Technovation[MN] is pleased to announce that Lisa Schlosser will serve as the first Executive Director of the organization. Schlosser most recently was the Chief Executive Officer and President in the Interim of the Minnesota High Tech Association. Before that, she was Chief Technology Officer for the FindLaw business of Thomson Reuters.
“With the growth of Technovation[MN] in capturing the inner technologists and entrepreneur in teenage girls, it was time for the organization to bring in a dedicated leader. Lisa’s work in the for-profit and non-profit space, as well as her passion for bringing more women into technology, made her the ideal candidate. We are thrilled to have her on board,” said Shawn Stavseth, Technovation[MN] Co-Founder and Digital Learning Experience Practice Lead, Cargill.
Schlosser has over 30 years of experience in information technology.
She fell in love with mathematics at the same age as the Technovation[MN] students. She has continued to apply her strong problem solving skills with the mechanics of computer science to stay ahead in this rapidly changing technology first world.
Lisa believes strongly in volunteerism and currently serves on the Minnesota High Tech Association board and the Science Museum of Minnesota. She was also a member of the AnitaB.org board, which recently hosted over 25,000 (mostly) women in technology at their annual Grace Hopper Celebration. She is involved in many efforts in the community to promote students in STEM careers and women in technology.
“I’m very excited to work with the Technovation[MN] board members to build upon their extremely successful programs that bring awareness to girls of the fun and fulfilling careers in technology,” Schlosser said.
Technovation[MN] inspires and enables teen girls, ages 10-18, to invent, design, code and pitch digital apps. Working with professional mentors, all-girl teams develop a real-world combination of technical and entrepreneurial skills. They provide educational programs including the Technovation Challenge and Amazon’s Alexa Skills Challenge. It is a proud partner program of Code Savvy. www.CodeSavvy.org
The Technovation Challenge is the largest and longest-running global technology and entrepreneurship competition exclusively for young women to inspire the pursuit of STEM. Through an intensive 3-month, 50-hour curriculum, teams work together to develop mobile apps that solves real problems in their community. At the culmination of the program, Technovation[MN] hosts a celebratory event, Appapalooza, where we congratulate all teams on completing the 12-week curriculum.
The Amazon Alexa Skills Challenge involves writing skills for Amazon’s Alexa. Teams of girls develop Alexa skills that solve everyday problems. They write code in multiple professional coding languages that will be run in the cloud and be used by anyone with an Alexa-enabled device.