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Social Impact Panel
August 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
This is an Online Event via Zoom!
Entre is hosting a special Social Impact Panel geared towards the growing community of entrepreneurs, artists, creators, influencers, and innovators. Join us for a panel featuring investors and founders who will be discussing entrepreneurship, strategies, and advice on running Social Businesses and Social Enterprises!
6:00 – 6:15 pm EST : Event Introduction
6:15 – 7:30 pm EST: Panel + Audience Q&A
7:30 – 8:00 pm EST: Networking
Agnes Malatinszky is the Chief Operating Officer of CommonLit, an edtech nonprofit serving over 17 million registered teachers and students in grades 3-12 with a free digital reading program. Our mission is to make sure that every student graduates high school with the reading, writing, critical thinking, and communication skills they need to be successful in college and beyond. We are in over 70% of US public schools, expanding internationally, and adding 20k new registered users every school day.
Agnes forges strategic partnerships with organizations looking to support its important nonprofit mission. If you are interested in partnering with CommonLit, feel free to reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farrukh Lalani has worn many hats over her career from Management Consulting to Humanitarian Assistance and now as a social entrepreneur. Her journey to social entrepreneurship began almost ten years ago when she left her corporate job to pursue something more fulfilling and joined an international development agency. Her work took her from Syria to Afghanistan to Tajikistan and finally to Pakistan, her birthland. It was a country she had often heard about from her family but hadn’t visited since childhood.
In Northern Pakistan, nestled at the foothills of some of the world’s tallest mountains, Farrukh worked with some of the most isolated and impoverished communities. To break the cycle of poverty and provide the community with additional sources of income, various NGO’s had implemented gemstone processing and jewelry making programs for women in Gilgit. Working for a NGO she realized that NGOs were very good at implementing training programs but often failed to take the next crucial step – create market access. The artisans, having received this extensive training, were still unable to stake out a livelihood as they had no access to profitable markets or ideas of what to produce. Witnessing the vulnerability of these communities Farrukh founded Daria Day to provide artisans with a sustainable livelihood and a path towards prosperity.
Daria Day is an ethically sourced and exquisitely handcrafted jewelry brand that is deeply committed to elevating the lives of the artisans who create each piece. Each piece of jewelry is accompanied with a product card detailing the name of the artisan and the origin of the gemstone. By supporting the economically disadvantaged, Daria Day hopes to make a difference by breaking the cycle of poverty and to show that we are all connected.
Rachel is the Founder and CEO of Millie, a workplace giving platform designed to make charitable giving fun, accessible, and impactful. Her passion for fundraising started when she spent a year after high school living and volunteering in a youth village where she took on a fundraising role during the day, and ran programming for kids in the evenings. Rachel is a product designer by trade and after spending 8 years designing software at startups, she’s on a mission to empower businesses of all sizes to start and grow workplace giving programs. At Millie, Rachel uses her expertise in personalization technology and product design to build tools that help companies cultivate a culture of giving and amplify the impact of their employees, customers, and bottom line.
Patrick is the co-founder of FreeWill, a social venture which has helped organizations raise more than $1.6B in new planned gifts and qualified charitable distributions. Patrick and his co-founder Jenny were recently named two of the Top 50 Philanthropists in the World by Town & Country.
From 2009-2010, Patrick ran email fundraising for President Obama, where his team invented many of the existing best practices in digital fundraising. He served as Head of Innovation at Change.org, helping to grow that organization to 200 million members in just four years.
Patrick received his BS from Georgetown University and MBA from Stanford University.
Melissa Herman is a challenger of the status quo and forever curious. She has always been fascinated by the relationship between financial + social capital and seeks meaningful connections that empower others to succeed.
Melissa started her career at Intralinks, a global financial technology firm. After working with top investment banks to help accelerate their deal execution, she was recruited by LinkedIn to leverage her industry expertise for a pioneering financial services team. It was with an entrepreneurial spirit that she consulted executives how to elevate their thought leadership and find the right people with authenticity.
Inspired to take intelligent risks, Melissa took a professional leap towards the social impact sector. She joined a B corporation to lead curation for the NationSwell Council, a uniquely service-minded community of 1,000+ leaders tackling America’s most critical challenges. The connections and impact shared amongst a diverse group of doers is what continues to fuel her work today!
Melissa is now Founding Partner of Left Tackle Capital, a startup on a mission to select, connect and future-proof a visionary league of diverse fund-managers and investors who will re-shape asset management.
She also serves on the executive board of The Sumaira Foundation for NMO, a nonprofit that raises global awareness for an extremely rare autoimmune disease. A true wanderlust, she is a founding member of Escape the City NYC whose mission is to liberate one million people to do work they love. She is also a founding Inner Circle Ranger for Campowerment where she co-facilitated monthly meetings for women to connect, empower, and support each other through community.
Based in Brooklyn, Melissa is best known for appreciating the details, thriving in tribes and treasuring her vinyl collection; she holds an ENFJ on the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator.
Essteem organizes social impact-driven hackathons to help women in tech advance in their careers and sponsoring companies with their talent acquisition, DEI, and retention goals. After hiring, we reinforce inclusion and belonging for onboarding and team building with our 360° D&I program. www.essteem.com
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