Meet Thomas, Current-Situation’s Millennial of the Month for July. Thomas is a Connection Curator and the Founder of Date While You Wait. DWYW was created two years ago to give subway commuters the opportunity to connect while traveling. Thomas started this venture to provide entertainment in the form of free games and conversation to New York City Transit riders. He has now expanded his brand by taking Date While You Wait cross country to colleges, movie theaters, festivals, and more. As a social entrepreneur, Thomas plans to continue creating new ways for humans to connect.
On June 22, we sat down with Thomas to learn more about Date While You Wait’s past, present, and future.
1. Why is this your passion?
Because connecting with people and hearing their stories matter to me. We sometimes forget that we all relate to each other in one way or another.
2. How do you feel about the current state of your profession?
The state of my profession is fresh. It’s something that hasn’t been done before. I have a very unique profession, based on me helping people and companies better understand connection through action.
3. Who/What inspires you?
Life inspires me. Being able to create and being creative. Sharing and hearing stories for people of all races.
4. What makes you different from other Connection Curators?
Everything! My style and my profession. It’s unique in that its all about understanding connection and uplifting human interaction.
5. What do you think 40-year-old Thomas will be doing?
Hopefully building communities and inspiring our young people. It’s very important that I pave the way for the next generation of innovators.
6. What advice would you give young entrepreneurs?
Stay the course. No one is going to believe in your goals or passions like you do. This journey can be lonely and tiresome, but keep an open mind set and strive for greatness.
7. What motivates you when the chips are down?
The unknown. Knowing that I haven’t reached my full potential yet and there is some much more to explore. Knowing that I have the ability to do things that have never been done and write my own history.
8. What are your proudest accomplishments?
Definitely getting out of High School. I had a rough childhood and had a point in my life where I didn’t think I could graduate from High School. It took a very special Guidance Counselor to get me in check and it changed my life.
9. Do you have any hobbies?
Sports, Sports and more sports. I’m also big on giving back to the community. I volunteer pretty often.
10. If you weren’t a Social Entrepreneur, what would you be doing?
I would be on a journey looking for it. Trying to figure out what’s next.
11. Anything coming up we should look out for?
Yes, so much. I am working on a web series and podcast. I also just relaunched my bowtie company (BeGreatBowties.com)