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About Wisr

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Mission & Founding

Veteran entrepreneurs Kate Volzer, John Knific, and Kris Ciccarello founded Wisr in 2016 to bridge the growing rift between college education and successful job placement. More students than ever were pursuing higher education, but the American labor force participation rate had been declining steadily for a decade. As a first-generation college student, Kate understood how a one-size-fits-all system fails to accommodate students’ individual needs.

Leveraging over thirty years of collective experience in higher education technology, the Wisr team built a college network that connects prospective and current students with an institution's resources and programming.

“Current students are the most authentic voice that showcases the heart and soul of each campus we work with. We’re proud to help schools level up their access initiatives by providing a space that normalizes a virtual visit while still allowing for authentic connection. This is the new access.”
—Kate Volzer, Co-Founder & CEO

Innovation Award

Leader for Student Engagement

Top 3 Education Startup

The Wisr Team

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Kate Volzer

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
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John Knific

Co-Founder, President, & Chief Operating Officer
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Kris Ciccarello

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Christine Vienna

VP of Customer Success

Naomi Buckta

VP of Engagement Solutions

Interested in joining our fast-paced, collaborative team in Cleveland? Explore career opportunities at Wisr!

Board of Directors

Kevin Berner, Ph.D.

Board of Directors (Co-Director)

Venture Partner at JumpStart Inc; President & CEO of Phycal Inc; CEO of Logos Energy Inc

Jeff Marshall, Ph.D.

Board of Directors (Co-Director)

Managing Director, Private Equity and Direct Investments at Halcyon Investments, Ltd.

Board of Advisors

Carey Jaros

Board of Advisors

Chief Executive Officer at GOJO Industries

Peter Wilson

Board of Advisors

Dep. Dean, Director of Admissions & Chief of Staff at University of Chicago

Jason Palmer

Board of Advisors

General Partner at New Markets Venture Partners

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