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Social Enterprise: Mission-Based Earned Income

Ecotrust Conference Center 721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland

About this event

Moderator

Mark Van Ness
Founder, Real Leaders and Social Enterprise Loan Fund
Partner, Social Venture Partners

Panel

Alison Brown, Director of Adelante Empresas
Adelante Mujeres
Catherine Ellingson, Enterprise Director
New Avenues for Youth
Dave Shaffer, President/Chief Executive Officer

DePaul Industries

Presentation & Continental Breakfast at 8:00
Networking at 9:30

Is social enterprise—earned income ventures in nonprofit organizations—an appropriate strategy to advance our missions? Moving beyond earned income as a way to diversify revenue, this session explores commercial approaches to delivering the programs and services that strengthen our missions and our communities.

Join four Portland nonprofit leaders in a panel discussion to examine the rewards, challenges, and risks of marrying entrepreneurial behavior and social mission.

This session will help you evaluate your organizational assets and address questions including:

  • Getting started
  • Evaluating profit
  • Maintaining momentum
  • Expanding beyond the initial enterprise

About the Presenters

Alison Brown, Director of Adelante Empresas, is originally from St. Paul, MN but has been living in Oregon since 2003. She has been working at Adelante since 2008. In this time she helped launch the Individual Development Account Program and Adelante Empresas, the non-agricultural small business development and training program. She remains the director of Adelante Empresas and provides support for additional projects within the Micro Enterprise team.

Catherine Ellingson is the Enterprise Director at New Avenues for Youth, where she manages a portfolio of social enterprises that operate as job training facilities for homeless and at-risk youth. Catherine has worked in the business planning, marketing, and management of social enterprises for the last eight years. Her work has crossed industries and geographies, assisting budding social entrepreneurs in Latin America, supporting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in arts enterprise marketing, and working with organizations such as Goodwill Industries and Women for Women, International to develop job training social enterprise models. Catherine holds a MBA and MSW from the University of Michigan.

Dave Shaffer began his career with DePaul Industries in 1997 and has served in leadership capacities, including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, in all areas of the company’s operations. During his tenure with DePaul Industries, Dave has driven sales growth, expanded services, and strengthened customer relationships. He has over 30 years of experience in business, including start-ups of successful food and tech companies, turnarounds of organizations that were experiencing financial difficulties, and implementation of improved accounting and financial reporting functions. Dave is currently serving on the steering committee/inaugural Board of The New City Initiative. He previously served as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Education Research Institute of the Northwest Food Processors Association, and as a member of the Board of the Incight Foundation.

Mark Van Ness is a global leader in the Social Enterprise movement. He is the founder of several social enterprises as well as a financier and speaker in the field. He is the founder of Real Leaders Magazine, Social Enterprise Institute Leadership Forums, Sperry Van Ness, Book Buddies, and Social Enterprise Loan Fund as well as co-founder of Young President’s Organization Social Enterprise Networks and Annual Social Innovation Fast Pitch. Mark’s work has been featured in many publications including USA Today, Business Week, Real Leaders, and Forbes.

About the Network

Executive Directors Network is designed to strengthen your management skills while providing field-tested concepts and tools to take back to your organization for implementation. In addition to skills development, each session allows for networking and peer coaching in a collaborative learning environment.

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Moderator

Mark Van Ness
Founder, Real Leaders and Social Enterprise Loan Fund
Partner, Social Venture Partners

Panel

Alison Brown, Director of Adelante Empresas Adelante Mujeres
Catherine Ellingson, Enterprise Director
New Avenues for Youth
Dave Shaffer, President/Chief Executive Officer
DePaul Industries

Presentation & Continental Breakfast at 8:00
Networking at 9:30

Is social enterprise—earned income ventures in nonprofit organizations—an appropriate strategy to advance our missions? Moving beyond earned income as a way to diversify revenue, this session explores commercial approaches to delivering the programs and services that strengthen our missions and our communities.

Join four Portland nonprofit leaders in a panel discussion to examine the rewards, challenges, and risks of marrying entrepreneurial behavior and social mission.

This session will help you evaluate your organizational assets and address questions including:

  • Getting started
  • Evaluating profit
  • Maintaining momentum
  • Expanding beyond the initial enterprise

About the Presenters

Alison Brown, Director of Adelante Empresas, is originally from St. Paul, MN but has been living in Oregon since 2003. She has been working at Adelante since 2008. In this time she helped launch the Individual Development Account Program and Adelante Empresas, the non-agricultural small business development and training program. She remains the director of Adelante Empresas and provides support for additional projects within the Micro Enterprise team.

Catherine Ellingson is the Enterprise Director at New Avenues for Youth, where she manages a portfolio of social enterprises that operate as job training facilities for homeless and at-risk youth. Catherine has worked in the business planning, marketing, and management of social enterprises for the last eight years. Her work has crossed industries and geographies, assisting budding social entrepreneurs in Latin America, supporting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in arts enterprise marketing, and working with organizations such as Goodwill Industries and Women for Women, International to develop job training social enterprise models. Catherine holds a MBA and MSW from the University of Michigan.

Dave Shaffer began his career with DePaul Industries in 1997 and has served in leadership capacities, including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, in all areas of the company’s operations. During his tenure with DePaul Industries, Dave has driven sales growth, expanded services, and strengthened customer relationships. He has over 30 years of experience in business, including start-ups of successful food and tech companies, turnarounds of organizations that were experiencing financial difficulties, and implementation of improved accounting and financial reporting functions. Dave is currently serving on the steering committee/inaugural Board of The New City Initiative. He previously served as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Education Research Institute of the Northwest Food Processors Association, and as a member of the Board of the Incight Foundation.>

Mark Van Ness is a global leader in the Social Enterprise movement. He is the founder of several social enterprises as well as a financier and speaker in the field. He is the founder of Real Leaders Magazine, Social Enterprise Institute Leadership Forums, Sperry Van Ness, Book Buddies, and Social Enterprise Loan Fund as well as co-founder of Young President’s Organization Social Enterprise Networks and Annual Social Innovation Fast Pitch. Mark’s work has been featured in many publications including USA Today, Business Week, Real Leaders, and Forbes.

About the Network

Executive Directors Network is designed to strengthen your management skills while providing field-tested concepts and tools to take back to your organization for implementation. In addition to skills development, each session allows for networking and peer coaching in a collaborative learning environment.

When
February 1st, 2012 from  8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
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Ecotrust Conference Center
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
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NAO Members $22.50
Nonmembers $25.00
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