Larisa Goldin is Founder and CEO of Dreamclinic, Inc., Seattle’s premier facilities for therapeutic massage and acupuncture, with locations in Seattle and Redmond and corporate clients that include leading area employers like Boeing, Twitter and the Polyclinic. Dreamclinic is a recipient of multiple industry awards including King5 Best of Western Washington, Best of Citysearch, Allure Magazine and Seattle Magazine. Larisa is also co-founder of Find Touch, a nationwide Job Search website and community hub for the massage industry. Prior to founding Dreamclinic in 2003, Larisa held a succession of senior level positions in the high-tech sector, her last as Director of Program Management for 4thpass (acquired by Motorola in 2002). Before that, Larisa was Group Program Manager at Concur (CNQR) in 2000 and Manager of Internet Systems for InstallShield Software Corporation in Chicago (1995-1999). In her mid-twenties, Larisa founded and later sold Zelcor – a St. Louis based company specializing in wholesale distribution of computer supplies.
Larisa is a frequent guest speaker at the University of Washington Business School as well as an annual judge for the University of Washington EMBA Business Plan Competition. She is a former member of the Women Presidents Organization and a current member of the prestigious Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) where she also serves as a Forum Moderator. Larisa is IGNITE’s current Board Director.
WHY YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH IGNITE?
As a former High Tech executive, I personally experienced the gender imbalance of those working in technology positions. I was one of just a few dozen women at a Netscape conference in 1995 attended by a thousand people. I was motivated to find a way to address this imbalance and help women discover how diverse and truly satisfying technology careers can be. When I learned about IGNITE, I immediately recognized that IGNITE was the perfect way for me to make a difference and connect with young women while they are still at school and in the process of considering different career options.
HOW HAS IGNITE INSPIRED YOU?
It is inspiring to attend presentations and to see girls’ eyes light up when they meet successful women in technology, as the girls realize “I CAN do this too. I CAN work in tech, I CAN be successful” It’s watching empowerment in action.
WHAT VALUE DOES IGNITE PROVIDE FOR GIRLS?
Girls above all need role models, often currently lacking in popular culture. They need role model of female professionals succeeding in STEM jobs and as executives. IGNITE provides exactly this.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE ABOUT IGNITE WITH THE WIDER COMMUNITY?
Simply that IGNITE is the most successful program of its kind because it is tried and proven and has already touched and inspired thousands of girls. IGNITE is so well established as a best practice to achieve gender equity in tech that is being implemented not only at schools across the US but also in schools in Europe and Africa.