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Thursday, May 30 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Catalyzing the Change Leader in Everyone

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When we think about people leading social change, we rarely think about truckers. Yet Kendis Paris sees truckers as powerful change agents to abolish human trafficking. Social change leaders increasingly recognize that supporting others to lead change is not a dimension of their work, but IS the work. All the problems we tackle are so immense, so complex and ever-changing that the only way we can create the impact we want is by enabling others to find the change leader inside themselves. Ashoka senior advisor Jan Visick leads a discussion with Kendis and former 2008 Obama for America COO and Ashoka executive team member Henry De Sio to explore these questions: How do we enable people to give themselves permission to lead change? How do we sit on our own hands enough to allow others to lead? What environments and organizational structures enable people as change leaders?


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Kendis Paris

Executive Director, Truckers Against Trafficking
Kendis Paris is the executive director of Truckers Against Trafficking, a 501(c)3 organization that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking. She’s been involved in fighting human trafficking since 2008, when, as one of her initial efforts, she co-coordinated a national Human Trafficking Awareness Conference in Denver, Colorado. Recently, she... Read More →
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Henry De Sio

Leadership Group, Ashoka
Henry De Sio served as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and he was the 2008 Chief Operating Officer at Obama for America.  As a member of Ashoka's executive team, Henry is pioneering our framework change efforts aimed at facilitating the global societal shift to Everyone A ChangemakerĀ ­ with a specific emphasis on preparing our youth to step confidently as innovators and leaders into today¹s fast-changing world. ... Read More →
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Jan Visick

Senior Advisor, Ashoka
Jan Visick is a free-lance editor whose projects have included a book on the conservation of trees, primary research on early American polygamists, the memoir of an aging master wood craftsman, and Ashoka’s publications of its Fellows’ profiles. She has also done research and interviews for documentary film producers and was part of a small team that developed treatments for PBS for a series on America’s women. Jan has worked... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Newseum Room 802 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

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