Philanthropy, Social Enterprise and Corporate Responsibility
Inspiration Day features some of the most impressive minds in
philanthropy, politics, business, entertainment and media. Whether your
goal is to make a real difference to the issues you care about or to get
tips from your role models about overcoming the obstacles to success,
here’s where you'll get help becoming the very best version of yourself.
WIE Network is a next generation media company that aims to inspire
social change through the creation of engaging and inspirational filmed
content, large scale forums and innovative social media programs. The
company’s properties include the annual women’s conference, The WIE
Symposium; WIE Interact, an online social network for women, and a new
online reputation service to be announced. Other projects include a
feature film about legendary African heroine Yaa Asantewaa; and a
documentary that explores the role of forgiveness in conflict resolution
around the world.
WIE Network’s principals are television host and political commentator
June Sarpong, and branding and entertainment marketing expert, Dee Poku.
According to Sarpong and Poku, the WIE Symposium was created as way of
uniting women from different backgrounds. The event engages women from
the world’s wealthiest nations in the quest to give a voice to those
less fortunate than themselves: "As New York based British women of
Ghanaian heritage, we consider ourselves to be citizens of world. And as
such our mandate is to unite and empower women everywhere. We all share
common goals of wanting to be happy and successful, to have strong
families and dynamic careers. And that’s what the WIE Symposium is
about, setting aside our differences and uniting behind our common
Shawn Covell is vice president of international government affairs for Qualcomm. In this capacity, Covell leads Qualcomm’s global Wireless Reach™ initiative, which supports programs that bring the benefits of connectivity to under served communities.
Covell has been with Qualcomm for more than a decade and prior to her current position, she was senior director of Southeast Asia Government Affairs based in Hong Kong. In this role, Covell directed Qualcomm's public policy agenda and its relationship with government entities in Southeast Asia.
Prior to joining Qualcomm, Covell was manager of congressional affairs at the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA), the largest U.S. wireless industry association. She began her career in politics in 1994 working at the U.S. Capitol as an aide to former Congresswoman Lynn Schenk.
Throughout Covell’s career, she has successfully built and strengthened key partnerships between the public and private sector – emphasizing the importance of those relationships as catalysts for changes in policy and regulation.
Covell graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in political science and an emphasis in international relations.
Cheryl Dorsey is President of Echoing Green, a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement. This global social venture fund has awarded
over $30 million in start-up capital to over 500 next generation social entrepreneurs worldwide since 1987. Dorsey received an Echoing Green Fellowship in 1992 to help launch The Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit in Boston.
Dorsey has served in two presidential administrations as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor (1997-98); Special Assistant to the Director of the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Labor Department (1998-99); Transition Team Member of the Innovation and Civil Society subgroup of the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform Policy Working Group (2008-09); and Vice Chair for the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships (2009-present).
Dorsey serves on several boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers, the SEED Foundation, and Northeast Bank. In 2009, Dorsey was named one of "America’s Best Leaders" by US News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. For 2010 and 2011, she was named as one of The Nonprofit Times’ "Power and Influence Top 50."
Dorsey received her Bachelor’s degree in History and Science magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard-Radclife Colleges, her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and her Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
As CEO of DoSomething.org, Nancy Lublin turned a hopeful organization into one of the world’s most influential not-for-profit volunteer groups. Her deep understanding of teenagers, trends, and technology helped Do Something become the 5th largest charity on Twitter with over 500,000 followers.
With a B.A. from Brown University, an M.Litt (Master of Letters) degree from Oxford University, and a law degree from NYU, Lublin founded Dress for Success at age 23. She turned a $5,000 inheritance into a global franchise that provides interview dress and career development training to women in need. Today, it has expanded to more than 120 cities in 13 countries.
At Do Something, Lublin mobilizes teens to commit to causes they care about most, from bullying to teen pregnancy to homelessness. The company has grown tremendously through Nancy’s leadership, along with the support and funding of organizations such as Google.org, which provided a $2 million grant to help further the organization’s mission. In 2009, Do Something won a Webby Award for Best Youth Site.
The outpouring of teens texting Do Something for personal help led Lublin to found the Crisis Text Line, the nation’s first 24/7 text message-based helpline, which will launch in August 2013.
The author of Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business, Lublin’s innovative approach to business has transcended the not-for-profit world. She has taught graduate-level courses in public administration at both Yale and NYU. Leveraging her social media-savvy and can-do attitude, Lublin has advised corporate social-cause campaigns, including Chase Community Giving and Pepsi Refresh. A Thought Leader at LinkedIn, Lublin has blogged about her philosophy on business, entrepreneurship, and success.
Lublin was named to Fast Company's League of Extraordinary Women and The NonProfit Times' 14th Annual Power & Influence Top 50. Selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Nancy was named one of Fast Company’s Fast 50, Woman of the Year by the NYC Women's Commission, and has been awarded honors from Forbes magazine and Ms. magazine. She has been featured on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, CNN, The New York Times, and The Economist.
Principal at The Schooner Foundation, Cynthia is a current or former trustee of the Fund for Global Human Rights, the Nation Institute, the Ploughshares Fund, Green for All, Women for Women International, National Braille Press, and the National Association of Health Education Centers.
She is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, Global Philanthropy Forum, Peace & Security Funders Group, the International Human Rights Funders Group, and Grantmakers Without Borders. She has served on the Women’s Leadership Board and the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, both at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and was the Outreach Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. She is currently a partner in the Democracy Alliance.
Cynthia received her Bachelor of Arts from the New School for Social Research in New York and a Masters of Arts from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London in England. She is a contributing author in the book Women, Philanthropy and Social Change: Visions for a Just Society. Cynthia currently resides in Washington, D.C.