Social entrepreneurs discuss new social innovation models for transforming the world.
Noa Meyer - Vice President, Head of 10,000 Women Program, Goldman Sachs
KC Mayer - CEO & Founder, KC Mayer Consulting; Author, Collaborative CompetitionAdriana Pentz - CEO, StartingBloc
Jennifer Gottesfeld - US Program Manager, Global Health Corps
Aria Finger - COO, DoSomething.org; World Economic Forum Young Global ShaperWith Audience Q&A with Speakers
As Chief Operating Officer of Do Something, Aria Finger oversees the marketing, programmatic, and business development activities at Do Something, the national not-for-profit that empowers teenagers to take action around causes they are passionate about. With her cause-related marketing experience, Finger has managed initiatives with Staples, Aéropostale, Clean & Clear, Sprint, and other top youth brands. She has spoken at numerous conferences, including What Teens Wants, NextGen:Charity, Sustainable Brands, the YPulse Mashup and most recently at the World Economic Forum in Davos. During her tenure at DoSomething.org, Aria spearheaded their Teens for Jeans campaign which now clothes half of all homeless children in America each year.
Aria earned a BA in economics and political science from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Finger currently serves on the board of the NYC-based not-for-profit Care for the Homeless, is a New Leaders Council NYC Fellow, and is an adjunct professor at New York University.
Jennifer Gottesfeld is the US Program Manager, Global Health Corps. She was previously a Global Helath Corps. fellow with Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative in Malawi.
Gottesfeld is a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and will get her Master's in gender-aware economics at Makerere University in Uganda in 2012-2013. She graduated cum laude and with college honors from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Anthropology.
In the past she has worked as a project facilitator for a small NGO in Kala Refugee Camp, Zambia, where she started a health center. She also participated in a year of service with AmeriCorps where she worked as a paralegal in the Inglewood Court giving legal aid to self-representing litigants.
Gottesfeld has worked in resource development for International Medical Corps as a researcher and grant writer. She has also worked, studied or volunteered in Israel, Peru, Ecuador and Australia.
Kathryn Mayer is the CEO & Founder of KC Mayer Consulting and the author of "Collaborative Competing: A Women's Guide to Succeeding While Competing."
She received a BA in Sociology with Phi Beta Kappa honors from St. Lawrence University and earned an MS in Counseling Psychology from SUNY at Albany. She began her business career in investment banking (Goldman Sachs and Citigroup) and business consulting (Deloitte and Touche).
Noa is the program manager for 10,000 Women. She previously managed John L. Thornton's global philanthropic initiatives. Her prior non-profit experience includes launching Revenue Watch at George Soros's Open Society Institute, as well as developing a program focused on supporting information technology for poverty reduction in developing countries at the Markle Foundation. Noa began her career in Washington, DC where she held several positions in the Clinton Administration, first in the speechwriting office of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and then at the United States Agency for International Development focused on political development in the Balkans. Noa has worked on two presidential and one prime ministerial campaign in Israel. Noa graduated from Vassar College.
Adriana Pentz is the CEO of StartingBloc.
Prior to joining StartingBloc, Pentz was the Senior Director of Operations for Vision Education & Media and a founding member of the Board of Directors for Vision Ed Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing low income students with academic enrichment programs in science, technology, engineering and math.
Pentz holds a bachelors' degree in English and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania, and she is a Boston 2007 StartingBloc Fellow.