Episode 63 : Brittany Wagner – “Last Chance U” star turned entrepreneur

Last Chance U academic adviser shares why she launched her company, Ten Thousand Pencils


Brittany Wagner is a nationally respected athletic academic counselor, life coach and motivational speaker. She garnered world-wide fame in 2016 as the television star of the hit Netflix documentary series, “Last Chance U”. Known for giving “troublemakers” their last chance at making it to the next level, Ms. Wagner was the vivacious, mentor and mother-figure to these young men – often times the driving factor behind their future successes. Wagner’s stardom has landed her interviews with ABC’s Nightline, The Dan Patrick Show, The Kidd Kraddick In the Morning Show, GQ, The New York Times and New York Daily News – to name a few. Her common question, “Do you have a pencil?” has become a phenomena across the world since the show’s debut.

Prior to filming the documentary, Brittany spent over 15 years working with college athletes at various levels. During her eight years at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Mississippi, she helped over 200 football players make it to the next level.
Twelve of whom are currently playing in the NFL – with college degrees.

Photo courtesy of Steve Dietl/Netflix

For the past year, Ms. Wagner has traveled all over the United States as a motivational speaker. In the fall of 2017, she launched her own company, 10 Thousand Pencils. Through 10KP, Brittany is able to work individually with high school and college athletes, administrators, counselors and teachers on academic success strategies and life skills. In February of 2018, she developed her own weekly podcast “Sharpen Up with Brittany Wagner.”

Ms. Wagner earned her undergraduate and master’s degree from Mississippi State University and currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama. She is the proud mom to one daughter, Kennedy.


Instagram: @brittany_msgirl


www.10thousandpencils.com – Brittany’s website
Outliers: The story of success – by Malcolm Gladwell
Sharpen Up – Brittany’s podcast


Get on the Box- Episode 36:  “Connecting the dots with Stephen Mackey”
Get on the Box- Episode 54: “How to transition into a career you love with Daron Roberts”


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