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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Aha! Moments: When I Changed Course

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Session Description

In a world where it feels like everyone is digging in their heels and retreating into their own camps, changing one’s mind or course can take real courage and resolve. We’ll hear from social entrepreneurs and other leaders about their “aha! moments”: the experiences or enlightenments that caused them to rethink everything they thought they knew.

When | Where

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Thursday, April 6 Lecture Theatre 4


Skoll shorts

Session leaders

  • Christine Su Speaker
    , PastureMap
    Christine Su is the CEO and co-founder of PastureMap, a grazing management platform that empowers farmers and ranchers to be more profitable while building healthy grasslands. Grasslands comprise 1/3 of our global land mass, and building healthy grasslands to keep carbon in the soil is a critical lever to address climate change. PastureMap is also building the information backbone of a better meat supply chain. Since launching in 2016, PastureMap has built a user community of 5000+ producers in 26 countries. Christine has worked on farms and ranches in four continents, including California, New Zealand, Japan. Christine has 3 degrees from Stanford, including an MS in Land Use and Agriculture and an MBA. Prior to founding PastureMap, she worked at McKinsey and at KKR Capstone, where she was an operations executive. She led teams building operational performance improvement software for companies from $500 million to $2 billion in revenue size.
  • Chuck Slaughter Speaker
    Founder, Living Goods
    Chuck earned a BA in Architecture and a Master’s in Public and Private Management from Yale. After trying and failing to build successful businesses in bike repair and then documentary film, Chuck founded TravelSmith, and grew it into a leading travel gear company with over $100 million in catalog and online sales. In affiliation with private equity firm Golden Gate Capital, he participated in the acquisition and turnaround of several major apparel brands with combined sales over $2 billion. Seeking to apply his business skills to a more meaningful purpose Chuck lead the turnaround of a system of franchised clinics serving the poor in Kenya. This experience inspired Chuck to create Living Goods, which operates networks of ‘Avon-like’ health entrepreneurs who go door-to-door teaching families how to improve their health and wealth and selling life-changing products, like treatments for malaria and diarrhea, fortified foods, family planning, clean cook stoves, and solar lights. Living Goods empowers agents with an innovative smart phone app that automates diagnosis, ensures prompt follow ups and provides real time data to every manager on any device. A recent randomized evaluation shows the Living Goods model is reducing child mortality by over 25%, for less than $2 per capita. Working closely with local governments Living Goods is helping solve two of the most vexing problems in community health: how to keep vital medicines in stock, and how to pay the millions of health workers needed. Now LG’s advisory division is helping some the worlds largest NGOs replicate the model in Uganda, Kenya, Myanmar and Zambia. Chuck serves on the boards of Yale’s School of Management and and the Horace Goldsmith Foundation. He received an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, a Draper Richards Fellowship, a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and is a World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur of the Year.
  • Josh Babarinde Speaker
    Founder and CEO, Cracked It
    Josh is Founder and CEO of Cracked It, an award-winning social enterprise that trains and employs young offenders to service the 29% of smartphones with a smashed screen. Cracked It was named one of “London’s best iPhone fixers” by the Evening Standard. Alongside campaigners including Paddy Ashdown and Martha Lane Fox, Josh is a Convenor of More United, a new movement advancing progressive and tolerant politics in Britain. Josh was featured in The Observer’s ‘Rising Stars of 2017’ and named a ‘global changemaker’ by social innovation foundation Ashoka. He serves as a trustee of the African Health Policy Network.
  • Julia Ormond Speaker
    Founder & President, Asset Campaign
    JULIA ORMOND, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT of Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking(ASSET). Julia was the first to serve as UNODC's U.N. Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Trafficking & Slavery and the driving force behind the passage of the CA Transparency in Supply Chains Act. She is Founding Chair of FilmAid International. She was Executive Producer of Calling the Ghosts: A Story of Rope, War and Women which won an Emmy, a Cable Ace, a Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award and after a screening at the Council of Foreign Relations spurred legislation that enabled the arrest of Milosevich. Julia also participated in Call and Response. a documentary on the state of enslavement today and one of the first documentaries promoting cell phone technology to accept immediate donations to the cause. She is an Associate Producer to Libby Spear’s Playground, which focuses on the environment that enables child trafficking within the U.S. As an advocate, Julia has traveled the world assessing solutions and challenges and she has appeared as an expert witness before the US. Congress and the United Nations. For this advocacy work. she received the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award” and Women for Women International’s “Peace Award.
  • Kennedy Odede Speaker
    Founder & CEO, Shining Hope for Communities
    Kennedy Odede is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur, a New York Times best selling author and the founder of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). SHOFCO combats extreme poverty and gender inequality by linking free schools for girls to a set of high-value, holistic community services for all. A former street child who lived most of his life in Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slum, he founded SHOFCO with savings from his $1 per day factory job. SHOFCO’s programs will collectively serve over 76,000 individuals in 2015. The organization is scaling across Kenya’s slums with a model that links free schools for girls to holistic community services for all, currently focused on the Kibera and Mathare slums. He and his wife recently released their New York Times best-selling memoir, titled Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in An African Slum.
  • Kristin Gilliss Moderator
    Senior Investment Partner, Mulago Foundation
    Kristin grows and supports Mulago’s portfolio of social investments – grants, debt and equity – in high-impact organizations with a scalable model to meet the basic needs of the poor. Her background spans the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, she was a Principal at the Skoll Foundation, where she worked with social entrepreneurs, and Program Finance Officer at the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, where she focused on environmental conservation.
  • Ruth M'kala Speaker
    Alum, Global Health Corps
    With a strong passion for social justice and health equity, Ruth has spent most of her early career so far working on issues surrounding sexual and reproductive health. Utilizing her skills in Strategy Development, Social Marketing, Media, Advocacy and Public Relations, she is an experienced Communications professional with a demonstrated history of working in Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and served as a 2015-2016 Global Health Corps Fellow. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) focused in Media Studies and Political Science with a Public Relations specialty from the University of Namibia. She is currently a Social Marketing Regional Coordinator for a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project called USAID District Coverage Health (USAID DISCOVER-H) under the Palladium Group in Zambia. Prior to joining the Palladium Group, she worked as a Communication Specialist for Society for Family Health Zambia. Through her work, she builds relationships that advance and benefit the principles of justice as fairness and her personal motto of ‘healing the world through communications’.