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Jeremy Leven

Jeremy Leven

Border Oak


Personal Information

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School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Major: Political Science

Years at College Works: 2005

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Border Oak

Title: Chef

Industry: Food and Beverages

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

I have been running an underground supper club for the past 3 years in Chicago, and we are now poised to open our first restaurant, Border Oak, next year.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Developing a team I can trust from the ground up who are committed to a common goal of opening a restaurant.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

College Works has nurtured my lifelong passion for entrepreneurship and being my own boss.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

It took a while to fully realize how much it had shaped me. But going after my own dreams on my own terms started with College Works.

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

Like all people, some are good, and some are not so good. Do your best to stick to your convictions and don't allow people to take advantage of you.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Life is filled with endless challenges but there are always solutions.


What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Don't give up, it will be worth it.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Love what you do.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Towards the end of the summer when the paint crews are in full swing, getting together with other managers and swapping stories.

Last words of wisdom

If the office life isn't for you, it never will be.