Audrey Wisch

Co-founder & CEO
A bit about Audrey...

Audrey is taking time off from Stanford University to pursue Curious Cardinals, chasing her dreams to not only help K-12 students discover and pursue their passions, but also to provide college students with a platform to share their passions. After teaching her first workshop on mass incarceration to high school students at the start of the pandemic, Audrey mobilized her most ambitious peers at Stanford and beyond to share topics they were passionate about to K-12 students. Since then, Audrey has spoken on CNN and in Forbes to share her vision to create a community of lifelong learners and doers. Curious Cardinals has now raised $6.8 million in seed funding led by Anthos Capital and Audacious Ventures. She was recognized in the 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30 Education and Youngest category. At Stanford, Audrey was a history major whose research on the history of sexual assault narratives was published in the Stanford Historical Journal. When Audrey is not working or speaking to Curious Cardinals students, mentors, or parents, she can be found running while listening to podcasts, reading, or visiting art museums!

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What piece of advice would you give parents with unengaged students?

Be patient. Something will make your child tick. Rushing that process to figure it out or imposing pressure on your child who may be struggling will only put greater distance between the two of you. Let us help :)

What was the most surprising part of the college experience for you?

How many students go on auto pilot. Keep your eyes and ears open! There's so much to continue learning. It helps to adopt a lifelong learning mentality early on so that you carry this spirit on with you throughout your journey.

Why is passion so important as it pertains to learning?

Passion is the twinkle in your eye when you talk about that thing you love to do. That authentic excitement for what you do fuels your commitment to it.

Learning doesn't have to be miserable or tedious or even homogenous for everyone. When you figure out how to infuse passion in your learning, you realize that passion is a choice that you have to intentionally seek out and then can make a reality in your life thereon after.

What kind of impact would you like Curious Cardinals to have?

‍Curious Cardinals aims to become the passion place, embedding itself in the social infrastructure of the world — how students discover, pursue, and dream high. I dream of a world where every student has access to their own Curious Cardinals mentor, an experience that can unlock their greatest potential.

‍There is no existing technology that powers passion finding through exploration, community, and mentorship. That’s why the world needs Curious Cardinals — a platform fueling the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs, artists, healers, thinkers, philosophers, activists, and game changers of tomorrow.