Join AiP Boston/BPART:
"The Impact of Social Enterprise Models"
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm ET
More Than Words
242 East Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02218
Members: no charge │ Non-members: $25.00
A tour of More Than Words bookstore and the new space to follow the hour-long discussion.
A light lunch will be provided.
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About the program...
Please join us for an engaging conversation on The Impact of Social Enterprise Models, featuring two innovative, local social enterprises (More than Words and UTEC), joined by one of their most engaged funders who is a national leader in supporting social enterprises from REDF.
We hope to explore the multiple values of social enterprises, including:
- revenue generation for more sustainable support
- providing ‘real world’ skills training for under or unemployed
- bridging to private sector opportunities, and more…
We are SO excited to be holding this event at the flagship location of More Than Words, a high impact, nonprofit social enterprise in the South End of Boston. A light lunch will be available. After our conversation, attendees can join the MTW team for a youth-led tour of their bookstore and new space!
About the speakers...
Jeff Bergquist, REDF
Jeff Bergquist is currently Portfolio Associate Director at REDF, where he helps REDF’s portfolio of social enterprises improve and scale their impact. Jeff helped Goodwill of Silicon Valley explore a range of new social enterprise opportunities as a 2014 Farber Intern. Now based in Chicago, he continues to help Goodwill and other organizations in the REDF portfolio realize their growth potential. Prior to REDF Jeff was a management consultant at Bain & Co. and an 8th grade math teacher through Teach for America. Jeff has a BA and MBA from Stanford University and an MEd from Arizona State University.
REDF is a pioneering venture philanthropy that is leading a national movement of employment social enterprises—mission-driven, revenue-generating businesses that invest the money they earn into transforming lives. REDF is distinctive as the only philanthropy in the United States that invests exclusively in social enterprises focused on employment.
Jodi Resenbaum, More than Words
Jodi first piloted More Than Words as an online bookselling venture with several teenage boys in foster care in 2004. She has since worked with the youth to grow More Than Words into a national training ground, including a vibrant retail and online bookstore, marketplace, event space, and a platform for youth to radically transform their lives. Jodi has over 16 years’ experience with youth in the juvenile justice and public school systems and served as a Teach for America fellow. She serves on the state-wide Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families and the MA chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance. She was selected as the Advocate of the Year by the MA Providers’ Council in 2009, The Rising Star by Germaine Lawrence in 2010, and received the Next Generation Award by the Social Enterprise Alliance in 2010. She received a political science degree with a focus on juvenile justice policy from Emory University and a master’s in education in risk and prevention from Harvard. She resides in Waltham.
More Than Words is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers young adults who are in the foster care system, court-involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. They believe that when system-involved youth are empowered with authentic and increasing responsibilities in a business setting, and are given high expectations and a culture of support, they can and will address personal barriers to success, create concrete action plans, and become contributing members of society who live, love and own their futures.
Ed Frechette, UTEC
Ed joined UTEC in June 2013 as the Chief Innovation Officer after working nearly 30 years in advertising and restaurant marketing. He is currently in charge of Social Enterprise Partnerships and has helped create three social enterprises that provide both real-world work opportunities for the youth and revenues for the organization - including a mattress recycling enterprise, a woodshop and culinary program. Ed grew up in New Hampshire and, after college, started aa 30 year career that took him through Chicago advertising agencies, Dunkin’ Donuts and Au Bon Pain. The lure of the nonprofit world motivated Ed to shift gears in 2012. He earned his MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, following his passion to serve disconnected youth. He and his wife Ellen live in Dorchester. Their three grown children are married and living their lives in other parts of the country. Ed is the Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Boston College and teaches a course on social impact and entrepreneurship.
UTEC: Founded as the United Teen Equality Center in 1999, UTEC’s mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. Today, UTEC serves Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill, MA and are nationally recognized as a model agency serving justice-involved young adults.
Thank you to our founding sponsors...
About AiP Boston...
BPART Steering Committee is delighted to announce formation of the Boston Chapter of Advisors in Philanthropy (AiP). After nearly 10 years as an all-volunteer organization serving Boston’s philanthropic community, the Steering Committee voted to continue service through membership in the national organization, The International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy.
We hope you will all join us by signing up as a member to the Boston Chapter. Click here for more information and become a member! Thank you for the long standing support of BPART.