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2014 AJFCA & IAJVS Annual Conference

Suzi Sosa - Closing Plenary Speaker
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                   May 4-6, 2014

               Montreal, Quebec
AJFCA and IAJVS are pleased to announce that Suzi Sosa will close the 2014 Annual Conference. Sosa, co-founder of Verb, a social enterprise dedicated to the activation and empowerment of social entrepreneurs through innovation competitions, will present, Innovation for Impact:  New Approaches to Solving Social Problems in Financially Sustainable Ways at 10:45am on Tuesday, May 6th. Suzi will inspire you with fresh ideas for making a lasting difference in your community.

Suzi Sosa is responsible for Verb's overall strategy, well-being and results.
Before co-founding Verb, she led the Dell Social Innovation Challenge at the University of Texas at Austin. Suzi joined the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin in 2010 as the Associate Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service and as an Associate Adjunct Professor. In this role, she directed the university's social entrepreneurship program, including the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, international social entrepreneurship exchange programs, and undergraduate and graduate social entrepreneurship courses. While at UT, Suzi secured a five-year $5 million gift from Dell to grow the Dell Challenge from a relatively small business plan competition to become a global virtual accelerator for student social entrepreneurs. When she joined in 2010, the competition had 750 entries. By 2013, they had over 2,600 teams from 60 countries who entered, and engaged more than 1,200 Dell employees as judges and mentors, over 800 university partners, and awarded more than $350,000 in seed funding to over 40 teams.
Suzi has been involved in the social entrepreneurship space for more than 10 years. Prior to joining UT she was the Founder and President of the MPOWER Foundation and was Chief of Staff at MPOWER Labs (now Rev Worldwide). She co-founded several Austin non-profits focused on social innovation and entrepreneurship, including Innovation+, RISE Austin, and Austin Women Entrepreneurs. Suzi was also a Contributing Editor in social entrepreneurship for Inc magazine.

Suzi holds a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, several years of study in the Masters in Architecture program at UT Austin and a B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to growing Verb, she loves to hang out with her two kids and two dogs, travel, and wonder at the marvels of the universe.

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