Marquis Cabrera, CEO and founder of Foster Skills, has a very personal motivation for working with foster children: He once was one himself.

Given his academic and professional success, it may be hard to imagine that the well-spoken Northeastern University graduate spent eight years bouncing between three foster homes, after he was taken at age 7 from his mother, who was found to have neglected him. But it was the time that Cabrera spent in foster care that inspired him to start Foster Skills after graduating from NU.