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Cheryl L. Dorsey

For more than 20 years, has been at the forefront of catalysing the social entrepreneurship movement. President of Echoing Green, one of the key organizations funding, incubating and nurturing social entrepreneurship. Regular speaker at key conferences and contributor to important publications such as the Stanford Social Innovation Review and Harvard Business Review. Has demonstrated consistent commitment to public service, including speaking before the US House Committee on Education and Labour at a hearing examining how to renew America through national service and volunteerism. Prior to leading Echoing Green, was a social entrepreneur and received an Echoing Green Fellowship in 1992. Has served in two presidential administrations, including as Vice-Chair for the US President’s Commission on White House Fellowships (2009-2016). Serves on several boards, including the SEED Foundation, The Bridgespan Group, and, previously, the Harvard Board of Overseers. Holds a Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School, an MPA from the Kennedy School and a BA from Harvard College. Has won numerous awards for work, including the Robert Kennedy Distinguished Public Service Award.

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Echoing Green

Echoing Green identifies leaders ready to launch and grow high-impact social enterprises and supports them through its fellowships and other innovative initiatives. The community now consists of over 700 social entrepreneurs and has recently celebrated 30 years of operations. Echoing Green fellows have launched enterprises such as One Acre Fund, Tech for America, SKS Microfinance and more. Echoing Green has been especially successful in building a holistic approach to address problems at scale through incubation, funding, leadership development, alliance building, accessing governments and community building. Echoing Green believes in backing game-changing ideas at early stage of their growth.


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