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This fast-paced show drops listeners into a compelling conversation about higher education. In Your Element asks innovative leaders about the challenges, wins, and future of everything from meeting enrollment numbers to equity in education.

Vanessa Didyk, CEO of ZeeMee, joins Eric Stoller to chat about the ZeeMee app and how the digital connection landscape has rapidly changed as more and more students report feeling lonely. Together, they discuss the importance of connection among peers and how ZeeMee helps colleges foster the kinds of relationships that are beneficial to Gen Z students. Topics covered include:

  • Why students, and especially incoming or prospective students, need a space of their own to form bonds.
  • How schools can use ZeeMee to quickly and seamlessly run student events.
  • What sort of insights schools can glean from ZeeMee’s student analytics.
  • What digital functionality will be standard for all students in the next two to three years?

About the Podcast

Eric Stoller

Host

Eric Stoller

Eric Stoller is the former Vice President of Product Strategy at Element451—an advanced student engagement CRM available, providing higher ed institutions with a competitive admissions advantage from recruitment to enrollment. You may know Eric from his articles on Inside Higher Ed, speaking engagements, or consulting work around digital engagement. He’s always loved doing marketing and public relations but never wanted to work for an agency. However, Eric’s experiences in student development services at the University of Illinois Chicago and enrollment management + academic advising at Oregon State University cemented his interest in the intersection of technology, student success, and digital engagement. Eric has an associate degree from Indian Hills Community College, a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Northern Iowa, a master’s degree in higher education administration from Oregon State University, and an honorary doctorate in coffee drinking.

Vanessa Didyk

Interviewee

Vanessa Didyk

Vanessa is a serial entrepreneur with over 16 years’ experience building and leading edtech companies to support the academic journey and increase access to quality education. After college Vanessa started her first company, Scholar’s Station, a full service academic support company serving students throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in person and across the US remotely for tutoring, test prep, and college advising. Scholar’s Station was acquired in 2014 and Vanessa went on to serve as Senior Director of Product for Rev.com and then as General Manager of MathElf, a globally-scaled on-demand tutoring marketplace. Vanessa ran product and operations for MathElf, building and scaling the company from the ground up. In 2018, Vanessa left MathElf and took over as CEO of ZeeMee, a social app for the college journey, supporting students from recruitment through graduation. Vanessa currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and two young boys.

In Your Element

All things higher ed from application to graduation and beyond.

In Your Element host Eric Stoller from Element451 asks innovative leaders about the challenges, wins, and future of everything from meeting enrollment numbers to equity in education. His five-question format gets to the heart of what’s happening in each guest’s corner of higher education. The unifying theme: how do we all rally around students’ needs to help them succeed?

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