Would you prefer to make lots of money or to make a difference in the world? Why not do both! Hundreds of companies are doing well financially - even in today's economic downturn - while making a positive impact on the word! Come hear our amazing panel of social entrepreneurs share their experiences in building and running socially responsible, sustainable, profitable businesses and learn how you too can do well by doing good!
Linda Welch, a serial entrepreneur who has owned or been a partner in 25 businesses in every industry imaginable! Linda is the master of transforming concepts into profitable ventures and currently owns FIVE successful companies in Washington, including Dogs by Day, one of the largest cageless daycare and boarding facilities in the country; GreenPets, an all natural pet supply store; Big Monkey Comics, one of the most popular comic stores in DC; Elements, a raw, vegan cafe and bar to be opening soon and MidCity Embroidery, specializing in local business designs and logos. Linda has also received numerous awards for both business and humanitarian efforts in the U.S. and abroad. Whew! I wonder 1) when does Linda sleep? and 2) how did we get so lucky to have her speak at YES!Circle?
Trisha Clauson is the Director of Small Business Development at the Latino Economic Development Corporation, a community based non-profit organization based in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington DC . LEDC works with hundreds of small business owners every year across Washington DC , Maryland and Virginia to help them start, grow and green their businesses. Trisha is the leader of Local First DC, a member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).
Ian Fisk is the Executive Director of the William James Foundation and director of projects for Wall Street without Walls. Ian has been an entrepreneur for over a decade, working principally in the area of Technology, Economic Development, and Sustainable Business. Ian has been a leader and champion of countless social entrepreneurship organizations, including Net Impact and the Washington Area Business Alliance for Sustainability which coordinates DC-Area Sustainable Business Activities. Ian has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and has won numerous awards for his work in social entrepreneurship.