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As lifelong learners ourselves, we know the well-documented benefits of mentorships.

Hugo was born in response to the need for more personalized and inspiring learning experiences, providing a new way to connect learners with mentors at top universities. The program has been more successful than we could have ever imagined.

Carving out time to explore why feelings matter with a mentor from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence or researching the carbon-neutralizing potential of trees with an ecologist at Columbia doesn’t just enhance a resume or knowledge base; it also allows us to take ownership over learning and gives you confidence to ask and answer questions about the world in which we live.

About us

Hugo was founded by two entrepreneurial women with a shared vision for helping intellectually curious learners gain access to exceptional mentors to guide them in taking their learning to the next level

Bettina Cisneros

Bettina spent her career building brands and new businesses for leading digital media companies and platforms. She worked as a strategy and marketing executive at larger companies such as Time Inc. and Yahoo! and at startups as part of the founding team at CNET and Vencast.


Bettina has also served on the advisory board of several early stage businesses as well as on the digital advisory board for several educational institutions including The Yale University Press and The Nightingale-Bamford School.  


Bettina holds a BA from Yale and an MBA from Stanford as well as a certificate in Public Management from Stanford.

Joie Jager-Hyman

Joie spent her career helping students find purpose and passion at various stages of the educational pipeline.  


Before founding College Prep 360, a premier educational consulting agency, Joie worked as Assistant Director of Admissions at Dartmouth and authored two books on the college admissions process. She also collaborated on a curriculum on College Admissions and Transitions with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and serves on the National Board of UAspire, a non-profit organization that promotes college affordability.


Joie holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a Doctorate in Education from Harvard.