Kathleen Tullie is co-founder and executive director of Build our Kids’ Success (BOKS), a before school physical activity program for kids that is backed by the Reebok Foundation. Inspired by the book Spark by Harvard Medical School Professor Dr. John Ratey, which describes the profound effect that exercise has on the mind, she decided to initiate an informal gathering for her kids and their friends before school began in their community. The goal was to provide an opportunity for her kids and their friends to be active before entering the classroom. Word spread amongst the members of her own community and surrounding towns about this initiative and parents were soon calling Ms. Tullie asking if their kids could join the program. Reebok got wind of this movement, quickly jumped on board, and the BOKS program was born. Ms. Tullie began the program in 2009 at one school in Natick, Massachusetts and it has since expanded to over 220 schools nationwide. Major accomplishments since creating the BOKS program include partnering with Alliance for a Healthier Generation and being honored by First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative at the 2013 Partnership for a Healthier America conference in Washington, D.C. Prior to founding the BOKS program, she accomplished an 18 year career in real estate finance. Following her departure from the world of corporate finance, she received her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.