August 28: Profs. Mahoney and Hwang presentated on Social Entrepreneurship at CitySpace for Sharing Success, a workshop on community-based business.
October 10: Paul Polak, founder of IDE International & SpringHealth International
Polak is the author of Out of Poverty, one of the seminal books on social enterprise. He is also the founder of the non-profit IDE International, which designs market-based solutions for major problems in poverty. IDE's hand-treadle pump has lifted over 17 million people out of poverty in India and Bangladesh. Polak also founded SpringHealth International, a clean water innovation in East India that has received investment from Acumen Fund and First Light Ventures.
November 28: Cheryl Mills, Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US Department of State (UVA '86).
As Counselor, Ms. Mills is a principal officer who serves the Secretary as a special advisor on major foreign policy challenges and provides guidance to department bureaus with respect to such matters. Ms. Mills currently is leading the Department’s interagency global hunger and food security initiative and diplomacy and development efforts in Haiti. As Chief of Staff, Ms. Mills manages the Secretary’s staff and provides policy and managerial support to the Secretary in administering operations of the Department.