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 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.
BS, Mechanical Engineering, BA, Plan II, MS, Biomedical Engineering, PhD, Biomedical Engineering University of Texas, Austin
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.
BS, University of Iowa, Environmental Science; MA, University of Iowa, Educational Measurement and Statistics
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, Pyschology
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
BS, University of Texas, Advertising, with certificates in Computer Science and Digital Art and Media