Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
After taking a class on neighborhood economic development as a college freshman, I founded my own computer literacy organization for low-income residents in the West Philadelphia community. I ran that organization for four years before traveling to El Salvador as a Peace Corps Volunteer where, among other projects, I raised funds and brought in an expert to train women and men from across the country in rabbit breeding as a small business opportunity. While in graduate school I wrote a business plan for an enterprise that uses mobile technology to enhance community development in Colombia. In addition to co-founding Gradian, I am also a consultant for NYC-based start-ups through Accion East microfinance.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
We work closely with the The Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma, and Anaesthesia Care to advocate political priority for surgical care as part of the global development agenda. Within countries, we have strong relationships with anesthesia societies to build local support and capacity for safe surgery. We've also formed a partnership with Harvard Medical School’s Program in Global Surgery and Social Change to deepen the work of the landmark Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.
Finally, we've begun to forge funding collaborations with foundations that support our work. For instance, the DAK Foundation is currently subsidizing the purchase of UAMs for hospitals in Uganda.