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NI NYC Professional Chapter: Women in Social Enterpreneurship Panel


WSE Panelists: Elizabeth Scharpf, Amini Kajunju, Katie Orenstein and Ann MacDougall
WSE Panelists: Elizabeth Scharpf, Amini Kajunju, Katie Orenstein and Ann MacDougall

With over 55 attendees and a lively discussion, Net Impact NYC Professional Chapter’s Women in Social Enterpreneurship Panel on Monday, Sept. 21st was a success!  Moderator Ann MacDougall, Chief Management Officer at the Acumen Fund ( facilitated a conversation on issues around starting and scaling enterprises with the panelists.  For more information about our panelists and their enterprises, click on the links below.   

Elizabeth Scharpf, Sustainable Health Enterprises

Katie Orenstein, The OpEd Project

Amini Kajunju, Workshop in Business Opportunities/AngelAfrica


September 23, 2009 at 1:06 PM Leave a comment

Social Entrepreneurship Event on March 9th

A renowned New York Times journalist tells the inspirational story of one of America’s most imaginative and effective social entrepreneurs

Date: March 9, 2009
Time: 6–8pm
Location: TimesCenter – 242 West 41st Street
Cost: Free (Seating first come, first serve)


Herb Sturz – Long-time Social Innovator

In A Kind of Genius, Sam Roberts offers a window onto Herb Sturz’s extraordinary life’s work. Sturz began his long career in social entrepreneurship by reforming the bail system and founding the Vera Institute of Justice. He served as New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Criminal Justice under Ed Koch and then as Chairman of the City Planning Commision. He moved on to establish affordable inner-city housing and programs for at-risk individuals. But Sturz has, to date, largely eschewed the public’s eye.


Sam Roberts, Urban Affairs Correspondent of the New York Times, has written for the Times for more than two decades. Before joining the Times, he was a reporter and city editor at the Daily News. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, and New York Magazine. Author and co-author of several books, he lives in New York with his wife.

Roberts pays tribute to Sturz’s inspirational legacy of accomplishment. His initiatives have consistently provided solutions to our most challenging problems. Here, for the first time, his astonishing story is told in full.

March 2, 2009 at 1:36 PM Leave a comment

Give a gift that gives- the Allumonde ring.


Give a social design inspired gift this holiday season and support Net Impact’s Professional Chapter at the same time!
Working with industrial designer Richard Hutten, DESIGN 21’s Allumonde ring is symbol of commitment to making a social impact. The Allumonde ring symbolizes how each of us are  “lighting the world” together.  Various rings are available from acrylic ($25) to black or gold titanium-coated stainless steel ($55 – $65) to 18k gold ($2500—think wedding rings).  
Not only is it a beautiful ring (several of the NYC Professional Chapter members own a ring), 21% of the proceeds give back directly: 19% benefits the NYC Professional Net Impact Chapter (just specify Net Impact- NYC when purchasing) and 2% helps to fund UNESCO DREAM Centers, which provide children in post-conflict regions of the world with the opportunity to express themselves through art, reading, dance and music.
Give the gift of beauty, design and impact today. Visit: or DESIGN 21’s holiday shop at Felissimo Townhouse, 10 West 56th, Thursday, December 4th through Saturday, December 13th, 12:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

DESIGN 21: Social Design Network’s mission is to inspire social activism through design. We connect people who want to explore ways design can positively impact our many worlds, and who want to create change here, now.

November 24, 2008 at 11:22 PM Leave a comment

The Politics of Food: Is a 99 cent hamburger really 99 cents? Discuss…

Politics of Food Dinner Discussion at The Green Table

NYC Professional Chapter’s 3rd dinner discussion with Jacquie Berger, executive director of Just Food, was a resounding success. First and foremost, thank you Jacquie, as well as all of the other Net Impacters who took part in the evening. I think everyone would agree that all aspects of the dinner were excellent. Our participants in the evening’s discussion ran the Net Impact gamut, from food entrepreneurs to an MBA student to people from the non-profit world as well as foodies and concerned citizens. As a result, we each brought different knowledge and perspectives to the table.

After individual introductions, Jacquie spoke for a bit on the overall mission of Just Food, as well as some of their current initiatives, which fed the overall discussion nicely. Starting with a basic tutorial on the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement, Jacquie facilitated an energetic discussion on how CSAs and farmers markets can be used as agents of change for American eating habits and what some of the major barriers are that prevent involvement from lower-income and under-served communities. The conversation extended further to a debate on how best to educate and positively influence these communities with regard to the “real” cost of food (eg – the environmental and health impacts of a 99¢ hamburger), and we concluded with ideas and suggestions for some solutions to the issues we laid out over the preceding two hours.There was also a brief discussion on the need to legalized urban bee-keeping within New York City.

Constructively, Jacquie asked us all a pressing question at the end of the night, which I will now offer to all of you: Where do we go from here?

The evening stimulated much thought and many good ideas, but we don’t want this positive momentum to end with us having caught our respective trains home. We would love your comments, suggestions, and ideas for how the Net Impact New York Chapter can be a real agent for change in the realms of food politics and food justice, and for how we can tap into our vast collective brain-power and resources to help our city become even better than it already is.

We look forward to hearing from you!

November 21, 2008 at 10:30 PM Leave a comment

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