These radical and feminist social entrepreneurs and impact investors are instigators in the national startup ecosystem. What does feminism bring to the social innovation economy? What challenges and advantages do women have in building a new social economy? Join us in celebrating and amplifying these diverse voices of doing business differently.
Doors 5:30 | Panel 6:00 | Potluck 7:30
$10 if you bring a potluck contribution
$20 if you’d like us to contribute a dish on your behalf.
Featuring these Groundswell advisors and educators:
Catherine is a dedicated co-operator transforming complex tools into accessible and relevant ones for the social benefit sector in service of social change. She has a talent for translating complex tools available to government and for-profits (financial services, legal tools, communication vehicles) into accessible and relevant tools for the not-for-profit /social benefit sector, in service of social change missions and mandates. Manager of Vancity Community Investments; advisor at Groundswell
Combining human-centred design, lean startup and empathy-based marketing, Vidya is a sought-after advisor for social purpose businesses bringing new products, services and innovations to market. With 15 years of global experience as both intrapreneur and entrepreneur, she coaches changemakers across all industries to transform the status quo. Lead educator, Build program; Mentor at Groundswell
Elena is a cultural historian who turned to social entrepreneurship and impact investing to directly affect the social change she believes in. Elena is an advocate for women-led and women-serving businesses, especially immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs. Explore educator, Director of Development at Groundswell
Marissa is a business leader and advisor with 35 years experience primarily with technology-based businesses, with the last 17 years in a Vice-President/General Manager, and received her MBA from SFU in 2013. Marissa is a founder of three companies, and has helped several other entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground helping develop business plans and strategy, one of which has reached $120m in annual revenue. As a transgender woman, Marissa transitioned at work in 2016 and is currently launching her own consulting practice focused on helping start-ups and early-stage companies with their market and investor strategies. Marissa identifies as she/her/queerer than a three-dollar bill. President at Authgnosis; Advisor at Groundswell
And our host, Paola Qualizza
Paola brings authenticity to radical movements and projects in the local economy. As Managing Director of Groundswell, she orchestrates the building of a vibrant social ecosystems that liberates people to pursue their creative ventures and livelihoods.