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Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Ripple Effect: Communities Empowered Through Individual Transformation

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Session Description

Effective models for empowerment serve to transform not only power on a personal level, but have the ability to impact a wider community when executed effectively. This session looks at proven models for empowerment from across the globe and examines the relationship between personal empowerment and community power. Panelists will discuss the critical design elements that make empowerment models effective in achieving lasting impact, not only at an individual level, but across entire communities.


When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Thursday, March 26

Session leaders

  • Jeremy Hockenstein Jeremy Hockenstein is co-founder and CEO of Digital Divide Data (DDD), an award-winning social enterprise. Based in Southeast Asia, DDD provides socially responsible IT outsourcing services to clients world-wide while creating jobs and better futures for disadvantaged youth in those countries. For its business success and remarkable social impact, DDD and Jeremy have been recognized with the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship as well as awards from the World Bank Development Marketplace, the IFC Grassroots Business Initiative and the Global Knowledge Partnership. Among other media acclaim, Jeremy and DDD were profiled in Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat as his "favorite example" of a social entrepreneur's initiative. Prior to DDD, Jeremy worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and as an international nonprofit consultant. He graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in economics and earned an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management.
  • Marcia Odell Speaker
    Director WORTH, Pact Institute
    Marcia Odell is the Director of WORTH, an award winning savings-led women’s empowerment programme combining literacy, business and banking. After overseeing implementation of the first WORTH program in Nepal, Ms. Odell supported the launch of WORTH in seven other countries--Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, the DRC and Cambodia. She is now developing the social franchising of WORTH. Ms. Odell has a Ph.D. from Cornell in economic history and an MBA from UNH’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics. With 25 years of programme management experience, she has a special interest in gender issues and facilitating community change through the Appreciative Inquiry approach.
  • Pamela Hartigan Speaker
    Director (2009-2016), Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
    Dr. Pamela Hartigan was Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Said Business School at the University of Oxford from 2009 until her passing in 2016. She was also founding partner of Volans Ventures, an organization focused on building innovative scalable solutions to challenges affecting our future. Prior to starting Volans, Dr. Hartigan spent eight years as the Founding Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, where she was also a member of the Managing Board. Of Ecuadorian origin, Dr. Hartigan first came to the United States at 17 years of age to study at Georgetown University; she went on to complete a PhD in human developmental psychology at the Catholic University of America. Throughout her career, she held varied leadership positions in multilateral organizations and educational institutions, as well as in entrepreneurial ventures. She was responsible for conceptualizing and creating new organizations, departments, and programs across a variety of institutions and platforms. Dr. Hartigan was a frequent lecturer on entrepreneurship and innovation at graduate business schools in the USA, Europe, and Asia, and an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Business School and at the University of Technology Sydney. She co-authored a book with John Elkington, founder of SustainAbility (UK), entitled The Power of Unreasonable People: How Entrepreneurs Create Markets to Change the World, which was published by Harvard Business Press in 2008. She was a trustee of social investment organizations, publicly listed companies, and social impact focused organizations around the world. Dr. Pamela Hartigan died on August 12, 2016, at her home in France.
  • Ron Grzywinski Speaker
    ShoreBank Corporation, Enclude
    Ronald Grzywinski is the chairman and co-founder of ShoreBank Corporation of Chicago. It was established in 1973 as America’s first community development banking organisation for disinvested urban and rural communities. In 1997, ShoreBank created the nation’s first environmental development bank. Ron was selected as the 2005 recipient of the Independent Sector’s John W. Gardner Leadership Award. In 2001 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Business degree by Northern Michigan University School of Management and in 1988 he received the Medal for Entrepreneurial Excellence from the Yale University School of Management. Ron is a member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion.