We are a team of entrepreneurs, self-proclaimed nerds, and non-profit leaders working together 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 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 the VentureGirls book. 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.
BS, Mechanical Engineering, BA, Plan II, MS, Biomedical Engineering, PhD, Biomedical Engineering University of Texas, Austin
Nora keeps the VentureLab operation moving forward, making sure all the appropriate boxes are checked in finance, human resources, and other organizational issues. She brings a career's experience in the nonprofit sector and a business approach to VentureLab's programming. When she's not talking overhead rates or operating funds with anyone who'll listen, Nora is an avid reader and a skincare aficionado.
BA, Southwestern University; MA, American University; MBA, University of Maryland
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.
BA, Haverford College, Psychology
Scott is a lifelong learner and construction major turned educator. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Construction Science in the College of Architecture. He spent 3 years with PeaceCorps Panama before returning to the states to pursue a career as a bilingual educator. He has taught in rural and urban school districts to a population of diverse students. While teaching in public schools, Scott also led STEAM based summer camps, held community language classes, mentored university students, and delivered professional development to parents, community members, and other educators.
BS in Construction Science College of Architecture
Drew is the jack-of-all-marketing-trades and digital expert at VentureLab. She has a passion for the non-profit world and a love for geeking out to marketing tools and data. (If there's a question the team is stumped by, she's already Googling the answer.) When she's not helping spread entrepreneurial mindsets, Drew is an avid Dungeons & Dragons player and aspiring gardener.
BS, Florida Institute of Technology, Communication