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Amber Wakem, Founder and Executive Director

Founder, Amber Wakem, doesn't have a claim to fame. You won't find her name on the big screen, featured in books, or known around the world---yet. She is simply a woman who set out to change the way we look at education. 

After her bubbly daughter shut down in kindergarten and was later identified as being dyslexic, once teacher shifted her views on how to best support her daughter after she watched her started a business at the age of eight. Quitting her job to start a non-profit, Amber sees entrepreneurship as a way to not only empower students with learning differences, but equip an otherwise unprepared generation with the crucial life skills they will need to succeed beyond the classroom. 

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Kelly Bethke, COO

Kelly has an MBA in Sustainable Systems with a focus on organizational leadership and social impact finance. A passion for healthy people, planet, and profit is the driving force behind the work she does. As a mother and nature enthusiast, Kelly works to create healthy, balanced enterprises which will support a prosperous future. Collaborating with StartUp Kids engages her love of local community and the unique energy that comes from entrepreneurship.

 
 
 

Meet Our Teachers...

  Shawn and Victoria Waite, Lake Travis Community Library Teachers    For more than a decade, Shawn has managed internal operations and financial initiatives for businesses; working to maintain a strong operational foundation during times of growth.  Shawn ensures every daily financial and operational item is handled efficiently and effectively.  The roster of companies he currently works with includes  Pypestream ,  Beneville Studios ,  RealConnex , and  The Wright Fit , as well as other businesses and individuals.       Victoria commits her full-time energy to raising her family, while also participating in Shawn's business endeavours.  With any additional time she is able to carve out, Victoria devotes energy to her passion for art, which she has sold across the country.  Her work can be viewed on  Instagram .      

Shawn and Victoria Waite, Lake Travis Community Library Teachers

For more than a decade, Shawn has managed internal operations and financial initiatives for businesses; working to maintain a strong operational foundation during times of growth.  Shawn ensures every daily financial and operational item is handled efficiently and effectively.  The roster of companies he currently works with includes PypestreamBeneville StudiosRealConnex, and The Wright Fit, as well as other businesses and individuals.  

 

Victoria commits her full-time energy to raising her family, while also participating in Shawn's business endeavours.  With any additional time she is able to carve out, Victoria devotes energy to her passion for art, which she has sold across the country.  Her work can be viewed on Instagram.

 

 

  Chris McNeill, COA Dittmar Parks and Rec Teacher   Chris McNeill has been helping companies become the best versions of themselves for over a decade, and is excited to bring his passion and expertise to an entirely new generation of business owners.

Chris McNeill, COA Dittmar Parks and Rec Teacher

Chris McNeill has been helping companies become the best versions of themselves for over a decade, and is excited to bring his passion and expertise to an entirely new generation of business owners.

  Justin Moss, The Breezz Co-Working Teacher   With his continuing education in the computer science field and his CompTIA Security+ Certification, Justin is Threatcare’s resident technology product evangelist. He works across multiple teams to support the alignment and execution of the company and product vision. He has an unhealthy obsession with Nike and a bias against name brands with three stripes (that shall remain nameless). In his free time, he enjoys afternoon walks with his family while wearing his very comfortable and stylish Nikes.

Justin Moss, The Breezz Co-Working Teacher

With his continuing education in the computer science field and his CompTIA Security+ Certification, Justin is Threatcare’s resident technology product evangelist. He works across multiple teams to support the alignment and execution of the company and product vision. He has an unhealthy obsession with Nike and a bias against name brands with three stripes (that shall remain nameless). In his free time, he enjoys afternoon walks with his family while wearing his very comfortable and stylish Nikes.

  Humza Saleem, Emergent Academy Teacher   Humza is operationally-driven with deep expertise in product strategy and operations for both Fortune 500s and early-stage startups. A graduate of Baylor University, Humza currently leads strategy and business development efforts for Hypergiant, an Artificial Intelligence consultancy, and has spent time at Accenture, Techstars, and Brand Foundry Ventures in a variety of capacities. He's passionate about bringing the best out of others and is excited to help a younger generation of innovators see their ideas to fruition.  

Humza Saleem, Emergent Academy Teacher

Humza is operationally-driven with deep expertise in product strategy and operations for both Fortune 500s and early-stage startups. A graduate of Baylor University, Humza currently leads strategy and business development efforts for Hypergiant, an Artificial Intelligence consultancy, and has spent time at Accenture, Techstars, and Brand Foundry Ventures in a variety of capacities. He's passionate about bringing the best out of others and is excited to help a younger generation of innovators see their ideas to fruition.  

  Jessica Morrow Halich, Hill Elementary Teacher      Jessica Halich is the CEO of Diatt Enterprises - a food concept business in Austin, TX. After 15 years in marketing and events, Jessica took a leap of faith and started her own business 3 years ago.   Jessica is thrilled to be a part of Start-Up Kids Club and to be leading Hill Elementary School students as they discover entrepreneurship and life skills that will last their entire life.  

Jessica Morrow Halich, Hill Elementary Teacher

 

Jessica Halich is the CEO of Diatt Enterprises - a food concept business in Austin, TX. After 15 years in marketing and events, Jessica took a leap of faith and started her own business 3 years ago. 

Jessica is thrilled to be a part of Start-Up Kids Club and to be leading Hill Elementary School students as they discover entrepreneurship and life skills that will last their entire life.