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The Money JAR Episode #19: 21st Century Skills

This week The Money JAR examines so-called ’21st Century Skills’ that have arisen in our school systems as rapidly-evolving technologies become increasingly intertwined with education. Todd and Evan speak with Lisa Gillis of Junior Achievement to explore what she calls “The Seven C’s” and how fostering these qualities is crucial for building a successful future with our kids. We also look at the role parents should and can play on the home front.


 Before joining Junior Achievement, Lisa Gillis co-founded Integrated Educational Strategies, Inc., a recognized national leader in policy, advocacy and instructional redesign for digital learning and parent advocacy/support. She began her career as a Chamber of Commerce executive and transitioned into the field of education as a classroom teacher, quickly moving into school development and administration. 

She also co-authored Virtual Schooling: a Guide to Optimizing Your Child’s Education, and has written numerous articles and frequently speaks at national events on the future of education.

Gillis holds a Master of Arts in Education from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif., and a Bachelor of Science in Institution Management from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.

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Todd Yuzuriha and Evan Wilson

Evan is married with two young children and lives in Portland, OR. He's a Partner and the CFO of The Official Manufacturing Company, a strategy, branding and design agency. He's also on the board or a strategic advisor of a few young companies. Previously, he was a Partner at Pacific Crest, a top technology boutique investment bank, which was acquired by Key Bank in 2014. He led the firm’s coverage of the Internet, social media and games, was frequently named to Institutional Investor‘s All-American Research Team and was regularly featured on CNBC and in The New York Times & The Wall Street Journal. Evan graduated from Linfield College, where he played basketball, studied finance and computer science and was an Academic All-American.

Todd is passionate about personal finance and began investing at age 12. He retired as Vice President of Engi-neering for Logitech, where he led product development of the company's audio and video game products. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Engineering for Labtec, Senior Director at Sharp Microelectronics, and Engineering Manager at Tektronix. Todd has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Stanford, a master's degree in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Portland. Todd is married and has 3 children. He serves on the boards of Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and plays trumpet.