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    Anthony Wright

    Chief Operating Officer - Pioneer Human Services
    Anthony Wright

    oversees operations for the entire company and focuses on business operations and growth. In his first year of employment, he increased the operating profit of the businesses by 50%, receiving the Boeing Performance Excellence Award (2013), Tony has served as Assistant Commissioner at the Washington State Employment Security Department where he was awarded the Distinguished Leadership in Management Award. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology and is currently completing his MBA in Entrepreneurship.


    LOCATION: Seattle, Washington

    TYPE: Social Enterprise Leader

    INDUSTRIES: Manufacturing | Non-profit | Restaurant

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Business Plan | Compensation | Leadership | Metrics & Measurement | Operations | Strategy

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Criminal Justice | Disabilities | Employment / Labor

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    Samra Haider

    Executive Director, National - Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)
    Samra Haider

    oversees all key programmatic, operational, financial and strategic aspects of CEO’s operations outside of New York State, including expansion into new markets. Samra ensures that the CEO National portfolio is not only meeting all programmatic goals and outcomes, but is also positioned to grow capacity and continue achieving scale efficiencies. Prior to CEO, Samra most recently worked for Next Street Financial, an advisory firm focused on assisting small businesses and nonprofits in urban markets build capacity and access capital. Prior to Next Street, Samra was Portfolio Director at REDF, a San Francisco-based venture philanthropy organization that invests in job-creating social enterprises that provide employment opportunities for people facing the greatest barriers to work. Ms. Haider led REDF’s organizational presence in Southern California; including overseeing REDF’s expansion into the market and acting as the primary relationship manager for REDF’s Southern California-based portfolio organizations. She also oversaw the organization’s analysis of different social enterprise industries and businesses and helped refine REDF’s due diligence process and investment criteria. Samra was also a strategic management consultant at Oliver Wyman and an Investment Banking Analyst at JPMorgan Chase. Samra holds an MBA from the Wharton School, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. from Columbia University.


    LOCATION: New York, New York

    TYPE: Business Expert | Social Impact Expert

    INDUSTRIES: Community and Economic Development | Non-profit | Workforce Development

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Budgeting | Business Modeling | Business Plan | Customer Analysis | Revenue Model | Strategy

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Criminal Justice | Disabilities | Employment / Labor | Homelessness | Poverty Alleviation | Urban Development

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    Patrick Woodyard

    Co-Founder & CEO - Nisolo
    Patrick Woodyard

    is the Co-Founder & CEO of Nisolo. Patrick graduated from the Croft Institute for International Studies and Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi, where he studied Global Economics & Business, Latin American Studies, and Spanish. His experience using business as a force for good has led him across the globe—ranging from Kenya and Uganda to Argentina and Peru. While working for a microfinance firm in Trujillo, Peru, Patrick was introduced to the Peruvian footwear industry made up of over 100,000 shoemakers who possess remarkable talent yet lack access to consistent work, fair-wages, and brand access to established international markets. Having had extensive exposure to such potential juxtaposed with a lack of access in other developing countries, Patrick created Nisolo with the vision to push the fashion industry in a more sustainable direction by positioning Nisolo as one of the first footwear and accessories brands to deliver a superior yet ethically produced product to consumers.

    Nisolo’s high quality leather shoes and accessories for men and women have been sold in all 50 US states and over 60 countries around the world. Through the ethical production of its products, Nisolo directly supports the livelihoods of more than 550 people across the globe and is considered to be one of the more respected brands on the forefront of the ethical fashion movement. For his work with Nisolo, Patrick was recently named Outstanding Alumni of the Year at Ole Miss, selected as a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, recognized as an “Innovator Changing The South” by Southern Living Magazine, and named a Global Accelerator Entrepreneur by the United Nations. Patrick resides in Nashville, TN with his wife, Sally Ward (BA ‘10), and serves as a founding executive board member of the Nashville Fashion Alliance.


    LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee

    TYPE: Social Entrepreneur | Business Expert

    INDUSTRIES: Community and Economic Development | Consumer Goods and Services | Digital Marketing | Ecommerce | Manufacturing | Marketing and Communications

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Business Plan | Design | Fundraising/Grant-writing | Internal Organization Culture | Marketing | Strategy

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Conscious Consumerism | Employment / Labor | Equality / Rights | Gender Equity | Income Generation | Poverty Alleviation

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    Lindsey Kneuven

    Chief Impact Officer - Cotopaxi
    Lindsey Kneuven

    is the Chief Impact Officer for Cotopaxi, a Utah-based outdoor gear company with a social mission at its core. She leads the organization’s global philanthropic strategy which includes all giving, supply chain initiatives, and employee engagement. She was recently recognized by Utah Business as one of 30 Women to Watch. She serves on the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Commission on Community Engagement and is active on several nonprofit boards. Lindsey formerly directed global grant making, strategic planning, and large-scale employee engagement programs for a portfolio of multi-national corporations, including: Oracle, Juniper Networks and Singularity University at Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). With over $7.3 billion in assets under management and over $823 million granted in 2015 alone, SVCF is the largest community foundation in the world. While there, Lindsey led the organization’s work on human trafficking and wrote a grant-funded white paper on human trafficking in Silicon Valley that earned her the Leigh Stillwell Award for Excellence. Lindsey also has extensive experience in international development and nonprofit management, having spent a number of years working in East Africa to develop and implement a primary school literacy model with Nuru International as their Senior Education Program Director. Before Nuru, Lindsey served as the Global Grants Manager for the Salesforce Foundation where she oversaw the strategy, programming and success of multimillion dollar granting initiatives for four years. She has been active in international and domestic poverty alleviation initiatives for 15 years.


    LOCATION: Salt Lake City, Utah

    TYPE: Social Entrepreneur | Social Impact Expert

    INDUSTRIES: Arts/Culture/Humanities | Community and Economic Development | Education | International Development | Non-profit

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Community Engagement | Impact Evaluation | Innovation | Metrics & Measurement | Strategy | Supply Chain

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Access to Learning / Education | Capacity Building | Conscious Consumerism | Homelessness | Human Trafficking | Philanthropy

     

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    Roberto Delgado

    Founder - Tiger Orchid Coffee Company
    Roberto Delgado

    founded Tiger Orchid Coffee Company (“TOC”) in 2011.  Its mission is to create a network of small-lot coffee producers who can produce and export high-quality coffees.  TOC took the concept from idea to exporting 22,000 pounds of coffee within three years.  The company operates in five Mexican communities with approximately 40 producers.

    On the ground, TOC provides producers with crop financing, procures materials, provides nursery seeds, and links producers with technical assistance.  They also buy, export and commercialize this coffee in the US.  Besides increasing producers’ revenue, TOC is helping to create sustainable business models in deeply marginalized mountain regions.

    Mr. Delgado has held various financial and investment roles at both large institutions and entrepreneurial firms. He also was an economic researcher at the Central Bank of Mexico.  Roberto pursued advanced  studies in business, finance, mathematics and economics, including a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.


    LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee

    TYPE: Social Entrepreneur | Business Expert

    INDUSTRIES: Agriculture and Food Systems | Financial Services | Real Estate

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Business Plan | Customer Analysis | Finance | Operations | Sales | Strategy

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Aging Populations | Agriculture | Financial Services / Markets | Housing | Rural Development | Urban Development

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    Liz Skalla

    Founder - GIVN Goods
    Liz Skalla

    enjoys building and growing brands – brands with a purpose that help people and/or the world. Liz has worked with dozens of startups and Fortune 50 companies on growth strategy and navigating crowded markets. She is a past AMA board member with a masters degree in Marketing Strategy and Management. Liz has started companies from the ground up, graduated from two lean startup incubators, raised venture capital, mentored, advised, held board seats, built boards, and sold her first startup to a competitor. She is currently a co-founder of GIVN Goods, makers of GIVN Water, with a mission to make it easy for consumers to make a positive impact on the world while buying everyday products. In her free time, Liz enjoys supporting other startups that are trying to change the world for good. Linkedin profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabethskalla


    LOCATION: San Francisco, California

    TYPE: Social Enterprise Leader;Business Expert

    INDUSTRIES: Consumer Goods and Services | Ecommerce | Marketing and Communications | Technology

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Branding | Business Development | Business Modeling | Marketing | Partnerships | Pitching

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Clean Water

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    Shivani Siroya

    Founder & CEO - Tala
    Shivani Siroya

    is the founder and CEO of Tala, a mobile technology and data science company that is working to deliver financial access, choice and control to underserved people around the world. Tala’s smartphone app instantly evaluates customers for credit using only the data on their devices and delivers customized loans in minutes. Prior to founding Tala, Shivani held a variety of positions in global health, microfinance, and investment banking, including with the United Nations Population Fund, Health Net, Citigroup and UBS. Shivani is a 2016 Aspen Institute Finance Leader Fellow, 2016 WEF Young Global Leader, 2015 Senior TED Fellow and 2013 Ashoka Fellow. She is also on the board of Stellar.org. She holds a M.P.H from Columbia University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

    Tala, formerly known as InVenture, is backed by IVP, Ribbit Capital, Lowercase Capital, Data Collective, Collaborative Fund and other leading venture and impact investors. In 2016, Fast Company ranked Tala as one of its top 10 companies in Money, and Forbes named Tala as one of the top 50 FinTech companies in the world. Additionally, Tala’s work has been highlighted by Forbes, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, TED, and Wired, among others.


    LOCATION: Los Angeles, California

    TYPE: Social Entrepreneur | Business Expert

    INDUSTRIES: Financial Services | Technology | Healthcare

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: 

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Technology / Information Technology | Financial Services / Markets | Economic Inclusion

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    Megan Karch

    CEO - FareStart
    Megan Karch

    has been an instrumental part of FareStart’s significant expansion, including increasing the number of individuals served by 400 percent, growing business revenues from .8M to 6M, purchasing and renovating a new $12.8M facility, and launching a national expansion effort resulting in 60 members.

    Under Megan’s leadership, FareStart has received many prestigious awards including the Downtown Seattle Association’s “2007 Champion” award, the Mayor’s “End Hunger” award, Seattle Human Services Coalition’s “Organization of the Year,” the Alliance for Nonprofits’ “Evergreen Award,” Seattle Business Magazine’s 2016 Community Impact “Nonprofit of the Year” award and the James Beard Foundation’s 2011 “Humanitarian of the Year” award.

    Megan has served as board president of the Alliance of Non Profits, was on the Impact Assessment Committee for Washington Women’s Foundation, and as a member of the Governor’s State Advisory Board on Homelessness. In 2005, Karch was named one of the “40 Under 40” by the Puget Sound Business Journal, and in 2007 was voted one of the top 20 Women of Influence in Puget Sound. In 2011 Megan was recognized as one of ten “Women of Valor” by Senator Maria Cantwell and in 2012 won Executive Excellence award by Seattle Business Magazine. In 2013, she was recognized by SeattleMet in their annual Light A Fire Awards as an “Extraordinary Executive Director.”

    Prior to joining FareStart, Megan lived in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area where she held the position of Vice President of Vocational Services for Humanim, a nonprofit human services agency. In her free time, she enjoys a host of outdoor activities including sailing, cycling and skiing.


    LOCATION: Seattle, Washington

    TYPE: Social Enterprise Leader | Social Impact Expert

    INDUSTRIES: Non-profit | Restaurant | Retail | Workforce Development

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Business Development | Business Modeling | Business Plan | Internal Organization Culture | Leadership | Strategy

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Disabilities | Employment / Labor | Homelessness | Income Generation | Philanthropy | Youth Development

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    Tamra Ryan

    CEO - Women's Bean Project
    Tamra Ryan

    has been leading Women’s Bean Project for the past 13 years. Her role within the nationally-recognized social enterprise focuses on leading a team of professionals in the implementation of business strategy, including program and operational expansion to increase the Bean Project’s impact on the community. She is the board chair for the Social Enterprise Alliance and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Judith M. Kaufmann award for Civic Entrepreneurship, presented by The Denver Foundation. In 2012 she was named one of Colorado’s up and coming most influential women by The Denver Post. In June, 2013, Ms. Ryan was a speaker at TEDxMilehigh and is the author of The Third Law, a book which highlights the societal obstacles and internal demons that must be overcome for these marginalized women to change their lives. Watch Tamra’s TEDTalk.


    LOCATION: Denver, Colorado

    TYPE: Social Enterprise Leader

    INDUSTRIES: Marketing and Communications | Non-profit | Workforce Development

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Branding | Business Development | Community Engagement | Leadership | Marketing | Product Management

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Poverty Alleviation | Workforce Development

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    Buddy Teaster

    President & CEO - Soles4Souls
    Buddy Teaster

    has been president & CEO of Soles4Souls since October 2012. In the last few years, he, along with an amazing team, have rebuilt the board, expanded partnerships and global reach all while doubling down on “disrupting the cycle of poverty.” Combining entrepreneurship, for-profit and non-profit experience, his passion for philanthropy and global change led him to take on the role of leading the largest social enterprise provider of shoes to those in need around the world.

    Prior to S4S, Buddy was for four years the President/COO of Executive Business Services. Before that, he was the Chief Network Officer for Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a non-profit organization committed to developing better leaders through education and idea exchange. YPO is the largest CEO network in the world with more than 20,000 CEOs in 100+ countries.

    His energy and enthusiasm for work spill over to his passion for running. Having run his first marathon in 1994, Buddy enjoys trail and long-distance running and has since finished more than 65 ultra marathons (50K +) including 17 100-mile runs.

    Buddy earned his BA in Religious Studies and French from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, and holds an MBA/MA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He served as YPO’s Chair for the Global One Chapter, and Network Chair for the Digital Marketing and Media Network. He was recently elected to the national Social Enterprise Alliance Board of Directors, is active in the Southern Seven Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (WPO), serves as Chair of the YPO-WPO Apparel Network. He and his wife Becca have been married since 1992 and have two delightful daughters.


    LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee

    TYPE: Social Entrepreneur | Business Expert

    INDUSTRIES: Community and Economic Development | International Development | Non-profit | Footwear and Apparel

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Business Development | Internal Organization Culture | Leadership | Partnerships | Revenue Model | Board Development

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Conscious Consumerism | Disaster Relief / Crisis Management | Income Generation | Philanthropy | Poverty Alleviation

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    Marianne Woerner

    VP of Social Enterprises - Catholic Charities of Fort Worth
    Marianne Woerner

    is a business professional having over 25 years in the wholesale and retail
    industry, and four years in non-profit social enterprises. Born and raised in Chicago,
    she was working as the Sr. Product Development Manager at JCPenney when she was
    promoted and relocated as Buyer to their corporate headquarters in Plano, Texas. After
    a career spanning nearly 20 years with the company she moved to Fitz and Floyd and
    became the VP of Product Management, and then an 8-year tenure at Tandy Brands
    Accessories as VP Belts & Wallets. She came to Catholic Charities Fort Worth in 2013
    as the General Manager of WORN, a CCFW social enterprise, where she was soon
    promoted to Sr. Director of Social Enterprises. Her current position is Vice President of
    Social Enterprises at CCFW. Her exceptional skills in project and team management,
    budgeting and financial analysis, communication, negotiations, and strategic planning
    have resulted in the successful oversight of three current social enterprises at CCFW
    (Translation & Interpretation Network, Immigration Services, and Transportation
    Services), as well as the planning and development of future enterprises.


    LOCATION: Fort Worth, Texas

    TYPE: Social Entrepreneur | Social Enterprise Leader

    INDUSTRIES: Consumer Goods and Services | Education | Manufacturing | Non-profit | Retail

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Budgeting | Customer Analysis | Leadership | Manufacturing | Metrics & Measurement | Product Management

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Capacity Building | Transportation | Volunteerism

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    Matt Zieger

    Senior Director of Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship - Catholic Charities USA
    Matt Zieger

    is the Senior Director of Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship for Catholic Charities USA.  With a mission to reduce poverty in America, Catholic Charities is one of the largest nonprofit networks in the nation, serving more than 8 million people a year regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds.  In this role, Matt is responsible for leading their national impact investing and social enterprise strategy as well as supporting a portfolio of more than forty social enterprises located across the nation aimed at providing transitional employment and other services for those in need. As a former Foundation president and state economic development executive, Matt has fifteen years of experience working at the intersections of economic development, social innovation, public policy and philanthropy. For more than a decade, Matt has dedicated his career solving pressing social challenges by harnessing the transformative power of private sector innovation and investment.


    LOCATION: Alexandria, Virginia

    TYPE: Social Entrepreneur | Social Impact Expert

    INDUSTRIES: Community and Economic Development | Non-profit | Outdoor/Adventure | Social Justice | Tourism/Travel | Workforce Development

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Business Modeling | Business Plan | Fundraising/Grant-writing | Leadership | Partnerships | Strategy

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Economic Inclusion | Employment / Labor | Homelessness | Philanthropy | Poverty Alleviation | Public Policy

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    Becca Stevens

    Founder & President - Thistle Farms
    Becca Stevens

    is an author, speaker, priest, social entrepreneur, founder and president of Thistle Farms. In 1997, Becca opened one home for five women who had experienced trafficking, violence, and addiction. Twenty years later, the organization includes a two-year residential program, and four social enterprises where survivors earned over $1,000,000 in income last year. Becca has been named a White House “Champion of Change,” a 2016 CNN Hero, and has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News and NPR. Her newest book, Love Heals, ​was ​​released by Harper Collins in September of 2017.


    LOCATION: Nashville, TN

    TYPE: Social Entrepreneur

    INDUSTRIES: Book Publishing | Community and Economic Development | International Development | Social Justice

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Community Engagement | Impact Evaluation | Innovation | Leadership | Partnerships | Leadership

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Citizen / Community Participation | Conflict Resolution | Human Trafficking