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June 17, 2014

Not Non-Profit: Alternative Models for Social Ventures

Successful social entrepreneurs Jane Mosbacher Morris, Lauren Marra, and Daniella Foster discussed their perspectives and decisions to stray from traditional business models to establish their organizations.

Jane spoke about her business, TO THE MARKET, a for-profit social enterprise.
Lauren spoke about Arabella Advisors, and its classification as a Benefit Corporation (or B-corp).Daniella provided a policy perspective on these different models.

They focued on the following points:

Why they chose their respective business models (as opposed to a more traditional non-profit)
Why this model works for them
Benefits and challenges of operating under these models

Alex Simon (Compass) rounded out the speaker panel, as he facilitated the discussion, providing definitions and explanations of these new frontiers in business.

Alex Simon is the Executive Director of Compass Partners, a social enterprise education organization supporting over 1000 university leaders around the world in their social entrepreneurial endeavors. Developing entrepreneurial schemes since he was 11, he now spends most of his time connecting the next generation of entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and change agents with pathways to accelerate their impact. Alex has worked with a variety of organizations including the Young Presidents' Organization, Ashoka, MFI Connect and Minga: Teens Combating the Child Sex Trade. He's proud to be a Startingbloc Fellow, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and a member of the Sandbox Network. Alex graduated from the George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs and is currently pursuing a study of chairs and sitting through the Open Master's Program.

Alex Simon

Alex Simon is the Executive Director of Compass Partners, a social enterprise education organization supporting over 1000 university leaders around the world in their social entrepreneurial endeavors. Developing entrepreneurial schemes since he was 11, he now spends most of his time connecting the next generation of entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and change agents with pathways to accelerate their impact. Alex has worked with a variety of organizations including the Young Presidents' Organization, Ashoka, MFI Connect and Minga: Teens Combating the Child Sex Trade.

Alex Simon is the Executive Director of Compass Partners, a social enterprise education organization supporting over 1000 university leaders around the world in their social entrepreneurial endeavors. Developing entrepreneurial schemes since he was 11, he now spends most of his time connecting the next generation of entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and change agents with pathways to accelerate their impact. Alex has worked with a variety of organizations including the Young Presidents' Organization, Ashoka, MFI Connect and Minga: Teens Combating the Child Sex Trade. He's proud to be a Startingbloc Fellow, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and a member of the Sandbox Network. Alex graduated from the George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs and is currently pursuing a study of chairs and sitting through the Open Master's Program.

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Daniella M. Foster is a policy innovator and social entrepreneur. She has worked in government, business and the non-profit sectors. Ms. Foster serves as a Director of Public-Private Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, where she leads the establishment of partnerships which commit skills and capital for social impact projects in over 165 countries.

She previously served as the Chief of Staff for the Secretary of State’s Senior Advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies, where she managed the work of the office to implement policy initiatives and partnerships designed to strengthen emerging democracies and civil society worldwide. She has spearheaded a variety of Presidential initiatives, including global public-private partnerships that help grow small and medium businesses, connect entrepreneurs from around the world, and develop job skills via mobile technology.

A respected authority on strategic partnerships, Ms. Foster has worked in six continents, tripling growth in agreements with Fortune 500 companies and international organizations, and was named one of the Diplomatic Courier’s “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders” and featured in Washington Life Magazine as one of Washington’s most influential young leaders in 2013.

She is passionate about social entrepreneurship and serves as the CEO and Co-founder of the Emergent Leaders Network (ELN), a non-profit that provides scholarships and mentoring to community college students. She currently serves on the advisory board for Noodle, the first and only life-long education related search company in the world.

Ms. Foster holds a M.A. in Social and Public Policy from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Intercultural Communications and Business from Pepperdine University.

Daniella M. Foster

Daniella M. Foster is a policy innovator and social entrepreneur. She has worked in government, business and the non-profit sectors. Ms. Foster serves as a Director of Public-Private Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, where she leads the establishment of partnerships which commit skills and capital for social impact projects in over 165 countries.

Daniella M. Foster is a policy innovator and social entrepreneur. She has worked in government, business and the non-profit sectors. Ms. Foster serves as a Director of Public-Private Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, where she leads the establishment of partnerships which commit skills and capital for social impact projects in over 165 countries.

She previously served as the Chief of Staff for the Secretary of State’s Senior Advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies, where she managed the work of the office to implement policy initiatives and partnerships designed to strengthen emerging democracies and civil society worldwide. She has spearheaded a variety of Presidential initiatives, including global public-private partnerships that help grow small and medium businesses, connect entrepreneurs from around the world, and develop job skills via mobile technology.

A respected authority on strategic partnerships, Ms. Foster has worked in six continents, tripling growth in agreements with Fortune 500 companies and international organizations, and was named one of the Diplomatic Courier’s “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders” and featured in Washington Life Magazine as one of Washington’s most influential young leaders in 2013.

She is passionate about social entrepreneurship and serves as the CEO and Co-founder of the Emergent Leaders Network (ELN), a non-profit that provides scholarships and mentoring to community college students. She currently serves on the advisory board for Noodle, the first and only life-long education related search company in the world.

Ms. Foster holds a M.A. in Social and Public Policy from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Intercultural Communications and Business from Pepperdine University.

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Jane Mosbacher Morris is the Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made Goods, a social enterprise focused on the promotion of goods made by and stories told by survivors of conflict, abuse, and disease. She previously served as the Director of Humanitarian Action for the McCain Institute for International Leadership, where she managed the Institute’s human trafficking. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.

Mosbacher Morris drafted the Department of State’s first Women and Counterterrorism Strategy, as well as helped to develop the Department of State’s implementation of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, a Presidential interagency initiative.

She has also worked at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and has served as an investment consultant to Barbara Corcoran of ABC’s Shark Tank. She has traveled, spoken, and written broadly on peace and security, including at the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Foreign Service Institute, Army War College, Naval Special Warfare Command, Special Operations Command University, and the National Counterterrorism Center, among others. She regularly blogs for the Huffington Post.

Mosbacher Morris has received numerous awards from the Department of State, as well as has been named one of the “Top 99 Under 33 Most Influential Young Professionals” by The Diplomatic Courier in 2011. She serves on the Advisory Boards of Afghanistan’s ARZU: Studio of Hope; 360 DEGREES Vanishing, and wH20: The Journal on Gender and Water. She serves on the Boards of Women LEAD and USA Cares. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a MBA from Columbia Business School.

Jane Mosbacher Morris

Jane Mosbacher Morris is the Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made Goods, a social enterprise focused on the promotion of goods made by and stories told by survivors of conflict, abuse, and disease. She previously served as the Director of Humanitarian Action for the McCain Institute for International Leadership, where she managed the Institute’s human trafficking. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.

Jane Mosbacher Morris is the Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made Goods, a social enterprise focused on the promotion of goods made by and stories told by survivors of conflict, abuse, and disease. She previously served as the Director of Humanitarian Action for the McCain Institute for International Leadership, where she managed the Institute’s human trafficking. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.

Mosbacher Morris drafted the Department of State’s first Women and Counterterrorism Strategy, as well as helped to develop the Department of State’s implementation of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, a Presidential interagency initiative.

She has also worked at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and has served as an investment consultant to Barbara Corcoran of ABC’s Shark Tank. She has traveled, spoken, and written broadly on peace and security, including at the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Foreign Service Institute, Army War College, Naval Special Warfare Command, Special Operations Command University, and the National Counterterrorism Center, among others. She regularly blogs for the Huffington Post.

Mosbacher Morris has received numerous awards from the Department of State, as well as has been named one of the “Top 99 Under 33 Most Influential Young Professionals” by The Diplomatic Courier in 2011. She serves on the Advisory Boards of Afghanistan’s ARZU: Studio of Hope; 360 DEGREES Vanishing, and wH20: The Journal on Gender and Water. She serves on the Boards of Women LEAD and USA Cares. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Lauren Marra is a director at Arabella, where she provides guidance on strategy, evaluation, and implementation projects. She has worked on a broad range of institutional, family, and individual client engagements and has honed her expertise in launching large-scale initiatives, developing grant-making programs, and partnering with foundations to refine their strategic plans. Lauren currently manages a grantee learning network among 18 states implementing major K-12 education initiatives and leads an effort to support a funder seeking to elevate the voices of teachers in education policy and practice. Lauren’s past work includes launching and managing an international multi-donor fund focused on promoting sustainable agriculture globally, helping a major early childhood education funder refine its grant making strategy, and evaluating a community partnership’s transit-oriented development strategy.

Prior to joining Arabella, Lauren worked in policy advocacy on issues related to workforce development, education, international trade, and human rights. Most recently, she served as a policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), where she led an effort to increase cross-system collaboration and investment around low-income, at-risk youth. Lauren also held positions at the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Economic Policy Institute, and in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs at the United States Department of Labor. Lauren’s deep belief that smart philanthropic investment and results-driven nonprofit leadership can drive lasting impact stems from her first job at Chrysalis, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit social enterprise that helps homeless individuals become self-sufficient through employment.

Lauren holds a BS in Economics from Boston College and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, where she was a Nielson Philanthropy Fellow at the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership. She formerly served on the Georgetown Public Policy Institute Alumni Advisory Board and as the chair of programs on the board of directors for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of DC.

Lauren Marra

Lauren Marra is a director at Arabella, where she provides guidance on strategy, evaluation, and implementation projects. She has worked on a broad range of institutional, family, and individual client engagements and has honed her expertise in launching large-scale initiatives, developing grant-making programs, and partnering with foundations to refine their strategic plans.

Lauren Marra is a director at Arabella, where she provides guidance on strategy, evaluation, and implementation projects. She has worked on a broad range of institutional, family, and individual client engagements and has honed her expertise in launching large-scale initiatives, developing grant-making programs, and partnering with foundations to refine their strategic plans. Lauren currently manages a grantee learning network among 18 states implementing major K-12 education initiatives and leads an effort to support a funder seeking to elevate the voices of teachers in education policy and practice. Lauren’s past work includes launching and managing an international multi-donor fund focused on promoting sustainable agriculture globally, helping a major early childhood education funder refine its grant making strategy, and evaluating a community partnership’s transit-oriented development strategy.

Prior to joining Arabella, Lauren worked in policy advocacy on issues related to workforce development, education, international trade, and human rights. Most recently, she served as a policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), where she led an effort to increase cross-system collaboration and investment around low-income, at-risk youth. Lauren also held positions at the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Economic Policy Institute, and in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs at the United States Department of Labor. Lauren’s deep belief that smart philanthropic investment and results-driven nonprofit leadership can drive lasting impact stems from her first job at Chrysalis, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit social enterprise that helps homeless individuals become self-sufficient through employment.

Lauren holds a BS in Economics from Boston College and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, where she was a Nielson Philanthropy Fellow at the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership. She formerly served on the Georgetown Public Policy Institute Alumni Advisory Board and as the chair of programs on the board of directors for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of DC.

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