About Wisr: A Team On a Mission to Improve Engagement through Technology
While working in Admissions at the University of Chicago, Kate Volzer (Co-Founder, CEO) became aware of the resource constraints facing various departments at the University and other higher education institutions. These resource gaps often hindered progress towards helping students graduate faster, explore careers, and lock down their first job, while also making donation and alumni engagement goals more difficult to reach. This realization sparked the idea for Wisr.
Founded in 2016, Wisr is a Cleveland-based education technology company with a mission to improve outcomes at every step in the higher ed student lifecycle. We help colleges and universities build online communities for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other supporters to connect and share knowledge about career paths and other valuable experiences. These knowledge sharing communities improve institutions’ ability to track student and alumni engagement, leading to better outcomes for students, alumni, and their schools. The platform was developed in partnership with teams of career services, alumni relations, and advancement professionals from our 5 partner institutions: Case Western Reserve University, Cedarville University, Denison University, Oberlin College, and the University of Chicago. Since then, we’ve expanded our product and services offerings to span support for incoming college students through alumni well into their professional careers.