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Universities: A Resource for Social Innovation

Inspire Action Project

Friday, July 18, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)

Universities: A Resource for Social Innovation

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Join us for wine and conversation with university thought leaders on what universities are doing right and wrong in promoting the next generation of social entrepreneurs and changemakers.   


5PM, Friday, July 18th



99 Madison Ave, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10016


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Jen van der Meer is a strategist, teacher, and investor for social impact.

A former Wall Street Analyst and Economist, Jen has held founding and executive management roles at Organic, Frog Design, Dachis Group, and Luminary Labs. Jen is actively engaged in the local startup community in New York City, and is a supporter of the open data movement. She is an Adjunct Professor at NYU ITP, where she runs the VC Pitchfest and teaches Lean Launchpad, and also teaches systems thinking for sustainability at SVA’s Products of Design. She is an advisor to multiple startups in the health and educational technology fields, and has served as a judge for numerous startup and innovation competitions, including the Berkeley Big Ideas Open Data Challenge, the NYU Innovation Challenge, and NYC BigApps. She writes and speaks on the topic of strategy in a data-driven age, entrepreneurship, fundraising, design thinking, and social capital.

Kimberly Worthy, 2014 Essence Fest Speaker, is an educator, curriculum developer, and a tireless advocate for educational excellence in urban schools. She has taught for 14 years, most recently at the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics & Science in Washington, D.C., where she developed STEM curriculum in her Social Science and ELA classroom. Kimberly was honored with the “2009 District of Columbia State Teacher of the Year” award, and currently serves as Special Assistant for Howard University’s Office of Undergraduate Studies. She also taught in Cape Town, South Africa in the LEAP Science and Math School.

Vivian Zhang is a data scientist who has been devoted to the analytics industry and the development and use of data technologies for several years. She obtained expertise in data analysis and data management using various statistical analytical tools and programming languages as a Senior Analyst and Biostatistician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Scientific Programmer at Brown University. She is the co-founder SupStat Inc, founder of NYC Data Science Academy and NYC Open Data Meetup. She likes to portray herself as a programmer, data-holic, visualization evangelist. She earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science and Statistics and B.S. degree in Computer Science. Find out more about Vivian and her adventures from Vivian's interview with decisionstats.

Bruce Lincoln is an educational technologist, a design scientist, and a high speed network developer. He was the first Ford Fellow in Educational Technology in the United States, and since then has been involved in a variety of research, design, and development projects.  He serves as Executive Producer of Silicon Harlem.

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ThoughtWorks, Inc.
99 Madison Ave
15th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Friday, July 18, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)

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