Pomai Verzon

Pomai Verzon

Manager, Strategic Initiatives

As Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Pomai manages experiments and supports the development of tools that enable 100Kin10 to test our hypothesis of how to catalyze long-term, systemic change against the grand challenges facing STEM education. She joined the team from IndiVillage, a social enterprise bringing education and economic opportunity to rural India, where she led global business development and oversaw social impact. Pomai holds an M.A. in Social Enterprise from American University’s School of International Service and a B.A. in Political Science and B.S. in Economics from Belmont University.

Can you tell us about one important lesson you took from working in a startup environment that’s been important in helping you fulfill 100Kin10’s mission?
Listening is critical. It’s important to take the time to involve and learn from your users at the beginning of the process. Too often we establish assumptions and then ask for feedback. Continue to ask questions, deeply listen, and check your priorities against the user experience.