Why "Blindly Donating Money" Doesn't Work: Jessica Jackley's College Keynote
Madison Greif, also a freshman who saw Jackley speak, said the social entrepreneur's vision was inspiring, and that she learned a lot about the capacity to make social change in more effective ways than simply donating money. Jackley told the students that despite it not being her initial goal when she went into college, she has found tremendous fulfillment from her work at Kiva and other social ventures. While she has moved on from her role at Kiva (which she co-founded), Jackley is still an active part of the social entrepreneurial sector. Currently, she is a Barer Visiting Fellow at Drew University, and has also taught Global Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business at USC and other campuses nationwide.
In her lectures, as well as her other presentations, Jackley explores the power of business to enact positive social changes. Her advice to the potential social entrepreneurs in this college keynote was to have a clearly defined mission statement, and to be honest, empathetic and collaborative. With applications ranging from new entrepreneurs, small non-profit organizations, to large-scale for-profit companies, Jackley provides powerful new business strategies than can help your bottom line—and others in the process.