While I have little formal business education, at this stage I would say that I have a ‘street MBA’, meaning that I have earned my wisdom through experience, rather than degrees earned. In my 28-year career as a social entrepreneur I have founded or co-founded four diverse ventures, all of which have social change at their heart.
I started my career as a feminist leader as a university student in the late 1980s, where I led multiple anti gender-based violence workshops, campaigns and protests. This experience turned out to be a natural training ground for social entrepreneurship, although I didn’t realize it at the time. Becoming a businessperson or for-profit entrepreneur would have been unimaginable to me at that time, and it took me a few years to understand that business could actually be a powerful vehicle for social change.
I have now been part of countless social impact conferences, communities and educational programs, have mentored and been peer-mentored by dozens of entrepreneurs and have spoken on the topics of social entrepreneurship, creative leadership and eco-feminist approaches to business internationally.
As I enter this stage of my career, I feel called to support others in pursuing this remarkable path, especially those who have been excluded from mainstream power systems and structures. My belief is that through bringing their unique ideas, insights and life experiences to the forefront of innovation, these people and their initiatives are lighting the way to a better future for all of us. I hope that you’ll join us.
You can learn more about my business background on my LinkedIn page.