The Influence Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping students and young professionals develop the skills and connections necessary to launch successful careers. Through combination of training, mentorship, and career development, the Influence Project will introduce you to the strategies and habits that will help you unlock your purpose, build confidence, and launch into your career with the skills you need to succeed. 

Imagine graduating from University with a career in place, doing something you love. Imagine being able to walk confidently into any job interview with a strategy that will earn you the position. Imagine having the training and network to start your own company while you are still in school? The reality is only 27% of graduates will pursue jobs related to their major, and an even smaller percentage will enjoy what they do, or get paid what they are worth. Let’s not forget the 1.52 trillion dollars in student debt that accumulates in the process.

The Influence Project is designed to complement your college education with the knowledge and skills that will ensure you thrive in your career. 

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Brad Harker is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and advisor to students, executives, and organizations. He has enjoyed an ambitious career that includes multiple startups, real estate developments, and more than a quarter-billion dollars in sales. Brad’s ultimate passion is to inspire students and young professionals to discover and realize their potential. His work has been recognized by a number of outlets, including Forbes and Through his book, podcast, and a non-profit organization, Brad is on a quest to inspire confidence, purpose, and contribution at the highest levels. Brad was born in Canada and lives in St. George, Utah, with his wife and four children.

  • A true expert in salesmanship and entrepreneurship with a sort of revolutionary approach to teaching that most students will find refreshing as they go about their monotonous school day.

    DSU Student
  • Professor Harker is the most inspirational lecturer I have ever met. He genuinely cares about his students and wants to help in every way he can. I personally went to lunch with him several times and he helped me to helped me to find my self and my direction.

  • Brad has created his own ideology centered on discovering your purpose and creating value. I would wager to say that a guy with a quarter-billion dollars in career sales knows a thing or two about finding a successful niche.

    Outlier Magazine