We had the good fortune of connecting with Ossa Fisher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ossa, what principle do you value most?
I believe that making a meaningful impact in the lives of others is what gives our own lives deeper purpose. By expanding the communities in which we participate and connecting with those who occupy them, we gain a greater direction and understanding for ourselves. In short, it is our relationships with — and impact on — others that ultimately define us. Personally, I recognize relationships in the broadest sense of the word — from my very immediate family, to my neighbors, to people in the world I may never meet in person but can connect with through work or ideas or good deeds. The most important aspect of a relationship is a connection — and many times that connection stems from the sheer ripple effect of the work we do.
My work at Istation, a leading educational technology company that serves over 4 million students throughout the world, keeps me focused on this core purpose. We aim every day to improve the lives of students and teachers, and we know our work can have an impact that lasts a lifetime. I am fortunate that every year my community grows in both size and significance: the more lives I touch, the more lives touch me.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Istation, short for Imagination Station, is an educational technology company that serves over 4 million elementary and middle school students throughout the world. We were founded on the belief that if we could incorporate multimedia elements like music, animation and gaming into the learning environment, we could capture the attention of non-traditional learners. Our founders then worked hand-in-hand with educators and researchers who augmented this initial idea with the science of learning and pedagogical best practices. Together, we were able to come up with a personalized, adaptive and creative digital experience that helps both teachers and students on a daily basis. Teachers can see immediately where their students may need additional help and support, and students themselves can explore learning at their own pace. We are honored to serve this critical need, especially in this new era of distance learning during COVID-19. We know pragmatic, easy-to-use digital solutions are more important than ever, and we feel blessed to be able to serve our communities during this time.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I absolutely love the great outdoors and seek out places within the city to enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise. White Rock Lake and Bachman Lake are two of my favorite places for a bike ride. After a ride around White Rock Lake, I find lunch at The Lot hits the spot while also giving my kids a chance to play around in their wide, open and playful garden. Going a little further afield, I’m surprised at how few people know that Lake Texoma (all 89,000 acres of lake plus 90,000 acres of recreation!) is only 90 minutes from Dallas. It has numerous islands, beaches, and water sports. We like to rent a pontoon boat and take the whole family (including our dogs) on a day-long water adventure. Lastly, I think it would be a miss to come to Dallas without visiting Klyde Warren Park, at the intersection of Uptown and Downtown Dallas. It is thriving with programming, yummy food trucks and of course is located right next door to some of Dallas’ best museums including the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Museum of Art. Overall, I would try to show Dallas for the vibrant, multicultural and growing city that it is!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family is by far the most important influence in my life. Their principles, support, encouragement and life lessons have shown me a solid path to follow. I would not be where I am without them. In particular, I want to thank my parents and my husband. They never doubted that I could be both a good mom and a good executive at the same time (trust me, I had my own doubts!). Now that my daughters are in middle school, the long hours of early parenthood have dissipated; but the fortitude we built during those years resides in all of us. Fortunately, my girls look up to my career and fully expect to have both a career and a family for themselves — in that way, I hope I have shown my own girls a rewarding and joyful path to follow.