interactions that engage our students to learn financial concepts and increase their financial intelligence.
X3 Team Member
Shiona is a senior at UMBC working on her bachelor’s in economics and math. She found her passion for experiential learning while working with a gender empowering STEM mentoring program called REACH. Shiona brings her understanding of motivation behind learning to enhance Ortus’ workshops and curricula.
"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - B. Franklin
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" - Chinese Proverb
"Focus on learning the true value of money and how to be responsible for your own." - Matthew Walker
Press + Interviews
Technical.ly Baltimore - 10 Baltimore EdTech StartUps Bring Tools to Classrooms
Purpose Chasers Podcast - Interview with Aaron Velky
Technical.ly Baltimore - A Look at the graduates of the Conscious Venture Lab
The You'est You Podcast - The Power Trio: Fear, Purpose & Financial Intelligence
Technical.ly Baltimore - Conscious Venture Lab names new accelerator cohort
Out of the Box Radio Show - Interview with Aaron Velky from Ortus Academy
Towson Lifestyle - Towson Men to Watch - Aaron Velky
Baltimore Business Journal - MD bills call for financial literacy in schools & prisons
Baltimore Business Journal - The Tech and Education of Ortus Academy
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