Mentoring Young Leaders

Through the years, under Jason L. Ma 馬良傑’s superbly effective, strategic, pragmatic, and nurturing “4S and 3EQ” mentoring framework and process, we have helped numerous high-achieving students achieve great results, unleash their full potential, and transform into the best version of themselves—with sustainable joy and passion. 
On high schoolers and college transfer students, in addition to honing their “4S” and “3EQ,” we are proud to have helped 97% of our college applicant students get admitted to one or more of their top choice schools. Our exceptional career track record includes helping numerous high achievers get admitted to their share of all of the elite U.S. colleges and universities—all eight Ivy League schools (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn/Wharton, Princeton, and Yale), Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley, UChicago, Duke, Northwestern, Georgetown, and all other elite institutions. A number of our students were also admitted to elite UK universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, and Imperial.
ThreeEQ alumni not only were admitted to elite universities but also thrive in university and career—and in life—with great outcomes.
We are grateful that our students include Mr. Ma’s own two high-achieving, compassionate daughters, who graduated college and high school, respectively in May 2018. After getting admitted to a few Ivy League universities (her first Ivy acceptance letter at age 16 because she had skipped 4th grade), UC Berkeley, and other top schools, Sabrina chose Georgetown University and enjoyed her 4 years there. She works full-time as an engineer at Google headquarters back in Silicon Valley. Lydia is a freshman at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, to which she was admitted Early Decision. They both continue making a difference in our world and have long-term aspirations to the C-suite in tech.


Testimonials from various (former) students/mentees of Mr. Ma


The following are additional student testimonials for Mr. Ma through his career:

Mr. Ma is not only an exceptional counselor in the sense that he is extremely knowledgeable about the college admissions process, he is also able to offer valuable insight and wisdom obtained from his impressive working career. He was able to identify my unique strengths and talents early on and continues to provide me with valuable advice for me as a college student. I view him as a trusted mentor and coach and know that I will seek his professional advice when considering my career path.
– Carolyn Yang, student at Princeton University

Mr. Ma continues to support me in my professional endeavors. He has been tremendously helpful and has my full recommendation.
– Ted, Harvard University graduate

Mr. Ma has had a tremendous impact on my development as a person. Through our coaching sessions, which felt like conversations with a friend, Mr. Ma guided me to set aggressive goals and expect more of myself. After four years of working with Mr. Ma as my mentor, I can attest to his persuasive and engaging personality. He took the time to understand my unique skills and perspectives and helped me sharpen my focus and drive for all-around, genuine excellence. My interaction with Mr. Ma has enriched my understanding of the key drivers for long-term success — not just in business but in life. My relationship with him has grown from him being a mentor to being a true friend.
– Anonymous student at University of Southern California

The tips, words of wisdom, and advice I was given by you were all helpful towards achieving and exceeding my goals of getting in the college I wished to envision myself in. I’m extremely excited for my entry into Stanford University, and I am anticipating a fantastic undergraduate experience! Once again, thank you for your help and your encouragement for making my dream school a reality!”
– Chris, student at Stanford University

Hi, Mr. Ma!! Thanks so much for the huge support and encouragement the whole way through…I would not have applied to Harvard EA without your insistence!! In addition, thank you for all of your counseling and advice…I am truly very grateful and honored!!!
– Rebecca, student at Harvard University (admitted Early Action)

Mr. Ma has been a major support system for me since I was a high school student. As an upperclassman at UC Berkeley, I continue treasuring his mentorship of me. He has a heart for coaching students like myself to help them realize their full potential. He cares deeply about his students and their well being and future. One of my memorable experiences with Mr. Ma was that he selflessly worked late into the night on New Year’s Eve with his students. This speaks to his dedication and passion toward helping students succeed. I am very grateful for all the help that I have received from Mr. Ma.
– Celia, student at UC Berkeley

Having potential is not enough to guarantee anything in life. I think what was most valuable was having someone guide me through the difficult stages of the high school process and helping me understand the intricate journey of reaching my dream colleges. You have given me the confidence and a clear cut path to work towards my desired goal and maximize my strengths. You showed me how I can stand out, and the entire process, which once looked formidable, was much easier to face with the fundamental support I received all the way till the end. Thanks Mr. Ma!
– Krish, student at the University of Pennsylvania (successfully transferred from Rice University, which he had attended after acceptance into Cornell University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and other UCs)

Mr. Ma provided me with the appropriate consulting advice to assist and expedite my university application process. Equipped with technical expertise and business-savvy, Mr. Ma helped me focus my applications in order to ensure my admittance to my school of choice—University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Ma’s engineering background resonated with my style of writing and thinking, and thus made the experience enjoyable and smooth. I still remember when we first met; he said, “Tim, do you want to be great? Well, everyone who wants to be great needs a coach. I’m your coach.” While operating in the stressful time of college application season, Mr. Ma displayed a calm demeanor while maintaining a cheerful attitude. His ability to display professionalism while dispelling all fears and worries was truly admirable. This duality has helped me throughout my college career to be successful in and out of the classroom.
…..Having an Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR) background, Mr. Ma’s application of operational excellence allowed me to make smarter life choices and better tailor my interests. As a current mechanical engineering senior at the University of California, Berkeley, I endeavor to replicate Mr. Ma’s practice of operational excellence. His attention towards maximization and efficiency provides a basis for many of my engineering and career decisions. Ultimately, I thank Mr. Ma for his consulting advice, for without him, I would not be where I am today.
– Tim, student at UC Berkeley College of Engineering

Throughout high school and even in college, Jason Ma has been a tremendous mentor and resource to me. In high school, I was guided by Mr. Ma through the stressful college planning and application process. He patiently worked with me and ensured that I was able to effectively communicate my strengths and aspirations to top universities. As a result of his guidance, I was able to attend my top-choice school, Duke University. Even today, Mr. Ma has kept in touch with me and has provided valuable advice and insights on potential careers that I was considering. From all of this, I now have a road map of how I can accomplish my career ambitions. It is my pleasure to recommend Mr. Ma to any aspiring student that is looking to leave his or her mark on the world.
– Daniel, student at Duke University

I heard back from all my remaining colleges yesterday and got accepted to UPenn College of Arts and Sciences! I’ve been estatic these past few days, and I just wanted to thank you for all your help these past few years. Without your wise advice about SATs and your reviews of my applications, not to mention all the questions you’ve answered remotely for me and numerous other details you’ve advised me on, I could not have done so much and gone this far. Thank you Mr. Ma for helping me on my way! I am 100% sure I’m going to be attending Penn next year, and I can’t wait to be a part of their undergrad IR program. Thanks again, my family and I are very grateful!
– Erica, student at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn)

I want to thank you with my innermost sincerity for all that you have done in guiding my academic planning, personal development and college applications. Working with you has been more than inspiring and rewarding. The scene of my first meeting you and weeping in front of you in my sophomore year is deeply imprinted in my heart. It is by no means an exaggeration to attribute the stimulus of my turning point in life to you and your team. When I deviated from the light of learning and lost my direction with a confounded mind, it was you who motivated me to embrace my former assiduity; it was you who showed me the path to success; and it was you who encouraged me to indefatigably run toward my future.
…..The innumerable times of commenting on and re-proofreading essays, the scrupulous examinations of applications, the critical updates and follow-ups, the eye-opening ideas and suggestions, the more than strong sense of responsibility, the admirable mission beyond that about responsibility… My experience with you has been a life-changing one, with or without the final results.
– Ivy, student at Bowdoin College (also admitted to UC Berkeley and other top schools)

I want to thank you for everything you’ve done for me, from helping with my applications to helping resolve my financial aid situation. The latter was not something that you had to do, yet you still went out of your way to help me during a difficult crisis. I am forever grateful for your help, and I know that my parents are grateful too.
– Leo, student at MIT

Thank you so much for taking your time to join Project Pengyou for the panel talk tonight! Our event went extremely well and it definitely wouldn’t be this successful without your support and participation! The students told us after the event that they were intrigued by your speeches. They were really enlightening and the students learned so much about how to succeed either here in America or in China, the difference in job markets and opportunities between US and China, as well as your personal life stories as a student and your career path!
– Yiwen, student and event organizer, UC Berkeley

I never thought I would be sending you such an email at the conclusion of this admissions cycle, but I am. I would like to inform you that I have, I quote exactly, “been offered a place in the Class of 2020 at Duke University.” A dream come true for me, and you cannot imagine my joy and excitement as I saw those words on the portal. More importantly, I would like to express my sincere thanks to you for everything you have done for me in the process of this application — regardless of the result of my applications.
…..I want to say thank you for being so dedicated and 110% serious about helping me not only to gain admission, but also, more importantly, to improve and become a better, more competent person, for being such an on-the-ball and responsible mentor (even more than me at times!), and for teaching me so much about how to succeed, be driven, and be passionate. I feel deeply grateful and extremely humbled to have had such a selfless, outstanding mentor. You are an inspiration to me in many ways, and I value the lessons you have taught me. They will stay with me as I go to Duke and beyond. I sincerely hope to continue learning from you and keep in touch.
– Anonymous incoming freshman at Duke University (admitted after a deferral from the Early Decision pool as an international student in Singapore)



My son was feeling great when he finished the call with you last evening. You have a gift in the way you work with these kids. I get it.
– Don Levy, former Senior VP, Marketing and Communications, Sony Pictures

It was a pleasure for my wife and I to hear you speak at today’s Harvard Business School Association event. As a long ago graduate of Caltech and HBS, and with my wife having graduated from Claremont McKenna and USC, your comment really resonated about how many of us would probably not even get into those schools again given the competitive environment today. True in my case, at least. We also are fully bought into the idea that parents, despite their best intentions, are not always the ideal guides for their children when it comes to academic choices, extra-curricular activities, or college selection.
     As a result, we are looking for 3rd party mentoring for our highly self-driven, STEM-oriented sophomore daughter who seems to know that she wants to do something with ‘science’ in college but has not opened up about her interests or a set of target schools any further. Our daughter is happy and motivated at her private school but also a bit of an introvert. After hearing your talk today, we think ThreeEQ could help our daughter build her story and guide her through the college admissions process as an experienced 3rd party voice. In addition, ThreeEQ could provide valuable experience-based advice on which schools might be the best fit for her.
     I am presently the COO of ___, a global leader in ____. In this role, I have the pleasure of interacting with young professionals emerging from the elite schools where you work to get students admitted through a new graduate rotation program that I sponsor. These young professionals are truly impressive, further reinforcing my interest in having our daughter receive a high caliber college education.
– A current ThreeEQ Private Client parent, who is President at a public tech company with a market cap of over $30 billion (This was one of the accolades for Ma’s talk)
Many many thanks to Mr. Jason Ma & his team. Words cannot describe our gratitude! ThreeEQ services have prepared my daughters for successes in life by equipping with them the right mind-set, training them the usage of correct life’s formula, and inspiring them to be creative in all areas of their lives. My daughters are ready for whatever that comes at them in life & they are ready to create a life for themselves and others in their world. In the beginning, we started out not sure what ThreeEQ can do for my daughters at age 14 & 11. However, by making the commitment & doing the work, we are amazed with the results my daughters have received. Again, THANK YOU Mr. Ma!!!
– Galy S., parent

Thank you very much for all your help and guidance. We didn’t even know we must execute those requirements prior to meeting you. Without your help and wisdom, my son wouldn’t have applied to Stanford Early Action and wouldn’t have gotten in!
– Dipty D., parent of student admitted Early Action to Stanford University

My son is doing well. I believe his early consultation with you was very effective. Thanks again!!
– Gary C., parent of student attending UC Berkeley 

My daughter was accepted by UC Berkeley and NYU. She cannot get in Berkeley without your important and high quality guidance. Your great help would be always appreciated by our family! Take Care and thank you again for your great work! Thank you so much!
– Parent of student at UC Berkeley

You’re a great speaker! I love the way you talk.
– J. Morton Davis, Founder & Chairman, D.H. Blair Investment Banking Corporation

I would like to thank you for speaking at our 4th annual Florida Family Office Meetings. Your discussion regarding impact investments were eye opening as well as intriguing. Your participation brought along a wealth of knowledge and depth, setting a new standard for all our conferences. I also thank you for moderating the New Technologies Panel at our Tech-dedicated Family Office Meeting that took place on March 28th in New York. The panel was a great success and was a major interest during the conference. I look forward to our future events.
– Denny Chared, Managing Director, DC Finance

On behalf of The Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI), I would like to thank you for taking time to share your invaluable perspectives with the participants at the 8th World Chinese Economic Summit 2016. Your participation has indeed contributed significantly to the success of the Summit. We certainly look forward to the privilege of working with you again in our future events.
– Tan Sri Michael Yeoh, Chairman, WCES and CEO, ASLI

It was truly a pleasure to host Jason Ma as an honorary speaker at the APAC Investments Summit 2015, where he addressed some of the region’s top family offices and institutional investors with excellent insights on empowering the next generation for a sustainable future. Jason is a highly engaging speaker and a fantastic collaborator, and I do not hesitate to warmly recommend him to any event organizers.
– Maya Filadska, Senior Executive Producer, APAC Investments Summit

“Thank you, Jason, for leading this panel so smartly and with lots of humor! The audience was so inspired and delighted by you and the panelists!”
– Orit Rabin, Conferences Manager, DC Finance
Mr. Ma inspired a room full of overachieving Stanford students and instructors with a relatable and actionable presentation. His talk included colorful personal anecdotes and a good sense of humor. We were very grateful for his contribution.
Rebeca Hwang, Lecturer, Stanford University, and Managing Partner, Rivet Ventures
Our entire team of administrators greatly appreciated your motivating and thought-provoking presentation.  As we work to ensure that every student graduates college and career ready, your advice on how to engage students is valued.
Christopher Downing, Superintendent, Local District South, Los Angeles Unified School District
On behalf of Business Rockstars, we wanted to personally thank you for your great guest appearance on the show. Your segment was both insightful and entertaining! You’re a millennial mentor who cares about the future of the generations to come. Your book Young Leaders 3.0 is a must-read for all aspiring entrepreneurs!
– Brittany Lehman, Producer, Business Rockstars
Jason’s experience as a speaker made it very seamless and straight-forward to collaborate with him for our Fireside Chat. His passion to educate and empower the next generation of leaders emanates with each word. His decades of experience in mentoring high performers gives him unique insight on how to build inter-generational bridges. It was a privilege to work with him!
– NAAAP San Francisco
Mr. Ma left the audience speechless and awe inspired as he addressed issues that most high school/college students often stress out about. As a high schooler, I know that his words and wisdom have definitely helped trigger my passion and potential to bring about change and clarify issues that serve as a constant worry for my teenage mind. I am so ecstatic to see the next generation of young leaders that will inevitably shape the future under the counsel and advice of the humble and philanthropic Mr. Ma.
– Joshua Yao, former Vice Chair, City of San Jose District 4 Youth Advisory Council and event organizer
Thanks for such a great interview. You work is very powerful and is changing the world in so many positive ways.
– Lewis Harrison, Host, “That Was Zen, This is Tao,” WIOX 91.3 FM – NPR Affiliated Station
Jason Ma is a very engaging speaker. His presentations are thought-provoking and educational for our sophisticated audiences. His ideas and proposals are concise and insightful. I thank him very much for presenting and contributing at Horasis global summits.
– Dr Frank-Jurgen Richter, Chairman, Horasis: The Global Visions Community
Jason Ma has proven to be an extremely astute company builder and a respected global business leader.
– Alfred Chuang, Founder and former Chairman and CEO, BEA Systems, Inc. (acquired by Oracle for US$8.5 billion in 2008), “The CEO’s CEO” per Ben Horowitz, Co-Founder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

I have known Jason Ma for many years. Jason is very knowledgeable about diverse business environments in Asia Pacific. He proved his strong business sense and leadership abilities and can get challenging things done like introducing new products in new markets and achieving leading if not dominant position in existing major markets.
– Dr. Jin Ho Hur, President and CEO, Neowiz Internet Corp (sayclub.com, the second largest social networking service in Korea); Chairman, Korea Internet Corporations Association

Jason Ma has impressed me as being very professional in conducting his business, very persistent in pursuing the objectives while being very pleasant to work with.  I trust him implicitly.
– Joseph Cho, Founder, Pacific Epoch;  former CTO, Panasonic Mobile and Alcatel China

Jason was an invited speaker in my MBA class at INSEAD and my students and I were very impressed with his insight and energy.  Specifically, I found his advice to students on how to structure their entrepreneurial careers as very actionable and useful.
– Balagopal Vissa, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, INSEAD in Singapore

Jason Ma is a great networker with high energy.
– Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson



It is our gratitude that praise by luminaries and leaders in both education and business abounds (www.youngleaders3.com/#praise) for Young Leaders 3.0: Stories, Insights, and Tips for Next-Generation Achievers, an inspiring, groundbreaking book by author Jason L. Ma along with a diverse group of 23 exemplary Gen Z and Millennial leaders as chapter contributors.


Testimonial on Young Leaders 3.0 from Keith Ferrazzi, author of the NY Times Best Sellers Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back