Austin native, Dr. Cristal Glangchai, PhD, is a scientist, entrepreneur, and mentor with a passion for teaching and engaging girls in technology and entrepreneurship. She is the Founder/CEO of VentureLab, a non-profit that runs experiential learning programs in youth tech entrepreneurship. Dr. Cristal recently served as the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Trinity University. Prior to that, she founded a nanotechnology drug delivery company and ran the Idea to Product Program at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Cristal Glangchai has received numerous honors for her work and has been recognized for her contributions to technology, education, and entrepreneurialism. Here is a partial list of her awards:
2016 Non-Profit CEO of the Year, San Antonio Business Journal
2016 Profiles in Power: Central Texas Women of Influence Nominee, Austin Business Journal
2016 Anne Frank Inspire Award for Educational Excellence, Anne Frank Inspire Academy (award presented to an individual who embodies the spirit of Anne Frank)
2016 Woman's Way Finalist
2016 CLASSY Awards Finalist, CLASSY (finalists chosen as the top 100 most innovative non-profits across the world)
2016 SXSW Interactive Invited Speaker, SXSW, "Rewiring the Brains of Elementary Entrepreneurs"
2016 SlowPitch Summit: Presenting Start-up, SXSWEdu (selected to participate in the 2016 SlowPitch summit at SXSW, bringing together startups that use technologies to leverage transformation in content area/subject matter learning in the PK-12 classroom)
2016 Startup Grind Speaker, Startup Grind San Antonio
2016 Inaugural Tech Bloc Women's Summit Panelist, Tech Bloc (Discussion focused on the different roles women play in technology, not only in engineering and developer roles, but also through marketing, human resources, recruiting, legal, finance & project management; attendees learned how women at all levels and varying functions can contribute to the tech ecosystem of San Antonio)
2015 Woman of the Year, San Antonio Business Journal
2015 40 Under 40, San Antonio Business Journal
2015 TEDx Youth San Antonio Key Note Speaker
2015 Commencement Keynote Speaker, Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering
2015 Appreciation Award for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Trinity University (in appreciation and recognition of outstanding support and contributions to the development and advancement of the Entrepreneurship Program)
2014 TEDx San Antonio 2014 Invited Speaker, TEDx San Antonio, "From Standup to Startup: Growing Girl Techies and Entrepreneurs"
2014 Lennox Seminar Series Invited Speaker, Trinity University, "Empowering Girls to Stand-up and Start-up: Closing the Gender Gap in Technology and Entrepreneurship"
2010 Springboard AllThingsLifeSciences/CleanTech: 2010 Accelerator Company, Springboard, Startup Grind Speaker
Dr. Cristal is an experienced, inspirational, and dynamic speaker. She has appeared on a variety of stages and at different venues, from TED Talks and technology-specific events to broad-based innovation conferences, from educational colloquiums to business briefings, from women's entrepreneurial meetings to high-tech masterminds. She is equally at home in small gatherings addressing dozens to large conventions speaking to thousands.
Dr. Glangchai has spoken on such important contemporary topics as empowering girls to pursue STEM fields, encouraging entrepreneurship in youngsters, how women in tech can embrace failure and thrive, and has addressed conferences on a range of biomedical innovations and nanotechnology.
You will find a further list of topics on which Dr. Glangchai has spoken, and can speak on, below. Dr. Glangchai can also tailor her speaking topics to a specific event or theme, and can work with organizers on speaker formats as well, whether the occasion is interactive or speaker-centric.
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Dr. Cristal Glangchai is an experienced, inspirational, and dynamic speaker. She has appeared on a variety of stages and at different venues, from TED Talks and technology-specific events to broad-based innovation conferences, from educational colloquiums to business briefings, from women's entrepreneurial meetings to high-tech masterminds. She is equally at home in small gatherings addressing dozens to large conventions speaking to thousands.
1. From My Father to Your Daughter: The Key to Fulfilling Her Full Potential in STEM
2. Girls, Grit, and the Growth Mindset: The Five Fundamentals to Empowering Your Daughter in STEM
3. Get Sparked: The Three Strategies to Ignite Confidence and Kickstart your Daughter’s Future in Tech
4. Get Wired: The Secrets to Rewiring the Brain of Your Elementary Entrepreneur for Success
5. Girls Who Stand Up and Startup: Rewiring Your Child’s Brain for Success
6. Report from the Frontlines—What Your Daughters Must Learn by the Age of Five
1. Failure is Fortune: The Pivotal Principles for Rising to the Top in Tech
2. Woman Up: The Will to Lead in the Tech World as a Woman
3. Get Sparked: Ten Tips to Re-Ignite Your Inner Creativity to Conquer the Tech World
4. Re-Igniting Your Inner Creativity: What every 5-Year-Old knows, and Most 50-Year-Olds forget
1. Mind the Gap: How to Hire More Women in Tech
2. Mind the Gap: How to Help More Women Succeed in the Tech World
3. Mind the Gap: Getting More Entry-Level Women into the C-Suite
2017 Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Invited Speaker, "Girls, STEM, and Entrepreneurship: Empowering the Next Generation", Henrt B Gonzalez Conference Center, April 2017
Trinity University Women and Girls’ Leadership Summit, Women In Entrepreneurship Panel, April 2017
Google's Women@ "She Started It" Screening Panel, April 2017
WP Engine Agency Summit, Grooming Tomorrow’s Talent: How to Transform Education to Prepare Students for 21st Century Skills
U.S. State Department and UNESCO TeachHer Initiative and Conference
Girl Scouts of Central Texas, How Girls Can Become Leaders in STEM and Entrepreneurship
LiftFund Women’s Business Center, How to Deliver an Effective Pitch
Texas Women’s Forum, The Third Industrial Revolution: 3D Printing
Inaugural Tech Bloc Women’s Summit, Panelist
SXSW Interactive Invited Speaker
Startup Grind San Antonio, Keynote Speaker
SXSW SlowPitch Summit: Presenting Start-up, Rewiring the Brains of Elementary Entrepreneurs
Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering, Keynote Speaker
TEDx Youth San Antonio, Keynote Speaker
TEDx San Antonio, From Stand up to Start-up: Growing Girl Techies and Entrepreneurs
Trinity University Lennox Seminar Series, Empowering Girls to Stand up and Start-up: Closing the Gender Gap in Technology and Entrepreneurship
Biomedical Engineering Society’s (BMES) 33rd Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Controlled Release Society, Nanofabrication Methods for Injectable Stimuli-responsive Drug Delivery Vehicles
Society for Biomaterial’s (SFB) Annual Meeting and Exposition, Nano-imprint Fabrication of Injectable Stimuli Delivery Devices with Biocompatible Polymers
Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology (HSEMB) 23rd Annual Meeting, Nano-imprint Fabrication of Injectable Stimuli-responsive Drug Delivery Vehicles
Biomedical Engineering Society’s (BMES) Annual Meeting, Novel Nano and Micro-fabrication Methods for Injectable, Stimuli-responsive Drug Delivery Vehicles
ASME Integrated Nanosystems, Nano-imprint Fabrication of Injectable, Stimuli-responsive Drug Delivery Vehicles
I32nd Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Controlled Release Society, Novel Nano and Micro-fabrication Methods for Injectable, Stimuli-responsive Drug Delivery Vehicles