The Resolute Advisors

The Open Roads Company began at Harvard University when our founders, Trevor Hall and Vicki Kennedy, were Co-head Teaching Fellows for the renowned child psychiatrist Dr. Robert Coles’ course, A Literature of Social Reflection. This course was often referred to as one that would “change your life.” Most of the students were seniors at the college and used this class to reflect on their values and inform what life outcomes they would pursue. It was this experience, working with hundreds of Harvard seniors, that inspired our approach to transforming life’s major transitions.

After Dr. Coles' retirement, Trevor and Vicki co-edited the book, Handing One Another Along, to document the heart and ethos of this course. From that point on, they have been developing and constantly refining a narrative-based philosophy to help companies, nonprofits, and individuals define and realize life goals by bringing clarity to the decision-making process during our most meaningful moments of transition. 

We have now worked with hundreds of high school students during their transition to college as well as college graduates heading into their careers. In each case, we begin with a documentary approach to understanding where they had been, who they are today, and the life outcomes they want to achieve in the future. We then facilitated a proven process to help them zero in on their highest held beliefs and values. From there, we collaborate to craft a plan of action and to help them present their most authentic story through their college essays, resumés, and interviews.

Specific to high school students, we believe the necessity of the college application and essay writing process provides a moment to not only help young adults write their most compelling stories and maximize their chances of admissions into the best college for that person's life goals, but it is also a time for reflection to help each of them make a healthy leap to college, and beyond. We aim to reveal each student's innate life skills and plant the seeds for a lifetime of value-based decision-making and adaptive problem-solving.


We aim to build a community and inspire a generation of independent thinkers who will thrive in a global reality that is explicitly about change and uncertainty -- individuals who will shape a better future for all of us.