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Social Enterprise Panel
Thursday, February 25, 2010 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
The ability to meet the needs of people around the world has never been greater, and the new types of models, approaches, and organizations provide overwhelming evidence of this. Come learn from Premal Shah, the president of kiva.org, as well as a panel of social entrepreneurs about ways to participate in this developing sector of the economy.
Panel members include:
CEO & Founder Poprule.com
Rob has spent the past 20 years as a successful entrepreneur and executive in the media, technology, environmental, and non-profit sectors. Rob is the CEO and co-founder of PopRule (www.poprule.com). PopRule is a web services and technology company that creates applications to make content actionable on the web and mobile devices for brands, causes, and campaigns. Rob has consulted for various companies in the sustainable business and water sectors including Johnson Diversey, Cydcor and Product Partners. Since 2003, Rob has been Chairman of Global Water Trust (www.globalwatertrust.org), a Santa Monica based non-profit that provides clean safe water to school children throughout the developing world. GWT has provided clean safe water to over 10,000 people in Bangladesh, Nepal and Kenya. Rob serves on the Board of Directors of Sustainable Business Council (www.sustainblebc.org) and Eco Dads (www.ecodads.org), and on the Los Angeles Committee for Global Green USA (www.globalgreen.org).
CEO Cyber Rain (http://www.cyber-rain.com/)
Diana Schulz joined Cyber-Rain in September 2008 and has overseen the launch of the commercial product line, expansion into the wholesale market and the doubling of sales. While at Cyber-Rain, she has been recognized as one of America’s Most Promising Socially Conscious Entrepreneurs by Business Week and a leading CleanTech CEO by Women Entrepreneur. She was previously CEO of the venture-backed Joann.com e-commerce site, where she grew revenues 40% and negotiated a successful exit. Prior experience includes heading Corporate Development and Strategic Planning at Universal Studios and consulting at McKinsey & Company. She received her MBA from Stanford University.
Vice President of Strategy and Operations, Project Heath (http://www.projecthealth.org/)
Alexandra was first captured by the idea of service on a national level at the White House where, in her year internship, she served as the Assistant to the Deputy Cabinet Secretary. Later she went on to work at the US Justice Department, first as a Staff Assistant to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and subsequently as the Director of Scheduling and Briefing for the Attorney General. Combining her interest in large-scale system change with advocacy and individual action, in 2001, she joined College Summit, a national non-profit that works in partnership with schools, school districts and colleges to develop a sustainable model for raising college enrollment rates community-wide. As Vice President of Program, Alexandra over-saw College Summit's programmatic scaling from serving 1,000 students to 14,000. In this capacity, she developed and refined overall program growth strategy and managed national and regional staff to ensure successful and consistent creation, delivery, and implementation of College Summit's program. She also drove the introduction and development of College Summit's professional training for educators and Peer Leader-students, as well as the evolution of in-school management tools for Principals and Superintendents and in-school site support. Alexandra holds a BA from Smith College and recently completed 10 years of service to Smith, first as Alumnae Class Treasurer and then as Alumnae Class President.
Financial Manager, Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs
Russell Jensen holds the position of Financial Manager at SEE. Russell studied Management at the American University in Dubai and later earned a master's degree in International Business from American Intercontinental University. He has volunteered with the Los Angeles Animal Shelter and K9 Rescue. Russell has been crucial in ensuring SEE projects are provided with accurate and sound accounting and administrative support since he joined the organization in 2004