Out on May 8! Austin’s Dr Cristal Glangchai’s book VENTUREGIRLS: Raising Girls to Be Tomorrow’s Leaders
Q&A with Dr. Cristal Glangchai
Q1. As an Austinite with two young daughters, I find local free resources for my daughters in STEM activities in Austin like GirlStart to be refreshing but limited. Did you experience a lack of free or inexpensive resources for children to learn leadership skills as an Austin resident?
Dr. Cristal Glangchai: Yes, especially when my kids were younger, between the ages of 4-6. Besides museums, I found a lack of STEM, entrepreneurship, and leadership programs. Part of the reason I created VentureLab, was to provide a way for kids as young as 5 to get these experiences.
Q2. As a parent, how am I able to bring VentureLab training to my child’s school?
Dr. Cristal Glangchai: I would speak to your teachers, PTA, or administrators. Have them check out our website, www.venturelab.org, and contact us for training. VentureLab does teacher training on the entrepreneurial mindset/skillset (with girls in mind), and we will begin parent training on the entrepreneurial mindset in San Antonio this summer.
Q3. VentureLab curriculum resources on your website starts for 6th grade. Are you planning to develop resources for children in early elementary?
Dr. Cristal Glangchai: Yes!! I would say that our sweet spot is bringing the entrepreneurial mindset to the youngest of kids. I’m excited to announce that lessons from our elementary school curriculum will begin popping up on our website during the months of May and June.
Q4. Besides VentureLab curriculum, what other resources do you recommend to parents who want to help their children develop leadership skills?
Dr. Cristal Glangchai: I like Sean Covey’s the Seven Habits of Happy Kids and The Leader in Me program.
“VentureGirls is a roadmap to a better future. Luz Cristal Glangchai moves us beyond gender bias to full engagement in STEM and entrepreneurial education. Her teaching connects girls to their mathematical, scientific, and entrepreneurial potential, empowering the young women of today to solve the problems of tomorrow, to serve and create markets, and to achieve new levels of innovation and insight. This is the future we all want.”— David Anderson, President, Trinity University—“A VentureGirl is a girl with the creativity, cleverness, and courage to start her own business and pursue her dreams. Here’s hoping Luz Cristal Glangchai’s powerful book will help jumpstart the careers of some of the millions of VentureGirls the world so desperately needs.”— David Cohen, founder and co-CEO, Techstars—“On the surface, this book is a master guide for turning millions more kids into entrepreneurs. But below the surface, it’s about how entrepreneurial learning shows every girl her most amazing self–the creativity, motivation, fearlessness and resilience she was born with. That may be Dr. Glangchai’s best contribution of all.”— Bill Schley, author of The UnStoppables: Tapping Your Entrepreneurial Power