Sparking the fullest

potential in every kid.

Who We Are

We are a team of entrepreneurs, self-proclaimed adventurers, 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

Glanchai, PHD

Founder, Chief Innovation Officer

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 the VentureGirls book. As Chief Innovation Officer, 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

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

Drew

Lacy

Marketing Manager

About me:

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.

Education:

BS, Communication, Florida Institute of Technology

I once hung out with Bill Nye the Science Guy
I never use Oxford commas
I'm a pescatarian

Julie

Shannan

Executive Director

About me:

Julie is an innovator in the informal education space and a recognized leader in STEM education. She brings over 20 years experience managing nationally recognized informal STEM programs for girls, parents and educators across the nation and is passionate about engaging kids as creative problem solvers in a world filled with so many challenges. Julie graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelors in Biology and is a recipient of the “Austin Under 40” Award for leadership in Youth and Education. Previously, Julie was at Girlstart, a national leader in STEM education for girls, where she created Girlstart’s brand and method for engaging girls in STEM.

Education:

BA, Biology, University of Texas at Austin

I’ve climbed Mount Kilimanjaro
I’ve been published in Cosmo Girl
I’ve been on Oprah

Scott

Mann

Director of Education and Training, Teacher on Staff

About me:

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.

Education:

BS, Construction Science, Texas A&M

I was on a conference call with President Obama.
I have walked from sea to shining sea.
I have been sky diving.

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