40 Under 40: Brian Goebel '98

After graduating from the University of Michigan, Brian went on to receive an MBA from Emory University. He worked in the private and nonprofit sectors before returning to Emory. He now serves as the Managing Director for Social Enterprise at Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business, a research center that combines academic research with fieldwork programs and student activities to create better markets, support stronger communities, and develop the next-generation social innovators. Brian also serves as a course instructor in both the graduate and undergraduate programs.

“Looking back on my time at CC, several different experiences informed my career journey. The community service and civic engagement experiences helped prepare me for a career in the nonprofit sector. In the classroom, Mr. Petrovich’s English course was really powerful in shaping my ability to communicate and tell stories effectively. From an athletics standpoint, the lessons that Coach Gable taught me on the ski hill instilled an important framework for how to go about developing skills and confidence through thoughtful feedback and practice. I am grateful for the experiences and exposure that CC, Mr. Petrovich, and Coach Gable provided. They helped propel me to explore a career pathway that challenges me every day to be my best.”

Favorite memory: When I reflect on my time at CC, a couple of things stand out. First, the friendships I made are front and center. Second, the culture of excellence that surrounded us as students was remarkable. We were expected to push ourselves, take on challenges, and set goals for ourselves that set us up for success in college and beyond.
“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.