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Roland Spier

Co-Founder, Director of Program

MBA & MA Candidate, Wharton 

BA Columbia University

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Roland is originally from Washington D.C and trained at the Washington School of Ballet, dancing alongside the company in many of their productions. After graduating high school he was invited to be in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Professional Division where he performed with PNB while taking two gap years. After injury setbacks, Roland turned down the opportunity to join several ballet companies to go back to school.


Roland graduated cum laude from Columbia University in May 2020 with a major in architecture and a concentration in East Asian studies. While at Columbia, Roland interned at NBBJ, Selina and Ayrshire Capital.


After graduating from Columbia, Roland worked at OC&C, a global management consultancy where he focused on corporate strategy and M&A due diligence for leading private equity firms.

In 2023, Roland started a dual MBA & MA degree at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he will graduate in May 2025. Roland will be interning as a Summer Associate at J.P. Morgan this summer in investment banking.

“Second Act was born from my experience of struggling to find a path after hanging up my dance shoes due to repeated injury. I want to create a resource for dancers experiencing a similar transition to find personal and professional support. I am passionate about this opportunity to bring dancers together while giving back to the arts.”

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