Sparking the fullest

potential in every kid.

Who We Are

We are a team of entrepreneurs, self-proclaimed nerds, and non-profit leaders who left their day jobs to create entrepreneurship programs for youth. Our mission? To build a global community of talented instructors so we can make entrepreneurship education available to kids all around the world.

Cristal

Glanchai, PHD

Founder/CEO, Chief Evangelizer

About me:

Cristal is a scientist, entrepreneur, and mentor passionate about developing the next generation of creative leaders. With a background in engineering, technology, and science, her professional accomplishments are good fodder for advanced tongue twisters. Her passion for igniting the entrepreneurial spirit in girls led her to found VentureLab in 2013 and to write an upcoming book, VentureGirls. As Chief Evangelizer, she spreads the Entrepreneurial Learning gospel wherever she goes and encourages our team to #DreamBig. Outside of planning an education revolution, she love reading, jiu jitsu, and searching for new unicorn-themed swag.

Education:

BS, Mechanical Engineering, BA, Plan II, MS, Biomedical Engineering, PhD, Biomedical Engineering University of Texas, Austin

I've made my own nano-particles
I was a guest voice for the original My Little Pony series
My dad was an olympian.

Jason

Taylor

COO, Resident Ecologist

About me:

A lifelong learner and voracious consumer of books (via reading, not eating), Jason incorporates new ways to fine tune VentureLab'\s organizational gears to make sure our team is operating smoothly. Jason has a long career in education and is an advocate for providing students with educational experiences that unlock greater opportunities in the future. Outside of work you can find him hiking, working on prairie restoration in his home state of Iowa, or uploading pictures of butterflies and trees on social media.

Education:

BS, University of Iowa, Environmental Science; MA, University of Iowa, Educational Measurement and Statistics

I read for at least an hour every day
I built a log cabin
I have never golfed

Leslie

Coles

Director of Programs, Girls' Empowerment Champion

About me:

Leslie serves as our guiding lighthouse of program development. She beams with passion for raising girls' confidence and sparking their interest in entrepreneurship and STEM (and it's safe to say the world is a bit better off because of it). With her background in nonprofit leadership and women and girl's advancement, she brings an inclusive lens to our educational offerings. A "Brunch Connoisseur," hit her up for recommendations on where to find wicked good bagels in Boston.

Education:

BA, Haverford College, Pyschology

Has gone black water rafting
Says hello to every dog she passes
Has been stung by bees on 7 different occassions

Stephanie

Cree

Product Designer/Magician

About me:

Our digital magician, Stephanie uses her design powers for good (on most days) to make sure our community of instructors have a top-notch experience. At work, she conjures up e-books that guide learning and keeps her design switch on at all times. She uses design to solve real-life problems like creating interactive animated book covers to drive interest in reading. She's a master communicator, in both digital and human languages, and determined to help the next generation grow their confidence in STEM and turn great ideas into a reality. She's also determined to help her beloved children grow. #PlantMom

Education:

BS, University of Texas, Advertising, with certificates in Computer Science and Digital Art and Media

I have never been to ACL Fest even though I live in Austin
I once fainted and fell into a campfire
I studied Latin for seven years