Meet Cristian Carreno and Lauren Stewart (left to right top) : NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Meet Robin Newman and Kate Nicholson (left to right, bottom): Design For Social Innovation at SVA
Cristian is Cristian is an Adjunct Faculty at the Adolfo Ibanez School of Management in Chile, where he earned his MA of Economics and Bachelor of Business. There he taught Business Environment, Leadership and coordinated the Undergraduate Leadership program. He is an MPA candidate at NYU and a Research Assistant on Leadership at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is an international student from Santiago, Chile. He has been a collaborator at Cambridge Leadership Associates (CLA), an international consulting firm on leadership. Previously he consulted and served as local Director at NGO Accion Emprendedora, where he oversaw the execution of training programs for small entrepreneurs. He joined the SEBC 2014 given his experience as a co-founder of volunteer initiatives within his University. He believes in sharing fresh perspectives about the creating value beyond focusing only on profits and is excited to include Avenues so now all young generations can work together for Social Entrepreneurship.
Lauren is in her final year of completing an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy with a specialization in management at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is passionate about making any and everyone realize their responsibility to make this world a better place. She strives to help others find their purpose and equip them with the tools and resources needed to succeed. Not only does she enjoy being a member of this growing social innovation community, she thrives off of new ideas that will positively shift social paradigms. Her background consists of working with diverse communities through youth and career development. If she wasn’t in school or planning this conference, you would probably find her in another continent, watching a broadway show, doing yoga on the beach, eating tapas, advising a non-profit or social enterprise, or mentoring youth. Lauren is from Midlothian, VA and received a B.A. in psychology from The University of Virginia.
Kate has intentions to use good design to effect systemic change and complete her MFA in Design for Social Innovation. She has worked in a range of industries including video production, corporate sustainability strategy, urban design and interactive media. Most recently she played a key role in organizing The Feast, a social innovation conference that invites thought leaders from across disciplines to innovate solutions to today’s toughest societal challenges. Growing up in NYC, Kate immersed early in the bustle of city life and is fascinated by the challenge of creating and perpetuating healthy urban communities. She believes design has a crucial role in promoting behaviour that considers long-term costs and benefits, and ultimately in fostering better outcomes. She is particularly intrigued by opportunities that exist in big data to solve this. Outside of school and work, Kate can be found downtown on a soccer field, scrambling over mountaintops upstate, or massaging kale salads in her kitchen while pondering the barriers to a more perfect food system. She’s an avid traveler, photographer and bicycle commuter, and is thrilled to share lenses with her DSI cohort and harness the synergy to restore a better balance to the world. Kate holds a BA in Economics and a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies from Tufts University.
Robin is completing her MFA Degree in Design For Social Innovation. Her work with communities across the world has shaped her as a communications specialist and driven her interest in service design that emphasizes needs assessment. From research and providing recommendations created for a non-profit called Swayam Shikshan Prayog on the development of rural women’s health practices in India, to helping organizations boost their outreach and business development practices in Toronto or leading human rights education trips with Operation Groundswell in Guatemala. She is now working to create a game called “Say No More” with ECPAT-USA , funded by Sappi Ideas That Matters to spark a conversation between pre-teen girls and social workers on Sex trafficking in the USA. Whether it is abroad or in her own neighbourhood, Robin is passionate about working with designers and international development specialists to help identify behaviours and needs that require creative interventions, services or an entrepreneurial lens to encourage transformative actions.