Guide Change’s mission is to help older adults and at-risk people live better lives by protecting their financial resources. People are living longer than ever before, the cost of living, especially for healthcare, is on the rise, and the risk of running out of money has never been higher. At the same time, the risk of fraud, undue influence and simple mistakes are making it more difficult for people to make the best decisions to protect themselves.
Meet The Team
The team at Guide Change has been protecting seniors and at-risk people for decades. Our founders include Leah Cohen, a career social worker and care manager for at-risk clients, and Michael Curran, an attorney and MBA with technology and start-up experience.
Leah Cohen has dedicated her career to guiding older adults and clients with special needs through the maze of services available, maximizing their benefits before using their private resources. She helps them make thoughtful decisions and find creative solutions.
Leah has had an Administration on Aging Fellowship, she was named 2016 Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers Texas Chapter Austin Branch, and she was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 2005.
Michael Curran is a Texas attorney and entrepreneur focused on using legal technologies to address today’s largest social issues. Michael is a Past Chair of the State Bar of Texas Computer and Technology Section and a regular legal technology speaker.
Michael’s career prior to Guide Change included serving as General Counsel to a tech start-up focused on advanced data processing, and he has both a law degree and a Masters of Business Administration.
Since founding Guide Change, Leah and Michael have won several competitions and been recognized as leaders in the social impact start-up space including winning the Tech for Justice Hackathon, being selected as a finalist for Mass Challenge Texas, participating as an alternate in AARP Innovation@50+.