Stimmi founders named 2018 "Women to Watch"
Giving voice to the voiceless
Deb Thompson and Laura Berkner, Madison-area co-founders of Stimmi, were recently named "Women to Watch" by Brava Magazine.
Selected for "giving voice to the voiceless", Thompson and Berkner are among 18 women featured in the annual series.
Stimmi, built by Ten Forward, is a caregiver app and website designed to support children and adults with autism and other disabilities.
How it started
The article explores the origins of Stimmi, including Thompson's struggles to realize her vision; people just didn't get it, she said.
That all changed two summers ago at a friends' night out, when she chanced to run into Berkner, a former colleague, and shared her idea.
Berkner got goose bumps when Thompson told her the concept for Stimmi. With a background in the caregiving industry and extensive experience working with special needs adults, Berkner recognized the profound value this could provide, across several different sectors. ...
“My brain was like ‘Anybody with disabilities could benefit from this, and we need to make this happen,’” says Berkner.
Brava Magazine, Jan. 2018
Learn more about Stimmi in the latest issue of Brava, available online now. Congrats to Deb and Laura on their recognition!