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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Markets: Reform or Rebuild

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Session Description

Social entrepreneurs working to transform markets offer tremendous promise for large scale change. Strategies vary, with some working within the existing system by creating new standards and certification mechanisms. Others, however, deliberately choose to create entirely new markets. Join four of the world’s leading innovators for a candid conversation about strategy, inherent risks, core competencies and most importantly, the impact achieved in working with markets.

When | Where

11:00 - 12:30 Thursday, March 31

Session leaders

  • Founder and CEO, Arzu
    Connie Duckworth founded ARZU, Inc. in 2004 and serves pro bono as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. She is a retired Partner and Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs, & Co., where she was named the first woman sales and trading partner in the firm’s history during her 20-year career. The recipient of numerous awards for leadership and advocacy, Ms. Duckworth was named a 2008 Skoll Foundation Honoree for Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Paul Rice Speaker
    President & CEO, Fair Trade USA
    Paul Rice is the founder, President and CEO of Fair Trade USA, the leading certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. Since launching the Fair Trade Certified label in 1998, Paul has pushed to innovate and mainstream the Fair Trade movement to improve the lives of farmers and workers around the world. Partnering with over 1,100 U.S. and global companies, Fair Trade USA is rapidly expanding in both food and manufactured products, building more transparent, sustainable supply chains that create shared value for industry, farmers, workers and the planet. With 58% consumer awareness of its label, Fair Trade has generated over $400 million in additional revenue for low-income farming and working families in 70 countries across the globe – helping them put food on the table, keep their kids in school and invest in the future. Paul and his team recently launched Fair Trade for All, an innovative strategy for taking the movement to scale, and announced a $25 million capital campaign to fund the strategy. Paul has been honored for his pioneering work by the World Economic Forum, Clinton Global Initiative, Skoll Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Ashoka and Fast Company magazine. Paul’s dedication to improving the lives of farming and working families is rooted in 11 years of field work in Nicaragua, where he founded the country’s first Fair Trade, organic coffee export cooperative. Paul holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Berkeley-Haas.
  • Premal Shah Speaker
    Co-Founder & President, Kiva
    Premal helps lead Kiva.org —a crowdfunding website that connects people through lending to alleviate poverty. Since 2005, over 1 million people crowdfunded $950M in loans to millions of underserved entrepreneurs in 90 countries — with a 97% repayment rate. The site has been named as one of Oprah's Favorite Things and a Top 50 Website by TIME Magazine. Premal's inspiration came while volunteering in India while on leave from PayPal, where he had been an early employee. Premal began his career as a management consultant and graduated from Stanford University. He’s passionate about making it easier for anyone to discover their own power to make real impact. He serves on the Board of VolunteerMatch.org & Watsi.org — a crowdfunding for developing world health care site. For his work as a social entrepreneur, Premal was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and selected to FORTUNE magazine’s “Top 40 under 40″ list.
  • Rodney Schwartz Speaker
    CEO, ClearlySo
    Rodney Schwartz is CEO of ClearlySo (www.clearlyso.com) the world’s first marketplace for social business & enterprise (SBEs), commerce and investment, which connects more than 2,000 SBEs with capital and other key resources. Schwartz advises leading UK social enterprises, such as the HCT Group, lectures at the Saïd Business School, Oxford, and is on the board of the Ethical Property Company and The Green Thing (Chairman). He is former Chairman of Justgiving and Shelter. Schwartz’s background is investment banking and venture capital.
  • Rupert Howes Speaker
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