Jessica Jackley is a founder and former Chief Marketing Officer of Kiva

Jessica Jackley

Social Entrepreneurship: Challenging Common Business Practices

Bright, energetic, and unapologetically optimistic about the power of business to change the world, Jessica Jackley is a founder and former Chief Marketing Officer of Kiva, the world's first peer-to-peer microlending website. Kiva lets users lend as little as $25 to poor entrepreneurs around the world, providing affordable capital for them to start or expand microenterprises.

Launched in 2005, Kiva now channels two million dollars every week to entrepreneurs in the world's poorest communities.

So, how do you rapidly scale a global company while staying true to core values? What business lessons can be learned from goat herders, farmers, and fishermen in the developing world?  How do you manage increasingly decentralized teams while maintaining a common purpose?

Drawing on her eclectic background -- she studied art and philosophy before earning an MBA -- Jackley discusses a wide range of timely issues, from economic development to women's empowerment to Web 2.0. She reminds us that, at the heart of social entrepreneurship, the relationships we form with each other and the extent to which we believe in each others' potential are the most powerful forces for positive change.

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna, BC

About Kiva and Jessica Jackley

Named one of the top ideas of 2006 by The New York Times Magazine, and praised by Oprah, Bill Clinton and countless others, Kiva is one of the fastest-growing social benefit websites in history. It has loaned nearly $200 million from lenders to entrepreneurs across 206 countries. (By 2012, total loans on Kiva to the world's working poor are expected to reach $1 billion.)

For all its success, Kiva remains focused on a simple mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, one person at a time.

Currently,Jessica Jackley is founder and CEO of ProFounder, a new platform providing innovative ways for start-ups and small business entrepreneurs in the U.S. to access start-up capital through crowdfunding and community involvement.

Jackley is a finalist for TIME's 100 Most Influential People in 2009 and a recipient of USA Networks' Character Approved award in 2010. She first saw the power and dignity of microfinance while working in East Africa with a microenterprise non-profit. Convinced that social change happens across all sectors, Jackley has worked in public, non-profit, and private organizations including the Stanford Center for Social Innovation,, Potentia Media and many others.

Also an educator, Jackley is currently a Visiting Practitioner at Stanford's Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, has taught Global Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, and lectures frequently at other universities around the country. She holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Philosophy and Political Science, and serves as an active advisor and board member on several organizations championing women, microfinance, tech, and the arts.

Last reviewed shim9/22/2014 4:17:25 PM

inspired. informed. insightful.


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