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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Too Big To Be Small

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Session Description

Location: Edmond Safra Lecture Theatre
When non-profit social enterprises outgrow mezzanine stage funders, they still need grants to grow, thrive and scale. Some enterprises may be able to lever debt to achieve large scale change, but find few impact investors offering debt on suitable terms.  What strategies and resources can non-profits use to address these seemingly intractable issues?  Using a real-life example of the challenges and dilemmas facing social enterprise VisionSpring, this panel will aim to inform and inspire non-profits poised for major growth and those supporting this sector.

When | Where

14:30 - 16:00 Thursday, March 29

Session leaders

  • Senior Program Officer, Ford Foundation
    Graham serves as Senior Program Officer for Impact Investing at the Ford Foundation. In this role, he is responsible for developing the team’s grant-making strategy and coordinating it closely with our program-related investment. Prior to joining Ford, Graham was Director of Corporate Citizenship Partnerships at Citigroup. As director, Graham worked with Citi’s myriad businesses to drive economic and social impact with clients and other key stakeholders while contributing to Citi's broader citizenship reporting requirements. He has also served as Senior Program Officer for Financial Inclusion at the Citi Foundation, where he managed the foundation’s international grant making in nearly 90 countries, while also leading investments in innovation, thought leadership, and research. Initially at Citi, Graham managed the Microfinance and Enterprise Development portfolios. Prior to joining Citi, Graham was senior director of VisionSpring, a leading social enterprise selling consumer products to promote economic development. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Graham received his BA from Colby College, MSc from NYU Wagner, and MBA through a joint program at NYU Stern, London School of Economics, and HEC Paris School of Management.
  • Jordan Kassalow Speaker
    Founder, VisionSpring
    Jordan Kassalow is the Founder of VisionSpring, a high-impact social enterprise that expands access to eyewear by selling radically affordable, durable, attractive glasses into emerging and frontier markets. Jordan is also the co-Founder of the EYElliance, a coalition of multi-sector experts including public, private, academic, and NGO partners. EYElliance functions as a leader, convener, and coordinator to channel collective efforts and bring clarity and clear action to address the global unmet need for eyeglasses. Jordan also founded Scojo New York and the Global Health Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to his position at the Council, he served as Director of the River Blindness Division at Helen Keller International. Jordan is a fellow of Draper Richards Kaplan, Skoll, Ashoka, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He was named one of the Schwab Foundation’s 2012 Social Entrepreneurs, was the inaugural winner of the John P. McNulty Prize, and was recently was named to Forbes Impact 30. VisionSpring has been internationally recognized by the Skoll Foundation, the Aspen Institute, and the World Bank; is a three-time winner of Fast-Company's Social Capitalist Award; and a winner of Duke University’s Enterprising Social Innovation Award. Additionally, Jordan is a partner at Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick & Associates, a leading contact lens and laser specialty practice in Manhattan. Jordan earned a Doctorate of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry and a Fellowship in Preventive Ophthalmology and Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins.
  • Maura ONeill Speaker
    Distinguished Teaching Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
    Maura O’Neill through her work in the public, private and academic sectors have created entrepreneurial and public policy solutions for some of the toughest domestic and global problems. Maura has started four companies in the fields of electricity efficiency, customer info systems and billing, e-commerce and digital education. In 1989, she was named Seattle Business Person of the Year. President Obama appointed her the first Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Counselor to the Administrator at USAID where she had responsibility for inspiring and leading breakthrough innovations in $22 billion of foreign assistance worldwide. Maura co-led USAID Forward, the Agency's major reform initiative as well as oversaw over 600 global public-private partnerships. Groundbreaking ones included mobile money; supply chain elimination of ingredients/packaging from virgin forests; water and health interventions; gender equity and entrepreneurship. Maura is most well known for adapting venture capital and drug discovery methods to development by co-creating the Development Innovation Venture Fund. She served on the White House Innovation Cohort assisting with innovation across the federal government. Maura was Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary at U.S. Department of Agriculture, and served as Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate (Cantwell D-WA) addressing the 2008 financial crisis, oil price explosion, renewal of clean energy tax credits and range of domestic and international issues. Currently at the Business School at UC Berkeley Maura received 2016 Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching. She also has taught at Stanford and Columbia Universities and regularly advises early stage companies, global government institutions and foundations. Maura is founding Vice Chair of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (public charter school). She has M.B.As from Columbia University and UC Berkeley; PhD from University of Washington.
  • Parvathi Menon Speaker
    Founder and CEO, Innovation Alchemy Consulting Pvt Ltd
    Parvathi Menon is the Founder and CEO of Innovation Alchemy and the curator of Alchemix, a growing community of innovation practice. She brings together a passion for development issues, entrepreneurship and a strong belief in the power of innovation thinking to be the critical change ingredient. Innovation Alchemy applies a set of tools, frameworks and methodology to facilitate social enterprises that wish to scale their impact significantly.