Many entrepreneurs in NYC are building thriving & valuable businesses on the foundation of a social mission. Some build simply with the intention of the mission, some make it official as a B-Corp & others build social impact into their model.
The social impact mandate adds complexity to growing any business - especially a startup, already rife with challenges. On this panel, we'll discuss many of these challenges, including
formalizing a mission within a company
marketing your mission
finding helpful resources along the way
building a model that incorporates social impact
& raising capital with social impact model
About the panelists
Matt Brimer is the Co-founder of General Assembly, & Daybreaker.Matthew Brimer is an entrepreneur, community builder, & general instigator of mischief. He is Co-Founder of General Assembly, where he supports GA's global efforts around social impact, alumni community engagement, & partnership development. He has worn many hats at GA, cultivating the organization's early community of startups & entrepreneurs, establishing critical global partnerships to expand the brand, & starting GA's enterprise corporate training business. Most recently, Brimer launched GA's philanthropic arm, Opportunity Fund, so that anyone willing to work hard & follow their passions can have a meaningful career pursuing work they love. Brimer is also Co-Founder of Daybreaker, a global community & lifestyle brand producing conscious morning experiences around the world.
Christina Sass is Andela's Co-founder & President. Prior to founding Andela, Sass built education & employment programs in China, Gaza & the West Bank, Kenya, & in her home state of Georgia. During her three years directing the Program Department at the Clinton Global Initiative, she worked to advance CGI's Commitments to Action with a particular focus on the empowerment of girls & women. She also served as senior advisor to the president & CEO of the MasterCard Foundation, a private foundation working to advance education, employment, & financial inclusion in Africa. She has a B.A. from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs) & an M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Nahema Mehta, Co-founder & CEO of Absolut Art. An award-winning entrepreneur & budding philanthropist, Nahema's work spans 4 continents & is inspired by her multicultural upbringing & cross-disciplinary career path. Professionally, Nahema has been featured in Forbes, The Financial Times, Bloomberg TV & CNBC, named a Game Changer by Google for Entrepreneurs, & honored at Fast Company's 2016 Innovation by Design Awards & 2017 Most Creative Minds Conference. Philanthropically, Nahema fights for women's education doing work recognized by the United Nations. In 2015 Nahema's first company, Art Remba piqued the interest of Absolut's CEO who approached her to expand her vision as Absolut Art, making her the CEO of Absolut's inaugural venture & revenue stream beyond vodka & the youngest executive officer in the company's history.
Felicity is the Founder & CEO of Paladin, a global pro bono platform building the tech infrastructure to close the justice gap. In addition to pioneering access to justice tech, Paladin was the first Public Benefit Corporation in the legal tech space. Before founding Paladin, Felicity was a litigator in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. An alumnus of McGill University, Sciences Po Paris & NYU Law, she has performed human rights work in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Haiti & China & joined the United Nations to work on International Criminal Court issues. Felicity was named a 2017 Legal Rebel & FastCase 50 legal innovation honoree for her work through Paladin.
6:30 - 6:50: Drinks & Networking6:50 - 7:50: Panel7:50 - 8:15: Audience Q&A8:15 - 9:00: More Drinks & Networking
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