An MBA recipient from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Michael “Mike” Ladge leads is an award-winning financial expert and advisor to celebrities and professional athletes in the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), and the National Hockey League (NHL). In addition to his work in the wealth management field, Mike Ladge gives back to the community through his involvement with nonprofit organizations such as the Amer-I-Can Program.
Founded in 1988 by legendary NFL running back Jim Brown, the nonprofit Amer-I-Can Program works with individuals across the country to improve academic performance, develop social intelligence, and encourage overall personal growth. The program operates under the philosophy that a lack of personal development and self-esteem at the individual level leads to the bulk of larger social issues. To this end, Amer-I-Can participants complete a carefully designed classroom curriculum that encourages development in these areas.
Comprising 15 chapters and 60 hours of coursework, the Amer-I-Can curriculum focuses on self-esteem, emotional control, family relationships, and other topics in a facilitator-led peer-group setting. In addition to standard classroom practices such as chapter tests and group discussions, the curriculum takes advantage of learning theories such as spaced repetition and dual-sensory perception to ensure participants understand and internalize the principles presented in the course.