Are you trying to grow a social enterprise, or thinking about launching a new venture? Hear from leaders in the Twin Cities ecosystem of mission-driven businesses, discussing strategies for success. Also, meet social entrepreneurs and shop with purpose at the virtual Social Enterprise Showcase marketplace, featuring dozens of local vendors and changemakers.
Social Enterprise Showcase: Panel + Marketplace
Grant Henry has built a career out of connecting marketing with technology. In 2018, he co-founded Brio Marketing with Emma Tuftin and the world has never been the same. Grant is a dreamer who loves to ask those big, challenging questions and follow the answers wherever they lead, whether it's down a rabbit hole or up to a castle in the sky.
With over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship and business management, Connie's expertise ranges from concept design, market analysis, and fundraising to product development, operations, and strategic partnerships. Her passion is supporting innovators with practical advice and strategic analysis so they can recognize their vision in a socially and financially sustainable way.
Stephanie Malon-Rufi, owner and CEO of Genuine Impact, is a strategic business consultant and leadership coach for changemakers looking to take their social enterprise to the next level and feel confident doing it. She draws upon her 20 years of experience in nonprofit and for-profit management along with her MBA education to collaborate with leaders of emerging and scaling entities. She is also co-host of the Social Change Leaders Podcast, a podcast for social innovators with tips, actionable ideas and stories to inspire from thought leaders on the front lines of social change.
Ashleyn Przedwiecki is an event producer and communications professional with expertise in visual communications, sustainable design, and social impact strategy. She is the Community Manager of the Social Enterprise Alliance Twin Cities Chapter, a National organization empowering social enterprises with the tools and resources they need to succeed, and working to foster a social enterprise ecosystem in which they can thrive.
Jaime Chismar is an award-winning freelance designer and photographer, specializing in branding, content and social strategy, and interactive and web design. She is also the founder of All Are Welcome Here, a woman-owned Minnesota-based business founded on a simple idea: respect and compassion for all. What started as an idea for a lawn sign in November 2016 has grown into something greater than she could have ever imagined. All Are Welcome Here makes beautiful products that promote a more welcoming world and gives 10-20% of its sales back to organizations that do the same: $70,000 and counting!
Katie Kalkman is a social entrepreneur and currently the Executive Director at Impact Hub. She is passionate about leveraging natural-born talents to design and reach new goals. She has helped hundreds of people build businesses or take on entrepreneurial risks inside organizations. She brings over a decade of experience in delivering business outcomes through business development, client relationship management, consultative selling, marketing and strategic planning.
With more than two decades of experience working with nonprofit organizations, Junita has spent her career advocating for families, equipping youth to lead fearlessly and inspiring women to embrace the good, bad and “everything in between” seasons of life. Driven by the limitless opportunities to forge new paths and strengthen community through entrepreneurship, Junita built upon her experiences from the nonprofit sector and began her work as a social entrepreneur. Junita is the Founder/CEO of Junita's Jar, a mission-driven cookie company creating conversations to educate and eliminate relationship violence against women.
Junita is a TEDx speaker, an active community volunteer and a mom to two amazing human beings.”
Michelle Maryns is the Founder & CEO of We Sparkle Co., a public benefit corporation that helps underestimated entrepreneurs start, operate, and grow their ventures via our suite of AI-powered software tools. Prior to We Sparkle Co., Michelle was the Chief of Strategic Initiatives at Meda, a nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) that helps minority entrepreneurs succeed, Associate Director of Digital Strategy & Innovation at the American Academy of Neurology, Strategy Consultant at Reve Consulting, Community Relations Specialist at the U.S. Department of Justice, and a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State.
Inspired to identify and quantify those aspects of people and planet that have traditionally been excluded from business decision-making, Tim helps ecotone combine social research and applied economics with data visualization and tech to make social and environmental data understandable and usable for organizational visionaries.