Felix Brandon Lloyd is co-founder and Chief Dad of Zoobean, which helps organizations encourage their communities to read and use more of the organization's resources. The core product, Beanstack, helps facilitate reading programs, especially for libraries and schools. It also provides personalized recommendations based on each reader's interests.
In April 2014, Zoobean appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and gained an investment from businessman Mark Cuban.
Prior to starting Zoobean, Felix was named Washington, D.C.'s Teacher of the Year and featured in Newsweek Magazine and the Washington Post. For two years, he led Microsoft's "Washington to Washington" program through which students on separate coasts created the virtual Generation I-Land.
Panel 1: Social Entrepreneurship - Moderator, Ankia Horn
From ideation to established companies Anika Horn supports founders and their teams in successfully establishing, managing and growing socially responsible companies. Through her work with Thrive (a local mentoring program) and Unreasonable Lab VA (Virginia’s first mini-accelerator for social entrepreneurs) Anika helps local founders validate their business models through one-on-one mentoring and acceleration programs. As B Keeper for local IT consultancy Impact Makers, Anika helps build and grow the community of Certified B Corps and Benefit Corporations through networking, speaking engagements and presentations, events, online communication and thought leadership. Anika also heads Communications and Outreach for the Startup Champions Network representing the Virginia startup ecosystem.
Before moving to Richmond, Anika worked in the nonprofit sector, consulting, international development, higher education, and startup acceleration in Germany, France, and Australia.
Adam Dreyfus, co-founder of AnswersNow
Adam is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Verbal Behavior Analysis. He currently serves as the Director of the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism in Richmond, VA. He also serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for AnswersNow, a Startup dedicated to delivering best-practice interventions directly to parents of children diagnosed with Autism. Prior to that he served the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Technical Assistance Associate at VCU’s Autism Center for Excellence. Adam graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in Language and Child Development.
Bethany Henderson, Executive Director of DC Scores
Bethany is an award-winning social entrepreneur, mompreneur, and blogger. Currently she is helping DC’s most vulnerable children find success at school, on the playing field, and in life. She also teaches aspiring social changemakers how to convert their dreams into action. Bethany’s career has criss-crossed the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She served as a White House Fellow (http://1.usa.gov/9IfbFj) in the Obama Administration; founded the local government service corps City Hall Fellows (www.cityhallfellows.org); co-created the boutique clothing line Grow With Me Tee; was a trial attorney at international litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel; and helped build out the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at George Mason University. Bethany began her career serving in NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s administration, helping to drive the city government’s adoption of (the then-brand-new) Internet technology.
Bethany earned her JD at Harvard Law School and both an MA and BA (ΦBK; summa cum laude) at the University of Pennsylvania. She writes and speaks about civic leadership, social entrepreneurship, youth development, the use of data in effecting social change, and intellectual property. She and her husband occasionally blog about the ups and downs of their two-career, two-kid, modern-day life at www.findingourbestselves.com.
Rupa Singh, Founder of Love This
Rupa Singh is the owner of Love This, a mobile boutique out of a vintage Airstream Trailer inspiring consumers to make ethical shopping choices. A curator of goods that do good, her shop highlights brands that place equal value in the design of their products as they do their social, environmental, + economic impact.She believes that we all have huge purchasing power and we can make a difference with our dollar. She’s a zero waste amma (mom) to two little girls, an organizational wife to an altruistic architect, and 100% committed to encouraging thoughtful consumption.
Michael Pirron, Founder and CEO of Impact Makers
As founder and CEO of Impact Makers, Michael has developed a new business model that takes social entrepreneurship to a new level. Impact Makers is a for-profit company whose equity is owned by two public charities, is governed by a volunteer board of directors, and that contributes all profits to community charitable partners. Michael spent the early years of his career as a Senior Consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) based in Sophia Antipolis, France. His tenure allowed him to consult, with increasingly complex engagements, throughout the EMEAI (Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India) region. As a result, Michael has lived or worked in seven countries and spent significant time in over 25 nations. He became conversant in French, and when he moved on to be a Product Manager with ViryaNet Systems in Jerusalem, Israel, he added Hebrew to his language skills. Later, while an independent consultant, Michael completed an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Panel 2: Inclusion and Diversity in Entrepreneurship, Moderator, Tiffany Jana
Tiffany Jana is CEO and President of TMI Consulting, a Diversity and Inclusion firm based in Richmond, VA. She has helped orchestrate the venture’s tremendous growth over th
e past 13 years, establishing a national network of consultants and spearheading the company’s transition into the world’s first Certified Benefit Corporation with a Diversity and Inclusion focus. With Tiffany at its helm, TMI Consulting has become a global leader in social enterprise and values-based engagement that nurtures and
supports talent while making a positive impact in the world.
Tiffany is pleased to announce the publication in November 2016 of Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences, a book she co-authored with TMI Co-Founder Matthew Freeman to help readers explore and confront their conscious and unconscious biases.
Alex Mejias, co-founder of Business for Coalition Justice
Alex is the co-founder of the Business Coalition for Justice, a coalition of businesses and business professionals that seeks to educate the business community on the structural causes of racial inequities in the U.S. and to mobilize the business community to take social and political action. After practicing law in the area of mass tort claims administration, Alex entered the tech industry where he now works as a Business Strategist.
Matthew Shapiro, Public Speaker and COO of 6 Wheels Consulting
Matthew graduated, in the fall of 2013, from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he integrated Sociology, Public Policy, and Special Education to create his own degree: Advocacy for Social Justice. With this degree Matthew became a disability consultant. To gain experience in this arena, Matthew has participated in several internships including opportunities at the White House and The US Department of Transportation. Currently, Matthew is a public speaker and Chief Operating Officer of a disability consulting company called 6 Wheels Consulting that gives entities common sense solutions to disability issues.
Matthew Freeman, Principal Consultant of TMI
Matthew’s passion for racial reconciliation and social justice has led him across the United States and overseas, helping people connect across difference and begin to address the challenges that divide them. As TMI’s Principal Consultant, Matthew oversees the company’s facilitation and training designs, leads its research teams, and keeps his colleagues guessing what TMI’s resident philosopher is up to. In addition to facilitating dialogue in corporate, educational, and community settings, Matthew has contributed articles to such publications as The International Journal of Public Participation and National Civic Review.
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