Philanthropy, Social Enterprise and Corporate Responsibility
Inspiration Day features some of the most impressive minds in
philanthropy, politics, business, entertainment and media. Whether your
goal is to make a real difference to the issues you care about or to get
tips from your role models about overcoming the obstacles to success,
here’s where you'll get help becoming the very best version of yourself.
WIE Network is a next generation media company that aims to inspire
social change through the creation of engaging and inspirational filmed
content, large scale forums and innovative social media programs. The
company’s properties include the annual women’s conference, The WIE
Symposium; WIE Interact, an online social network for women, and a new
online reputation service to be announced. Other projects include a
feature film about legendary African heroine Yaa Asantewaa; and a
documentary that explores the role of forgiveness in conflict resolution
around the world.
WIE Network’s principals are television host and political commentator
June Sarpong, and branding and entertainment marketing expert, Dee Poku.
According to Sarpong and Poku, the WIE Symposium was created as way of
uniting women from different backgrounds. The event engages women from
the world’s wealthiest nations in the quest to give a voice to those
less fortunate than themselves: "As New York based British women of
Ghanaian heritage, we consider ourselves to be citizens of world. And as
such our mandate is to unite and empower women everywhere. We all share
common goals of wanting to be happy and successful, to have strong
families and dynamic careers. And that’s what the WIE Symposium is
about, setting aside our differences and uniting behind our common
Shawn Covell is vice president of international government affairs for Qualcomm. In this capacity, Covell leads Qualcomm’s global Wireless Reach™ initiative, which supports programs that bring the benefits of connectivity to under served communities.
Covell has been with Qualcomm for more than a decade and prior to her current position, she was senior director of Southeast Asia Government Affairs based in Hong Kong. In this role, Covell directed Qualcomm's public policy agenda and its relationship with government entities in Southeast Asia.
Prior to joining Qualcomm, Covell was manager of congressional affairs at the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA), the largest U.S. wireless industry association. She began her career in politics in 1994 working at the U.S. Capitol as an aide to former Congresswoman Lynn Schenk.
Throughout Covell’s career, she has successfully built and strengthened key partnerships between the public and private sector – emphasizing the importance of those relationships as catalysts for changes in policy and regulation.
Covell graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in political science and an emphasis in international relations.
Cheryl Dorsey is president of Echoing Green, a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement. This global social venture fund has awarded over $33 million in start-up capital to nearly 600 next generation social entrepreneurs worldwide since 1987. Dorsey received an Echoing Green Fellowship in 1992 to help launch The Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit in Boston.
Nancy Lublin is the Founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line, an organization that provides free crisis counseling via text message. In a little over two years, the nonprofit has processed over 15 million messages and has become one of the first organizations to leverage its user data for social good. When Lublin took over as CEO of DoSomething.org in 2003 she did a little crisis management of her own. Over her 12-year tenure she took the nonprofit from bankruptcy to solvency, turning it into one of the largest youth-focused social change organizations in the world. In 1996, she transformed a $5,000 inheritance into her first global venture, Dress for Success, which helps women achieve economic independence by providing job development resources and coaching. Before her start as a serial entrepreneur, Lublin studied politics at Brown University, political theory at Oxford University (as a Marshall Scholar), and earned her law degree from New York University.
Principal at The Schooner Foundation, Cynthia is a current or former trustee of the Fund for Global Human Rights, the Nation Institute, the Ploughshares Fund, Green for All, Women for Women International, National Braille Press, and the National Association of Health Education Centers.
She is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, Global Philanthropy Forum, Peace & Security Funders Group, the International Human Rights Funders Group, and Grantmakers Without Borders. She has served on the Women’s Leadership Board and the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, both at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and was the Outreach Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. She is currently a partner in the Democracy Alliance.
Cynthia received her Bachelor of Arts from the New School for Social Research in New York and a Masters of Arts from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London in England. She is a contributing author in the book Women, Philanthropy and Social Change: Visions for a Just Society. Cynthia currently resides in Washington, D.C.