Jennifer Stancil is an innovative and visionary C-Suite executive from North Carolina. As a specialist in start-up non-profits, particularly those aligned with museums environments, she excels by leading teams to not just strive for, but establish, new best practices in informal education.
Most recently President and CEO of the Glazer Children’s Museum, Stancil added almost $1MM (25%) to the bottom line operations in three years. A known innovator, she oversaw significant program and exhibit enhancements including the installation of the WORLD’s FIRST motion-capture lab ever to be in a Museum. By enhancing the Museum brand and value proposition, the Glazer Children’s Museum won the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s prestigious Non-Profit of the Year award in 2017, less than two years from Stancil taking the helm. Ranked as a top 10 Children’s Museum in the country, Stancil presided over attendance, membership, financial (earned and raised) gains as well as significant national media attention during her tenure. She continues to be a sought out national speaker and advisor, speaking at Disney and at numerous national conferences and on TV about creativity, innovation and equity (especially in the STEM fields) in education.
Prior to Florida, Stancil spent five years as Executive Director of Educational Partnerships at WQED Multimedia, the PBS Affiliate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania responsible for Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Jennifer created and directed WQED’s strategies for outreach and cutting-edge content while ensuring WQED position as a thought-leader in the use of media by educators, parents and the community. She joined WQED in March 2010 and launched the overall education brand – iQ:smartmedia. Stancil expanded programs in STEM and Literacy for the station, and created iQZoo.org, iQ: smartparent (TV talk show series), iQ Kids Radio (International kids’ streaming radio), as well as major projects in early childhood, gaming, women’s issues and engineering. She has worked extensively with the producers and distributors of high quality children’s programming, namely Sesame Street ®, The Fred Rogers Company, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Before joining WQED, Stancil spent 14 years in the museum field. Prior to WQED, she was Executive Director of the Girls, Math & Science Partnership, a program of Carnegie Science Center. She is a scientist, trained in human biology, animal behavior and mathematical modeling. Her career started in Alabama and then North Carolina, working to engineer the programming for two new museums – McWane Science Center and Marbles Kids Museum (previously Exploris). Her start-up savvy helped build and solidify the reputation of those institutions and their educational program excellence in their respective communities.
Her work has taken her across the world, to train and motivate those in the museum, broadcasting, educational, and corporate worlds as well as help design and build the capacity of non-profits. She has developed successful online and offline curriculum, notably BrainCake.org, which had 377,000 visitor experiences in 2009, and won the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award from the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). She is an awardee of the prestigious MacArthur Digital Media Competition and has been an advisor to the White House’s Council on Women and Girls. She now is a National Champion Board Member for the National Girls Collaborative Project. Jennifer has been recognized as one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s Top 40 under 40, an Emerging Leader by the Junior League of Pittsburgh as well as the 2015 Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania’s Woman of Distinction in Media and Communications. In September 2015, Jennifer was awarded an Emmy™ for her role creating and producing the national TV series, iQ: smartparent, airing in 29 states nationally through PBS Affiliates. The show continues today and recently won its second Emmy Award.