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Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Join Dopper, Be Social Change, and B Lab on Tuesday, October 24th for our next B-Talks, a monthly gathering to be inspired with stories of how businesses can be used as a force for good while networking with professionals and entrepreneurs working in social enterprises, non-profits, B Corps, and socially-conscious businesses.

This month’s theme is The Role of the Private Sector in Education where we will be hearing inspiring stories and insights from:

  • Miriam Altman, CEO and Co-founder, Kinvolved
  • Akeem Headley, Chief Financial Officer, Practice Makes Perfect
  • Raj Thakkar, Founder & CEO, Charter School Business Management Inc.



  • 6:30pm – Network with like-minded people while enjoying refreshments by Dopper and delicious bites by OX Verte

  • 7:15pm – B Talks + Q&A

  • 8:15pm – Network and discuss topics presented by the speakers




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Miriam Altman, CEO and Co-founder, Kinvolved

A former NYC Department of Education high school history teacher, Miriam is CEO and Co-founder of Kinvolved, a social enterprise that has launched a movement to elevate student attendance. Miriam’s responsibilities include strategic planning and execution, business development and sales, fundraising and investor relations, hiring and managing a small team, public speaking, and more.

In the most recent fiscal year, the company's revenues surpassed expectations, growing by more than 130 percent. Attendance among Kinvolved partner schools increased 13 times that of their peer schools.

Kinvolved has been featured in press, including the New York Times, and has won awards from The Robin Hood Foundation, Teach For America, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, and more. Miriam and her co-founder are winners of the Gratitude Award, Forbes 30 Under 30, and the Jo Ivey Boufford Award for Innovative Solutions to Public Service Challenges by New York University.

Miriam is co-leader of the Attendance Subcommittee for South Bronx Rising Together. She is also a mentor for the Social Innovation Initiative and Women's Launch Pad at Brown University from which she graduated with a BA with Honors. She also holds an MPA from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, an MA, Ed., from Lehman College.



Akeem Headley, Chief Financial Officer, Practice Makes Perfect

Akeem joined Practice Makes Perfect in 2015 to manage PMP’s finances. Since joining the team, he has developed an intimate understanding of the school contracting, procurement, and collection process. He also oversees all of PMP’s accounting and financial operations. Akeem’s prior experience includes various finance positions at Capital One as well as founding the Major Music International Corporation, a non-profit that generates music scholarships to students in need. Akeem graduated with a Bachelor’s in finance and investments from Baruch College.



Raj Thakkar, Founder & CEO, Charter School Business Management Inc.

Raj Thakkar, a social entrepreneur committed to the fiscal solvency of nonprofits, is widely considered a national expert on charter school finance. He has trained leaders on financial best practices in 25 states and recently taught the Fundamentals of Social Entrepreneurship as an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. Raj founded the Certified B Corporation, Charter School Business Management (CSBM) in 2006 and FOREsight Financial Services for Good in 2014, which collectively support 150 nonprofits to responsibly manage $600 million in public funds.

CSBM, thrice named Small Business of the Year for the eastern region by the US Chamber of Commerce, prevents charter schools from closing due to financial mismanagement, the #1 reason why they are shut down. FOREsight empowers nonprofits with financial knowledge and services to achieve and maintain fiscal viability. For three years in a row, Crain’s NY Business named CSBM one of the Best Places to Work. In recognition of his impact, Raj was named one of the 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business by the Asian American Business Development Center and the Small Business Person of the Year for the NY district by the US SBA. Raj is an active member of the NY chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization and previously led its diversity initiatives as a board member. He is a graduate of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and the Initiative of a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), programs to help small businesses grow responsibly. Raj received his Bachelors in Engineering from Hofstra University and MBA in Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business.


Marcos Salazar, Co-Founder + Executive Director, Be Social Change

Marcos Salazar is a social entrepreneur, career + life coach, consultant, speaker, and community builder. His passion is working with professionals, entrepreneurs, and creatives to help them pursue work they are passionate about, build authentic personal brands, become financially successful, and create lives that make the world a better place. He does this through 1-on-1 coaching, nonprofit and businesses consulting, and on a larger scale as Co-founder + Executive Director of Be Social Change where he’s built the largest social impact community and professional development hub in New York City. Marcos earned a B.A. in Psychology from Amherst College as well as a Masters in Organizational Management and an Executive Leadership Coaching certificate from The George Washington University. Marcos is a board member of the Young Professionals Nonprofit Network and an American Express Leadership Academy Fellow. You can learn more about him at


Dopper is a Dutch B Corp working for a world where people are aware of the environment, where we actively reduce single-use plastic waste, and where everyone, close to home and far away, has access to fresh and safe drinking water.

The award-winning Dopper bottle is the highest sold water bottle in Europe, produced with a net zero carbon footprint. Currently, around 12% of Dutch population has a Dopper bottle at home.

Dopper is a key player in preventing disposable water bottles getting into our oceans. We harness the power of the Dopper movement by providing a platform to other social entrepreneurs for sharing and connecting, supporting innovation and education through the Dopper Foundation and the Dopper Academy program. More info at

Be Social Change is the largest social impact community in New York City empowering people from all sectors and industries to build purpose-driven careers, businesses, and lives. Through year-round professional development classes, networking events, panel discussions, peer mentorship, and resource-sharing tools, Be Social Change helps people accelerate their careers and grow their social impact. You can learn more at

B Lab is a nonprofit that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. B Lab’s goal is to accelerate this culture shift and make it meaningful and lasting. Their vision is that one day all companies will compete to be best in the world, and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. Learn more at


The Centre for Social Innovation is a home for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs in New York City. They’re building a movement of passionate people committed to a better world. Learn more at




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Centre for Social Innovation
601 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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