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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Starting Your Own Venture: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Sublime - A Spring 2013 Lunch Conversation with Theresa Ellis

Starting Your Own Venture: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Sublime A Spring 2013 Lunch Conversationled by Theresa Ellis, Gleitsman Visiting Practitioner and Founder of Common Impact
If you've ever wanted to start your "thing", this is a conversation that you won't want to miss. We'll have several entrepreneurs sharing their insights about what it was like to start a new venture. What did they love? What did they hate? What would they do again? What would they never, ever do again in a million years? We'll have a conversation with these entrepreneurs; we'll have some Q&A; and then we'll have some small group discussions where you can spend some deeper time digging in with one of the panelists in a smaller group. Panelists include:
• Lizzie Bildner, Founder and President, Sharitive
• Eric Dawson, Co-Founder and President, Peace First
• Raj Melville, Executive Director, Deshpande Foundation
• David Shapiro, President and CEO, MENTOR (invited)
• Theresa Ellis, Gleitsman Visiting Practitioner, HKS -- moderator Lunch Details:
• When: Tuesday, April 16th from 11:45am - 1:00pm
• Where: Darman Seminar Room (T-135), Center for Public Leadership, HKS Facilitator Bio
Theresa Ellis is the Founder of Common Impact, where she served as CEO for 12 years. As CEO, Theresa set the strategy for the organization, recruited the team, and worked closely with key corporate partners.  Theresa's vision in creating Common Impact was to find a way to unlock the talent resident in America's Fortune 500 companies, using this talent to create stronger communities for all. Through its innovative model, Common Impact channels critical, untapped resources into the nonprofit sector, while creating value for its corporate partners including companies such as Altria, State Street Corporation, and Fidelity Investments.  Common Impact has been widely recognized for its innovative model, creating a new market for volunteerism.  She currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College and chairs the Board's Nominations Committee. Theresa earned an A.B. in Religion with honors at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She also received the Phillip D. McInnis Class of 1936 Award, given to the outstanding woman in the graduating class. Questions? Please contact Mike Leveriza at Mike_Leveriza@hks.harvard.edu (Tel:617.495.1386)
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For up-to-date event information, please visit www.hks.harvard.edu/leadership. Or for ways to get involved with our center, please visit our HKS Student Resources webpage at: http://www.centerforpublicleadership.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=356&Itemid=266.

  • Location:
    Darman Seminar Room (T-135), Center for Public Leadership
  • Date:
    Tuesday, April 16, 2013
  • Time:
    11:45 AM

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