One treasured feature of Social Venture Institute is the signature True Confessions sessions, when entrepreneurial world-changers share their trials, tribulations and triumphs in creating socially responsible organizations. It's sort of like a keynote around the coffee table, or the campfire... without the fire (that comes later!).
This year our True Confessions speakers are Marissa Feinberg of Triple Bottom Why and Jonathan Rosenthal of the New Economy Coalition. In an intimate setting we’ll get a chance to see their well-established businesses stripped down and find empathy in the adversities and prosperities abundant (often equally!) in social entrepreneurship.
Based in NYC, Marissa is a publicist, marketeer, and brand builder with a passion for championing new ideas and connecting people. Building on the work of Simon Sinek, Marissa's "Triple Bottom Why" philosophy brings her client's "why" into alignment with their organization and audience. Identifying "why" also highlights values, supporting the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. From Fortune 500 companies to Series B startups, Marissa's clients have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC World, Bloomberg, Fast Company and Forbes, among others.
She has a long history with social entrepreneurship, with a focus and expertise in the areas of marketing and PR for social enterprise. Recently, Marissa served as the PR at MissionHUB, the umbrella enterprise of a network of Impact Hub coworking campuses, the organizer of the annual SOCAP conference for impact investors, and owner and co-founder of Green Spaces NY. She also was a co-founder of the Flockd, a venture that created a tool to enhance productivity and connectivity for innovation.
Marissa is called upon by organizations such as Investor's Circle, Kauffman Fastrac, Skillshare, Parsons the NEW School for Design, and NYU Reynolds' Program in Social Entrepreneurship to speak about entrepreneurship, PR and marketing in the realm of social enterprise startups. She also brings an interesting perspective from her involvement as a board member at Green Map, Zoological Lighting Institute, EarthTechling, Ecodeo, Toilets for People, NYU Stern's Annual Conference of Social Entrepreneurs.
Marissa's True Confession sets the tone for the weekend during the opening night of SVI. This Forbes article she wrote, "Why Entrepreneurship is Like Love," is a taste of the story she'll share with us.
Jonathan has spent 30-plus years working to transform the power of business from a destructive force of accumulation into a healing force honoring the interconnectedness of all people and our earth. He co-founded Equal Exchange, Oké USA and Belmont-Watertown Local First and has consulted with people and organizations all across the trade justice movement. He is the author of numerous articles and is a frequent speaker at colleges and events. He's a board member of the Coffee Trust and an emeritus board member of Root Capital.
Jonathan is a lifelong vegetarian foodie and a huge fan of his local Watertown, MA library, where he lives with his partner Ora Grodsky, an organizational development consultant.
Jonathan's True Confession will kick us off Saturday morning (after movement and mindfulness). That afternoon he'll also join our panel of experts to provide advice and support to this year’s Case Study presenters.