Founder of Social Innovators Collective
What issues does your venture seek to address? Have you considered the potential negative consequences that may rise from your social impact? Have you analyzed your strategy from start to finish, complete with Plan B? In this session, you will tackle the deep questions that drive you as a changemaker and explore how the answers influence your intended social impact. As a participant, you will take an introspective look into what motivates you, how informed strategy and inspired leadership support greater success, and how your venture contributes to the “greater good.”
Shana Dressler is the founder of the Social Innovators Collective. The organization’s mission is to train and nurture the next wave of social change leaders so that they can demonstrate both measurable impact and achieve financially sustainability. In addition to producing workshops on social enterprise and nonprofit business development at General Assembly, New York’s premiere center for entrepreneurship, Shana has designed and facilitated workshops and classes for Harvard’s Social Enterprise Conference, Columbia and New York University’s Social Enterprise Boot Camp, School of Visual Art’s !mpact Design for Social Change, and A Better World By Design. She has also produced panels and events for New York University’s Center of Global Affairs, Social Media Week and Internet Week New York.
In January 2013 Shana launched Social Good Startup: Idea To Launch, an eight-week workshop that provides changemakers with a strong foundation to build a first-class social venture or project. She is also the creator and editor of The Social Good Guides, a series of 20+ essential small business guides created to support startup social entrepreneurs, nonprofit founders and changemakers working on social impact projects.
Prior to the Social Innovators Collective, Shana founded the Global Giving Circle, a nonprofit organization that created opportunities for people of all income levels to support hybrid grassroots social enterprise and philanthropic initiatives focused on poverty alleviation. In 2012 she became a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and a judge for The Webby Awards in the social good category. Shana is an internationally exhibited photographer, loves all things chocolate and makes her way around New York on a vintage Vespa. You can follow her @sic_org and @shanadressler.