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Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

Social Entrepreneurship

This category includes articles about social entrepreneurs, typically about businesses with a for-profit model with a social mission embedded into the fabric of the business.

Tupperware Brands Joins UN Women to Advance Global Women’s Economic Empowerment

Serves as Founding Member of UN Women Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council

ORLANDO, Fla.— June 3, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Tupperware Brands today announces its role as a founding member of UN Women’s newly launched Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council. As part of this Council, the company will collaborate with UN Women and select leading businesses to promote, support and accelerate initiatives that strengthen women’s economic empowerment. The company has committed $500,000 to support UN Women’s work around the world and plans to amplify this commitment by launching cause marketing programs in key markets like India and Brazil. In addition, Tupperware Brands hopes to leverage its nearly 3 million global salesforce to advance UN Women and the company’s mutual commitment to women’s economic empowerment worldwide.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rick Goings participated in the official launch of the Council at United Nations Headquarters in New York City, stating that, “UN Women’s commitment to economic empowerment is perfectly aligned with Tupperware Brands’ unique business model – we provide women with entrepreneurial training, mentorship and support to breakthrough barriers in their way. Our model proves that unlocking women’s potential is good for communities and business.”

Goings went on to say, “we look forward to collaborating with UN Women to use our global sales force to strengthen our impact through innovative business solutions and help to economically empower millions of women around the world.”

Led by UN Women’s Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the invitation-only Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council will focus on accelerating women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women and help to close the funding gap for UN Women. The Council will also aim to expand economic opportunities for women by enhancing their access to skill building, education and financial literacy.

Tupperware Brands’ commitment includes three key components:

  • Financial Investment: Tupperware Brands made a $500,000 contribution to UN Women’s initiatives around the world, which are dedicated exclusively to the economic and political empowerment of women worldwide.
  • Human Capital Contribution: UN Women will have the opportunity to galvanize Tupperware Brands’ mostly female global salesforce on the ground in markets across the globe to increase the impact of programs where it is needed most.
  • Cause-Marketing: The company plans to name UN Women as a partner in its cause marketing efforts in key regions like India and Brazil, to not only raise awareness about what UN Women stands for but also highlight the work being done in those regions.

Tupperware Brands’ secret to success is not only its replicable business model but the company’s focus on relationships. It provides mentorship and tools that empower women to transform their lives and their families’ lives. Tupperware Brands calls its broader commitment Chain of Confidence, which is its global mission to help women remove the barriers that prevent them from going after their dreams. This commitment fuels the company’s participation on the Council where it hopes to multiply its impact. Partnerships like this allow the company to contribute to women’s economic empowerment and foster entrepreneurial opportunities at home and abroad.

The Council will meet twice a year to review progress and provide strategic input to guide advocacy and resource mobilization efforts. Other founding members, listed in alphabetical order, include:

  • Mr. Jean-Paul Agon: Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, L’Oreal
  • Mr. Dominic Barton: Chief Executive Officer, McKinsey & Company
  • Mr. Lloyd C. Blankfein: Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
  • Ms. Maureen Chiquet: Global Chief Executive Officer, Chanel
  • Mr. Mark Cutifani: Chief Executive Officer, Anglo American
  • Mr. Christopher Graves: Global Chief Executive Officer, Ogilvy PR
  • Ms. Sally Kennedy: Chief Executive Officer, Publicis Dallas
  • Mr. Muthar Kent: Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Coca-Cola Company
  • Mr. Paul Polman: Chief Executive Officer, Unilever

About Tupperware Brands Corporation

Tupperware Brands Corporation is a portfolio of global direct selling companies, selling innovative, premium products across multiple brands and categories through an independent sales force of 2.7 million. Product brands and categories include design-centric preparation, storage and serving solutions for the kitchen and home through the Tupperware brand and beauty and personal care products for consumers through the Avroy Shlain, BeautiControl, Fuller Cosmetics, NaturCare, Nutrimetics, and Nuvo brands.

Premiere Exhibit of Fashion Artwear Launches in NYC to Inspire Social Change and Environmental Stewardship

Proceeds of Activist Designer Tatiana Pagés’ Fashion Art Wear will Benefit AID FOR AIDS Charity

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 27, 2014 – Tatiana Pagés, a Chilean-Dominican New York-based activist designer, is proud to announce the premiere exhibit of LAIO, a sustainable artwear collection at a chic pop-up gallery located at 58-60 Ninth Avenue, in the heart of the Meatpacking District. The exhibit, as well as exciting events, demonstrations and parties, will run from Wednesday June 4th through Wednesday June 11th. This unique exhibit is part of a movement that aims to increase environmental awareness and promote social change through design. Sixty percent of each item sold will be donated to AID FOR AIDS, a charity that strives to help communities at risk of HIV and the global population at large.

“I find inspiration through the unexpected, I enjoy taking something that most people consider to be trash and turning it into something beautiful – that is the essence of LAIO” stated Pagés. She continued to say “I am proud and pleased to show my art to the people of New York City, the fashion capitol of the country!” Each piece of jewelry in the LAIO collection is handcrafted and beautifully designed, providing high-end fashion to the wearer as well as a positive impact on local communities, women in need and the global environment. Pagés teaches jewelry making workshops to underprivileged women around the globe, including those in jail, with the goal of passing along a skill to earn income, serving as a business model for women in need. According to Pagés, “It is important that my designs impact people in a positive way, otherwise I am just making ‘things.’ The world has enough things, I want to inspire and help people, which is why partnering with AID FOR AIDS was important to me.”

“For the past three years Tatiana has been an active member of AID FOR AIDS (AFA), she has combined her vast artistic knowledge, passion and creativity, in order to help us grow and therefore, continue to spread AFA’s message and keep it relevant” noted Jesus Aguais, Executive Director and Founder of AID FOR AIDS. “She’s a true visionary, and inspiration for all!” AID FOR AIDS is a non-profit organization committed to empowering communities at risk of HIV and the population at large by developing their abilities and capacities in comprehensive prevention through access to treatment, advocacy, education and training to improve their quality of life and reduce stigma and discrimination.

Additional activities and events happening throughout the week will include workshops, panel discussions, jewelry making demonstrations and more. Proud sponsors of select events include CIROC Ultra Premium Vodka and Moscow 57. Work from local artists will also be on display, all with the common goal of supporting art, design and local communities. LAIO is an acronym that stands for once in a lifetime spelled backwards, and it reminds us to think about what is ephemeral and what will endure. LAIO provokes a change in thinking, and encourages a modification in behavior. It inspires us to make mindful decisions to best support our planet.

About Tatiana Pages:

Often referred to as a global innovator, Tatiana Pagés combines her love of design, art, branding, social responsibility, and sustainability to create innovative movements and unique pieces. Her diverse experience as an entrepreneur, business owner, strategist, and activist designer, as well as brand visionary, has given her a unique perspective in the way she approaches projects.

As CEO and Chief Creative Officer of the New York City based Greencard Creative, Pagés has gained important consumer insights that help her build local and international brand movements. Her LAIO collections include Laiospresso, Illiterate Paper, and The Origomu Project. The Origomu Project is Greencard Creative’s social responsibility platform – a global movement that seeks to inspire environmental action through design. Meaning “folding rubber” in Japanese, Origomu reevaluates waste by transforming plastic six-pack rings into imaginative pieces of wearable art. Origomu’s designs have been featured in Vogue Latin America and Vogue Mexico, the Department of Education’s Visual Arts program, the museum at FIT, and Cirque du Soleil’s VIP tent.

Dell 2014 Gender-GEDI Research Shows More Support Needed to Enable Female Entrepreneurship Development Worldwide

  • The United States, Australia and newcomer Sweden named best places for female entrepreneurship
  • Policymakers need to do more; more than 75 percent of countries surveyed are not meeting the most fundamental conditions required for female entrepreneurs to prosper
  • Gender-GEDI is the world’s only diagnostic tool to comprehensively measure high-potential female entrepreneurship
  • 2014 research expands index from 17 countries to 30 and adds new indicators

ROUND ROCK, Texas – June 2, 2014 – Dell today announced the results of the second annual Gender-Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI), revealing that more than 75 percent of countries surveyed are not meeting the most fundamental conditions required for female entrepreneurs to prosper.

Commissioned by Dell, the Gender-GEDI is the world’s only diagnostic tool that comprehensively measures high potential female entrepreneurship by analyzing entrepreneurial ecosystems, business environments and individual aspirations across 30 developed and developing economies spanning multiple regions, providing a systematic approach that allows cross-country comparison, benchmarking, and identifies data gaps. The goal of the research is not to provide a headcount of female entrepreneurs worldwide, rather it is future-oriented and designed to be a tool to guide leaders, policymakers and law-makers in identifying country-wide strengths and weaknesses and developing strategies to create more favorable conditions in their countries to enable businesses founded by women to thrive.

“At Dell, we are committed to empowering people everywhere with technology solutions to fulfill their ambitions and reach their full potential,” said Karen Quintos, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Dell. “The Gender-GEDI Index provides key insights designed to help countries advance female entrepreneurship and ultimately bolster the global economy. We believe awareness of the current landscape for women entrepreneurship is the first step toward change.”

To inform and refine the research parameters of the Gender-GEDI, an expert panel was convened, comprised of leading change agents from the U.S. Department of State and global organizations such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank, Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI), Vital Voices, and WEConnect International, many of whom have already began using the research as a tool to inform policy and institute reform (examples available).

2014 Gender-GEDI Results

Among the 17 countries included in both the 2013 and 2014 Gender-GEDI reports, four increased their rankings (Japan, Brazil, India, and United Kingdom), four showed a decline (Malaysia, Egypt, Mexico and Morocco), and the others ranked comparatively both years.

The highest performing countries in the 2014 Gender-GEDI rankings are all OECD member countries with highly developed economies, and for the second year in a row, the U.S. (83) and Australia (80) came out on top, followed by Sweden (73), France and Germany (tied at 67), Chile (55), the United Kingdom (54) and Poland (51). The remaining 23 of the 30 countries studied received an overall index score of less than 50 out of 100, indicating that many of the fundamental conditions for high potential female entrepreneurship development are generally lacking in the majority of countries.

“To harness the full potential of the low performing countries, the Gender-GEDI results demonstrate that basic improvements are required in terms of access to equal legal rights and education as well as acceptance of women’s social and economic empowerment,” said Ruta Aidis, project director for the Gender-GEDI. “For countries with moderate scores, to improve their rankings, they should focus both on current women’s enterprise development interventions and support as well as basic improvements in the business-enabling environment.”

The 2014 Gender-GEDI demonstrates that top-performing countries are not necessarily the ones with the highest GDP levels; rather they are those who have committed to improving the conditions for female entrepreneurship on several fronts simultaneously, and even those with the highest scores still have room for improvement. While these countries tend to have good business-enabling environments overall, they could benefit from supporting programs designed to activate and accelerate the growth of high-potential female entrepreneurs.

To provide tangible examples on how women entrepreneurs can overcome challenges and maximize the opportunities flagged in the study, Dell commissioned an e-book, Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build Your Business Without One, featuring case studies of 10 women entrepreneurs, which is available for download starting today on

Index Highlights

The Gender-GEDI is focused on the ways in which governments, institutions and corporations can support the effort of improving conditions for high-potential female entrepreneurship worldwide, and the 2014 results indicate that, across all nations, there is still much to be done, but by increasing access to education, technology, capital and networks, significant progress can be made.

  • Access to capital continues to be crucial. Access to a formal bank account is critical for entrepreneurs, especially since it is a necessary precursor to the financing (bank loans, credit lines, etc.) that fuels business growth. However, in 14 of the 30 countries, 50 percent or more of the female population is unbanked, with the gender disparities being highest in Turkey, where there is close to a 50 percent difference between men and women with bank accounts. Worldwide, women also receive less outside funding for their businesses than men.
  • Many industries remain male-dominated. Occupation crowding, or the existence of ‘male’ and ‘female’ jobs in a country’s economy, not only contributes to the gender wage gap but also results in the concentration of women’s entrepreneurial activity within specific sectors, which can be detrimental to fully utilizing a nation’s capacity for innovation. Out of the 30 countries, only eight received an overall balanced ratio across employment sectors, and in India and Pakistan, formal employment is so highly sex segregated that no employment sectors are balanced. Some countries and industries are beginning to address these occupational inequalities through voluntary quotas and targeted initiatives in the sectors that tend to marginalize women as a result of their ‘macho lab coat, hard hat and geek’ workplace cultures.
  • Female start-up activity is on the rise in emerging markets. Despite being ranked as top performers and characterized by overall favorable business environments, opportunity perception is fairly low in the United States and Europe with less than one third of the female population measured identifying business opportunities. In Africa, this number reaches 69 percent. Even with challenges around access to education and capital, female startup activity in the region is high at 86 female to every 100 male startups. Ghana has more female startups than male at a rate of 121 to 100. The Latin American and Caribbean countries included in the Index also exhibit high rates, with a regional average of 84 female to every 100 male startups.
  • More women are needed at the top. Even when the business environment is right, social norms can affect general societal support for women as entrepreneurs and their access to experiences as decision makers and leaders. Local attitudes towards women in executive positions can also effect whether women choose to take on these higher roles and responsibilities. Only five countries have 40 percent or more female managers (Jamaica, Ghana, Panama, United States and Nigeria), and in four countries the percentage of women is 10 percent or less: South Korea (10 percent), Turkey (10 percent), Japan (9 percent) and Pakistan (3 percent). While education forms the foundation for high potential entrepreneurship, management experience provides women with additional skills, experience and networks that facilitate female entrepreneurship success.
  • Women’s rights must be addressed first. In 22 of the 30 countries included in the Index, married women have fewer rights than married men, in 21 countries women lack the same access to employment as men, and in eight countries women do not enjoy the same legal access to property as men. A number of countries also limit women’s access to public spaces through legal restrictions and discriminatory practices. In order to foster female entrepreneurship, these countries must first address these fundamental weaknesses and take steps towards ensuring women equal rights.

About Dell Gender-GEDI Index

The 2014 Gender GEDI Index is sponsored by Dell and includes 30 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and the United States.

The Index focuses on high potential female entrepreneurs who are defined as ‘innovative, market-expanding and export-oriented.’ The Index combines variables that measure agency and institutions in a composite index in order to capture the multi-dimensional aspects of female entrepreneurship development. Data comes from existing internationally recognized sources such as the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), World Economic Forum (WEF), World Bank, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Labour Organization (ILO), etc. The GEDI Institute is a non-profit research and consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. that assists governments, donor agencies, foundations, international assistance providers, and global companies expand economic opportunities for individuals, build future markets for societies, and propel economic development for nations. It uses an innovative methodology to advance entrepreneurship, thereby accelerating economic growth.


The Gender GEDI Index’s unique methodology brings together variables that measure individuals and institutions in a composite index that highlights issues relevant for high potential female entrepreneurship development and growth. Thirty individual-level and institutional-level dimensions are paired together into fifteen pillars that are further divided into three main sub-indices: Entrepreneurial Environment, Entrepreneurial Eco-System and Entrepreneurial Aspirations. The novel Penalty for Bottleneck methodology is applied to the pillar scores so that the ‘bottleneck’ (i.e. pillar with the lowest score) penalizes the final country ranking. This approach encourages countries to address their weakest areas first since it will have the greatest effect on their final score.

About Dell

Dell Inc. listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. As the visionary outcome of a true entrepreneur, Dell is committed to help power the success of entrepreneurs by developing technology solutions that help their businesses increase productivity and grow. Through the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, Dell supports and nurtures a community of female entrepreneurs by providing access to knowledge, networks, and capital. Learn more at

Things Female Business Entrepreneurs Must Know Before They Start That Startup

Frances Kweller, CEO of Kweller Prep, a learning incubator specializing in advanced test preparation in Queens, New York, founded Kweller Prep after receiving her law degree from Hofstra Law School. She offers the following tips to women embarking on their first business venture:

  1. Execute Immediately – Most women suffer from what I call “analysis paralysis”, which means they analyze the situation over and over again and then never take action. They have plans to do something, but don’t execute. Don’t spend time over-processing everything and take action immediately before you get cold feet.
  2. Don’t Let the Math Scare You – If you’re like me, you didn’t take a lot of math in school and numbers make you want to run the other way. As women, we don’t want to look at a portfolio or profit-and-loss statement because many of us don’t understand the math. Take a class at a community college, spend quality time with your accountant, CPA and banker and understand how business loans work because you will need this information in the future.
  3. Be Direct About What You Want – You need to be able to pitch what you want in 3 minutes or less. Learn not to be soft and get to the point to get what you want. Women tend to go in circles and are afraid of saying what they want. Being able to say what you want and what you are looking for is critical to your success.
  4. Trust Your Gut – Many people will tell you that you cannot do something or that your idea is a bad one. If your instincts are telling you that they’re wrong and you’re right, trust your instincts. When they say “no,” move on from it and beware of all the free advice. 
  5. Stay Away from Business Partners – Particularly in your first business venture, a business partner is not only not necessary but an unwelcome headache. Your first venture comes with enormous learning curves and mistakes you need to make alone. You need to listen to your instincts and have clarity of mind to do so, unclouded by another party in the way. 
  6. Get Support – Join a women’s group, while reading up on building a business and about other women entrepreneurs to garner the support you need while building your business. Surrounding yourself with other female entrepreneurs will only help you on your journey in discovery and with a solid foundation while building your own leadership skills too.

The Freedom Loan Fund Campaign

89 year-old and 10 year-old team up to raise funds for former child slaves who are now starting business co-ops in Nepal.

Campaign features intro of the new Make a Stand mobile crowdfunding app.

Sausalito, CA (May 21, 2014) – In June, 10-year old social entrepreneur Vivienne Harr and her company Make a Stand Lemon-aid will help lead The Freedom Loan Fund Campaign, a month-long effort to raise $40,000 for a micro-loan fund that is helping young women
who grew up as child slaves in Nepal start their own businesses.

More than 12,000 girls have been rescued from the Kamlari system of slavery by the Nepal Youth Foundation, founded in 1990 by Olga Murray of Sausalito at age 65. At age 89, Olga is still working each day to improve the lives of children in Nepal.

Together, Olga and Vivienne will raise money for the business co-op loan fund that is helping thousands of freed Kamlaris build a better life and lift their communities out of poverty so that slavery will never happen in Nepal again.

Vivienne will be using a beta version of the new Make a Stand mobile crowdfunding app. This new mobile technology allows anyone to “make a stand — wherever you stand” in just 3 steps and 30 seconds, from their phone.

“We’re making this great new app so that anyone can make a stand for what they believe in,” said Vivienne. “With the Make a Stand app, you don’t have to be big or powerful to change the world. You can be just like me!”


  • Freedom Loan Fund Campaign – A national online fundraising campaign led by Nepal Youth Foundation with support from Make a Stand Lemon-aid that will raise money for the freed Kamlari business co-op loan fund. Campaign website goes live on June 1, 2014 at:
  • Make a Stand app – The campaign will feature the new mobile crowdfunding technology that empowers anyone, anywhere to make a stand for their chosen cause from their smartphone in 3 steps and 30 seconds.


  • The Freedom Loan Fund Campaign launches on June 1, 2014. Olga Murray, Vivienne Harr, and her father Eric Harr, founder and CEO of Make a Stand, Inc., will be available for interviews during the first two weeks of June.


  • Nepal – where the former Kamlari slaves are starting their own businesses.
  • United States – where the national online fundraising campaign will take place.
  • Sausalito, CA – where Olga, Vivienne and Eric will be available for interviews.


  • Vivienne Harr, age 10, founder of Make A Stand, Inc. (; featured in the new film #standwithme (
  • Olga Murray, age 89, founder and honorary president of Nepal Youth Foundation ( Since 2000, NYF has rescued more than 12,000 girls from Kamlari slavery and was instrumental in motivating the government of Nepal to officially abolish the Kamlari system in June 2013.
  • Eric Harr, father of Vivienne and founder of Make a Stand, Inc., a certified B corporation ( Eric is a social media marketing expert who was founder and president of Resonate Digital.


  • Girls in Nepal who were rescued from Kamlari slavery are becoming powerful young women who are starting their own businesses with help from a co-op loan fund started by Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF).
  • The freed Kamlari business co-op is already a success, but the loan fund doesn’t have enough money to help all of the young women who want to start a business.
  • The Freedom Loan Fund Campaign will raise money to ensure that every former child slave in Nepal will have a chance to start a business and make a new life.


“Girls can do anything. All you need to do is make a stand for them — and that’s just what I am going to do!”

Vivienne Harr, Founder of Make a Stand, Inc.

“We’re developing a simple, mobile technology to that allows anyone to choose their cause and make a stand — wherever they stand. This technology makes good on the long-held promise that one person can change the world. Vivienne loves Nepal Youth Foundation, so she will choose a photo of the Kamlari girls and make a stand for them using the Make a Stand mobile app. It will be beautiful to behold.”

Eric Harr, Founder and CEO of Make a Stand, Inc.


Read about NYF’s Empowering Freed Kamlaris program. Photos are available by request. Read Olga’s story about attending Nepal’s first Freed Kamlari Day in January 2014.

Read about the Make a Stand App.

Escape for Good 2014 Raises $36,000 For Charities In Just 36 Hours Over Memorial Day

Teams Raced from New Orleans to Detroit With No Cash, Just Support of the Public

New York, May 27, 2014 – In just 36 hours over the Memorial Day weekend, the eight Escape for Good participants raised a total of over $36,000 for their favorite charities. By utilizing the power of social media for social good, two-person teams raced from New Orleans to Detroit with no money in their pocket and dressed as their favorite heroes. The participants made the thousand-plus mile trek in under two days using their wit, power of persuasion and the good will of others to win big in the name of charity.

In a race that was too close to call, the winning teams Cowabunga and Make a Stand split the bonus grand prize of $20,000 for their charities Project Mercy and Marin Community Foundation, respectively. Runners-up Epic Change, a team made up of actors Jeremiah Bitsu (“Breaking Bad”) and Estrella Nouri, won the bonus $5,000 for Charity: Water. Escape’s founder and creative director, Rocco Gardner and his business/race partner John “Buck” Buckmaster raised almost $5,000 for Sweet Relief. The Seminole Tribe of Florida generously donated the bonus prizes.

As teams travelled from the South through the Midwest, they called upon their followers on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to do their part to support the teams’ charities. Celebrities who answered the call included Akon, Albert Hammond Jr., Stephen Merchant, Neon Tree’s Tyler Glenn, and Chloe Norgaard who urged their over 7 million combined Twitter followers to help the Escape teams raise money and people listened. As the teams hustled their way up the Midwest corridor to the Motor City, they received more than $11,000 in outside donations. The exhausted teams crossed the finish line at Exodus in Detroit around 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

“Escape for Good was 36 hours of pure adrenaline,” said Greg Delaune of the Make a Stand team. “It was an extraordinary opportunity to support Make A Stand and their global effort to fight child slavery, while also showcasing the entrepreneurship, innovation, and vitality of New Orleans and Detroit.”

Contestants captured the adventure with their smart phones, keeping their audience up-to-date on all that was happening from singing in New Orleans’ Jackson Square to hanging out with Elvis in Graceland.

Escape Founder Rocco Gardner said, “This was our best race yet! We are working on ways to re-think how people fund raise and engage with charities. We were blown away by how amazing the public was, whether sponsoring a team, spreading the word, or simply helping us in our mission to travel through the country. Special thanks to New Orleans and Detroit, two of the great American cities, and thank you to everyone who made this possible!”

Past Escape for Good races, originating in New York City and Los Angeles, earned $10,000 and $20,000, respectively, with teams crossing the country (and even the Atlantic) dressed in hero attire.

Donations to Escape for Good charities can still be made by visiting Escape’s CrowdRise.


Escape is the creative vehicle of experiential agency Escape Productions LLC. Founded in New York City in 2009, Escape recently acquired a new home base in the high desert on the private 40-acre ranch, “Rancho V”, situated in Pioneertown, California. Escape’s Rancho V serves as a hub for musicians, photographers, thought leaders, and pioneers from across the globe, to find their true “escape”, and adopt an efficient and direct course to their goals. Rancho V also hosts recording sessions in its state-of-the studio and photo shoots in its desert retreat locale.

By enabling and empowering a community of artists, inspired entrepreneurs, connectors, altruistic developers and more, Escape is committed to improving the circumstances of others. Escape’s founder Rocco Gardner brought the inaugural Escape to New York festival to New York in 2011 on the Shinnecock Indian Nation Reservation. Since then Escape has hosted similar events in Montauk, NY; Los Angeles, CA whilst developing its Escape for Good race and agency. The organization continues to work with the Native American Tribes, creating immersive, one-of-a-kind experiences and economic development opportunities.
twitter: @escape
instagram: @escape

Build Ur Impact Teaching Powerful Life Skills for After Graduation to Underserved Youth

The Bay Area Northern California social venture is leading young people into discovering better opportunities.

World Wide Web – May 1, 2014 – The underserved population of the Bay Area are getting necessary help with Build Ur Impact that teaches life skills workshops derived from founder Cory Roberson. The group’s fundamentals are based on: Innovation, Money/Finance, Personal Resilience, Adept Thinking, Community Service, and Travel. The group works with local non-profit organizations to provide young people with tools to embrace their own personal vision toward a better future.

Build Ur Impact is committed to improving the lives of underserved youth across the Bay Area. The website for the organization is located at

Cory Roberson is a social entrepreneur, businessman, author, and agent of change in local and global communities. He has built a consulting business and worked with more than ten community service and educational programs serving youth around the world including schools in China and South Korea.

Cory Roberson shares his experiences with his learners in the areas of creativity, money, life challenges, education, travel, and starting a business. He delves into the inspirational stories that make the journey a work of motivation with people he’s met along the way. Cory’s goal is to lead others into turning ideas into a structure that generates a return – not always measured in terms of capital.

Build-Ur-Impact believes there are many young people within communities today who need a platform for implementing their goals and forging through to success. The group has established itself within the youth-oriented non-profit sector and is contributing added resources to the cause.

Cory Roberson is a man who understands firsthand what can take place in the life of a child and has personally witnessed the remarkable transformation in a child’s life when given access to knowledge. In his book, “Don’t Play Around, Write it Down,” Cory discusses his methods for turning ideas into a structure by thinking in terms of business and impact. Cory Roberson and Build Ur Impact are successfully inspiring others at the intersection of vision and practical thinking.

Learn more by visiting

Facebook: #BuildUrImpact
Twitter: @BuildUrImpact

Deal Forum at Conference to Give Social Entrepreneurs Access to Impact Investors

Social entrepreneurs attending the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference can qualify in advance for an opportunity to be mentored in developing their pitch to the Investor Panel at this special Deal Forum by the Wayne Brown Institute.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – May 27, 2014 – Mission-driven entrepreneurs attending the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference now have the opportunity to apply for two slots to pitch accredited impact investors at the conference. The special Deal Forum will be run by the Wayne Brown Institute.

Entrepreneurs interested in pitching investors at the conference are invited to visit to apply for the program, which will include being placed with aDeal Maker Team from the Institute for the selected entrepreneurs to be mentored in preparing for the pitch. Nonprofit leaders are also invited to attend the conference.

“Entrepreneurial companies that have completed our program in the past have gone on to raise billions of dollars,” said Brad Bertoch, President of the Wayne Brown Institute. “We’re excited to apply our proven mentoring process and proprietary Deal Forum model to the social impact space at the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference.”


“We’re thrilled to give entrepreneurs at our conference an opportunity to access professional investors who can coach them on their capital raises live,” said Devin Thorpe, conference host and “Champion of Social Good” at the Your Mark on the World Center. “All conference goers will have the chance to hear both selected companies pitch and receive feedback from the investor panel.”

About the Wayne Brown Institute: For over three decades, the Wayne Brown Institute (WBI), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, has been a premier resource for both entrepreneurs seeking funding and for investors who want to help promising young companies achieve their potential. WBI has become the most efficient, cost effective, economic development organization in the country. For more information visit

About the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference: The Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference 2014 (SECFC14) will be held September 26, 2014 at Snowbird, Utah. Expert speakers, philanthropists, venture capitals and other impact investors from across the country will join us. To register or for more information visit

About the Your Mark on the World Center: The Your Mark on the World Center champions social good by writing about, advocating for and advising those who do good in the world. Founder Devin Thorpe writes for Forbes, covering social entrepreneurship and impact investing. For more information visit


WPEO Recognized As Best Organization for Women Business Enterprises

— Sandra Eberhard Honored for Commitment to Diversity in Business —

NEW YORK, NY (May 23, 2014) — Sandra Eberhard, Executive Director, WPEO-DC, was honored by the Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association (MWMCA), for her work on behalf of The Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO), recognized as the Best Organization for Women’s Business Enterprises. She was among twenty-two leaders of diversity celebrated at the 2014 11th Annual Spring Breakfast Meeting/Business Showcase Expo, hosted by the business association that seeks to increase capacity for Minority, Women, Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses.

Sandra Eberhard

Honorees represented varied industries, including government, healthcare, education, utilities, gaming, professional services, banking, finance, construction and small minority and women-owned businesses. Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Dr. David Wilson, President of Morgan State University, and Frank Kelly, Manager, Supplier Diversity, BGE, attended the May 9th event, which attracted more than 1000 attendees.

“I am proud to receive this award on behalf of The Women Presidents’ Educational Organization, and support its commitment to furthering the success of women-owned businesses and the value of third-party certification,” said Sandra Eberhard.

Ms. Eberhard was recognized for her advocacy on behalf of women in the state of Maryland and work to help to further inclusion. She received a citation from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, a certificate of Congressional Recognition from the House of Representatives and a Certificate of Merit from U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, who cited her “outstanding commitment to diversity in business for all sectors of Government and Private business.”

“Sandra has done an exceptional job leading our WPEO-DC office during a time of unprecedented growth,” said WPEO founder and President Dr. Marsha Firestone.” Our operation supports women business enterprises that generate more than $3.1 billion in revenue and employ more than 30,000 in Maryland, Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area,” she added.

About The Women Presidents’ Educational Organization

The Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO) is a regional affiliate of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s premier third-party certification organization for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs). The mission of the WPEO is to create increased access to business opportunities for WBEs. Its programs develop skills and knowledge for WBEs, advocate in the public and private sectors, foster relationships between WBEs, corporations and the government, and provide full-service, third-party certification to women entrepreneurs, in areas that include: New York; Northern New Jersey; Southern Connecticut; Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and Virginia. WPEO is incorporated in the state of New York and is recognized as a 501(c) (3) organization. For more information please visit


Building Tomorrow Launches #Oldschoolforanewschool To Finish Funding Primary School in Uganda

Humorous Social Challenge Campaign Asks Millennials Post an Old School Photo of Themselves to Crowd-Source Donations

Indianapolis, IN (April 8, 2014)Building Tomorrow, a charity building primary schools in Uganda, is launching a 24-hour social media campaign beginning Wednesday, May 21 at 12:00pm EST, with the aim of raising $34,000+ to help build its 21st primary school in Uganda’s Rakai District.

The campaign challenges participants to 1) donate $4.00 to Building Tomorrow, and 2) post an embarrassing old school photo of themselves on facebook and/or twitter (@BldgTomorrow) using #oldschoolforanewschoool

Here’s a little more about the campaign:

Want to help, here is a “Cheat Tweet” & Sample Facebook Post:

  • Help fund a Ugandan school in 24 hours! Donate $4 to @BldgTomorrow and post an old school pic #OldSchoolForANewSchool 
  • Building Tomorrow just launched #OldSchoolForANewSchool in an effort to raise $34,000+ in a 24-hour period to fund a much-needed new school in Uganda’s Rakai District. We need your help! Donate $4 and help to spread the word by changing your facebook profile picture to an old school photo.

About Building Tomorrow

Building Tomorrow (BT) is an international social-profit organization empowering young people to invest their resources, time & talents in providing students in East Africa with access to an education. Over the last five years, supporters of BT, including a college network of over 25 chapters nationwide, have raised more than $1.5 million to seed 20 BT primary schools, 14 of which are currently operational. The remaining six primary schools are under construction and planning. For more information, visit

About George Srour

George Srour, 30, is the Founder and Chief Dreamer of Building Tomorrow, Inc. (BT). Srour attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where he graduated in 2005 with a major in Government and International Relations. Upon graduation, Srour was awarded the James Monroe Prize for Civic Leadership and the inaugural William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose. Using both awards, Srour started BT from an unused room in his parents’ house in the fall of 2005. Under Srour’s leadership, Building Tomorrow has constructed classroom space for over 3,000 children in Uganda while engaging a college-based chapter network of students at over 25 universities across the United States. Srour has been recognized for his work in the field of social entrepreneurship by being named an Echoing Green Fellow (’07), a member of the GOOD 100 (’13) and added to the Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 list for social entrepreneurs (’13).

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