Being brave enough to risk failure is a


for success in any endeavor

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Failure is not an option....It’s required. 

Brave Enough To Fail is an organization that inspires and motivates High School and College students to reach out for success by understanding and implementing options that are available to them. 

Every student trying to find and understand success, has probably already faced a failure or an obstacle that's weakened their resolve. If they haven’t yet, They are going to. 

Finding the motivation to continue and work past these setbacks can be difficult, especially if you lack confidence in your ideas or abilities. 

Some would argue that overcoming these challenges is a simple matter of gaining more confidence, or gritting your teeth and powering through them. 

While this level of tenacity can help you move past your core challenges, it won't help you feel more fulfilled in your work, and it won't motivate you for the future. Instead, it's likely to fatigue you, making you more vulnerable to the negative effects of future obstacles. 

So, what is your option? Brave Enough To Fail guides students to have the courage to follow their dreams and see their education as a way to get where they want to be.


BETF encourages students to achieve their real dreams through courage and persistence, while working with the following attributes that are essential for success in any field of endeavor: 

* Commitment 

  • Resilience
    * Self Discipline

  • Focus
    * Ambition 

Brave Enough To Fail helps students set the framework to succeed. We assist you (the student) in finding the path through unexplored territory.

Commitment : to one’s self: Exploring the correct mind set, Understanding how to decide and agree to do something


Resilience: The art of bouncing back, rebounding, of being flexible.

Self-Discipline: The Pathway to Self-Discipline. Considering that so much of what we do on a daily basis is habit-driven.Developing the right habits will help to instill the right amount of discipline into our lives. Start with education.

Focus: It's important to constantly be improving yourself because progress leads to fulfillment, So focus, by concentrating your attention or energy on something.

Ambition: Is the desire to achieve something, or to succeed,

accompanied with motivation, determination and an internal drive.

Ambition describes those that achieve success based on their inner desire to do so and their belief in themselves.


Brave Enough to Fail coaches students to understand “who they are, Where they are going and how they are going to get there” They will understand and come to grips with “They are the boss of them-self’s “ How they are perceived by their own market place will depend upon each student, no-one else.

Uniqueness or the quality of one of a kind is just one principle that BETF will emphasize as a cornerstone for success.

You, the student, belong to a marketplace, whether you like it, understand it, or have a knowledge of what it is. You have left impressions upon people, based on your behavior, your communications, your body language, your appearance and a number of other factors. This impression leaves a perception of who you are with people, whether you like it or not. The question now becomes “Is this the way or understanding you wish to leave with people” (your marketplace). Brave Enough To Fail guides students in navigating through these confusing waters.

Meet the Team

Executive Director

Wayne Winsley


Wayne is the driving force behind Brave Enough to Fail and its goal of being the #1 student motivational program in America.  

He has served as a History and Current Events Teacher for middle and high school students, a multiple award-winning motivational speaker. Wayne also has over 20 years experience on radio as a News Anchor, Talk Show Host, and Dee-Jay.

Director of Operations

Carolanne Marquis   


Carolanne brings a wealth of experience and expertise to BETF.

She is the current Executive Director of CEO foundation of Connecticut

Previously Carolanne has served as 

Chief  Operations Officer & Executive VP, Keuka College,

Executive Director Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation,

International Director of Development, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews 


Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships

Lacey M. Byrne  


Lacey has over fifteen years of experience in the non-profit sector. 

Her vast skill set includes providing direct client services, grant writing, development work, strategic planning, program analysis, return on investment analysis and community building.  

She has served as Community Business Development Manager for Barnes & Noble, a  Planner for  The Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut, Inc, and a Planner for New Opportunities Inc.




Tom Glass


Tom Glass founded a predecessor company, Top Gun Communications, in 2004.  He formed Top Gun Strategies as managing director in 2010.


Mr. Glass’ impressive career with Dow Jones & Company, Inc. spanned 35 years.  During his tenure, he touched many facets of the business world.  Tom started in sales and marketing with Barron’s magazine and shortly found himself at Dow Jones’ flagship paper, The Wall Street Journal.  His responsibilities included everything from advertising to running national and international sales and training seminars.

In his last position, director of advertising agency relations, he produced and co-directed the award-winning Creative Leaders’ Meeting of the Minds programs.  Additionally, Tom directed The Journal’s technology and healthcare conferences and sports and events marketing initiatives.  He retired from The Wall Street Journal in 2004.


Judy Dumas


Judy Dumas: Director
Educator, Principal at Faith Preparatory Academy

Born Judy Jones on the Island of St. Lucia. Moved to the U.S. at 18 years old to pursue further education.

Judy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Has a Teacher’s certification from Texas. Been a teacher for 4+ years.


Married to Pastor Brandon Dumas. Has three kids, Malachi, Samuel, & Faith. Works with youth and loves to see them excel to their full potential. 

Michael Doyle


Founder and President of Fostering Hope Together, a non-profit organization designed to help children and families involved with the foster care system. Michael is also a field technician with Verizon information and technology services.


"I've devoted my life to helping children and families. It is in my blood. Brave Enough to Fail has the potential to help children and change lives on a huge scale. I'm honored to be a small part of it."

April Winsley


Author of the inspirational book, “Where Are You Going?”, and former radio personality for WAXB radio. For over a decade April was producer and co-host of the Wayne Winsley Program.


"I've been teaching my own child these same values since birth. Now we are sharing them with others."

Peter Lumaj


Born and raised in Communist Albania before immigrating to America. Peter worked as a porter and a doorman to help support his family and pay for his education at the City University of New York, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in political science. He is a graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. Lumaj currently practices before the Federal Bar and is host of On Point with Peter Lumaj on WGCH radio.


"The reason I've decided to get involved with this program is simple. This thing is vitally important. My family and I came from Albania, a Communist country where there was no freedom or opportunity to go after your own dreams and better yourself.America is that land of opportunity. If I can help young people embrace those opportunities, and be blessed like my family and I have been blessed, I am honored to do so.”



Meg  Akabas.

NYSPEP Certified Parenting Educator

National Parenting Education Network Chairperson 


Meg Akabas has been a leader in the parenting education world for more than ten years through her direct work with parents and expectant parents, writing about parenting, professionalization of the field, and policy work around supporting parents on a state and national level. 


A New York Certified Parenting Educator, she is the Chairperson of the National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) and serves on the steering committee of the New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP).  


She has more than 18 years of leadership experience in schools and has served as president of the board of two schools in New York City. Meg is dedicated to helping parents raise emotionally healthy, responsible and kind children and is on the childbirth education staff at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City where she regularly teaches an intensive workshop on infant development and parenting." 

Meg holds an MBA from Columbia University Business School, a bachelor and master's from Manhattan School of Music and is a certified group fitness instructor.   She lives with her husband Seth in Manhattan, where they have raised their four children.

Matthew A. Connell, EdD., MBA.

Matt is a special advisor to BETf and co-developer of the forthcoming Brave Enough to Write, literacy program.

He is a former teacher in the Hartford school system and has owned and operated various businesses over the years. Matt currently operates the business consulting firm, Financials Made Easy, that helps businesses navigate and manage the financial aspects of life as well as work with business owners on strategic planning. 

Matt is a co-founder of, an online educational  community focused on parenting. Along with his own businesses, Matt previously ran the operations for a network of healthcare facilities. He holds a masters degree in Special Education, a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and an MBA. 

John Christenson,  PHD 


John is a special advisor to BETf and co-developer of the forthcoming Brave Enough to Write, literacy program. John completed a PhD in social psychology at the University of Southern California and a postdoctoral fellowship in communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut where he teaches health communication, computer-mediated communication, research methods, and statistics.

Supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, John’s research program focuses on developing digital media “interventions” that improve health and wellness.