The X-Factor program is a new, experimental program at The Garage designed to help Northwestern student founders become the creators and leaders of tomorrow. The program is focused on assessing and enhancing students’ capacity for transformational leadership which is the specific type of leadership associated with being an innovator and disruptor. Through X-Factor, students get personalized feedback on their leadership strengths and weaknesses, exposure to a highly effective clinical intervention aimed at individualized leadership growth, and an opportunity for self-awareness and personal growth.

X-Factor is a partnership between The Garage and Northwestern professors of clinical and personality psychology Jennifer Tackett and Erica Lawrence. The pilot program is funded by a gift from Tom Verghese KSM ’04.

X-Factor students at the Bumble headquarters in Austin, Texas, pictured with Bumble's COO Sarah Jones Simmer, SPS ’08