Amy Hall | April De Simone | Akaya Windwood | Britnie Turner | Drew Law | Dan Zanes | Damon Torres | Daryn Dodson | David Levine | David Warnock | David Yeung | Duane Peterson | Edward Dugger III | Elizabeth Crook | Fagan Harris | Felicia Young | Frederick Hutson | Gary Hirshberg | Henry Posko | Holly Sklar | Jenna Nicholas | Jocelyn Levy | Joe Jones | Jonathan Lewis | Joshua Onysko | Laura Flanders | Laurin Hodge | Laury Hammel | Lisa Dyson | Lisa Lorimer | Lori Darley | Mirabai Bush | Nancy Rosenzweig | Pages Matam | Paul D. Miller | Shalini Kantayya | Sherri Pittman | Sherry Stewart Deutschmann | Teresa Hodge | Dr. Timothy Dukes | Toshi Reagon | Wayne Silby | Xav Dubois
Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky is the executive editor of ORIGIN Magazine and a composer, multimedia artist, editor and author. His DJ MIXER iPad app has been downloaded over 12 million times. In 2012-2013 he was the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. He has produced and composed work for Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, and scores of artists and award-winning films. Miller's work as a media artist has appeared in the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and many other museums and galleries. His books Rhythm Science, Sound Unbound and The Imaginary App have all been published by MIT Press.
Britnie Turner is an inventive business professional who believes in the power of making business a force for good. Turner founded Aerial Development Group at the age of 21 in Nashville, Tennessee and has since constructed over 250 homes. Through a social venture business model her company has sponsored over 75 African orphans. The name ‘Aerial’ represents Turner's ideal way of looking at business and the world: with a fully-informed, all-encompassing perspective. Aerial revitalizes the urban core in an effort to make neighborhoods healthier, safer, and stronger. The company understands the value in collaborating with the surrounding community to improve and activate neighborhoods with soul.
Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, is a minister, community activist and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life. A national leader within the green movement, Rev Yearwood has been successfully bridging the gap between communities of color and environmental advocacy for the past decade. Rolling Stone declared Rev Yearwood one of our country’s “New Green Heroes” and Huffington Post named him one of the top ten changemakers in the green movement. Rev Yearwood entered the world of Hip Hop Politics when he served as the Political and Grassroots Director of Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit Action Network in 2003 and 2004. He was also a key architect of P. Diddy’s “Vote Or Die!” campaign. In 2004 he founded the Hip Hop Caucus to build a sustainable organization for Hip Hop politics.
As Director of Social Consciousness for women’s clothing designer EILEEN FISHER, Amy Hall supports the company’s efforts to practice business responsibly. In her role, Amy guides the company’s human rights work in its supply chain, supports women and girls through strategic partnerships and ensures a growing commitment to environmental sustainability in product and practice. Beyond EILEEN FISHER, Amy collaborates with industry and values-aligned brand partners on issues of workplace culture, supply chain issues, sustainable design and state and federal policy issues and serves on the boards of Social Accountability International and the American Sustainable Business Council.
As the founder and CPO of the award winning Pangea Organics’ brand, Joshua Onysko is a skin care authority with a high-performance, natural product line created with organic superfoods sourced from 54 countries. After founding Pangea Organics in 2000, Joshua has grown as an expert in the space with a philosophy that inspires the industry to think outside the landfill. He remains committed to continue to create products that exceed expectations and are created with cutting edge technology in both product and packaging. Through Joshua Onysko’s stewardship, Pangea Organics became the first company to introduce (and be awarded for) biodegradable, compostable, plantable and origami fold packaging.
Dr. Lisa Dyson is the CEO of Kiverdi, a next-generation sustainable oil company that converts CO2 and waste carbon gases into customized, cost-competitive Carbon Engineered Oils using the power of biotechnology. Previously, Lisa worked with executives of Fortune 100 companies at the Boston Consulting Group. Dr. Dyson's entrepreneurial background began when she was on the founding team of an MIT start-up that received funding from Microsoft and later built and led a team that developed a technology that reached millions in volunteering campaigns. Among her recent accolades, Dr. Dyson was honored this year by the San Francisco Business Times as “One of the Most Influential Women in the Bay Area” for a second year in a row and was given their “Forty Under 40” award for her leadership.
Shalini Kantayya finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on Fox’s ON THE LOT, a show by Steven Spielberg in search of Hollywood’s next great director. The mission of her production company, 7th Empire Media, is to create a culture of human rights and a sustainable planet through imaginative media that makes real impact. Her sci-fi film about the world water crisis, a DROP of LIFE, won Best Short at Palm Beach International, and was broadcast on national television in the U.S. and India. A William J. Fulbright Scholar, Shalini has received recognition from the Sundance Documentary Program, IFP Spotlight on Documentary, Jerome Hill Centennial, New York Women in Film and Television, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She is a Sundance Fellow, a TED Fellow, and was a finalist for the ABC Disney | DGA Directing Fellowship.
Toshi Reagon is a talented, versatile singer, songwriter and musician with a profound ear for sonic Americana. While her expansive career has landed her comfortably in residence at Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House and Madison Square Garden, you can just as easily find Toshi turning out a music festival, intimate venue or local club. Toshi knows the power of song to focus, unite and mobilize people. In 2011 Toshi created Word*Rock*& Sword: A Festival Celebration of Women's Lives. Year 6 will be Sept.18-24, NYC Toshi is currently touring The Blues Project a collaboration between Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely and Michelle Dorrance and Dorrance Dance. Toshi is developing an opera based on the novel Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler To learn more, visit toshireagon.com.
As founder and CEO of evox Television & Marketplace, Xav brings years of entertainment experience to developing this new conscious media company. As a B-Corp and member of the SVN Community, evox is dedicated to transforming the way we interact with entertainment, conscious commerce, community, and the world. As a senior consultant for KSG Consulting Group, Xav works with for-profit, nonprofit, and government agencies to support change management and staff empowerment. From his background in producing performance events as a means to activism, evox has emerged as an action platform supporting health, sustainability, the planet, commitment, and connection.
Pages Matam is an international touring writer and performer who was born in Cameroon. Currently residing in Washington D.C., he became a Callaloo Fellow not long after authoring the Beltway Poetry Quaterly best new book of 2014 prize winning collection of poems, The Heart of a Comet (Write Bloody, 2014). He was winner of the 2014 National Poetry Slam, and has appeared on Season 4 & 5 of Lexus' Verses and Flow on TV ONE & BET. He is a proud Bowtie Enthusiast, Anime fanatic, Gummy bear elitist, and professional hugger. From the page to the stage, his passions and activism rooted in education, sexual assault awareness and immigration fuel all of the visceral parts of his journey, while always remaining unapologetic in his work on and off the stage.
Amin "Drew" Law is a nationally touring performance poet and writing facilitator who looks to connect his Palestinian roots and American upbringing through art. A three time member of the D.C. Beltway Slam team and current DC grand slam poetry champion. He has performed at multiple colleges including the University of Maryland as a part of their Tedx talk on fearless ideas. Co-founder of the Poetry for Gaza annual event benefiting Palestinian refugees.
Mr. Yeung is the co-founder of Green Monday, a social startup group founded in 2012 in Hong Kong that aims to tackle climate change and global food insecurity by making low?carbon and sustainable living simple, viral and actionable. Its innovative platform, which consists of public advocacy, impact investing, corporate consulting, and specialized retail, provides holistic and versatile solutions that empower corporations, academic institutions and general public. Mr. Yeung was selected by Purpose Economy as “Asian 100 Pioneers” and by Fast Company as “100 Most Creative People in China.” Mr. Yeung has also received awards including “Men of the Year”, “Local Heroes”, “Best Idea of the Year” and “Award for Marketing Excellence” in Hong Kong.
April De Simone is a social impact designer and urbanist with over 15 years of experience using design thinking to launch initiatives and ventures centered on systemically addressing complex social challenges. April is a co-founding partner of designing the WE (dtW), a B-Corp social impact design studio based in NYC that positions itself within the design thinking and social innovation sectors. dtW works on projects such as Undesign the Redline, an explorative and visioning framework for addressing the historic transformations of place, class and race in America, to devise multi-stakeholder strategies to generate transformative models for change. April continues to be recognized for her leadership and dedication in supporting frameworks that promote a just and equitable society.
Dr. Timothy Dukes provides leadership consulting, team development, and communication strategies to established business owners, political and organizational leaders as well as emerging innovators, entrepreneurs, and artists. His communication model, based on presence and mindfulness, is distilled from years of clinical work, academic research and contemplative practices. His Lotus Seat ™ process has been strategically designed to hold dynamic opposition, while transforming challenges into professional mastery. The net result being that individuals function as inspired, authentic leaders and communicators accountable for their actions.
Daryn co-leads the Special Equities Program at Calvert Funds. Calvert has invested more than $69 million in impact investing funds and companies. Post Hurricane Katrina, he served as Director of University and Corporate Partnership for the Idea Village, where he created a platform engaging leading private equity firms, business schools, and Fortune 500 companies to invest more than 50,000 hours and $2 million into New Orleans entrepreneurs. Daryn serves as Board Director for Ben and Jerry’s, Stanford Business Alumni, Impact Hub DC and Heifer Foundation. He earned an MBA from Stanford and an AB in Public Policy from Duke University.
As founder and CEO of Conscious Leaders, Lori brings many years of experience as a transformational coach and consultant to the conscious business movement. Lori believes that within the heart of everyone lives a creative genius and each of us yearns to connect authentically with one another so we can make a positive difference in the world. Her Clearing Process™ uses a fully integrated approach, combining mindfulness, conversational and embodied leadership experiences to strengthen the way leaders communicate and create change. Lori’s rigorous yet compassionate approach inspires leaders and their organizations to their highest level of performance.
Mr. Jones is a national leader in workforce development, fatherhood and family services programming. Prior to founding CFUF in 1999, Mr. Jones developed and directed the Men’s Services program for the Baltimore Healthy Start initiative and began the Baltimore affiliate of the nationally recognized STRIVE employment services program. His work with CFUF focuses on empowering low-income families by enhancing wage-earning ability and helping men fulfill their roles as fathers. He has received numerous awards and honors for his leadership and programming, currently serves on President Obama’s Taskforce on Fatherhood and Healthy Families. He was a community advisor on fatherhood issues to Vice President Al Gore and contributed to First Lady Laura Bush’s Helping America’s Youth initiative. He is happily married and has three children.
Damon Torres is a multimedia producer, software developer and inventor who has started seven digital media companies. Since the 80's he's created innovative art and technology for major media companies, music and visual artists, and global causes. Based on his patents, Robocast.com recently signed confidential deals with large technology firms. Philanthropically, he's helped The Center for Peace through Culture; The Cathedral of St John the Divine; the Interfaith Center of NY; Burning Man; and he serves on the board of directors of Earth Day NY (since 1992). Damon has been a Social Venture Network member since 2007.
Lisa Lorimer spent most of her adult life as the owner of Vermont Bread Company producing organic products for supermarkets, including private label for Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. She sold a majority of the business to a private equity firm and worked with them to implement the vision of a national organic bakery with the brands Vermont Bread and Rudi’s Organic. In 2014 the company was sold to a strategic buyer. Lisa co-authored the SVN series book Dealing With the Tough Stuff. She serves on a number of for-profit and non-profit boards, and enjoys working with clients as a CEO coach.
Sherri Pittman, Being Human
Sherri Pittman’s work is at the intersection of strategy and heart, helping individuals and organizations anchor in their truth, crisply define their goals and accelerate their social impact. Over the course of her career, Sherri has led strategy and marketing functions at several multinational corporations and served as a consultant for socially responsible businesses, nonprofits and foundations. Sherri lives in Oakland, CA and is currently on sabbatical, replenishing her creative stores and chasing butterflies.
Nancy has two decades of leadership experience in values driven, consumer-facing companies. She has held C level and or governance positions at Bright Horizons, Tom’s of Maine, ZipCar, Mama Chia, Root Capital and Trillium Asset Management. Nancy has an impressive track record of creating business value by identifying consumer trends ahead of the curve. In her leadership roles Nancy has been successful at raising capital, managing mergers, spin-outs and corporate sales to strategic buyers.
Dan Zanes occupies a unique place in American music where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music, play party songs, the spirit of early rock-and-roll and soulful originals collide. With his band, Dan Zanes and Friends, he has toured the world sharing handmade 21st century social music with enthusiastic crowds of kids and kid sympathizers. From thrift shop basements to Carnegie hall, from Brooklyn to Bahrain and beyond, the Grammy award winner has been introducing new songs and reconnecting people to songs that have always been there, and still are—although people may have forgotten about them.
Jocelyn “Jyoti” Kay Levy fuses different aspects of her life to create fun, thoughtful, effective learning environments where music, movement and healing unite the mind, body and soul. She has been featured in Marie Claire magazine, SHAPE Magazine, EmPOWERme.tv, LA Yoga Magazine and others for her inspiring, effective and light hearted approach to healing. Jocelyn is the master trainer for mindful fitness, yoga and kids yoga for the YogaWorks organization. She is a national speaker and leader of workshops and trainings around the world, as well as the founder of the Wee Yogis Organization, which brings yoga and wellness to children through transformational media and entertainment, such as original music, videos, concerts, classes and even an original play (the first ever yoga musical).
Duane Peterson is on his 7th career with stints as a medic, police officer, non-profit manager, political campaigner, justice department official, legislative director and values-led business practitioner. The common thread throughout has been organizing people toward positive change. Duane moved his family to Vermont in 1996 to help Ben use Ben & Jerry's as a business force for change. After 12 years there as Chief of Stuff, Duane left to launch his latest venture -- SunCommon -- to make it easy and affordable for homeowners to join the clean energy revolution. A Benefit Corporation and a Certified BCorp, SunCommon is Vermont's largest solar business with 100 workers. Duane has treasured our SVN community since 1996, and has shared his camp at Burning Man with fellow SVN members for 11 straight years.
Frederick Hutson is the Founder/CEO of Pigeonly, a technology company that focuses on building products for overlooked and underserved markets. A born entrepreneur, he launched and sold his first business at the age of 19. After a conviction for drug trafficking, the idea of creating products that solve problems for inmates was born. Pigeonly’s flagship product is the first of its kind, a data platform that uses algorithms to collect and organize data on the nation's incarcerated, transforming it into usable information that benefits inmates and society. Today, Frederick and his business partner Alonzo Brooks, are leading a team of 25 from their Las Vegas headquarters, having raised $4.8 million dollars of funding to date from Silicon Valley investors.
David Levine is the co-founder and CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC). ASBC is a growing coalition of business organizations and companies advancing market solutions and policies to create a sustainable economy Together they represent over 250,000 businesses and social enterprises and more than 350,000 business leaders ASBC is creating the business voice and power to inform and engages business leaders, and educate policy makers and the media about the need and opportunities for a sustainable economy. www.asbcouncil.org
Elizabeth Crook has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. A skilled strategist, clients count on her as a go-to person for those “what do we do with this” moments. As CEO of Orchard Advisors for over twenty years, she has helped CEO’s and entrepreneurs - including a number of SVN member companies - think and act strategically to grow their companies’ bottom lines and have more satisfaction. Elizabeth’s book, Think Bigger, Act Smarter, Live Richer – A Practical and Provocative Guide to What’s Next, Pub 2016 (biggersmarterricher.com), is based on her personal strategic planning work with countless people including CEO’s, activists, philanthropists and more.
Wayne founded Calvert Funds, a $14 billion investment management group noted for their leadership in socially responsible investing. Wayne also serves as Co-Chair of Calvert Foundation, a $200m investment intermediary that directs capital into needy communities. He and Josh Mailman co-founded Social Venture Network. Wayne also co-founded Calvert Social Venture Partners, Emerging Europe Fund for Sustainable Investment, and SynTao. He chairs the China Committee of Grameen Foundation, and is Strategic Advisor to the China Environment Fund (Beijing). Mr. Silby received a BSE from the Wharton School of Finance and a law degree from Georgetown University.
Sherry Stewart Deutschmann is the founder and CEO of LetterLogic, Inc. a multi-channel patient communications company. Since the company was founded in Sherry’s basement in 2002, the company has become a $35 Million company, and has been named an INC 5000 Company for eight consecutive years. In November, 2013, Sherry was inducted into the Nashville Entrepreneurs Center Hall of Fame. Sherry and LetterLogic have been recognized by the NY Times, Forbes Magazine, Business Leaders, INC., Fast Company and E&Y. Sherry attributes the success of LetterLogic to its unique employee-centric culture wherein the employee, not the customer, comes first.
Laury Hammel is the President and CEO of The Longfellow Clubs in Massachusetts and Salt Lake City, Utah. The Longfellow Clubs have been in business for over 43 years and include health and tennis clubs, holistic health centers, children’s centers, and camps that serve 12,000 members. Longfellow is a recognized industry leader in innovative business practices, environmental responsibility, wellness programs, and community service, and is known as the greenest health club in the US. In 1988, Laury founded the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts Boston (SBN). In 1991 with other SBN members he founded the national business group, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR). In 2001, he co-founded the national organization the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). Laury currently serves as the Executive Director of SBN.
Jenna is the CEO of Phoenix Global Impact, a consulting company that specializes in impact investing, social entrepreneurship and strategic philanthropy. She has directed and project managed Divest-Invest Philanthropy, a coalition of philanthropic foundations, divesting from investments in fossil fuels and reinvesting in new energy solutions. She works closely with Wayne Silby and the Calvert Special Equities team, as well as the World Bank Treasury on green bonds and Toniic to support an impact investing community. She is an advisor to the Nexus Global Youth Summit, High Water Women and the D.C. Impact Hub. Jenna graduated from Stanford University with an International Relations Honors Degree.
Mirabai Bush is Senior Fellow and founding Director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, a nonprofit organization that encourages contemplative awareness in American life to cultivate a more just, compassionate, sustainable society. She has led trainings for corporations from Hearst to Google, where she was a key developer of Search Inside Yourself, which has reached more than 3000 Google employees. She has developed contemplative programs for journalists, lawyers, judges, higher education faculty, environmental leaders, social justice activists, and the Army. She is co-author, with Ram Dass, of Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the Path of Service.
Jonathan C. Lewis is an accomplished social entrepreneur and a compelling public speaker on economic development issues and social change. He teaches a graduate course Making Social Entrepreneurship Happen at New York University. He is currently writing a book about social change and social entrepreneurship. Jonathan is also the Founder/Board Chair of MCE Social Capital. This innovative social venture leverages $97 million of private capital to make tiny business loans to deeply impoverished people, mostly women, in developing countries. A rarity in the non-profit world, MCE Social Capital is self-sufficient without donations or grants. In his eclectic entrepreneurial career, Jonathan has served as the founder/CEO of a global business knowledge company, Chief Budget Advisor to the President of the California State Senate, founder/CEO of an urban real estate investment company and founder/owner of a contemporary art gallery. He is on a search to find the tastiest, most fun hot dog stand in the world.
Akaya is internationally recognized for elevating the effectiveness of leadership and collaboration in the nonprofit and social benefit sectors. Her vision for our global community includes infusing a sense of purpose, delight and wonder into everything we do. She has a life-long commitment to working for a fair and equitable society, and believes that Rockwood’s network of over 5,000 powerful, collaborative, and interconnected leaders will help lead the way.
Holly Sklar is the Founder and CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a national network of business owners and executives who believe a fair minimum wage makes good business sense. BFMW has played a lead role in winning federal and state minimum wage increases since 2006. Holly also serves on the Board of the American Sustainable Business Council. As Executive Director of Business for Shared Prosperity, Holly led business support for financial reform and constructive tax policy. Her op-eds have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and her books include Raise the Floor: Wages and Policies That Work for All of Us and Streets of Hope: The Fall and Rise of an Urban Neighborhood.
Best-selling author and broadcaster Laura Flanders hosts The Laura Flanders Show on GRITtv, an online channel for in-depth interviews with forward-thinking people from the worlds of politics business and the arts. The Laura Flanders Show is syndicated globally by TeleSUR English and on satellite and public television in the US by KCET/LinkTV. Flanders is a contributing writer to The Nation and Yes! Magazine (“Commonomics”) and a regular guest on MSNBC. She is also the author of six books, including the New York Times best-seller, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004) and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (Penguin Press, 2007). TheLaura Flanders Show aired on Air America Radio 2004-2008. For the latest visit GRITtv.org or follow @GRITlaura.
Felicia Young is a social action artist and Founder/Executive Director of Earth Celebrations, a non-profit organization founded in 1991 in New York City to engage communities to effect ecological and social change through the arts. Her past work includes a 15 year social action art project which directly led to the preservation of hundreds of community gardens in New York City and a project to restore the Hudson River and address climate change. In January 2014 she applied these creative strategies to a global context mobilizing people in the city of Madurai, South India to impact change on a crisis due to pollution, waste dumping and the drying effects of climate change. She has produced projects for Lincoln Center, Arts>World Financial Center, The Alternative Museum, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The Hudson River Park Trust. She has also developed an ecological arts course for Princeton University for Spring 2016.
David Warnock is Senior Partner with Camden Partners and co-founded the firm in 1995. He has over 25 years of investment experience and focuses on investments in the business and education sectors. David was employed by T. Rowe Price Associates from 1983-1995. He served as President of T. Rowe Price Strategic Partners I & II as well as co-manager of the T. Rowe Price New Horizons Fund. David started his career at Welch and Forbes, Boston-based private trustees. David is also involved with numerous non-profit organizations. He is the Chairman of the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Center For Urban Families and the Warnock Foundation. He is Founder and Trustee of the Green Street Academy in Baltimore City. He also serves as a trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.
As CEO and President of Baltimore Corps, Fagan Harris is a passionate evangelist for Baltimore and is proud to work every day strengthening America’s “greatest city.” Fagan sets the organization’s strategic direction, builds its partnerships and supports its outstanding community of staff, fellows and volunteers. A graduate of public schools, Fagan believes deeply in every individual’s right to opportunity and is committed to realizing a more just and equitable society. Fagan loves his job at Baltimore Corps because it allows him to collaborate with incredible leaders, and extraordinary communities, who come together to make a transformative difference in the lives of Baltimore’s children, youth and families. Fagan is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Oxford where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Ed is a pioneering impact investment leader. He has managed venture capital funds for over 23 years on behalf of institutional investors committed to profitable, yet socially responsible investments. Most recently, he has guided growth companies to launch initiatives that: 1) anticipate the impact on business of rapid demographic and environmental changes in the United States and 2) develop new business models transforming these changes into competitive advantages for businesses. Based in Boston, Ed is a graduate of Harvard College and Princeton University (MPA-UP, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs).
Gary Hirshberg is Co-Founder and Chairman of Stonyfield Farm, the world’s leading organic yogurt producer, and Managing Director of Stonyfield Europe, with organic brands in Ireland and France. Gary serves on a number of corporate boards, including Applegate, Glenisk, Late July, Les Deux Vaches, Orgain, Peak Organic Brewing, Sweetgreen cafés, UNreal chocolates, and Danone Communities Fund. In 2011, President Obama appointed Gary to serve on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy & Negotiations. He is a founding Partner & Chair of the Board of “Just Label It,” the national campaign to label genetically engineered foods. He has authored two books, received twelve honorary doctorates and numerous awards including a 2015 Champion for Children Award from Mount Sinai Hospital’s Children’s Environmental Health Center and a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award by the US EPA. He was Chair or Co-Chair of SVN from 1991-2000 and founded the Social Venture Institute, a boot camp for entrepreneurs.
Henry serves as the President and CEO of Humanim, a position he has held for over thirty years. Humanim is a mission-driven organization that provides services to individuals with challenges to employment. Through a workforce of 500 an annual revenues of over $30 million, Humanim services nearly 4,000 individuals. He has a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. During his career, he has been invited to participate, present, and consult both nationally and internationally on issues related to community and workforce development and poverty related programming.
It was the unexpected incarceration of Laurin’s mother that motivated her to craft a social entrepreneurial career. As the Executive Director of Mission: Launch she envisions the elimination of the social stigma returning citizens face upon release from prison or jail. In order to reach this vision she works as a mother-daughter team with Teresa Hodge to build community coalitions and software so that the complex re-entry process is simplified. Together, they believe this is the key to improve service delivery and unlock the potential of the 1-in-4 Americans with an arrest or conviction record, so that they can become productive members of society. Laurin serves as the millennial vision keeper and ensures an innovative, systems level approach is applied. She is honored when she is invited to walk the re-entry journey with women and men rebuilding their lives.
Teresa Y. Hodge, a passionate advocate for people with criminal connections, is committed to reducing the lasting harm caused by prison. She and her daughter Laurin Hodge co-founded Mission: Launch, Inc. a non-profit focused on introducing technology and entrepreneurship to previously incarcerated individuals as a way of ensuring self-sufficiency. Additionally, the organization manages the Rebuilding Re-Entry Coalition, a citizen-led movement committed to creating a more just and inclusive society for returning citizens (persons who exit prison or jail). The Coalition and its members desire to leverage its efforts within the greater Washington DC region to ensure a more efficient and safer re-entry for everyone. As the Director of Strategy & Innovation for Mission: Launch, Inc., Teresa plays a critical role in building strategic partnerships and establishing social enterprise models for greater reach and sustainability.