The SocialOct. 9 & 10, 2018 | Denver, CO
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Brought to you by Project X-ITE, The Barton Institute and the Graduate School of Social Work, The Social convenes thought leaders, practitioners, and students of social impact for immersive ideation, learning, and action in social innovation and entrepreneurship. The summit will focus on equity in innovation for community health and wellness.
About The Social
DU’s Graduate School of Social Work, Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise and Project X-ITE, present an opportunity to network with colleagues from across sectors and roll up your sleeves through experiential workshops and collaborative learning opportunities. Take part in powerful, thought-provoking discussions that will spur ingenuity and broaden perspectives regarding the power of social innovation and impact work in the global economy. This two-day event begins on October 9 with a panel discussion at Catalyst HTI that will focus on the health equity movement. On October 10, we’ll convene on DU’s campus for a full day of workshops to address core aspects of social innovation and entrepreneurship including design-thinking, social impact evaluation, and funding and scaling for start-ups. The schedule for The Social is customizable – select workshops based on your interests, or attend the full two-day summit.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 @ CATALYST HTI
The Social Kickoff:
Innovation and Equity in Health & Wellness
Catalyst HTI Event Space, 1881 35th St.
Moderated by Dean and professor of the DU Graduate School of Social Work Amanda McBride, this all-women panel will focus on equity in health and how emerging innovations are increasing health access, care, and prevention across Colorado. Panelists include Helen Drexler, president & CEO of Delta Dental, Deidre Johnson, CEO and executive director of the Center for African American Health and Lydia Prado, director of community partnerships with DU’s Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise.
WEDNESDAY, October 10 @ UNIVERSITY of denver
Registration and Breakfast
SIE Rm. 5025
Keynote Address –
Designing with Individual Innovation Ideas
Craig Hall Rm. 120
Bring your own innovative ideas and workshop them alongside other entrepreneurs. Led by Michael Caston, executive director of DU’s Innovation Floor, this workshop is a unique opportunity to harness collective input around your own project. Attendees must be present from 9:15 am until 11:30 am.
The Entrepreneurial Moment
Thinking Beyond the Non-profit Business Model for Social Entrepreneurship
AAC Rm. 290
Rosanna Garcia, associate professor at Daniels College of Business, will discuss B corps and different business models that social entrepreneurs consider as they develop business plans and search for funding.
Designing with Individual Innovation Ideas (continued from 9:15 am session)
*Attendees must be present from 9:15 am until 11:30 am.
Demystifying Angel Investors & Other Creative Funding Streams
Diversity in Social Innovation
Train the Trainer in Design Thinking Methodology
SIE Rm. 5025
Kim Bender, professor at DU’s Graduate School of Social Work and faculty director of Project X-ITE, and Ellie Adelman, student at DU’s Graduate School of Social Work and Barton QF Social Enterprise Fellow, will lead a workshop on design thinking methodology, training participants to lead their own design thinking workshops. (*Attendees must be present from 1:45 p.m. until 3:45 p.m.)
Leading Diverse Teams in Innovation
AAC Rm. 290
Adrienne Mansanares, chief experience officer for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and trustee with the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, will lead a discussion about building and leading inclusive, equitable, and innovative teams.
Pressure Points with Growth
Craig Hall Rm. 448
As social enterprises go from idea to start-up to expansion, they face different challenges and require different types of funding support. Janney Carpenter, faculty director for the Barton Institute QF Social Enterprise Fellows will present research on this topic conducted by the 2017-18 Fellows in partnership with The Denver Foundation. Patrick Horvath, deputy VP of programs for The Denver Foundation will share how the research has influenced the Foundation’s strategies and implications for other funders.
Train the Trainer in Design Thinking Methodology
(continued from 1:45 pm session)
*Attendees must be present from 1:45 pm until 4:00 pm
Evaluating Social Impact
Outcome Based Approaches to Social Change
AAC Rm. 290
Roger Low, Pay for Success manager with the Colorado Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting, will draw upon his experience with the state’s “Pay for Success” model to demonstrate the role that policy plays in scaling proven social change efforts. Kristin Klopfenstein, director of the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab (a program of the Barton Institute at DU) will draw upon her extensive experience in measuring outcomes to advance social change.
Craig Hall Rm. 120
DU Students, Faculty, Staff
All events are free for DU students, staff, and faculty
*Registration is still required
Full Summit: $50
Full Summit: $100
Tickets canceled prior to October 1st, 2018 at 9 am will receive a full refund. After October 1st, all tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. This policy is subject to change; all registered attendees will be notified of any changes.
Meet Our Speakers
Student, DU Graduate School of Social Work
Ellie Adelman is a second year student in the Master’s in Social Work program, with an emphasis on innovative and culturally-adaptive interventions for refugee mental health. She is currently a social work intern with the UCHealth Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, as well as a Social Enterprise Fellow with the Barton Institute. While at DU, Ellie has been a co-instructor for DU’s first interdisciplinary graduate-level Human-Centered Design course, as well as an intern and Global Innovation Fellow with the African Community Center of Denver. Ellie comes to DU with over a decade of experience working in international community development and peacebuilding, including three and a half years as a women’s and girls’ leadership specialist with Peace Corps in The Gambia and five years managing Women and Girls Lead, an initiative to spark conversation and action around vital gender equity issues using documentary film. Ellie earned her MA in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame and her BA in Spanish and in International Conflict Resolution from Salisbury University.
Director of the DU Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise
Rebecca Arno is Director of the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver, where she previously served as Executive Director of Foundation Relations. She has more than two decades of experience in the philanthropic sector, most recently as Vice President for Operations and Communications for The Denver Foundation. Rebecca has served on numerous boards including as chair of Communications Network, a national network of communications professionals in the social sector, and of the Colorado Nonprofit Association. Rebecca earned her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University as part of the Colorado Trust Fellows program. She currently serves on the board of Lighthouse Writers Workshop and on the Reisher Scholarship Committee at The Denver Foundation.
President and CEO, Bridges to Prosperity (B2P)
Avery is the President and CEO of Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), a nonprofit social enterprise providing isolated communities with access to essential health care, education and economic opportunities by building footbridges to connect the rural last mile.Under her leadership, B2P has connected nearly one million people around the world. Avery was named one of the world’s top 25 most newsworthy engineers by Engineering News Record (ENR), and was selected as one of American Society of Civil Engineers top ten engineers under 30. Avery is a Distinguished Young Alumni of The University of Iowa and TheUniversity of Colorado at Boulder, and received an honorary doctorate degree from Clarkson University. She completed a MBA at Säid Business School at the University of Oxford, where she was the Managing Director of the Oxford Seed Fund and was nominated by her peers as one of the graduation speakers.
Associate Professor, DU Graduate School of Social Work
Jennifer Bellamy is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. At GSSW she teaches research and theory courses at the master’s and doctoral levels. She received her master’s of science in social work from The University of Texas at Austin in 2000. Before earning her Ph.D. she worked as a crisis counselor and a project coordinator for a multisite demonstration project serving young, unmarried, low-income fathers. Bellamy completed her PhD at the Columbia University School of Social Work in 2006 and postdoctoral training at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in Saint Louis in 2008.
Bellamy’s current research interests include the engagement of fathers in child and family services, child welfare and evidence-based practice. She published extensively in the area of evidence-based social work practice and is currently engaged in the development and testing of interventions to better serve fathers in child and family programs including home visiting and parent training.
Professor, DU Graduate School of Social Work
Professor Kimberly Bender is passionate about developing and testing interventions to empower young people to reach their full potentials. The majority of her work partners with young people experiencing homelessness to understand their needs, engage them in social change projects and develop skills that can prevent adverse experiences.
Bender serves as co-PI on a six-state multi-site research project with youth experiencing homelessness through shelter, drop-in and transitional housing services to better understand risk and protective factors in this population. She also serves as principle investigator on a three-year randomized trial of a mindfulness-based cognitive intervention to prevent victimization and substance among youth residing in emergency shelters funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
More recently, Bender has published in the area of youth participatory action research with youth experiencing homelessness – an approach she finds rewarding and meaningful. Her extensive publication record in the area of adolescent and youth risk earned her the university-wide Distinguished Scholar Award. She has also been designated Public Good Faculty of the Year in acknowledgement of her outstanding commitment to the public good through community-engaged research.
Bender prioritizes training students as research team members on her community-engaged research projects and has been recognized with several student-nominated awards, including the Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students Award and the Excellence in Teaching Award.
Sarah Zak Borgman
Director, Skoll Community and Convenings, The Skoll Foundation
Sarah Zak Borgman has executive oversight for the Skoll Community of Awardees and Skoll’s high-profile platforms that accelerate entrepreneurial approaches to the world’s most pressing problems. As part of her responsibilities, she oversees the Skoll World Forum, the premiere 1,200 person invite-only, week-long convening at the University of Oxford, in Oxford, U.K. Sarah has more than 20 years of executive and general management experience, with a focus on marketing, communications and convening experience in the public, private and government sectors. Prior to joining the Skoll Foundation, she served as the VP of Communications at the X PRIZE, the VP of Communications at the Prostate Cancer Foundation and a VP at Porter Novelli where she directed numerous entertainment, Fortune 100 and advocacy accounts. Sarah also worked for the Clinton Administration as the director of marketing for the Peace Corps and also served as a communications officer at the National School-to-Work Office at the U.S. Department of Education.
Melanie Herrera Bortz
Program Officer, Colorado Health Foundation
Melanie Herrera Bortz is a sought after expert on health equity and social justice issues. She is a program officer at The Colorado Health Foundation where she manages a portfolio of investments aimed at ensuring that all Coloradans have what they need to live healthy lives. In 1998, Melanie co-founded Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights and led it for eight years. She has also worked at both the state and national level to maximize the number of people who enrolled in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
She was honored with the Gloria Steinem Women of Vision Award and the Faith and Freedom Award for her work on Latina reproductive justice. She was also awarded the University of Denver Arts, Science and Humanities Alumni Achievement Award. Additionally, she was awarded the Bernie Valdez Alianza Award for her work educating the Latinx community about the ACA. Melanie has volunteered for many community initiatives and served on numerous boards. Currently, she is an advisory board member of the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Denver. Melanie has a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in health policy from the University of Colorado at Denver. She is an alumna of the Latino Leadership Institute Fellowship. She was born and raised in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Her greatest joys are being Philip’s mom and being married to Matt.
CEO of the Case Foundation, Keynote Speaker
Jean Case, the Chairman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Foundation, is a philanthropist, investor and internet and impact investing pioneer who advocates for the importance of embracing a more fearless approach to innovate and bring about transformational breakthroughs. Her career in the private sector, including as a senior executive at AOL, spanned nearly two decades before co-founding the Case Foundation in 1997. In addition, Jean currently serves on the boards of National Geographic Partners, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), the White House Historical Association and BrainScope Company, Inc. as well as on the advisory boards of the Brain Trust Accelerator Fund, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016 and has received honorary degrees from Indiana University and George Mason University. Her first book, Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose is scheduled to be released in January of 2019.
Executive Director of the Innovation Floor, University of Denver
Michael Caston is the Associate Professor of the Practice in Innovation and Product Design and Development in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering department within the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Denver. He teaching courses in product development, entrepreneurship, consumer insights, and market feasibility.
Michael is also the Executive Director of the Innovation Floor, a project-based learning center available to all students, faculty, and staff at the University of Denver. He also serves as the faculty director for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community where students learn about and experience entrepreneurship and innovation through hands-on activities in a year-long program designed to introduce students to the startup-world.
Michael spent 5 years as a Professor of Industrial Design for Metropolitan State University of Denver. He taught courses in Plastics: Materials and Fabrication, Technical Drawing & CAD, and Industrial Design Studio courses where students gain real world experience and exposure by completing product development projects for companies both large and small.
Michael is also the founder of a Product and Graphic Design Firm, CAMIC designs LLC.CAMIC designs was formed in July 2007 and of fers product, graphic, packaging, and web design to a variety of companies from startups to fortune 500 companies.
Chancellor at the University of Denver, PhD
Rebecca Chopp, PhD, has been chancellor of the University of Denver since September 2014. Informed by a planning process that consulted thousands of community members, she developed the DU IMPACT 2025 strategic plan, focused on the 21st-century transformation of knowledge, the holistic education of students, and the University’s engagement in local and global organizations and communities. A visionary leader, Chopp emphasizes the importance of developing DU as an intentional community—among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University—and creating a welcoming and inclusive global community and a campus where people from all backgrounds can thrive.
From 2009 to 2014, Chopp was president of Swarthmore College, founded in 1864 outside Philadelphia and ranked the third-best liberal arts college in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. At Swarthmore, Chopp passionately upheld the college’s longstanding commitment to admitting the most highly qualified students without regard for their financial circumstances. She supported innovative ways for faculty and students to interact at Swarthmore and extended the distinct role the school plays in educating students to build inclusive communities and to become leaders motivated to contribute to the common good.
Before joining Swarthmore, Chopp served as president of Colgate University, where she led a comprehensive strategic plan that expanded the university’s academic space, strengthened academic programs and developed new interdisciplinary centers. She also served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory University and as a dean at Yale University.
Associate Professor of Marketing at the Daniels College of Business
Rosanna Garcia is the Walter Koch Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Marketing at the Daniels College of Business. Her recent research and teaching focuses on sustainable innovations and the role of trust in sharing communities that evolve in societies driven by the benefits of co-sharing of assets, and on the introduction of ‘resistant’ innovations to a reluctant marketplace. She is an expert on agent-based modeling, a simulation technique that models consumer decision making in complex market situations. Garcia’s teaching focuses on entrepreneurial marketing and new product launch. She is author of the textbook, “Creating and Marketing New Products & Services.”
Garcia holds a Ph.D. in marketing from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Rochester. She earned a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and a bachelor of arts in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. As a co-PI on a National Science Foundation grant, “Implications of automotive greenhouse gas policies on materials flows: A life cycle approach integrating engineering, public policy, and market decisions,” her recent work has concentrated on the diffusion of electrical vehicles into the U.S. market.
Previously, Garcia was an associate professor of marketing and innovation at Northeastern University. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation, the Marketing Science Institute and the Product Development Management Association for her work on diffusion and agent-based modeling. She sits on the board of several startups due to her expertise in entrepreneurial marketing, and is a sought after consultant for her work in market simulation. Prior to joining academia, Garcia spent 12 years working in the telecommunications industry in business development, including starting and selling a small business. As a small business owner, she was elected as an Small Business Association White House Business Council representative for Massachusetts. She has three patents resulting from this time in industry.
Executive Director of Bayaud Enterprises, Inc.
David E. Henninger has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1973, as the executive director of Bayaud Enterprises, Inc., (Nee- Bayaud Industries) which has been in operation since May of 1969 creating jobs for thousands of individuals who have a disability and/or economic challenges. Bayaud serves over 1500 people a year and currently employs over 200 individuals with an operating budget of $8.8 million.
He obtained a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Administration from the School of Business at the University of San Francisco and pursued doctoral studies in public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management at the University of Colorado/Denver.
He has served as a Board member of numerous nonprofit organizations including:
- Mental Health Assoc. of Colo. (includes being Board Chair twice)
- The Legal Center (Serving People With Disabilities) (includes being Board Chair)
- Center for Nonprofit Excellence (includes being Board Chair)
- Rocky Mountain Stroke Assoc. (includes being Board Chair)
- Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations (CANPO – now known as the Colorado Nonprofit Association) (includes being on the founding Board)
- Escuela de Guadalupe
- University Hills Rotary Club of Denver (includes being Club President)
- The Community Resource Center (includes being Board Chair)
- Colorado Circles for Change (nee Victim and Offender Reconciliation Program of Denver (VORP) (Board Chair)
- The Initiative (nee the Domestic Violence Initiative (DVI) (Current)
- Colorado Cross Disabilities Coalition (CCDC) (Current)
- Disability Benefit Committee (Current appointed by the Governor )
- Caring for Colorado Foundation (Current, appointed by the Governor)
For the past 20 years, Henninger has been an affiliate faculty member in the Masters of Nonprofit Management Program at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He has facilitated courses in History, Theory, and Future of Nonprofit Organizations; Governance of Nonprofits/Organizational Change; Leadership; and Critical Issues in Nonprofit Organizations. He has been a featured speaker at numerous association meetings and has received numerous honors and recognition as a passionate advocate for the nonprofit sector.
CEO & Exec. Director, Center for African American Health
Deidre Johnson is the CEO and Executive Director of The Center for African-American Health. A community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of African Americans, The Center works toward health equity for the underserved African American community by offering culturally responsive health education and outreach that empowers community members to overcome the root causes of health problems, maximize their own individual health and access health and support services.
DU Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director of Project X-ITE
Marty Katz is the Chief Innovation Officer for the University of Denver, where he catalyzes and accelerates cross-disciplinary experiential education and community engagement, breaking down silos and barriers to collaboration in higher education. He is also the Executive Director of Project X-ITE, a cross-disciplinary platform to ignite the innovator’s mindset among students and faculty, and connect DU to Denver’s innovation ecosystem.
Prior to that, he served as Dean at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, where he is also a faculty member. As Dean for 7 years, he led Denver Law in the development and implementation of a major strategic plan focused on experiential learning, building core areas of specialization, and connecting with Denver’s legal community. As a result, Denver Law became a national leader in experiential education and doubled its faculty’s scholarly productivity. Under Dean Katz’s leadership, Denver Law moved up 21 places in US News’ law school rankings, had five specialty programs ranked in the Top 15 by US News, and received recognition as one of America’s 20 Most Innovative Law Schools.
He has published extensively on the future of legal education, as well as in the fields of constitutional law and employment law. He has lectured extensively on these topics, and has made numerous media appearances in both local and national outlets.
The National Jurist selected him as #4 on their “Most Influential People in Legal Education” list.
Prior to teaching full time, Professor Katz was a partner in the employment law group at Davis, Graham & Stubbs in Denver, Colorado and a law clerk to the Honorable David M. Ebel of the U.S. Court of Appeals. In his spare time, Professor Katz flies search and rescue missions for the Civil Air Patrol.
Director, Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab
A noted economist, Kristin Klopfenstein most recently served as founding Executive Director of the Education Innovation Institute at the University of Northern Colorado. The Institute was established by the Colorado General Assembly to leverage applied research to solve practical problems in educational reform.
Prior to joining UNC, Kristin was interim director of the Education Research Center at the University of Texas, Dallas, a state repository for educational data. She also served as an associate professor of economics at Texas Christian University. She earned her doctorate in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her undergraduate degree from George Washington University.
Pay for Success Project Manager, State of Colorado
Roger Low is the Pay for Success Project Manager in the Colorado Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting, where he has worked since 2016 to launch three state-funded Pay for Success projects to improve outcomes for Colorado youth involved or at high risk of involvement in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. He previously served as a legislative assistant and policy adviser for Senator Michael Bennet on Capitol Hill for 3 years, where he worked on federal legislation supporting Pay for Success models, as well as other domestic policy issues. Before that, he worked as Michael Bennet’s campaign Deputy Policy Director. Roger received a Masters of Public Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and his BA from Yale University. He was born and raised in Denver.
Chief Experience Officer, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Adrienne Mansanares is the Chief Experience Officer at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and was most recently the Vice President & COO of the Colorado Nonprofit Association. Building her career from community organizer to CXO, she advances social justice through strong teams, community collaborations, and innovative efficiencies. Previously with The Denver Foundation, she managed a nationally-recognized program increasing leadership of people of color in nonprofits, involving $1 million in grantmaking and community action strategies.
Adrienne is a Trustee with the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, as well as a fellow with the Latino Leadership Institute and member of the International Women’s Forum. A recipient of the 2014 Mayor’s Diversity Award, Adrienne is an avid runner, maintains a healthy pile of unread historical nonfiction by her bedside, and enjoys laughing heartily with her husband and two sons.
Executive Director of the DU Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise
In March 2016, David Miller joined the University of Denver, as the Executive Director of the new Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise.
Prior to joining the University of Denver, David was the President and CEO of The Denver Foundation from 1996 until 2016. In addition to David’s tenure at The Denver Foundation, David was a principal in Greenberg, Baron, Simon & Miller (GBSM), a strategic communications consulting firm and for ten years prior, he served in Colorado state and local government, as Executive Director of the Colorado Office of State Planning and Budgeting under Governor Richard Lamm and Chief of Staff for Denver Mayor Federico Peña.
David is a native of Denver and a fifth generation Denverite. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, Harvard College, and Harvard Law School. David is married to Lisa Farber Miller. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Amanda Moore McBride
Dean and Professor at DU Graduate School of Social Work
Amanda Moore McBride, PhD, is the Morris Endowed Dean and professor of the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. McBride is an internationally recognized expert in civic and community engagement. Her scholarship focuses on ways to promote engagement through education, programs and policy, addressing issues of inclusion. Prior research has focused on national service, service learning and international volunteering across nearly 100 publications.
McBride is a leader in the field of community engagement in higher education specifically, convening conferences and writing on the topic for the Chronicle of Higher Education and The Huffington Post. Prior consultancies include the United States Corporation for National and Community Service, the United Nations Volunteer Program and the Social Science Research Council. She has organized more than 20 conferences, including recent think tanks on the rise of social innovation in higher education.
McBride joined DU in 2016 after being affiliated with Washington University in St. Louis for 23 years, where she was the Bettie Bofinger Brown associate professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work and executive director of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.
Social Impact Design Principal, Civic Creatives
Based in St. Louis, MO, De Nichols serves as the Social Impact Design Principal of Civic Creatives, a design strategy agency that develops interactive experiences, tools, and initiatives to help communities engage issues of civic disengagement, youth development, social inclusion, food access and security, and arts & cultural policy. As a cultural producer, De organizes artists to develop digital media and visual artwork that extend the impact of her design practice. She is the visioning artist of the Mirror Casket (2014), a sculpture and performance created as protest art during the 2014 Ferguson uprising, which was collected by the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum for African-American History and Culture in 2016. Her projects such as Sticky Note to Self, United Story (2015), and FoodSpark integrate art and public interventions to help audiences reflect and respond to cultural microagressions facing women, queer communities, and people of color. Through her leadership with these and other works, Nichols has been deemed a national Ideas that Matter recipient, a two-time Clinton Global Initiative innovator, and a St. Louis Visionary for her community impact. Most recently, she was named a 2017 Citizen Artist Fellow of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and 2018 Artist Fellow with the Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis, MO.
Director of Community Partnerships, Barton Institute
Dr. Prado, a psychologist who earned her doctorate from the University of Denver in 1994, has been with the Mental Health Center of Denver for 17 years and is currently Vice President of Strategic Community Partnerships. She is the visionary behind the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-being, an international award-winning community center providing an array of mental health services co-located with an urban farm, a preschool, a children’s dental clinic, and extensive space for community gatherings.
As Director of Community Partnerships for the Barton Institute, Dr. Prado will foster, guide, and direct innovative public-private-nonprofit-academic partnerships that will address complex social issues (such as affordable housing, social determinants of health, and economic development) in collaboration with local communities.
CCARES Manager, Servicios de La Raza (SDLR)
Mirna Ramirez-Castro, proud child of immigrant parents, moved to Colorado from California to continue pursuing her passion of working with the Latino community. She has worked in local government in areas of human services, property tax and various public health campaigns from the age of 18. She found herself in the non-profit sector in 2008 and continues to work with grassroots organizations that seek to address a myriad of health inequities and disparities. Passionate about health issues that impact Latinos, she has been the impetus behind the health insurance enrollment and health advocacy programs at Servicios de La Raza (SDLR), which was recognized with a White House Champion of Coverage award in May of 2015. As a professional working mother, Mirna has strived to help her staff create a productive work environment that places an importance on work and life balance.
Orgullosa hija de inmigrantes, Mirna Ramirez-Castro se mudo de California a Colorado para continuar trabajando con la comunidad Latina. Desde la edad de 18 años a trabajado en varios sectores del gobierno local como servicios humanos, impuestos, y campañas de salud pública. En el 2008 se mudo al sector sin fines de lucro y aun continúa trabajando con organizaciones comunitarias que buscan mejorar los problemas de inequidad en la salud. Es apasionada por los problemas de salud que impactan a la comunidad Latina, y a sido el ímpetus detrás de los programas de seguro medico y abogacía en salud de Servicios de la Raza. Trabajo que recibió el reconocimiento de White House Champion of Coverage en Mayo del 2015. Como madre trabajadora, Mirna se ha esmerado en crear un ambiente de trabajo productivo que da prioridad a un balance de trabajo y vida familiar.
Yoal Kidane Ghebremeskel Redda
Executive Director, Streets Fraternity
Yoal Kidane Ghebremeskel Redda was born and raised in Eritrea, East Africa. At the age of 12 he emigrated with his family to the United States through a Diversity Visa and Denver become his home. He was an English with a Second Language student and graduated from Denver’s South High School. Yoal received and fulfilled a full “Daniels Scholar” scholarship, which empowered him to attend and graduate with a B.A. from the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Yoal has actively been engaged with the refugee and immigrant community in Colorado through his work with the African Community Center and the Piton Foundation. One of the reasons Yoal is so well known by former refugee youth and young adults, is his years of coaching, playing, and refereeing soccer.
Yoal co-founded the nonprofit youth center, Street Fraternity, in 2013 and has been its Executive Director since 2014. The Street Fraternity’s mission is to provide a place of brotherhood and personal growth for urban young men 14 – 25+ years of age who primarily live in the violent East Colfax Avenue neighborhoods of Aurora and Denver.
Yoal is a member of the 2015 Denver Metro Chamber Foundation Leadership Denver Class and received the 2016 My Brother’s Keeper Award, the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Award, the 2017 Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Award, and 2018 Livingston Fellow with Bonfils Stanton Foundation. He recently traveled to England with the U.S. State and Justice Departments to assist with and learn about global extreme violence issues.
CEO, Sample Supports, Crystal Joys, Samples Restaurant
Carmen Sample is a “Social Entrepreneur” – a social worker by trade that builds successful and profitable businesses that support and drive her social mission. Carmen received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2008 after completing two undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She then went on to complete post-graduate education and clinical training at the Denver Family Institute and subsequently became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Addictions Counselor.
Combining a sense of entrepreneurship with a social work background, Carmen started Sample Supports in 2010 and has developed this into a company which now provides comprehensive services to over 500 individuals with disabilities within her five regional offices throughout Colorado. Carmen simultaneously created Sample Therapy Services, an OBH-approved substance abuse treatment program in Boulder County primarily serving persons on parole and probation in need of mental health care. As Sample Supports grows, so have the unique community based opportunities for all life stages including service options for children and the elderly. In 2017 Sample Supports added a child welfare foster care license to their list as they became an approved Child Placement Agency in Colorado. In 2018 Sample Supports purchased Bross Street Assisted Living, an 11 bed historic community home for the aging population. The addition of children’s services and aging services means that Sample Supports is a rare and dynamic service provider that offers complete comprehensive care opportunities for individuals from birth through all stages of adulthood, including end of life care.
Managing Director, Project X-ITE, University of Denver
Nina Sharma has dedicated her career empowering others. She is currently the Managing Director of Project X-ITE, the innovation, tech, and entrepreneurship initiative at the University of Denver, where she also a guest lecturer and is working toward her Executive MBA. At Project X-ITE, she launched the Colorado Solutions Summit to accelerate social entrepreneurs working on the SDGs, as well as Pioneering Summer, an accelerator for student-led ventures.
Nina spent 15 years working in institutional fundraising and partnership development, at the New York Public Library, Carnegie Hall, Yale University, and the Ad Council. After getting her MPA from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service, she worked for Millennium Villages Project. In 2012, moved to Denver where she worked for various nonprofits including First Descents and Global Education Fund, launched her own consultancy, and worked for a boutique reputational consulting firm building collaborative partnerships between companies and international nonprofits.
Nina is a co-founder of +Acumen, serves on the board of directors of Global Dental Relief, and is on the Hamilton College Alumni Council. She was nominated for the Denver Business Journal 40 under 40 in 2018, and is an active alumni of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation. She was selected as a mentor for the German Marshall Fund’s Young Transatlantic Innovative Leaders Initiative, and is an acceleration partner of the United Nations Solutions Summit.
Senior Vice President, Tranzact Customer Care & Collections at Zayo
Hannah Wanderer is senior vice president, Tranzact Customer Care & Collections at Zayo. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing Tranzact, Customer Service, Accounts Receivable and Big Data. Hannah’s passion is for providing an effortless experience. She achieves this by partnering customer service and technology to make the customers experience an intrinsic part of the company’s strategy and culture.
One of the original Zayo team members, Hannah has served in a variety of operation, development, IT, service delivery, customer care, product and sales operations roles. Hannah joined Zayo from VoicePipe Communications where she served as Operations Director. She has nearly 20 years of of experience in the telecommunications industry.
Hannah is an active supporter of the entrepreneurial community in the front range, and in creating a community of leaders who inspire, support and drive change through Greenhouse Scholars, Colorado Technology Association, Denver/Boulder Startup Week and Women in Technology.
PhD Candidate, DU Graduate School of Social Work
Jennifer Wilson is a doctoral student at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. Her research interests focus on social innovations and interdisciplinary approaches to addressing poverty, specifically the issue of homelessness. She is currently a Graduate Research Assistant with the Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness as well as a former Fellow at the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise, both housed at the University of Denver. She earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an International MBA from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.
Jason Green at the 2017 Social
Watch the fireside chat with Jason Green, Director and Producer at 1331 Productions, Co-Founder of SkillSmart, and Former Special Asst. to President Obama, in discussion with Amanda Moore McBride, Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work.
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