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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Innovators In Action Masterclass — Social Entrepreneurs In Education

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Session Description

Innovators In Action Masterclasses
Join Skoll social entrepreneurs for a series of lively masterclass discussions on real world innovations from the field. These practitioners generously share their approaches, insights, impact and examples of success. Pick your issue area and take advantage of this opportunity to learn and be inspired!

When | Where

12:40 - 13:40 Wednesday, March 28

Session leaders

  • J.B. Schramm Speaker
    Co-Chair, College Success Initiative, New Profit
    J.B. Schramm currently chairs the Learn to Earn initiative at New Profit, a venture philanthropy and social innovation organization that provides funding and strategic support to help the most promising social enterprises achieve scale. J.B. leads the organization’s ecosystem innovation work for college access, postsecondary education and career, helping colleagues in the field equip 10+M more Americans for career success by 2025. Forbes named J.B. to its 2012 Impact 30 list of top global social entrepreneurs for his work founding and leading College Summit, the organization President Obama saluted with a portion of his Nobel Peace Prize award in 2009. J.B. is the recipient of Honorary Doctorates of Public Service from Regis University and the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), and is a fellow of the Aspen Institute, Skoll Foundation, Ashoka, and the Manhattan Institute. He has been interviewed by, and published in, numerous media outlets including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and People. J.B. is a graduate of the Denver Public Schools, Yale College, and Harvard Divinity School. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.
  • Ann Cotton Speaker
    Ann Cotton is the Founder and Trustee of Camfed International, an organisation advancing girls’ inclusion in education in Africa. Under her leadership over 20 years, the organisation expanded its work from Zimbabwe into Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia, establishing programmes that enabled girls from poor families to travel through the education cycle from pre-school to tertiary level. Working in partnership with communities and African government ministries, Camfed has built around girls a social and institutional ecosystem in which they, and other children and young people, can thrive. In 2017, the 100,000th young woman joined the Camfed alumnae, each member transformed by education into a powerful role model and change agent. Ann’s vision of principle-based leadership continues to influence the international development sector. She has been awarded a number of honours including an OBE, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cambridge, Skoll and Schwab Fellowships, and a WISE Laureate.
  • Eric Schwarz Speaker
    CEO and Founder, The College for Social Innovation
    Eric Schwarz is the Co-Founder and CEO of the College for Social Innovation, which brings together colleges and social sector organizations to create fully-credited, semester-long experiential learning opportunities that are meaningful, accessible, and life-changing. College for Social Innovation was incorporated in July, 2015 and began enrolling students in the 2016-17 academic year. The mission of the organization is to educate and inspire the next generation of social problem solvers. Eric is also the Co-Founder and former CEO of Citizen Schools, a successful social enterprise that scaled to a $30 million annual budget and has had a positive impact on the after-school and extended learning time fields across the U.S. Schwarz is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, The Opportunity Equation, published by Beacon Press in 2014, the co-editor of The Case For 21st Century Learning, and the author of numerous articles and book chapters, including “Calling All Citizens” in The New York Times best-selling Waiting For Superman. Prior to starting Citizen Schools in 1995, Schwarz served as vice president of City Year, the national service program, and as a journalist at The Oakland Tribune and The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA) where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is a member of the board of Beyond12, an organization focused on college completion for first-generation college students, and of Citizen Schools, and chair of the board of US2020, a national STEM mentoring initiative launched at the White House. Schwarz is a frequent speaker on education, opportunity, and the social sector at national and local conferences and convenings. He graduated from the University of Vermont (B.A.) in 1983 and from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (M. Ed) in 1997. Schwarz lives in Brookline, MA with his wife and two children. Twitter: @ericschwarz1984; Web: www.CollegeforSocialinnovation.org
  • Martin Burt Speaker
    Founder and CEO, Fundacion Paraguaya
    Dr. Martin Burt is founder (1985) and CEO of Fundación Paraguaya, a 33-year old NGO devoted to the promotion of entrepreneurship and economic self-reliance to eliminate poverty around the world. He is a pioneer in applying new poverty metrics, microfinance, micro-franchise, youth entrepreneurship, financial literacy and technical vocational methodologies to address chronic poverty around the world. He has developed one of the world’s first financially self-sufficient agricultural and tourism high schools for the rural poor. He is co-founder of Teach a Man to Fish, a global network based in London (3000 members-150 countries) that promotes “education that pays for itself” and which is partnering with more than 50 organizations from 27 countries to establish self-sufficient schools, mostly in rural areas. He has also developed the Poverty Stoplight, a new poverty measurement tool and coaching methodology that assists families to self-diagnose their level of multidimensional poverty and develop customized plans to eliminate poverty. This new metric is now being implemented in more than 30 countries by more than 100 organizations, including the US and the UK. Dr. Burt is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum and of the Global Foodbanking Network. In public service he has served as Chief of Staff to the President of Paraguay, was elected Mayor of Asunción, and was appointed Vice Minister of Commerce. Dr. Burt has books published on economics, development, municipal government, poetry, and education and has received numerous awards. He holds a PhD from Tulane University Law School and is a Visiting Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of California, Irvine. Dr. Martin Burt was born in Asunción, Paraguay in 1957 where he resides.
  • Taddy Blecher Speaker
    Dr Taddy Blecher is the CEO and co-founder of the Maharishi Institute, and Imvula Empowerment Fund in South Africa, which facilitates access to holistic post-secondary education for unemployed youth from 17-countries across Africa. He is a pioneer of the free university-education movement in South Africa, and co-founded the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship with Sir Richard Branson. As a result of his work, over 17,580 unemployed South Africans have been educated, found employment and moved from poverty to the middle-class. These formerly unemployed youth (70% of whom are women) now have combined salaries in excess of R1.05 billion p.a. and expected life-time earnings of approximately R28.5 billion. Over 600 000 young South Africans reached with 1-week life-skills training. He is co-founder of Tendrel, a global organization for Social Impact Leaders to support each other. He is the Former Chairperson of the Enabling Entrepreneurship Task Team, of the HRDC (Human Resource Development Council), and emerging from that work, has worked with the national Department of Basic Education on the Entrepreneurship in Schools initiative and Sector Plan, and with the national Department of Small Business building the National Virtual Incubator, a set of mobile-phone based tools to support small business in SA, and the Services SETA on their national Entrepreneurship Development Institute. Awards include: Chosen as one of South Africa's Icons in the 21 Icons initiative. World Economic Forum "Global Leader of Tomorrow" awardee, a World Economic Forum "Young Global Leader" awardee, a Skoll Global Social Entrepreneur winning a $1 million prize for his work, an Ashoka Fellow, and has received two honorary doctorates. His work on education and youth employment has been profiled in over 50 published books. He was named by author Tom Peters as one of his top 5 most influential entrepreneurs in the world over the last 30 years.