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March 8, 2017

In celebration of International Women's Day, March 8th, we'd like to honor all of the women social entrepreneurs in our portfolio and the amazing work that they do every day to help America on its journey towards a more equitable society.

Women's Accelerator

Sayu Bhojwani, Founder and President, The New American Leaders Project

Sayu Bhojwani is the Founder and President of The New American Leaders Project. She served as New York City’s first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, from 2002 to 2004. During her tenure as Commissioner, New York City established Immigrant Heritage Week to honor the contributions and cultures of immigrant communities in the City.

Aimee Eubanks-Davis, Founder & CEO, Braven

Aimée was inspired to found Braven based on deep passion and belief that our next generation of leaders will emerge from everywhere. Her experiences being from an underrepresented background in the professional workforce, and many of her closest friends and family members, made her determined to ensure the doors of economic opportunity were not quietly shut on some of our nation’s hardest working and most promising young people.

Yscaira Jimenez, CEO, LaborX

Yscaira Jimenez is a social entrepreneur dedicated to improving the educational and labor outcomes of underserved groups, particularly youth without college degrees. Inspired by the substance addiction and incarceration struggles of people in her life, she feels compelled to use education and employment to break the cycle of poverty. Yscaira first began working on LaborX as a graduate student at MIT.

Laura Weidman Powers, Co-Founder and CEO, Code2040

Laura Weidman Powers is the co-founder and CEO of CODE2040, a nonprofit that creates pathways to success in the innovation economy for Blacks and Latino/as. She brings to this work a background in entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, youth development, and technology. Laura has started two organizations in the education space, one nonprofit arts education organization in West Philadelphia that is currently celebrating its 10th year, and one for-profit tutoring company that gave rise to a book.

Carmen Rojas, CEO, The Workers Lab

Carmen Rojas is the CEO of The Workers Lab. Prior to assuming this position, she was the Acting Director of Collective Impact at Living Cities. In this capacity, she played a pivotal role supporting the work of Living Cities’ member institutions, which represented 22 of the largest foundations and financial institutions in the world. Her work focused on improving economic opportunity for low income people by supporting projects in the fields of economic and workforce development, energy efficiency, and asset building.

Kiah Williams, Co-founder & Director, SIRUM

Kiah Williams is the director and co-founder of SIRUM. She is passionate about making lifesaving medication available to everyone who needs it. Kiah focuses on SIRUM’s organizational strategy and growth. Prior to SIRUM, she led national public health programs for the Clinton Foundation and American Heart Association. Kiah earned her bachelors and masters degrees from Stanford.

Maria Vertkin, Founder & Executive Director, Found in Translation

In 2011, Maria Vertkin launched Found in Translation as the 2011 recipient of the Kip Tiernan Social Justice Fellowship, which awards one woman every year an opportunity to create a program to serve poor and homeless women. Maria herself was born in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia and lived in Kadima, Israel before immigrating to the United States. In addition to English, Maria speaks Russian, Hebrew, Spanish, and a little Portuguese. Maria began her career at the nonprofit Rediscovery, working with adolescents transitioning out of foster care.

Justine Zinkin, Chief Executive Officer, Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners

Justine Zinkin is CEO of Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners and Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union and has overseen the dramatic growth of both organizations since 2002. She has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit and community development work. She previously served as Director of Economic Independence Programs at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and as Director of Workforce Development at Common Ground Community HDFC. Justine holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, an M.S. in Population Studies from Harvard University’s School of Public Health, and a B.A. from Brown University.

Click here to read about the eight extraordinary women who make up the second cohort of New Profit's Women's Accelerator.

The New Profit Portfolio

Mora Segal, Chief Executive Officer, The Achievement Network

Mora is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, and lives in the Boston area with her husband and two daughters. Prior to joining Achievement Network, Mora Segal served as chief strategy officer at College Summit, co-founded a high school sports media company which was acquired by ESPN in 2008, was a fellow with the Coro Foundation in St. Louis, and served as an AmeriCorps member where she resettled refugees in the Boston area.

Mary E. Walsh, Executive Director, City Connects

Mary, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of City Connects and the Daniel Kearns Professor of Urban Education and Innovative Leadership at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Dr. Walsh has published and presented widely in the area of school-community supports for schoolchildren and their families.

Ellen Moir, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, New Teacher Center

Ellen is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of New Teacher Center (NTC), a national organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school leaders. She is recognized as a passionate advocate for our nation’s newest teachers and for the students they teach. Ellen founded NTC in 1998 to scale high quality teacher induction services to a national audience.

Elisabeth Stock, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, PowerMyLearning

Elisabeth built PowerMyLearning from a nascent non-profit in 1999 into a national leader in the K-12 digital learning space. Recognized as an expert in her field, Elisabeth is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and a life-long Ashoka fellow. She has given a TEDx talk and high-level briefings at the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Federal Communications Commission, and she has served as an advisor to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the NYC Department of Education.

Pamela Cantor, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Turnaround for Children

Pamela, M.D., is President and CEO of Turnaround for Children, a nonprofit organization that connects the dots between poverty, stress and academic performance in order to catalyze healthy student development and academic achievement. Dr. Cantor practiced child psychiatry for nearly two decades, specializing in trauma. She founded Turnaround after co-authoring a study on the impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City schoolchildren.

Sydney Morris, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Educators 4 Excellence

Sydney was born and raised in New York, but truly developed her passion for education while a student at Tulane University, where she worked with students in the New Orleans Public School system following Hurricane Katrina and developed after-school dance programs for low-income students with the nonprofit New Orleans Outreach. Sydney co-founded Educators for Excellence to address the lack of teacher input in the crucial education policy decisions that shape our classrooms and the teaching profession.

Rebecca Onie, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Health Leads

In 1996, Rebecca co-founded Health Leads to address the fundamental drivers of patients’ health.She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. She previously clerked for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and was an associate at Miner, Barnhill & Galland P.C., a civil rights and community economic development firm.

Phyllis Lockett, CEO, LEAP Innovations

Phyllis is CEO of LEAP Innovations, a Chicago-based education technology hub that advances personalized learning to prepare Americans for 21st century skills. The nonprofit organization helps to identify, pilot, research and expand the use of innovative teaching and learning technology tools from pre-K to early college. Before starting LEAP, Phyllis was a driving force behind Chicago’s charter movement.

Kirsten Lodal, CEO & Co-Founder, LIFT

Kirsten is the CEO and Co-Founder of LIFT, which began as an idea during her sophomore year of college in 1998 and has become one of the foremost anti-poverty organizations in the country. Under Kirsten’s leadership, LIFT has created positive outcomes for more than 100,000 families and established itself as a national model for more effective and human-centered social services.

Molly Baldwin, Founder and CEO, Roca, Inc.

Molly is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Roca, Inc. A graduate of UMass, Amherst, Molly began her professional life as a street worker and community organizer, and soon founded Roca in 1988. For over twenty-eight years, she has been a tireless advocate, mentor, and community convener, reaching out to the highest-risk young people from Massachusetts’ most dangerous urban communities, and bringing together the major institutions, corporations, and agencies that affect these young people’s lives.

Kate Gerson, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, UnboundEd

Kate has driven the design and development of curriculum implementation and professional learning, trained transformational school leaders, and served as both a high school teacher and principal. As managing partner of programs, Kate sets the vision and oversees the design, delivery and quality of all programs.

Please join us in taking a minute to thank all these amazing women for their extraordinary work!


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