Social Entrepreneurs: From Passionate Activists to High Impact Social Change Agents

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 

Memorial Union Building, Theatre One, Durham
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For those committed to diversity and social justice, activism is often a logical next step. This panel event exposes students to an exciting new career path to express their activism and to drive transformative change -the path of social entrepreneurship. A fast growing community around the world, social entrepreneurs develop new models, and find innovative solutions to society's most pressing social and environmental problems. The panel will feature dynamic social entrepreneurs who are working across a diverse set of fields, including developing renewable energy solutions for communities, supporting and empowering a new generation of international journalists, and providing physical and digital solutions for creating local produce ecosystems on a global scale.


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Denise LiGreci
Fellowship Manager, The GroundTruth Project

Denise LiGreci is the fellowships manager for The GroundTruth Project, a nonprofit media organization that supports and empowers emerging journalists to tell the most important stories of their generation. GroundTruth fellowships are funded opportunities centered on field reporting in communities around the world. Denise previously was a program officer with The Scholars at Risk Network, where she facilitated life-saving fellowships for academics and writers facing threats because of their work. She received her M.A. in International Education from New York University and was a global research fellow at the Prague Institute of Democracy, Economy, and Culture. She received her B.A. in English Literature and International Studies from Fairfield University.


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Isaac Baker
Co-President & Founder, Resonant Energy

Isaac Baker, Co-President & Founder at Resonant Energy. Isaac has two years' experience performing project management for community-scale renewable energy projects. In the past year, he has worked with a world­-class team of lawyers and accountants to found Co-­op Power's Community Shared Solar Division. He also helped found Co-op Power, where he has worked for the last four years in a variety of roles, ranging from community outreach and business planning to project development and financial planning. As an Environmental Studies student at Middlebury College, he taught a class on institutional microgrid development.


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Jaime Silverstein
Crop Specialist, Freight Farms

Jaime Silverstein is Freight Farms’ Crop Specialist and office herbalist. Nicknamed Dirt Worshiper in college, she is now a true hydroponic believer. She has led research on successful crop varieties and conditions to grow in the LGM and has tested over 150 varieties of crops and created specific formulas for leafy green vegetables, such as lettuce, basil, and kale. In addition to working in the office LGM, she works extensively with farmers to ensure they have all the information to grow successfully. If you have questions about plant health, or how to use plants for your own health, she’s the one to ask. 


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Faina Bukher
Program Manager, Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise, UNH 




The event is co-sponsored by the UNH Women's Studies Program and the Social Justice Leadership Minor.