Shani Dowell is the CEO and founder of Possip an educational engagement platform striving to create a feedback loop between schools and their parent student and staff community. Drawing on her experiences as both a teacher and mother Dowell first recognized parents needed a better way to provide praise and feedback to schools and schools needed an efficient way to analyze this data. Since its founding in 2017 Possip has now provided its service—a short text message “Pulse Check” survey to parents students and staff—to over 1000 schools in over 100 languages. Dowell’s efforts to eliminate socioeconomic language and other barriers to parent-school communication have led to her being the first African-American woman in Tennessee to raise $1 million for a start-up.Prior to founding Possip Shani led teacher recruitment efforts at Relay Graduate School of Education and Teach For America; helped found the Boston office of The Posse Foundation and the Nashville office of Teach For America; worked with school leaders at KIPP to launch their schools; was a Consultant at Bain and Company and The Bridgespan Group; and taught middle schoolers Math in Houston ISD. Shani is a proud alumna of Howard University and Stanford Graduate School of Business.