Hello, Bonjour, Ahoy, Howdy, Hola, and everything else in between!

I’m Liesl Ulrich-Verderber, EWC’s COO, and the Founder of EWCed!

After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in architectural design and economics, I started working with Ever Widening Circles as Creative Director, and EWCed Founder.

I have been a professional photographer since the age of 14, and have had a lifelong passion for design. With my photography skills, I built Phrog Eye Photography, a place that now holds my portfolio of work, including my work in photography, design, and public speaking.

Most of my undergraduate design training at Harvard University was through the Harvard Graduate School of Design. There, I honed my design skills and representation techniques, always with a flair for design that filled the mantra “Is it novel? Is it useful?” I’d like to think that I have taken a bit of that mindset with me here at EWC, and soon with EWCed.

I am now collaborating with educators to launch EWCed, whose goal is to curate content from Ever Widening Circles for educators to use in the classroom. Our mission at EWCed is to foster creative connections between the outside world and a wide range of subject material to inspire student’s passions and curiosity at all levels of education. We want to ignite possibility in our education systems with the knowledge that it is still an amazing world.

I have had a life-long passion for education. After serving on the school board as a high schooler, I have been an advocate for customized learning plans, and have seen some of the possibilities for change that are available in our education systems. More recently, at Harvard, I designed and taught leadership classes and workshops to middle and high school students through the Leadership Institute at Harvard College. I hope to bring some of these experiences with me as we design a new way of igniting passions and building hope with EWCed.

In my free time, I am an aspiring—but more often floundering—yogi, a camera-toting traveler, and a global story seeker.

-Liesl

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge

Liesl can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV

Author's Articles

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The Universal Language of Our Emotions

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Does your smile mean the same thing as my smile? What about your frown? How is it that we can intuitively understand another person’s emotions simply by looking at their expressions? There are a few universals in life, and our smiles may just be one of them.

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