As the title suggests, the theme of my summer is jobs – specifically, transitional job creation for the Bay Area’s neediest adult groups. Through REDF, a San Francisco-based venture philanthropy firm that funds new social enterprises, I am spending my summer at Goodwill of Silicon Valley, where I am tasked with helping launch a new social enterprise.
I am spending this summer interning at Five Acre Farms (FAF), a food startup in New York City. Five Acre Farms is a parent brand, and they work with local farms within 275 miles of the city to produce high-quality products that are sold in mainstream supermarkets.
On building a consulting business within a large arts non-profit organization.
This summer I'm working at EdSurge, an organization that provides ed tech insights for decision-makers. EdSurge helps educators discover the best products for their students; helps developers understand what educators and learners need; and helps investors make sense of the edtech market.
This summer, I am in Nairobi working for Dalberg Global Development Advisors.
This summer I'm working with the operations team at Rocketship Education to open a new elementary school, Rocketship Fuerza Community Prep, in San Jose, California.
For most of us, the word ‘franchise’ conjures up notions of American fast food chains like McDonalds, KFC and Subway. In the corporate world, franchising is an accepted and proven method for replication and growth. McDonalds, for instance, boasts over 35,000 franchise restaurants worldwide and plans to open nearly 1,600 new restaurants next year. But does the recipe for dishing out hamburgers in new geographies need to be excluded to commercial enterprises? Or, could the same principles for franchising burger businesses be applied to scaling social impact? This summer, I ventured to Cape Town, South Africa to find out.
I am spending 8 weeks in Ascuncion, Paraguay, working on a start-up called Elevate Academy. The goal of the company is to elevate the world by bringing business and leadership training to micro-entrepreneurs across the developing world.
According to new research from Stanford Graduate School of Business, awe makes people feel as though they have more available time. A sense of more time, the study shows, translates to a greater willingness to volunteer for a charity.
Ken Saxon, MBA ’88 and the Founder of Leading From Within, an organization dedicated to the self-renewal of leaders in the social sector, says, “When it comes to motivation on the job, people who choose to work in the social sector start out with a clear advantage. They benefit from a natural energy source —passion and a sense of mission about their work.“ But how do social sector leaders sustain their motivation, commitment, and passion over the long haul?