This year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 list highlighted 600 young artists, entrepreneurs, and go-getters across 20 industries. Among this ambitious group of honorees—selected from more than 11,000 candidates—are five Carroll School alums recognized for their excellence and ingenuity as changemakers in their fields.
Frustrated with the waste that traditional menstruation products create, Katie Diasti '19 made it her mission to develop a brand that allows young menstruators to take control of how their period care impacts sustainability. What started as a class project at Boston College has now become Viv, an earth-friendly period care brand that has attracted $1 million in funding. Viv’s products, which include organic cotton tampons and bamboo pads, can be found in more than 2,000 stores including CVS, Wegmans, and Stop & Shop. Diasti was honored in the Retail and Ecommerce category, among other young entrepreneurs who are “reinventing how we shop, on and offline,” according to Forbes.
When Tom Shea ’16 says that he can drive your business forward, he means it literally. Shea, a statistician, used his early career experiences developing machine-learning searches and wayfinding algorithms to co-found Adgile Media Group in 2020. Adgile makes physical advertisements stand out in a highly digital landscape by working with companies like T-Mobile, Mountain Dew Energy, and Milk Bar to produce eye-catching ads and place them prominently on the sides of delivery trucks. Shea, Adgile’s chief operating officer, was honored in the Marketing and Advertising category.
After witnessing how inefficient communications can impact schools and students, Matthew Barron ’20 and Pedro de Almeida ’20 co-founded Cariina, an operations management system that prioritizes transparency between parents and school administrators. With features like transportation tracking for field trips, and streamlined processes for attendance and permission slips, the platform empowers operationally inefficient schools to create better learning environments. The pair were honored in the Education category for their impact on the industry—so far Cariina has impacted more than 30,000 students across 150 partner schools, many of which are located in areas with underserved populations.
After playing basketball for many years, Natalie White '20 was sick of shopping for athletic shoes in the men’s section. Determined to provide women hoopers with shoes that are better suited to their game, she started Moolah Kicks at only 23 years old. Moolah Kicks basketball shoes, now found in more than 500 stores across the country, are made with women and girls in mind. The sneakers have a signature “female fit” that supports the female foot form, lowering the risk of injuries that leave female basketball players vulnerable when wearing ill-suited shoes. Moolah Kicks has become the top sneaker brand in women’s basketball since its creation in 2020, landing White a spot on Forbes’s list in the Sports category.