Mentoring Young Leaders

“An important key to success is a great mentor
Daymond John, CEO & Founder of FUBU, NYTimes
Bestselling Author, & Star of ABC’s Shark Tank

“To be considered for admission to elite colleges, you
need an authentic and interesting story and character
that stand out among your high-achieving peers and
that are communicated really well by you and your
recommenders. Along the way, rising as a young leader
requires honing your pragmatic 
emotional, social, and
leadership intelligence (3EQ). We love our students and
are privileged to inspire and guide them.”

Jason Ma, Founder, CEO & Chief Mentor of ThreeEQ
& Acclaimed Author of Young Leaders 3.0



Today, high school students are faced with more online/smartphone distractions, choices, uncertainty, and angst than ever before, while still trying to discover their passions, talents, and direction. Meanwhile, elite college admission is getting increasingly hypercompetitive. Layering the daunting emotional and social challenges common in their life stage, teenagers feel that tackling responsibilities has never been more difficult. A large portion of students are over-stressed, depressed, or lost. Parents are concerned about, if not terrified for, their children’s future. Teachers are very challenged (and often under-appreciated). Top-tier college admission officers are evermore selective.

How can high school students learn effectively, get good grades with a rigorous curriculum, score high on standardized tests, and engage and contribute in meaningful activities during school years and summers? How can these teenagers clarify their direction, strengthen their growth mindset and soft skills, experience less angst and stress, and discover better relationships at school, in the community, and at home? How can each high achiever build and communicate very well an authentically strong story and character attractive to top colleges and universities?

How can college applicants get admitted to and thrive in great colleges and universities with positivity rather than mental issuesand become better leaders and human beings with sustainable happiness along the way?

To what extent does the above resonate with you?
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Testimonials LoveEnter ThreeEQ, led by Founder, CEO and Chief Mentor Jason Ma. As a compassionate and renowned college counselor and life/career success mentor for high-achieving high schoolers and also a loving parent of college and high school students, Mr. Ma desires for health, happiness, and (future) wealth for our students. We at ThreeEQ want the best for our students in today’s fast-changing, information-inundated, and stressful world.

We feel your pain but are excited about your opportunities and future. Through our best-in-class, personalized, strategic, pragmatic, and nurturing success coaching and mentoring process, you can transcend your difficulties and excel in key areas of your life. During these critical years through high school, we inspire and focus on expanding your horizons and straightening and shortening your paths to success.

For most high-achieving high school students and college (transfer) applicants, admission to great colleges and universities is the end goal. Indeed, we guide students like you to strategically plan, execute, maximize your chances for getting admitted to dream and best-fit colleges and universities, and make the right choice.

However, we believe that admission is merely a stepping-stone to greater success. Our personalized success mentoring is designed not only to help you achieve key next-level goals in your life stage (e.g. college admissions) and rise as successful young leaders, but also to move you towards becoming the best version of yourself and help you reach more joy in your life.

Among the world’s top experts in unleashing the full potential of young leaders, and blessed with an uncanny ability to motivate, inspire, and help young people, Mr. Ma has personally and successfully guided (1-on-1) and transformed the lives of hundreds of high school and college students through the years (see testimonials).

Watch ThreeEQ CEO and Chief Mentor Jason Ma’s keynote speech and Q&A on “Preparing Your Children For Middle/High School, College, Career, and Personal Success” in a packed room of high-achieving, inspired, and enlightened parents who are successful C-suite/senior leaders in their fields. This event was enthusiastically sponsored and organized by the Harvard Business School Association of Northern California and co-sponsored by the alumni clubs of Harvard, Stanford GSB, UC Berkeley Haas, and Wharton in SF/Silicon Valley. Imagine your being part of the audience when watching this.


Our unusually effective, inspiring, and personalized student success coaching and mentoring process integrates Mr. Ma’s extensively proven and pragmatic framework of emotional, social, and leadership intelligence (“3EQ“) and genuine story, strategies, skill sets, and state of mind (“4S“). He discusses this in his Forbes article “How Mentors Shape Moguls, CEOs, Celebrities, and the Next Generation of LeadersDecent IQ matters, but practical “3EQ” is necessary for high school stars. Our holistic service works especially well for high achievers who desire a stronger competitive edge or clearer direction.


Ivy League, MIT, Stanford, & UC Berkeley Class of 2021 Admissions Results

In addition to honing their “4S” and “3EQ,” ThreeEQ is proud to have helped 97% of our college applicant students get admitted to one or more of their top 3 choice schools. As a preeminent mentor and college counselor, Mr. Ma’s exceptional track record includes helping numerous high achievers get admitted to their share of all of the elite US colleges and universities—all eight Ivy League schools (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn/Wharton, Princeton, and Yale), Stanford, MIT, Caltech, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UChicago, Duke, Northwestern, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Carnegie Mellon, Williams, Pomona, and all other elite US undergraduate institutions. With Mr. Ma’s guidance, a number of students were also admitted to elite UK universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, and others.

Mr. Ma and his team have helped produce extraordinary results in many students—results that cannot be replicated in traditional private, boarding, and public school settings. His students include his own high-achieving, compassionate daughters (one in college and one in high school, both graduating in 2018).

Jason Ma’s Student Testimonials


To share part of his teachings on a more widespread scale, Mr. Ma authored and published the acclaimed book Young Leaders 3.0: Stories, Insights, and Tips for Next-Generation Achievers. His book team of nearly 30 people included twenty-three 17-to-24-year-old exemplary young leaders as chapter contributors. Over one-half of these contributors were Mr. Ma’s students.

ThreeEQ is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and Jason L. Ma is a sustaining member of the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC).

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Becoming an Even Sharper and Stronger Student

High school is a time for self-discovery and personal development, as well as academic achievement and success. We ensure that you will enhance both your academic performance and practical emotional, social, and leadership intelligence during these four years — over and above what you are or are not getting at your public, private/prep, or international school.

Through our personalized guidance, you will sharpen your study and at-home habits, build better time and stress management skills, select a rigorous and balanced course load, enhance your GPA, participate in meaningful extracurricular activities (including relevant competitive summer internships for which we provide choices and guidance), and strengthen communications and people skills. We motivate and inspire you to think beyond the classroom and shape you to become a more purposeful and mature person, creative and critical thinker, communicator, and leader astute in both strategy and execution.

Developing Leadership, Communication, and Interpersonal Skills That Help You Stand Out

Part of our mission is to empower and groom new generations of effective young global leaders worldwide. High school is the perfect time for you to start building an impressive resume of work and volunteer experiences and achievements. We help you utilize your school years and extended school breaks (e.g. summers) effectively to gain lasting leadership experiences. Our emphasis on helping students tap into their IQ and upgrade EQ is unparalleled: we help you excel academically but also improve your relationships with your peers, teachers, coaches, and parents. We guide you to become a genuinely interesting, thoughtful, highly engaged individual who will make a difference at your future university or liberal arts college and in the real world.

We also work closely with you to help you build strong personal qualities and skills in communication, relationship building, critical and creative thinking, time and conflict management, and leadership, ultimately enabling you to thrive in the classroom, in the field, and everywhere in between. Such communication and leadership abilities cannot be conjured up “just in time” during the senior year. Learning to speak, write, self-talk, and lead effectively is a slow-cooking process that spans a few years, not popcorn-quick microwaving.

Planning For and Applying to Elite US and UK Colleges and Universities

“But Mr. Ma, isn’t it too early for kids to begin the college planning and application process?” a few well-intentioned parents asked. Not necessarily.

In May 2010, our founder and chief mentor Jason Ma interviewed ten high school seniors who had gone through an excellent college planning and applications guidance program at his previous company and were admitted to Ivy League schools, Stanford, MIT, UChicago, Northwestern, UC Berkeley, and other top schools. Mr. Ma asked as part of the interview: “What would you advise rising seniors and younger students?” Nine of ten students responded with something like: “If I could have started earlier, I would have done so. The college app season was (very) stressful. Students, start earlier! Don’t procrastinate!” It is wise to start early with truly expert guidance. Mr. Ma’s Forbes article “Why to Start Preparing For College In Sixth Grade” may enlighten you.

Applying to top-tier US colleges and universities can be a confusing, complex, and highly competitive process for many, including achievers. And applying to elite UK universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge (“Oxbridge”), isn’t easy as well but not as complex as the very elite US universities. Parents and students often don’t know what they don’t know. Reputable schools avoid cookie-cutter students who offer no more than perfect grades and test scores. The most selective schools seek standouts or great fits and (sadly but surely) reject the vast majority of high achievers with strong academic performance and/or lots of extracurricular activities. Mr. Ma’s Forbes article “College Apps: Stanford, Anyone?” and his Forbes article “What It Takes to Get Into UC Berkeley” may enhance your understanding of the part of the elite US private and public college and university admissions process.

Fortunately, our time-tested, personalized, holistic, strategic, pragmatic, and nurturing college planning, applications, and admissions process guidance and life coaching help you realize your authentic best and full potential, prepare well for and present highly compelling applications, maximize chances for admission to your dream and best-fit schools, and make the right college choice. We guide and coach you, whether you are introverted or extroverted, to positively and authentically maximize your overall competitiveness academically and personally. Through the entire college/university planning, applications, and admissions process, we wholeheartedly and meticulously guide you to:

  • Enhance significantly, if not optimize, your mindset, skills, visionary direction, goals, strategies, tactics/how-to’s, purposeful activities, and execution (this purposeful, holistic, and detailed process should start early in high school, if not in middle school)
  • Plan for rigorous but balanced academic course loads, term to term, year to year
  • Learn how to earn stronger or better grades in school
  • Plan for how and when best to prep for the PSAT, SAT Reasoning Test (and/or ACT with Writing), SAT Subject Tests, and Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams
  • Select a manageable list of reach, probable, and solid (best-fit) schools (View Mr. Ma’s Forbes article “When to Say No to Harvard“)
  • Decide whether or not to apply Early Decision or (Restricted) Early Action (View Mr. Ma’s Forbes article “Advice on Applying to Top U.S. College Via Early Decision or Early Action”)
  • Put together a strong resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Craft authentic and cogent personal essays that represent the best of you (With our expert guidance, you will experience an inspiring self-discovery, learning, and production process through brainstorming, drafting, and revising inevitably DOZENS of personal essays and short answers in response to the essay prompts of the target set of schools to which you will apply)
  • Complete strong application forms [the Common App form (one to a few strategic versions), School Supplements, and other independent school app forms such as those for the University of California (UC) campuses, MIT, Georgetown, and a few other schools]
  • Secure strong recommendation letters from teachers (or professors for transfer applicants), school counselors, and if appropriate, coaches or other non-academic recommenders
  • Prepare appealing (visual or performing) arts supplement(s), if applicable
  • Apply for merit-based scholarships, if appropriate (ThreeEQ private client families typically do not qualify for need-based financial aid!)
  • Prepare effectively for in-person, phone, or Skype/online interviews
  • Make certain all required application components are complete (Do you know a common cause for rejections?)
  • Respond to application wait lists
  • Decide the optimal university or liberal arts college at which to enroll (matriculate)


IN SUM, our Private Client students and parents enjoy minimizing opportunity costs and pain, maximizing success and gains, and getting the peace of mind and certainty by taking advantage of our preeminent mentorship. With our guidance, you will set clearer direction, achieve great results in college/university admissions, and move towards becoming the best version of yourself.



At ThreeEQ, because we dedicate our time and attention to only a high-end clientele, please be aware that our defined and holistic acceptance process for new Private Clients is highly selective. If you desire to be a coveted ThreeEQ Private Client student and premium pricing for our sought-after Signature Services isn’t an issue for your parents, please apply via our Contact page.

While personalized success mentoring 1-on-1 privately with us is the most powerful and effective solution for you, we understand that the vast majority of parents may not have the ability to afford our 1:1 Signature Services. If your family is in this category, alternative solutions to receive Mr. Ma’s insight and guidance include partaking in Mr. Ma’s masterclasses/group success coaching (please view his Speaking page and follow up accordingly) and reading Mr. Ma’s acclaimed book Young Leaders 3.0: Stories, Insights, and Tips for Next-Generation Achievers.




Jason Ma and his older daughter and Young Leaders 3.0 contributor Sabrina Ma on “Why to Prepare for the College Admissions Process Early” (4-minute video in both English and Mandarin 中文 after a few seconds of ad)



ThreeEQ also provides

Signature Services for Middle School Students
Signature Services for College/University Students & Young Professionals

Advice for Parents
Signature Services for C-Suite/Senior Executives & Entrepreneurs
Signature Services for Enterprises & SMEs
Speaking & Group Coaching/Masterclass Services