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As a social impact entrepreneur, you know that purpose and profit must go hand in hand. That’s why you’re doing what you’re doing. But you probably can’t deliver on your mission without building a successful business. And to do that, you need to engage investors, partners, and customers—some of whom will be inspired by your mission, some by the potential return on their investment. What’s the best way to engage as many of them as possible? What is the best way to tell the story of your change-making company?
First-time social impact entrepreneurs will leave with clear answers to these questions that are a fit for their own business and approach, plus action steps.
Lynn Harris, GOLD Comedy
GOLD Comedy is an early-stage social impact startup designed to give girls and women the tools to find their funny and the places to share it with the world.
Ivelyse Andino, Founder & CEO, Radical Health
Ivelyse Andino founded Radical Health with the desire to leverage the innate connections within underserved communities and innovative partnerships with community based organizations to address health disparities. Ivelyse is a Puerto Rican community organizer & digital health strategist born and raised in the Bronx. She combines a meteoric rise in corporate health care with a relentless passion for community health to bring health technology into underserved neighborhoods. In 2014, she founded Radical Health to leverage the innate connections within underserved communities to address health disparities.
Judith Caesar-Brown, member of Pipeline Angels, Senior Manager of Human Resources at Ropes & Gray
Judith Caesar-Brown has worked in Human Resources and Professional Development for over a decade. Prior to working in HR, she practiced law as both an associate at a large global law firm and served as director and in-counsel for the U.S. division of a multinational technology company. Judith is also a real estate investor, who owns a multi-family building in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a BA in History from Brown University and a JD from Tulane Law School, where she graduated cum laude.
Nell Derick Debevoise, Founder & CEO, Inspiring Capital
Nell Derick Debevoise is the Founder and CEO of Inspiring Capital, a B Corp that facilitates learning and development through social impact. IC help the individuals, organizations, and employers in our ecosystem to align their skills, interests, and needs with the needs of their communities, to do work that matters. Nell has studied adult learning, entrepreneurial finance and strategy, and intercultural dialog at Harvard, Cambridge, Universita di Roma, and Columbia and London Business Schools, and lived and worked on 4 continents.
Aaron Green, Co-Founder, Social Rocket Factory
Throughout the social sector, Aaron has observed that scale-related organizational problems are consistently the consequence of incomplete and underdeveloped business models—leading him to conclude that massively scalable solutions can only be produced by for-profit social ventures.
Aaron has researched and written about technology’s exponential growth potential and is passionate about helping social entrepreneurs to leverage Exponential Technologies—like artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and data science—in order to create sustainable impact on a global scale.
Susan McPherson, Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies
Susan McPherson is a serial connector, cause marketer, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert. She is the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focusing on the intersection between brands and social good, providing storytelling, partnership creation and visibility to corporations, NGOs and social enterprises including Intel, Girl Rising, Plum Alley, IF Hummingbird Foundation, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, Blackbaud and JCPenney.