After spending many years jumping back and forth between the non- and for-profit sectors, I became involved with Benefit Corporations in 2012. I feel very strongly that this is the ideal platform for developing my company The Flyways, Inc., a Social Impact Story Publishing house, into a world class operation. In the course of developing a project almost 10 years ago, I first learned about MOOCs and open courseware, which have fascinated me ever since. I've taken several certification MOOCs and then discovered this program, which brings everything I believe in to one complete package! My intention is to become a world-class expert in Impact Entrepreneurship and Innovation, so that I'd be able to coach organizations on creating Social Impact metrics and guest-lecture at universities, along with running my company, The Flyways.
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Impact Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Program and Project Management
This certification from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Philanthropy University was the culmination of my efforts toward mastering the subject of Social Impact and Innovation. I received the certification in May 2016, marking the completion my No-Pay MBA course work. Included in the pursuit of this certification is becoming a member of +Acumen Corps, iGenius, the Centre for Effective Altruism, and Philanthropy University Global Impact Leaders.
While participating in No-Pay MBA and obtaining my certification, I also wrote a book on the topic of Social Impact and Innovation. Chapters were posted each week on Medium. The book will be publishing in Fall 2016.
I'm a member of +Acumen's newly formed Acumen Corps, a special community for highly motivated, dedicated individuals who are committed to growing and using their skills to tackle problems of poverty and social justice. Beginning in September 2016, I am an Acumen Lab Leader, running special events related to Social Entrepreneurship 101 that give students a platform for exploring social justice and social business ideas in small groups.
SOCAP volunteers are individuals who have been excellent students, highly motivated entrepreneurs, non-profit representatives, or those in career transition. Volunteers are vital to our success, fill integral roles throughout the conference, and help make SOCAP a memorable experience for all.
Introductory Courses: - Social Entrepreneurship 101 (Learner- Fall 2015; Course Catalyst- Spring 2016, Summer 2016) - Creativity and Entrepreneurship - New Models of Business in Society - Fundamentals of Management Finance: - Intro to Financial Accounting - New Venture Finance - Financial Modeling for the Social Sector
Impact Entrepreneurship and Innovation: - Social Innovation - Global Social Entrepreneurship - Leadership: Ten Rules for Impact and Meaning - Essentials of Non-Profit Strategy - Organizational Capacity - How to Scale Social Impact - Fundraising: How to Connect with Donors - Idea Generation Methods - Storytelling for Change - Leadership Through Social Influence - Design Thinking for Innovation - Design Kit: The Course for Human Centered Design - Design Kit: Prototyping - Design Kit: Facilitator's Guide Systems Thinking and Design: - Technological, Social, and Sustainable Systems - Thinking Complexity Publishing: - The Future of Storytelling - Transmedia Storytelling - Literature and Mental Health - The World of Hans Christian Andersen
- Beyond Silicon Valley (Learner- Fall 2015, Facilitator- Spring 2016) - How to Build a Startup (Learner- Fall 2015; deliverable- NPMBA Mentoring program, launch February 2016) - Successful Negotiation (Learner- Winter 2016) - Group Presentation: Finding a Place for Your Passion (November 2015)
Through my work with Beyond Silicon Valley, I met Elaine Slatter, the founder of Fabulous Fempreneurship, and I am now a contributing writer and a mentor to women around the world.
Another network member, Kristof Neirinck, and I created a Mentoring Program for No-Pay MBA as part of the How to Build a Startup group course. The mentoring program has served to guide members through coursework, career preparation, and professional networking.
Marketing: - Digital Marketing Channels: The Landscape Strategy: - Competitive Strategy/Game Theory - Scaling Smart: Developing Repeatable Models to Grow Your Impact - Scaling Up Your Venture Without Screwing Up - Digital Leadership Data Analysis: - Lean Data Approaches to Measure Social Impact
During this portion of my coursework with No-Pay MBA, I developed my company's overall media strategy, including visual branding and developing a slogan: "Stories Drive Impact." This was a direct combination of taking Digital Channels (visual branding) and Scaling Up Without Screwing Up (the slogan).