Social venture: a dance program for young Christian and Muslim Nigerians in the Boston area
A writer, dancer, and a pre-med student at Amherst College, Adaugo wants to dedicate her life to bringing positive social and economic change in Nigeria and other parts of the world in memory of her grandfather whose death could have been prevented if he had access to medical care. Inspired by Invisible Children, a youth-led movement to save child soldiers in Africa, Adaugo believes in Ghandi’s call to “be the change you want to see in the world.” She wants to acquire business skills and become a social entrepreneur, and in the future, create a social entrepreneurship training program in Nigeria and beyond. She wants to live, breathe, and talk positive social change.
Social venture: a letter press printing company in DC that will hire and train people transitioning out of prisons and rehab centers
A citizen of the world, Katrina has lived in Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, and the U.S. She has worked with the American Lung Association and a D.C.-based HIV/AIDS clinic, and currently works at the U.S. Health Resources and Service Administration. She has demonstrated leadership in small and large organizations, and brings deep insight into the workings of the non-profit sector and the public health programs. Katrina is seeking to create positive social and economic transformation through social entrepreneurship, and has her sight on serving at-risk youths through a global cultural and educational program. She received her masters degree in International Health and Development from Tulane University and, as a William and Mary Scholar, received her B.S. degree from the College of William and Mary.
Social venture: Expanding social enterprise clubs for 12 and older in the US and around the world
Photographer, community organizer, and social entrepreneur, Morea received her bachelor’s degree at Minnesota State University (Moorhead), and went on to receive a master’s degree in Gender and Peacebuilding from the UN’s University for Peace in Costa Rica. She has led research and community-based projects in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Haiti, and has proved a tireless champion for human rights and self-expression. Morea envisions “a social entrepreneurial organization that would provide the service of facilitating projects utilizing photojournalism as an effective means of empowerment, self-expression, and form of communication.”
Social venture: a land-based educational program utilizing 33-acres in Amherst, MA
Nicki loves to teach, and she is passionate about the land and nature and our relationship to its gifts. She has pioneered a successful agricultural literacy program at Hampshire College for area schools and currently teaches Agricultural Arts at Hartsbrook School in the Amherst area. Nicki is seeking to hone her business skills and would like to set up an agriculture-based educational program for autistic children. She is a co-founder of Brookfield Community Farm in Amherst, the second CSA initiative developed in the U.S., and was featured in Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture as one of the CSA leaders in the Pioneer Valley. Nicki received a masters degree in education at UMass - Amherst.
Social venture: Social enterprise initiative in Brazil.
Patricia is a professor at UNINOVE, the 3rd largest private university in Brazil, where she is responsible for launching the first masters program in sports management in the country. Since August, 2010, she has been a visiting scholar at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Patricia began her career in the private sector, shifting to an academic career where she has always sought challenging new projects. She embraced an unusual professional path, coordinating publications, consulting and research projects, and specialization courses and graduate courses. During her career, she has remained in close contact with managers and entrepreneurs. While working at the FIA Business School, Patricia was responsible for leading the development of the first Franchising Management MBA in Brazil, in partnership with the Brazilian Franchising Association. Patricia has a Ph.D. and a MSc. Degree in Management from the University of São Paulo.
Social venture: Social enterprise initiative in China
Songqiao currently split her time between two jobs. She is the Manager of Special Initiatives at Presidio Knolls School, the largest Mandarin-Immersion preschool in San Francisco. She also supports the China Program at International Rivers to monitor China's global environmental footprint and strengthen the capacity of Chinese civil society. Songqiao has various experiences working with Chinese women's organizations and environmental activists. During her exchange year in Bonn, Germany, she helped coordinate the first China-EU Civil Society Forum. She is the youngest advisor in the Asia Oceania region at the Global Fund for Women and continues to be active in the Chinese Youth Climate Advocacy scene. In November 2011, she co-led the Chinese Youth Delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. Songqiao graduated summa cum laude, phi beta kappa in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College.