Deadlines Fast Approaching for Global Leaders To Engage with India’s Most Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs

Sep 3, 2013 1:15 PM ET
Press Release

MUMBAI, India, September 3, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Deadlines are fast approaching for the 2013-2014 India Social Entrepreneurship Journeys, which will enable top executives, academics, and nonprofit leaders to discover how they can have their greatest positive impact on the world. Taking place this upcoming December and February, the India Social Entrepreneurship Journeys will take a hand selected groups of senior leaders on carefully curated 5-8 day experiences. Participants will engage with the founders and leadership of many of the world’s most renown social and environmental impact ventures; discuss pivotal issues; and enjoy authentic cultural experiences.

Journey participants will leave India with a fresh perspective; connections to a network of more than 200 global leaders; and the inspiration and know-how to have a profound impact on the world. Some participants use their journey to deepen their impact in their current role. This includes Nike Global Director of Strategic Planning Kelly Lauber who shifted Nike CSR from check-writing to a more social venture capitalist approach. Others apply the insights and connections they’ve gained to transition into more meaningful work. Shortly after his journey, Vinay Nair (UK) transitioned from serving as Executive Director at J.P.Morgan to Head of International Business Development at Acumen Fund.

Journey participants and hosts also collaborate on meaningful projects. Journey participants Liz Coffey (Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry, U.S.) and Frederic Giuli (Manager at Accenture, France) did consulting work with Jaipur Rugs, India’s largest exporter of hand-knotted rugs, after their journey.

The rich array of award-winning ventures visited by the leaders on the upcoming journeys will include Jaipur Foot, the world’s largest organization serving the disabled; d.light, an international solar light company with more than 12 million customers; and Dhriti, which is tackling India’s severe unemployment by supporting the development of small-scale enterprises.

Widely considered one of the world’s hotbeds for innovation, entrepreneurship, and social impact, India is an ideal setting for leaders to take this journey.

Past journey participants have called the experience “transformative” and “life-changing,” citing the irreplaceable value of on-the-ground interaction. "Don't waste your money on conferences,” says Sue White, Head of Social Enterprise at the UK Department of Health. “Come on a Journey for Change. You will see, touch and feel the transformational potential of social entrepreneurship."

Journeys for Change takes international leaders on transformational journeys to help them create greater profit and impact in the world. Since 2005, the organisation has run journeys visiting and learning from some of India’s most inspiring social entrepreneurs. Participants have come from organisations as diverse as Nike, JPMorgan, Mercy Corps, Novo Nordisk and Habitat for Humanity. Its alumni network consists of more than 200 socially-conscious leaders spanning four continents.


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