Business as a vehicle for change is hardly “business as usual.” Some of the early trailblazers of the social enterprise movement were Ben & Jerry’s, The Body Shop and Aveda whose founders created products and services with the express intent of benefiting humankind. Now scores of people are launching socially responsible companies in sectors as diverse as food, healthcare, education, advertising, finance, housing, clothing, etc. You might be looking to work for such a company or be curious about how to found one yourself. Join Shana Dressler, Co-Founder of Social Innovators Collective; Bonnie Oliva, Director of InVenture Foundation; and Amy Osekowsky, former COO of Liga Masiva, who will share how to create a product or service that has positive social impact and pays the rent.
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Shana Dressler is the co-founder of the Social Innovators Collective, an international network of emerging founders and professionals who work in the social enterprise and nonprofit sectors. Part of the organization’s mission is to train the next wave of leaders so that they become financially sustainable. To this end Shana has produced workshops and classes on social good enterprise building at General Assembly, through Skillshare's platform and at their Penny Conference. Additionally, she has designed bootcamps hosted at Parsons School of Design, made presentations at Internet Week New York, and created/participated in panels of social good industry experts for Social Media Week and the SEEED Conference at Brown University.
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Amy Osekowsky is the former COO of Liga Masiva. Liga Masiva is building a “global farmers’ market” by directly connecting organic small-scale farmers in Latin America to consumers here in the US. This direct connection lets Liga Masiva pay the farmers 200% what they could otherwise make, while giving consumers the most vibrant and delicious experience around. Prior to joining Liga Masiva, Amy consulted global financial institutions in corporate and business strategy at First Manhattan Consulting Group.
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Bonnie Oliva is the Director of InVenture Foundation. InVenture is a social enterprise comprised of two entities, the InVenture Capital Corporation (ICC) and the InVenture Foundation, both working together to unlock affordable capital to half a billion people, using mobile accounting and a proven financing model. InVenture provides the capital, guidance and financial tracking tools needed to empower micro-business owners to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty.
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