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156, Morgan Dixon, GirlTrek | When Black Women Walk, Things Change

GirlTrek is the largest public health nonprofit for African-American women and girls in the United States. Morgan Dixon was a school teacher. As she learned about the statistical probability of chronic disease and early death among her students, she wanted to take action. Morgan knew that walking was a powerful antidote to many of the health challenges faced by those in her community. She began by walking with her students. As satisfying as those walks were, she knew that the solution needed to scale. With her friend, Vanessa Garrison, they used Facebook to organize a 10-week walking challenge. The next year, women came back and asked Morgan and Vanessa to…

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141, Jeroo Billimoria, Child & Youth Finance International | Social Entrepreneurship Starts Early

Jeroo Billimoria is one of the social entrepreneurs recently featured in the Ashoka series, #LeadYoung – Great Changemakers Start in Their Youth. If you have raised a teenager, or been one yourself, you know that teens are experts at arguing. While it is not uncommon to have a disagreement with a teen, for Jeroo Billimoria there is one argument that changed the direction of her life for good. At the age of 16, Jeroo debated her mother on the best way to help children get through school. Her mother was a social worker in the schools for poor members of the Parsi community. Her mother focused on family and other…

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065, Stuart Yasgur, Ashoka Social Financial Services | Using Market Forces for Social Good

Ashoka Social Financial Services Group identifies and supports social entrepreneurs using market forces for social good. If you heard Episode 60 of Social Entrepreneur with Bill Drayton, you heard him talking about the power of a network of leading social entrepreneurs. The Social Financial Services group focuses on social entrepreneurs who are pursuing innovative approaches to access new sources of capital and use market dynamics to create social impact. Stuart Yasgur is just the right guy to run this group. He spent a decade working with startup and growth-stage businesses as a consultant in New York City. He obtained degrees from Cornell, Columbia and the London School of Economics. More…

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065, Stuart Yasgur, Ashoka Social Financial Services | Using Market Forces for Social Good

028, Marina Kim, Ashoka U | Every Campus a Changemaker

Colleges and Universities are complex cultures with deep thinkers and multiple stakeholders. Marina Kim, has had plenty of practice at working across complex cultural boundaries. She is the daughter of Korean and American parents. She was raised by a single mother. She spent her summers in Costa Rica, and then when she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to northern England. As an eighteen year old, she attended Stanford University in Palo Alto. All of these experiences prepared her perfectly for her current role as the co-founder of Ashoka U. Ashoka U takes an institutional change approach to impact the education of millions of students. They accomplish this through three…

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028, Marina Kim, Ashoka U | Every Campus a Changemaker