Scientists, Technologists, Engineers and Mathematicians are today’s innovators and inventors – whether they are developing new cures, solving tough environmental problems, or building life enriching new computer applications. They work for the coolest most progressive organizations solving complex business and societal problems – and the jobs in these fields are growing at such an explosive rate that we simply don’t have enough people pursuing these paths or sticking with them.

Between 2010 and 2020 the overall employment in STEM (science – technology – engineering – math) occupations will increase by 17 percent and add over 1 million jobs to the workforce, yet not enough students are pursuing degrees and careers in STEM to meet the increasing demand. Eighty percent of the fastest growing occupations require mastery of math and science – and there are already two science and technology job openings for every qualified job seeker. What’s even more notable is that 75 percent of science and engineering graduates are not even working in STEM occupations.

Couragion’s career exploration and self-discovery pursuit will do the following:

  • Proliferate role models in these fields to build awareness of what’s possible

  • Boost intention of people seeking STEM degrees so that we can close the skill gap

  • Increase the likelihood that science and engineering graduates choose STEM careers


Meet the Team

Melissa Risteff

Co-Founder & CEO

Christian Booty

Education & Workforce Partnerships Manager

Laura Farrelly

Co-Founder & COO

Keenan Hursh

Digital Storyteller

Mike Castillo

Co-Founder & CTO

Tobi Anderson

Program Director