Our idea is simple: surround talented high school students from some of the toughest areas of the country with adults who will advocate for them, cheer for them and connect them to opportunities that can change the trajectories of their lives.

We believe that mentoring, like education, is a powerful tool in equipping young people to navigate, face and overcome all that life has in store. That is why we created FIVE, the first Mentor Operating System (mOS) bringing all of the advantages of mentoring (Learning, Instructing, Teaching) to a scalable, engaging digital platform.

Our Mission

Connect the most important institutions in the world with the business of mentoring by building an operating system allowing them to mentor at scale through technology.

Our Vision

To accelerate the success of talented youth via a scalable mentor ecosystem.

providing the keys for success

Our goal is to accelerate the success of talented youth and to do this, we need to keep mentees interested, engaged and invested in FIVE. The FIVE UX will keep mentees engaged through real-world, relevant content delivered in a gamified environment promoting healthy competition and an incentive system that rewards users based on frequency, timeliness, and engagement.


Rob Lake

Rob Lake

Co-Founder and President

Rob is the co-founder and President of The FIVE Network. He is an experienced CEO and educational leader with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Prior to starting FIVE, Rob served as headmaster at some the largest educational institutions in North America. Along with his experience inside the classroom, Rob began his career in the advertising and finance industries. Rob has a multi-faceted background with a Masters in English and History from Dartmouth College, a BA in Literature from Williams College and a certificate in Artificial Intelligence from M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management. Rob lives in Washington, DC and is a futurist, entrepreneur, designer, and writer focused on the future of work, learning, and commerce.

Robin Baker

Robin Baker

SVP, Director of National Partnerships

Robin is the Senior Vice President, Director of National Partnerships overseeing mentee acquisition at FIVE. For the past twenty years, Robin has focused her professional life on education and supporting children and families.  Most recently, Robin was the Associate Director for Admission and Financial Aid at the National Presbyterian School, a leading nursery through sixth grade independent school. Prior to that, Robin oversaw private fundraising, public grants management and external partnerships at The SEED Public Charter School of Washington, D.C, the first public boarding charter school in the nation. Robin holds a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University and is a graduate of Wake Forest University. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband and three boys.  In addition to keeping up with her busy kids, Robin is an avid reader, runner and swimmer.

Alisha Slye

Alisha Slye

SVP, Head of Impact and Engagement

Alisha is the Executive Vice President and Head of Impact and Engagement responsible for ensuring that FIVE is a life changing experience for mentees, mentors and partners by leveraging psychological science research and principles.  Alisha earned her Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania studying under one of the founders of positive psychology, Dr. Martin Seligman. Prior to FIVE, she was the Global Director of Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars, a campus entrepreneurship and mentorship program funded by Blackstone where she led the strategic development and global expansion of the program to over 750,000 students. She held previous marketing and business development roles at Deloitte, Georgetown University and Intelsat. Alisha received her BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Boston College.  She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and two children and loves spending as much time as she can at the beach.

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