Ignited

About Ignited

About Ignited

Ignited is a Silicon Valley nonprofit transforming STEM education to equip students with 21st Century Skills. Ignited provides teachers with summer fellowships at top companies and universities so they can inspire and prepare students to become the next generation of innovators. Founded in 1985 as Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education, the organization has awarded 3,704 fellowships to teachers from kindergarten through college level in 743 schools, impacting more than 3 million students. Learn more at www.IgnitEducation.org.

About
Shari Liss

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Byline BIO: Shari Liss is CEO of Ignited. The Silicon Valley nonprofit awards teachers fellowships at top companies and universities so they can inspire and prepare students to become the next generation of innovators. Learn more at www.IgnitEducation.org. Contact her at Shari@igniteducation.org.

Broadcast BIO: U.S. students continue to trail their peers in many industrial nations in math and science scores, while robots may soon displace one-third of jobs in the US. Our guest today is Shari Liss, CEO of Ignited (www.IgnitEducation.org). The Silicon Valley nonprofit awards teachers fellowships at top companies so they can equip students for jobs of tomorrow. Welcome, Shari. How is Ignited working to transform STEM learning and prepare students for the future?

Full BIO: Shari Liss is CEO of Ignited. The Silicon Valley nonprofit awards teachers fellowships at top companies and universities so they can inspire and prepare students to become the next generation of innovators. Shari has dedicated her career to STEM education. Prior to joining Ignited, she worked in education in New York, New Jersey, and California. She piloted an alternative high school for at-risk students, taught college calculus, and developed a mathematics program to serve both gifted and challenged students in the Bay Area. Shari joined Ignited in 2000, serving in a variety of roles including Education Programs Manager and Education Director. Most recently, Shari has been promoted to CEO of Ignited, where she oversees program and organizational operations, fundraising, partnership development, strategic planning, and implementation. Shari earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from SUNY Albany, her master’s in mathematical theory from UC Santa Cruz, and completed all coursework towards a Ph.D. in mathematics education from NYU. Contact her at Shari@igniteducation.org. Learn more at www.IgnitEducation.org.

About Maria Fernandez Guajardo

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Byline BIO: Maria Fernandez Guajardo is a member of the board of directors at Ignited. The Silicon Valley nonprofit awards teachers fellowships at top companies and universities so they can inspire and prepare students to become the next generation of innovators. Maria is Head of Product Management, Core Tech at Oculus VR. Learn more at www.IgnitEducation.org.

Broadcast BIO: U.S. students continue to trail their peers in many industrial nations in math and science scores, while robots may soon displace one-third of jobs in the US. Our guest today is Maria Fernandez Guajardo (pronounced gwa-har-doe). Maria is head of Product Management for Core Tech at Oculus Virtual Reality and a board member at Ignited (www.IgnitEducation.org). The Silicon Valley nonprofit awards teachers fellowships at top companies so they can equip students for jobs of tomorrow. Welcome, Maria. How is Ignited working to transform STEM learning and prepare students for the future?

Full BIO: Maria Fernandez Guajardo is a member of the board of directors at Ignited. The Silicon Valley nonprofit awards teachers fellowships at top companies and universities so they can inspire and prepare students to become the next generation of innovators. For more information visit www.IgnitEducation.org. Maria leads the product management team for Core Tech at Oculus VR, overseeing the definition and development of breakthrough technologies for augmented and virtual reality. Prior to joining Oculus and Facebook, Maria was Vice President of Product at Clear Labs, a biotech company in food genomics, and Vice President of Product at RetailNext, the market leader in physical retail analytics. Before that, she held multiple business and technology roles at Texas Instruments in France and the US, at their mobile application processors division. She started her career as a chip designer for Cadence Design Systems. Maria earned an engineer's degree in electronics from the University of Zaragoza in Spain.

About Anissa Kalinowski

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Byline BIO: Anissa Kalinowski is a biotech professional and president of the board of directors at Ignited. The Silicon Valley nonprofit awards teachers fellowships at top companies and universities so they can inspire and prepare students to become the next generation of innovators. Learn more at www.IgnitEducation.org.

Broadcast BIO: U.S. students continue to trail their peers in many industrial nations in math and science scores, while robots may soon displace one-third of jobs in the US. Our guest today is Anissa (SAY a-nee-sa) Kalinowski, president of the board of directors at Ignited (www.IgnitEducation.org). The Silicon Valley nonprofit awards teachers fellowships at top companies so they can equip students for jobs of tomorrow. Welcome, Anissa. How is Ignited working to transform STEM learning and prepare students for the future?

Full BIO: Anissa Kalinowski is a biotech professional and president of the board of directors at Ignited. The Silicon Valley nonprofit awards teachers fellowships at top companies and universities so they can inspire and prepare students to become the next generation of innovators. Anissa is a master’s candidate in epidemiology and clinical research at Stanford University and an experienced life sciences professional with a passion for transforming healthcare markets, products, and processes for patients. Skilled in marketing, global business operations, and team leadership, Anissa has worked in biotech for more than 20 years and has been a member of the Ignited the board of directors since 2009. She has also served in director-level roles in functions spanning commercial, medical affairs, and regulatory affairs at companies including Genentech, Hoffman-La Roche, and, Biogen. Anissa earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Learn more at www.IgnitEducation.org.
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