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Thursday, May 30


Channeling Growth: Pathways to Impact

What does it take to transform a system, to establish a new norm? Let’s hear from entrepreneurs how they create demand for game-changing ideas and deploy strategies that range from geographic expansion to new cities, to grafting principles into existing networks, to creating a mindset shift about the nature of the problem and the role of changemakers in addressing it. We’ll explore how expectations of scaling a program or institution may slow game-changing impact, and brainstorm how we can more efficiently and imaginatively dot-connect to support big impact through a team of teams approach.

Featured Contributors
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Andrew Benedict-Nelson

Director, Insight Labs
Andrew Benedict-Nelson is a director at Insight Labs, a humanitarian foundation that convenes the smartest, most influential people to tackle the world’s toughest problems. A writer and editor, his work has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Los Angeles Review of Books... Read More →
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Gerald Chertavian

Founder & CEO, Year Up
Gerald Chertavian is dedicated to closing the Opportunity Divide that exists in our nation. Determined to make his vision a reality, Gerald combined his entrepreneurial skills and his passion for working with urban young adults to found Year Up in 2000. An intensive one-year training... Read More →
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Rosanne Haggerty

President, Community Solutions
Rosanne Haggerty is an internationally recognized leader in developing innovative strategies to end homelessness and strengthen communities. She has more than 20 years of experience developing permanent supportive housing and advising communities in the U.S. and around the world on... Read More →
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Paul O'Hara

Director, Ashoka Ireland
Paul is director of Ashoka Europe, founder of Change Nation & ChangeX. Ashoka Europe has invested over $50M building the field of social entrepreneurship, backing 370 innovators across the continent, and cultivating a culture of changemaking in Europe. Change Nation accelerates the... Read More →

Thursday May 30, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Newseum Room 702 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001


Creating the New Business-Social Ecosystem

What would a world look like without any walls between the business and social sector? How are social entrepreneurs already engaged in building this new world? What are the opportunities and challenges they see? This panel will bring together three social entrepreneurs advancing change beyond the scope of a social enterprise or a citizen sector organization. These Ashoka Fellows are transforming industries by re-envisioning value creation and enabling entire new eco-systems. They are not just building partnerships across society but creating teams of teams committed to a shared vision for advancing change at significant scale. Building from their examples and on-the ground experiences, we will engage the audience in a dialogue about the future of business/social congruence. Is it really possible? Why does it make sense? What do we need to start doing today to build this new future?

Featured Contributors
avatar for Valeria Budinich

Valeria Budinich

Founder and CEO of Full Economic Citizenship, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Valeria is a social entrepreneur who has worked for 25 years in the creation and expansion of new businesses with social impact in 22 countries worldwide. At Ashoka in 2003, Valeria founded the Full Economic Citizenship (FEC) Initiative, a global initiative enabling large commercial... Read More →
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Stephen Friend

President, Sage Bionetworks
Dr. Friend is the President of Sage Bionetworks, a non-profit organization dedicated to redefining biomedical research through open systems, incentives and norms.  He is an authority in the field of cancer biology and a pioneer in the field of the genetics of gene expression integrating... Read More →
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Scott Gilmore

CEO & Founder, Building Markets
Scott Gilmore is the founder and CEO of Building Markets, a social enterprise that helps create jobs and reduce poverty by connecting local entrepreneurs to global markets. Under his leadership, that organization pioneered new models for creating shared value, and helped broker over... Read More →
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Nicole Rycroft

Executive Dorector, Canopy
Nicole leads the strategic direction of Canopy and ensures the organization advances its mission with maximum efficiency and effect. Fueled by a deep commitment to social justice and a passion for wild places, Nicole strives for the creation of a compassionate society where our natural... Read More →

Thursday May 30, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Newseum Room 704 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001


From Nice-to-Have to Must-Have: Creating the Schools of Tomorrow Today

When it comes to education in the US, we’re suffering from a crisis of imagination: We’ve gotten so caught up in fights over standards, teacher strikes, and [insert fearsome headline here] that we’ve forgotten to ask the most basic of questions: “what do our kids need to succeed?” Fortunately, hundreds of schools and Fellow organizations across the country are pioneering a different way forward: one that places empathy as a core input and outcome of the learning environment. Together, we’ll take a close look at what true “changemaking education” looks like, and what it takes to advance not a program, but an idea. Finally, we’ll examine what we can do, collectively, to unleash action, ensuring that today’s most innovative learning environments—those that intentionally cultivate empathy, leadership, and teamwork—are made the rule, rather than the exception.


Featured Contributors
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Katherine Clunis D'Andrea

Teacher, Mission Hill School/ University of Massachusetts Boston 
Kathy Clunis D'Andrea teaches four, five, and six year-olds at the Mission Hill School and is an adjunct professor at The University of Massachusetts Boston. A passionate schoolyard ecologist and environmental activist, Kathy has spent the past several years working with scientists... Read More →
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Eric Dawson

President & Co-Founder, Peace First
Mr. Dawson has been with Peace First since its inception as a student-run program at Harvard University. Mr. Dawson has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Youth Service America’s Fund for Social Entrepreneurs, the Echoing Green Fellowship for Public Service... Read More →
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Sarah Hemminger

Chief Executive Officer, Incentive Mentoring Program
Sarah Hemminger co-founded the Incentive Mentoring Program with her husband Ryan Hemminger in 2004. She has nine years of experience in nonprofit management and expertise in the development, expansion, and replication of innovative, paradigm-shifting models that build non-traditional... Read More →

Thursday May 30, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Newseum Room 807 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001


Opening Your City

Over the past 20 years, America has seen rapid demographic changes. Although most Americans identify their country as a nation of immigrants, many are anxious about the changes they’re seeing in their communities. But our country has a rich history of communities moving out of poverty using personal initiative, shared capital, and families helping one another. It took a sense of community. Our communities are strongest when everyone in them feels welcome. Today, we must build dialogue and mutual respect among community members in order to foster supportive, welcoming atmospheres for all Americans. Opening Your City will explore experiences and actions that help create this necessary social attachment and openness.

Featured Contributors
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David Lubell

Executive Director/ Founder, Welcoming America
@WelcomingUSA David Lubell is the founder of Welcoming America and has been Executive Director since October of 2009. Welcoming America is a national, grassroots-driven collaborative working to create a welcoming atmosphere – community by community – in which immigrants are more likely to integr... Read More →
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Maurice Lim Miller

President/CEO, Family Independence Initiative
Maurice Lim Miller is an anti-poverty social innovator who, as Founder and CEO of the Family Independence Initiative (FII), offers a new effective approach for families, funders, and policy makers to break the cycle of poverty. Mr. Miller was appointed by President Obama to the White... Read More →
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Ali Noorani

Executive Director, National Immigration Forum
Ali Noorani is the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, one of the nation's leading pro-immigrant advocacy organizations. The mission of the Forum is to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to our nation. Under Noorani’s leadership since May 2008... Read More →
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Ai-jen Poo

Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
@aijenpoo Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers... Read More →

Thursday May 30, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Newseum Room 806 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001
  • Sponsored By: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation


The Revolution Will be Quantified?

With technology becoming ubiquitous and cheaper, data is increasingly turning into a commodity. The business sector is the furthest along in understanding how to build economies of scale, and sometimes entirely new markets, through the use of both big and small data– i.e. targeted/behavioral advertising, Mint.com, etc. In the citizen sector, we are also seeing an increasing amount of entrepreneurs harnessing the power of data for social impact. This is true as much in the field of education (Beyond12, Peer to Peer University, Knewton), as in urban planning & civic engagement (Code for America, Turbo Vote), scientific research & healthcare (MedicMobile, Patients Like Me), and asset-building (Mission Asset Fund, Puddle.io). While the benefits of aggregating data cheaply and effectively are now becoming obvious, we have a responsibility to ask tough questions about the potential shortcomings of – and remedies against – relying too heavily on data to inform our decisions.

Featured Contributors
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Alexandra Bernadotte

Founder & CEO, Beyond 12
@abernadotte Alex Bernadotte is the founder and chief executive officer of Beyond 12, a nonprofit that integrates personalized coaching with intelligent technology to increase the number of traditionally underserved students who earn a college degree. She has more than 15 years of executive man... Read More →
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John Bracken

Director, Journalism & Media Innovation , Knight Foundation 
John S. Bracken is director of media innovation for the Knight Foundation. He oversees the Knight News Challenge, Knight’s prototype fund, its journalism and technology investments. Bracken has over 10 years experience as a philanthropic investor in digital media, media policy... Read More →
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Jeff Edmondson

Managing Director, Strive Network
Areas of Expertise • K-16 Education • Cradle to Career Education • Data-Driven Decisions • Powerful Partnerships • Student Outcomes • Staff Mediation • Conflict Resolution Jeff Edmondson is managing director of the Strive Network, a national cradle-to-career initiative... Read More →
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Sascha Meinrath

Director, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation
@saschameinrath Sascha Meinrath is vice president of the New America Foundation and director of the Open Technology Institute. In 2012 he was named one of the top 100 in Newsweek's Digital Power Index and he has been described as a "community Internet pioneer" and an "entrepreneurial visionary." He is... Read More →
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John Wilbanks

Chief Commons Officer, Sage Bionetworks
@wilbanks John Wilbanks is the Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks and a Senior Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He has worked at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the World Wide Web Consortium, the US House of Representatives, and Cr... Read More →

Thursday May 30, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Newseum Room 802 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001
  • Sponsored By: Rita Allen Foundation


Acting on Empathy: Today’s Most Seasoned Leaders & Entrepreneurs on How They Do What They Do

Through a series of quick, TED-style talks, we’ll examine the many ways in which empathy is reshaping society, and what it takes to cultivate it. We’ll learn about the keys to movement-building in the digital age and how to activate kids to become the heroes they read about, and hear from a university President out to change the way business schools and companies see their role. We’ll explore what it takes to change an entire industry, by giving voice and a platform to consumers and building demand for a new kind of market, and examine the implications of one woman’s work to turn one-time drug dealers and gang leaders into entrepreneurs, and to drop society’s most unforgiving labels. And much more.

Featured Contributors
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Angel Cabrera

President, George Mason University
@CabreraAngel Dr. Ángel Cabrera was named the sixth president of George Mason University effective July 2012. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in more than 200 academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides its 33,000 stude... Read More →
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Aleta Margolis

Executive Director, Center for Inspired Teaching
Aleta Margolis is the Founder and Executive Director of Center for Inspired Teaching, an organization working to transform education through innovative teacher training. Inspired Teaching is building a better school experience for children by helping teachers move from information... Read More →
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Michael Marriner

Co-Founder, Roadtrip Nation
Upon graduation Mike hit the road with two college friends in an old RV to interview leaders across America and learn how they got to where they are today. That roadtrip later turned into the book, Roadtrip Nation: A Guide to Discovering Your Road in Life. Following the book launch... Read More →
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Catherine Rohr

Founder and CEO, Defy Ventures
Catherine Rohr started Defy two years ago after founding and leading the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, a nonprofit organization that serves men throughout the Texas prison system. Under Catherine’s leadership, PEP was nationally recognized for its groundbreaking results, including... Read More →
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Andrew Slack

Executive Director, The Harry Potter Alliance
Andrew Slack grew disenchanted when he discovered that he could draw 1,000 students with a comedy show while a human rights group on the same campus would be lucky to get 5. The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) was his first step in harnessing the energy of popular culture toward civic... Read More →

Thursday May 30, 2013 11:30am - 12:30am
Newseum Room 802 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001


Building the Workforce of the 21st Century

This session at the Ashoka Future Forum will bring together leading social entrepreneurs and business innovators who are developing new ways to prepare workers for the 21st Century.  We will hash through innovative workforce development programs and debate how to scale them and how to ensure they are meeting the needs of employers.  Through this process, the social innovators and leading employers will determine where and how to invest resources and time into the most promising opportunities for bringing workers up to the level of professional knowledge and changemaker skills needed for succeeding in a 21st Century economy that is defined by change.

Featured Contributors
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Rafael Alvarez

Founder & CEO, Genesys Works
Named by Forbes Magazine as one of the world’s top 30 social entrepreneurs, Rafael Alvarez is founder and CEO of Genesys Works. Established in 2002, Genesys Works is a non-profit corporation that changes the trajectory of life for underprivileged high school students, from one destined... Read More →
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David Castro

President and CEO, I-LEAD, Inc.
@thedavidcastro Ashoka Fellow David Castro founded the Institute for Leadership Education, Advancement & Development (I-LEAD) to help challenged communities realize their full potential by identifying grassroots leaders and preparing them to be agents of change. Castro’s overarching goal is to... Read More →
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Dana Mortenson

Co-Founder & Executive Director, World Savvy
@DLCMSavvy Dana has dedicated her professional life to educating and engaging youth in community and world affairs, to close the Global Competency gap in American education. Her deep belief in the transformative power of global education to contribute to peace, justice and equity on a global s... Read More →
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Stephanie Potter

Director of University and Corporate Partnerships, Ashoka's Youth Venture
As Director of University and Corporate Partnerships at Ashoka’s Youth Venture, Stephanie manages the organization’s outreach and impact in the higher education realm and supports global corporate partnerships and engagement. She previously worked in venture philanthropy in the... Read More →
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Gretchen Zucker

Executive Director, Ashoka's Youth Venture
Gretchen leads Ashoka’s Youth Venture®, a global organization that cultivates the changemaker talent needed for the success of all parts of society. She began her career in the Africa Bureau of USAID, then worked for the Ethiopian government as the information officer in its Washington... Read More →

Thursday May 30, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Newseum Room 807 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001


Creating Your City

Aesthetics include the design, layout, and description of a city, as well as the overall feel of the place and the way we interact with others. Aesthetics provide the fabric of our cities, making them desirable places to live or not. We seek to create places that are functional and productive along with being attractive, relaxing, and reflective of a city’s history and culture. But we often settle for short-term solutions that don’t improve the beauty and efficiency of a space. We are capable of much more elegant and forward-thinking environmental and design responses than the ones we’ve settled for in our cities in the last half-century. Every element in a design communicates something, and it’s time we made each decision count. Creating Your City will focus on challenges facing urbanization and the value of meaningful aesthetics in our built and natural environments.


Featured Contributors
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Stuart Cohen

Executive Director, TransForm
@TransForm_Alert Stuart Cohen is co-founder and Executive Director of TransForm. By combining high-quality policy analysis with coalition building and strategic media efforts, TransForm has become a powerful and effective voice for world class transit and walkable communities in the Bay Area and be... Read More →
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Leslie Koch

President, The Trust for Governors Island
Leslie Koch is the president of The Trust for Governors Island. Governors Island is a 172 acre island in New York Harbor. Ms. Koch is responsible for the planning, redevelopment and on-going operation of the 150 acres of the Island owned by The Trust. Under her leadership since 2006... Read More →
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Daniel Latorre

Senior Fellow, Digital Placemaking, Project for Public Spaces 
Daniel is tech for engagement product & campaign consultant. He is a Senior Fellow for Digital Placemaking, a program for bottom-up human-centered civic engagement media he started at Project for Public Spaces, a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to... Read More →
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Jason McLennan

CEO, International Living Future Institute
Considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today, Jason F. McLennan’s work has made a strong impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada and he is a much sought after presenter and consultant on a wide... Read More →

Thursday May 30, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Newseum Room 806 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001
  • Sponsored By: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation


From Shareholder to Stakeholder: Creating the Corporation of Tomorrow

There's no doubt that businesses will play a major role in shaping our economic and social futures. The real question is: what role? Are philanthropy and corporate social responsibility enough? Join us for a discussion with a number of Certified B Corporations that are committing to more. B Corps voluntarily meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability, and together are driving systemic change so business creates value for society, not just shareholders. Help us explore what it means to redefine success in business, as well as the role social entrepreneurs can play in doing so.


Featured Contributors
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Michael Brady

CEO, Greyston Bakery
Mike Brady, President and CEO at Greyston Bakery, is building on the Bakery’s thirty year heritage as a model for social enterprise.  Under Mike’s leadership, Greyston Bakery became the first Benefit Corporation in New York State by running a profitable business employing the... Read More →
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Michael Elsas

President, Cooperative Home Care Associates
Michael Elsas is President of Cooperative Home Care Associates, a licensed home health care agency located in the South Bronx.  With over 2000 paraprofessional workers and an administrative staff of nearly 100, Cooperative Home Care Associates has been nationally recognized for its... Read More →
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Grant Garrison

Director, GOOD/CORPS
Grant Garrison is a Co-Founder and Director at GOOD/Corps, GOOD's social innovation consultancy. Drawing upon experience in philanthropy, community organizing, the nonprofit sector, movement-building, marketing and social innovation, Grant helps client "intrapreneurs" across sectors... Read More →
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Jay Coen Gilbert

Co-Founder, B-Lab
Jay is a co-founder of B Lab, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab’s primary initiatives are: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference... Read More →

Thursday May 30, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Newseum Room 702 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001


Storytelling for Movement Building

We have begun to take control of own narratives, telling our stories using whatever tool and digital means is available to us. We have not only begun to tell our stories, but we’ve connected them to others’ stories being told simultaneously around the world. That act of storytelling interconnects us – creating an imaginary and real social fabric. The storyteller becomes a diplomat, a trickster, an opportunity creator, an entrepreneur, a node for change. How do we tell our stories? How do we help others tell their stories? How do we create opportunities by telling these stories both for ourselves and others? When does our personal story shift from “me” to “us”? How do we make these shifts? How do we inspire action and empower others to tell their story? How does information and technology help us do that? What are the emerging trends in storytelling that can help us become changemakers both online and offline.


Featured Contributors
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Kara Andrade

Innovation Specialist, Counterpart
Kara is the Innovation Specialist for Counterpart International's Innovation for Change Initiative which supports and starts-up regional innovation hubs in 6 regions: Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, Africa, South Asia, Central Asia, and East Asia and... Read More →
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Emily Jacobi

Founder/Executive Director, Digital Democracy
Emily Jacobi is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Digital Democracy, a New York-based nonprofit that works globally to empower marginalized communities to harness technology to fight for their human rights. Beginning her career as a youth journalist, at the age of 13 Emily reported... Read More →
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Paul Rieckhoff

Founder and CEO, IAVA
@paulrieckhoff Paul Rieckhoff is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), America’s first and largest organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. A nonpartisan, non-profit founded in 2004 with over 200,000 members and supporters in all 50... Read More →
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Peter Rohloff

Medical Director, Wuqu' Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance
Peter is the Medical Director of Maya Health Alliance and Faculty Member in Global Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He develops rural health systems in Guatemala and advocates for the rights of indigenous populations to access health care in a way that is culturally... Read More →
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Alisa Del Tufo

Founder, CEO, Threshold Collaborative
My career has been dedicated to making impact at the nexus of practice and policy; individual and community change; intellectual pursuit and activism in pursuit of ending violence in the lives of women and girls and other deep social challenges. Raising over 80 million dollars, I... Read More →

Thursday May 30, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Newseum Room 704 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001


Catalyzing the Change Leader in Everyone

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?

Featured Contributors
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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... 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... 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... Read More →

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


Engaging Your City

In a culture that increasingly relies on the digital arena to provide the platform for connections, there remains a persistent public desire to organize, gather, share, and be entertained in the physical realm. People are drawn to social interaction in spaces that promote happiness, health, inspiration, and community. This suggests that the design of public spaces where we gather influences how we relate to one another. Place-based projects are as much about the people involved as the built environment. Engaging Your City will highlight innovative strategies and projects from throughout the country and the unique ways in which they have engaged community members in their solutions.

Featured Contributors
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Naja Bland

Nurse Aide, Genesis Healthcare
Naja Bland is a New York native. Naja currently resides in Philadelhpia where she is finishing prerequisites to enter a registered nurse program and serves as the vice president of the Young Leaders Council.
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Seth Flaxman

Executive Director, TurboVote
Seth co-founded TurboVote while receiving a Master's in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He previously worked as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations (where he founded CFR's annual capture the flag game), a program administrator at the... Read More →
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Eric Gordon

Director & Associate Professor, Engagement Game Lab
Eric Gordon is a researcher and game designer who investigates how games and social media can enhance civic learning and local engagement. He is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the director of the Engagement Game Lab at Emerson College, where he is an associate... Read More →
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Jamie Hand

Design Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts
Jamie Hand is a Design Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she manages the agency’s Our Town grant program – launched in 2011 to support creative placemaking projects that contribute towards the livability of communities across the country – as well as the... Read More →
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Ben Hecht

CEO, Living Cities
Mr. Hecht has been the President & CEO of Living Cities since July, 2007. Since that time, the organization has adopted a broad, integrative agenda that harnesses the collective knowledge of its 22 member foundations and financial institutions to benefit low income people and the... Read More →
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Eric Weiner

Philosophical Traveler. Recovering malcontent. Curiosity hound. Author of The Geography of Bliss and Man Seeks God. Working on book about the connection between place and creativity.

Thursday May 30, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Newseum Room 806 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001
  • Sponsored By: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation


Health for All as a New Norm

How do we flip current approaches and usher in new norms of health, vitality, and access to care when care is needed? We’ll hear from social entrepreneurs and corporate and foundation partners about how they are pushing past systemic barriers such as information asymmetry, lack of social contract for access, misaligned incentives, and the mindset of “health care is sick care” that undergirds our current system. Set against overarching trends, solutions are shared in a staccato, round-robin format.

Featured Contributors
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Sanjeev Arora

Director, Project ECHO
Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACP, FACGBiosketch Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACP, FACG, is the Director of Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). He is a tenured Professor of Medicine, in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center... Read More →
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Nancy Barrand

Senior Advisor for Program Development, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Nancy Barrand is a Senior Advisor on Program Development at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Since starting with RWJF in 1986, she has worked on a range of programming concerning health care policy research and financing, supportive housing for the chronically homeless, integrating... Read More →
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Alexa Beavers

Global Project Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim
@awbeavers Alexa Beavers is Global Project Manager for Making More Health and Associate Director, Value Chain, at Boehringer Ingelheim, a multinational privately owned pharmaceutical company. Her career spans public and private sectors, and includes leadership in pharmaceutical, financial serv... Read More →
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Asher Hasan

Founder/CEO, Naya Jeevan
Dr. Asher Hasan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NAYA JEEVAN (‘new life’ in Urdu/Hindi; http://www.njfk.org) a social enterprise dedicated to providing low-income families in the emerging world with affordable access to high quality, healthcare. NAYA JEEVAN’s operations... Read More →
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Louise Langheier

CEO, Co-Founder, Peer Health Exchange
Louise serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of Peer Health Exchange (PHE), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. They do this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum... Read More →
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Michel Nischan

President/CEO, Founder, Wholesome Wave
@michelnischan As the son of displaced farmers, Michel Nischan, CEO, Founder and President of Wholesome Wave, grew up with a great appreciation for local agriculture and those who work the land. He translated these childhood values into a career as a James Beard Award-winning chef, author and r... Read More →

Thursday May 30, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Newseum Room 705-706 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001


Legal Innovations in Social Entrepreneurship: Law as a Proactive Strategy to Achieve Social Change

Social entrepreneurs often do not fit neatly within the traditional nonprofit or for-profit legal categories. Instead they primarily focus on mission and may require different forms of capital. This means the law must catch up to reflect this growing trend. In the past few years, we’ve seen various legal innovations such as the creation of alternative for-profit legal structures to distinguish socially-responsible businesses (in addition to B Corp certification for existing businesses). Social entrepreneurs are also increasingly interested in accessing capital through crowdfunding, which soon will include the possibility of receiving equity contributions from the public. Come hear from Ashoka Fellows, Rafael Alvarez who helped others replicate his non-profit “subsidiary” model to scale his organization, and Sasa Vucinic who plans to launch IndieVoices, a crowdfunding platform to direct patient capital to independent media projects around the world. The session panelists will also engage in a provocative discussion regarding the future of social enterprise law, how social entrepreneurs can best utilize their lawyer as a co-creator, and the limits of pro bono legal services.

Featured Contributors
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Rafael Alvarez

Founder & CEO, Genesys Works
Named by Forbes Magazine as one of the world’s top 30 social entrepreneurs, Rafael Alvarez is founder and CEO of Genesys Works. Established in 2002, Genesys Works is a non-profit corporation that changes the trajectory of life for underprivileged high school students, from one destined... Read More →
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Chloe Holderness

Managing Director, Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation
As the Managing Director of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, Chloe Holderness has spent the last six years mobilizing and engaging the global legal profession to support and empower social entrepreneurs with access to the pro bono legal support they need to bring about high impact... Read More →
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Henry Kahn

Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP
I am a practicing corporate and securities regulatory lawyer, and have done this for 32+ years. I particulalry like to delve into tricky governance issues, both those that affect my client's abilities to pursue and achieve their strategic objectives, and even more so those that impeded... Read More →
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Jonathan Ng

Global Legal Director, Ashoka
Jonathan oversees Ashoka’s in-house legal matters for its global headquarters. He manages Ashoka’s relationships with its pro bono legal counsel, which includes some of the leading global law firms. He also coordinates with Ashoka’s 33 country offices on matters related to corporate... Read More →
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Alicia Plerhoples

Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Alicia Plerhoples is Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic. She joined the Georgetown faculty in 2012, having previously taught at Stanford Law School and University of California Hastings College of the Law. She has been active... Read More →
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Andrea Schwartzman

Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Andrea Schwartzman advises fund sponsors on the organization and operation of a wide range of private investment funds, including US and global buyout funds, infrastructure funds, power and energy funds, credit opportunity and other debt funds, co-investment funds, real estate funds... Read More →

Thursday May 30, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Newseum Room 807 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001


Measuring What Matters

All too often, we have seen that in the absence of effective assessment tools, we revert to measuring what is easy rather than what is important. Together, weʼll look at how a wide range of social entrepreneurs, educators, and business leaders have chosen to measure key 21st century competencies, and how that data can be used to inform measurable growth plans: for kids, for teachers, for staff, and for ourselves.

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Emily Bazelon

Senior Editor, Slate
Emily Bazelon is the author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. She is also a senior editor at Slate, a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and... Read More →
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Sam Chaltain

Chief Troubadour, samchaltain.com 
Sam Chaltain is a DC-based writer and education advocate. The author or co-author of six books, Sam covers the changing nature of American public education for CNN, Huffington Post and Education Week, and on his own site, samchaltain.com.
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Scott Hartl

President & CEO, Expeditionary Learning
Scott Hartl is President/ CEO of Expeditionary Learning (EL). EL partners with school districts and charter boards to open new schools and transform existing schools, pre-K-12, in all settings – urban, rural, and suburban. EL’s model challenges students to think critically and... Read More →
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Ellen Moir

CEO, New Teacher Center
Ellen Moir is Chief Executive Officer of the New Teacher Center (NTC), a national organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school leaders. She is recognized as a passionate advocate for our nation’s newest teachers... Read More →
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Mike O'Brien

CEO, iMentor
@MOB00 Mike O’Brien is the Chief Executive Officer of iMentor. iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower students in low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. iMentor partners with high schools and provides every student... Read More →

Thursday May 30, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Newseum Room 704 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001
Friday, May 31


Building Changemaker Teams: Activate Empathy at Work

Innovative leaders increasingly see empathy as a critical skill, allowing people and teams to effectively spot and advance ideas that are invisible in traditional hierarchies. From janitor to CEO, empathy enables all to engage with the vision in fundamentally new ways and work across limiting silos to imagine and realize creative solutions. At a time when organizations form and dissolve more rapidly than ever, nimble, trust-enabled cultures - even in large companies and organizations – are critical to problemsolving, idea-generation, and continuous learning. Explore the link between empathy and leadership, innovation, and overall performance, and discover social entrepreneur-led solutions that can help you transform your team.

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Jackie Acho

President, The Acho Group
Jackie is President of The Acho Group, a strategy and leadership consulting firm. Prior to founding The Acho Group in 2005, she was a Partner in the Midwest Complex of McKinsey & Company. She has worked for technology, industrial, academic, nonprofit, and economic development clients... Read More →
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Molly Barker

Space-Maker and Founder, Girls on the Run International
Molly Barker, MSW, founded Girls on the Run in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina. A four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete, she used her background in social work, counseling and teaching, along with research on adolescent issues, to develop the program. Today, there are Girls on the... Read More →
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Adam Grant

Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Adam Grant is the youngest tenured professor at Wharton. He has been recognized as Wharton’s single-highest-rated teacher, one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, and one of the world’s 40 best business professors under 40. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising... Read More →

Friday May 31, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Newseum Room 807 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001


Financial Innovations: Social Impact Bonds and Beyond

When a person is kept out of jail, society saves money. Society also benefits from his economic productivity, from his volunteer efforts, from his parenting his children. How do we begin to value these positive externalities and recognize the complex long-term effects of our work? The world is moving from double and triple bottom lines to a single bottom line of human well-being. The past few years have seen tremendous innovation in how social change efforts are financed from crowdfunding to social impact bonds to a growing range of debt and equity structures. Foundations and investors are partnering with social innovators to explore new models of support. In this session, we will wrestle with questions of how to appropriately value the positive externalities, discuss different financial models for different stages of a social venture and explore the range of exciting financial innovations emerging.

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David Bank

CEO and Editor, Impact IQ Inc.
David Bank is a journalist, entrepreneur and editor and CEO of Impact IQ Inc. The theme “catalyzing capital” runs through David’s work, from The Wall Street Journal, through Encore.org (formerly Civic Ventures), which mobilizes talent for social innovation, to Impact IQ, providing... Read More →
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Asad Mahmood

Managing Director, Globial Social Investment Funds, Deutsche Bank
Asad Mahmood, Managing Director, is responsible for more than half a billion loan and investment portfolio which seeks both financial and social returns. He is also responsible for Deutsche Bank’s microfinance / social investment efforts globally which comprise more than 100 relationships... Read More →
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Clara Miller

President, The F.B. Heron Foundation
Clara Miller is President of The F. B. Heron Foundation, which helps people and communities help themselves out of poverty. Prior to assuming the Foundation’s presidency, Miller was President and CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund which she founded and ran from 1984 through 2010. Miller... Read More →
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Steve Rothschild

Founder and Chair, Twin Cities RISE! and Invest in Outcomes
Steve Rothschild is a social entrepreneur, businessman, and author. He is the founder and board chair of Twin Cities RISE! an award winning , anti-poverty program for adults living in generational poverty. He also founded Invest in Outcomes, which developed the Human Capital Performance... Read More →
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Jason Trimiew

Managing Director, REDF
Jason Trimiew is a Managing Director at REDF. Jason developed and leads REDF’s new strategy to grow social enterprises in California and nationally through the channels of business development and community, corporate, philanthropic and government partnerships. Jason joined REDF... Read More →

Friday May 31, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Newseum Room 702 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001


New Media: Toolkit for an Engaged World

Media has broken through its traditional boundaries to occupy nearly every facet of our lives, our communities, and our sense of the world. Social and mobile media are disrupting mass broadcast, forging new networks and narratives with a profound impact on journalism. How do
we reimagine the roles of audience, journalist, and media enterprise in this new reality? What innovations are driving citizen engagement in the networked world? What are the future business models that can sustain media that matters? This will be a participatory discussion that builds on the morning’s plenary session, “Tomorrow’s Media.” First we’ll hear from leading media innovators, then open up a conversation on questions such as: Who decides what’s news, and how? How are citizens best engaged around news? What skills must tomorrow’s journalists master? What media skills must citizens have? Where is the line for media between activation and advocacy?

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Kara Andrade

Innovation Specialist, Counterpart
Kara is the Innovation Specialist for Counterpart International's Innovation for Change Initiative which supports and starts-up regional innovation hubs in 6 regions: Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, Africa, South Asia, Central Asia, and East Asia and... Read More →
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David Bornstein

Co-founder, Solutions Journalism Network
David Bornstein is a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation. He co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times Opinionator section, which explores and analyzes potential solutions to major social problems. He is a co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network... Read More →
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Nicholas Reville

Executive Director, PCF
Nicholas Reville is Executive Director of the Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF). He is from Worcester, MA and has a B.A. in Public Policy from Brown University. He worked in a variety of political activism positions for several years before co-founding PCF. He is an Ashoka... Read More →
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Jake Shapiro

CEO, PRX Public Radio Exchange
Jake Shapiro (@jakeshapiro) is founding CEO of PRX - an award-winning nonprofit whose mission is to harness technology to bring significant stories to millions of people. Since its launch in 2003 PRX has been a leader and innovator in public media: pioneering distribution models... Read More →
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Sasa Vucinic

CEO, IndieVoices
@salaja Sasa Vucinic is co-founder and Managing Director of Media Development Loan Fund. MDLF is a social investment fund for independent news outlets in the developing world. It provides low cost capital, new technology solutions and management knowhow to assist journalists in challenging... Read More →
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Jonathan Wells

Managing Publisher, The Christian Science Monitor
Jonathan Wells joined The Christian Science Monitor in 1998 as the director of business development and electronic publishing. This position provided creative leadership to the business side of the Monitor’s website, as well as to advertising sales for the newspaper. The position... Read More →

Friday May 31, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Newseum Room 704 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001


Rewiring Your City

Many of the systems that Americans utilize every day were designed as long as a century ago. Municipal boundaries, the electrical grid, transportation systems, voting methods, and various other manmade systems have served us well for a time, but not without some degree of obsolescence and manipulation. From education to government, innovative leaders are building new networks that link and reconfigure outmoded systems of thought and organizational structures that accommodate progressive thinking to move our cities forward. Rewiring Your City will focus on projects that prove there are more efficient ways to live, work, and make a difference.

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Will Byrne

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Groundswell
@will_byrne As Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Will oversees the strategy and management of Groundswell. Under his leadership, Groundswell has grown into one of the most innovative social sector organizations in the United States’ emerging clean energy economy.In 2012, he was awar... Read More →
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Jeff Edmondson

Managing Director, Strive Network
Areas of Expertise • K-16 Education • Cradle to Career Education • Data-Driven Decisions • Powerful Partnerships • Student Outcomes • Staff Mediation • Conflict Resolution Jeff Edmondson is managing director of the Strive Network, a national cradle-to-career initiative... Read More →
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Eve Picker

President & CEO, cityLab, inc.
Eve Picker’s world is wrapped around cities and change. Her background as an architect, city planner, urban designer, real estate developer, community development strategist, publisher and instigator, gives her a rich understanding of how cities work, how urban neighborhoods can... Read More →

Friday May 31, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Newseum Room 806 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001
  • Sponsored By: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation


Two Sides of the Same Coin: Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs Partnering for Significant Social Impact

Philanthropy and social innovation are two sides of the same coin. Social innovators cannot achieve significant social impact without the financial capital to support their ideas. Philanthropists cannot achieve significant social impact without the vision and creativity of a social entrepreneur. The most successful social ventures are those where social innovators and philanthropists are true partners united around a common mission and vision. But, how do you create that perfect partnership? This session will be a frank discussion among individual philanthropists, foundation leaders, and social entrepreneurs about the impact they seek, how they measure success, and lessons they have learned from past partnerships.

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Elizabeth Christopherson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Rita Allen Foundation
Elizabeth Good Christopherson is President, CEO and Director at the Rita Allen Foundation, an organization that invests in transformative ideas in their earliest stages to leverage their growth and promote breakthrough solutions to significant problems. She is guiding the foundation... Read More →
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Rose Kirk

President, Verizon Foundation
Ms. Rose M. Stuckey Kirk has been the President of Verizon Foundation at Verizon Communications Inc. since January 2011. Ms. Kirk served as a Vice President of Public Relations for Corporate Reputation at Verizon Communications Inc. since June 2010. Ms. Kirk served as a Vice President... Read More →
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Talia Leman

CEO & Founder, RandomKid
Talia is in the business of bringing people together. Talia understood the power of numbers after her first foray into philanthropy. By rallying youth from 4,000 United States school districts through her networking, Talia unified their fundraising efforts and managed to raise considerable... Read More →
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Jennifer McCrea

Founder, Exponential Fundraising
Jennifer McCrea is a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and the founder of Exponential Fundraising (www.jennifermccrea.com). For the past 25 years, she has partnered with philanthropists, board members and nonprofit leaders... Read More →
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Jeffrey C. Walker

Active board member, consultant and advisor to non-profit institutions and social enterprises, Jeff Walker currently serves on the Boards of New Profit, Berklee College of Music, Morgan Library, Lincoln Center Film Society, Millennium Development Goals Health Alliance, the Miller... Read More →

Friday May 31, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Newseum Room 802 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001